Current date:December 7, 2022

Tips For Running Your First Art Exhibition

If you’re about to run your first art exhibition, congratulations.

Running an exhibition is a big deal and it’s not something that’s easily achievable. With that in mind, you may appreciate a few tips.

Running an exhibition is never easy. However, with a bit of help, you can make it run smoother than you thought. Here’s how:

Work Out What You Want to Display

One of the first things you need to do is to work out what you want to display. Chose the artwork that represents who are you. Remove any pieces that don’t accurately reflect you as an artist.

Try to display pieces that have a similar theme, if you can. These pieces can have the same colors, style, or medium.

Enlist Some Help

Running an exhibition is not usually something you can do on your own.

Enlist some help from your friends, an art handler, other artists you know, and the gallery. A lot of people may be willing to help you with your exhibition. Just make sure you get the help you need.

Always Frame Your Work Correctly

Some artists show their work in a frame that isn’t suitable. Don’t be that artist. Consider:

  • Framing your pieces and mounting them yourself
  • Opt for high quality frames
  • Choose frames from stores, online, or even your home
  • Use picture mount inserts that are the right size
  • Ensure there is a secure hanging cord or wire

You may also want to ask the gallery that’s displaying your work how they like the work presented. Doing so can give you a few useful tips.

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Label All of Your Work Artwork

Be sure to label all of your artwork. Write the name and the year you created that piece on the back. Add a label to the back of your artwork if you don’t want to write directly on it. Also add the piece’s title, name, size, and the medium used.

Price Your Artwork

It can be hard to know how much you should charge for your artwork.

  • Charge too little and you could do yourself a disservice
  • Charge too much and you could potential buyers off
  • Remember to consider the commissions as well

Some art galleries will suggest prices or ask for pieces of a specified price range. This can prove to be helpful.

Create an Inventory

Create an inventory of all the pieces you plan to exhibit. Include the following details:

  • The title of the artwork
  • The year the artwork was created
  • The size
  • The materials or medium used
  • A photograph of the pieces without frames
  • The price of the artwork
  • Whether you’re selling the artwork
  • Your email address, contact number, and any social media information

When you have an inventory you can give it to the art gallery. You can also offer a copy of your inventory to anyone who sees your exhibition.

Running an exhibition can be hard work, but it can also be worthwhile. If this is your first exhibition make sure you use these tips to help it run more smoothly.

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