Exhibition... Who thought that was a good idea?

marktc

Hi welcome to my gallery... I'm fairly new to this game, but I would like to thank all of those who have already voted or commented on my pictures for their support, there is no greater encouragement or reward than someone showing they like your efforts.
I thought I would just write an update to this as it was written in March 2011, and time has marched on so quickly. I'd like to think I'm getting to grips with this, but I know I've still only scratched the surface, so I continue to learn, in some parts guided by the kind and supportive members of this site... Thank you all.
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Exhibition... Who thought that was a good idea?

26 Jan 2014 10:21PM   Views : 315 Unique : 254

Ok... never done one of these before and before I go any further, this blog is just about my experience in trying to put together an exhibition, its not verbatim advice and I wouldn't want anyone to follow my guidelines, it really is just for info.

So, a few months ago I was sharing some images with friends and they said... you should do an exhibition... Feeling rather flattered that someone thought my images would be good enough in the first place, i mooched around and came across a local arts centre where they hold classes, plays, shows all sorts of things... I sent an email to the ops manager who gave me info about the centre and about how they hosted exhibitions and asked me for a sample of my work. To my utter amazement an email came speeding back to me scything they would be delighted to host an exhibition of my images... well you could have knocked me down with a feather...

I chatted with Clare (my wife) and decided to go for it. We did nothing more believing that 16th March was then months away and that there was plenty of time available. Now we are nearly in Feb and the process has just begun.

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Stillbase 9 80 Wales
27 Jan 2014 9:34AM
I wish you the best of luck. My wife and I had our first exhibition last year and it is very hard work both beforehand and during the exhibition (ours was for a week). I think we both feel that the best bit was planning, selecting and producing the prints, coupled with producing greeting cards for sale. The worst bit was having to be at the venue each day, all day - the quiet times (and there were many) got boring, so we took reading matter and the laptop.

It was interesting watching visitors to the exhibition - most look but do not see - the shortest visit was 10 seconds!! Our family and friends turned up trumps and all made an effort to visit us (some travelling over 100 miles) and even buy some of the cards and framed pictures (in spite of the fact we were prepared to give them to them with no charge.) One of the main reasons we won't do it again this year is that we don't want to put pressure on family and friends for a second year running.

In the end we decided it was an interesting time and we sold enough to cover our costs, so for that reason it was a new experience, which is always welcome, and even better, it cost us nothing. So please don't let me put you off. Enjoy it.

If you need any advice, contact me.

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