During my final year at the University of St Andrews I became involved with the second iteration of a student-run arts festival, with the idea of bringing the visual arts into the mix. I had never organized an exhibition before, and we were working without any significant faculty advice. Nevertheless, I was able to persuade Pat Douthewaite, a painter with something of a cult following at that time, to show some of her latest work. The space I got was the grand living room and entry hall of an old cliffside house that the University had recently bought. When the paintings arrived there were too many to fit the space, so I did a salon-style hang. The energy was explosive, and the artist liked the effect, although those who preferred the minimalism of standard exhibition practice were less sure.