Around fifty people participated throughout the day, from Bexhillians to visitors from all over the world. There were people of all ages too; young children and families as well as those in their later years. Everyone was given the opportunity to learn a variety of Patience games taught by instructors and Tomoko herself, our current exhibiting artist. Visitors also took home a special booklet containing over 300 games of Patience, designed and illustrated by Tomoko and artist Ella Gibbs.
Tomoko laid down the gauntlet by offering a prize to the player that played the longest. Two participants were that engrossed by the challenge that they played for over three hours each! In the end Tomoko was so impressed by their efforts that she awarded each dedicated player with the special prize of an original artwork she had created especially.
People shared stories of playing Patience at different times in their lives and some told us afterwards that the day had inspired them to pass on their new-found knowledge of the game to others.
Tomoko Takahashi’s exhibition has been one of the most successful exhibitions since the Pavilion’s re-opening in 2005 with around 11,000 visitors over the first two weekends.
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