In my case, I was unhappy to have only 24" of viewing space in front of my work, which was actually a pathway across the front of the stage, along which visitors edged past my paintings. The others' work was hung at the back of the deep stage, where it couldn't easliy be seen from the main hall. We didn't feel this was value for money!
The private view, directly after we had finished hanging our work, was the best part of the experience. I really appreciated the support of the friends who came along.