It's two days later and my head has almost stopped spinning.
I am pleased to report that the preview was a huge success. The gallery was absolutely packed, and feedback was cheek-reddeningly good. Although I was personally happy with the work, of course I was expecting some negativity; I decided that if 50% hated it and 50% liked it, that would be a result. As it was, a lady with the makings of a splendid beard said "I prefer more literal stuff.", and one or two clearly just didn't get it. That inevitable aside, response has made me very happy indeed. WW Gallery said it's gone crazy.
I finally got to meet many people I had only previously known through the ether, and almost met several more. I did an awful lot of talking!
It was a big relief to be able to finally unveil the work. The press preview had taken place earlier in the day, and once that was under way I made the work live on my website. Ta-da! The exhibition is the Event of the Week on Artlicks (thanks, chaps!), and I have seen it on Time Out and Fad, amongst others. It's a bit soon for press, but once I get copies I'll report back. In the meantime, Kevin Broughton & Fiona Birnie have made a video.