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claireh
19th November 2007, 05:32 PM
I was wondering if anyone would tell me how they think i would do if i was to hold an exhibition to show and sell my work?:confused:

Ian
19th November 2007, 05:51 PM
I was wondering if anyone would tell me how they think i would do if i was to hold an exhibition to show and sell my work?:confused:

That's a very brave proposition. :)

You need to consider a few things carefully - the venue of such an exhibition, for a start - and how well promoted it is. By all means plug it here if you like.

But let's look at your pictures; they are nice enough, but a) they were taken on a CZ-740UZ bridge camera so the maximum printed size of these shots may be relatively small before quality drops off. You also need to get good quality archival prints made.

Did you have any particular plans?

Ian

claireh
19th November 2007, 06:00 PM
Well i have been thinking about it for a few months.

Looking for a good venue around perth and kinross area, it wouldn't just be photographs as i paint aswell.

theMusicMan
19th November 2007, 06:12 PM
I was wondering if anyone would tell me how they think i would do if i was to hold an exhibition to show and sell my work?:confused:Well, I guess that really depends on how good your work is. I'd also suggest that originality, intuitiveness, style, marketing, PR, experience, and kudos will have no small part in the success of such a venture too... :)

I commend you for posting this though, and certainly wish you the very best with it should you decide to have a go.

Any chance of seeing your work...?

beardedwombat
19th November 2007, 09:31 PM
If you want to just dip a toe in the water, so to speak, why not have a chat at your local library? They will very often exhibit paintings and photos etc. You would be able to see what sort of feedback you are getting from Joe Public.
Cheers
Chris

emirpprime
19th November 2007, 10:08 PM
Also try other venues, many nicer cafes, wine bars etc like to promote local artists. Also artists fairs where you can club in with others to attract more people can be a great start as you're getting established.
All the best,
Phil

theMusicMan
19th November 2007, 10:43 PM
Any further thoughts on this Claire...? I am very interested in how you approach this and would offer any help via here I can.

DTD
20th November 2007, 09:35 AM
The suggestions about exhibiting at libraries, arts fairs and local cafes are all sound and probably the best place to start.

Ian's point about producing prints big enough and of sufficient quality is valid. I've been lucky enough to have some prints produced by professional imaging companies and it's a bit frightening to compare the quality that they expect to what normally comes out of my desktop printer!

Unless you are very famous, it's unlikely that gallery owners would be interested in a retrospective – you need to produce a body of work on a theme. It's also expected that you write an artist's statement that explains your work.

Have you thought about a web site to display your photos and paintings?
The easiest way to sell through a web site might be by setting up a pro gallery at photobox.co.uk

Another thing that's expected would be a portfolio to show (and leave with) people. I think some of the paperback photo books you can now get produced are pretty good.

Remember that there are thousands of photographers who want to exhibit at a gallery, obviously there's not enough white walls for everybody, so you also need a thick skin to carry on after being shown the door for the 27th time.

Anyroad – all the best – and let us know how you get on.

claireh
20th November 2007, 09:58 PM
Hi everyone thanks for all the advice and comments, will keep you posted on what i do.:D

claireh
21st November 2007, 08:41 AM
have uploaded more photos for you all to browse, would like to hear your comments :)

claireh
22nd November 2007, 09:49 AM
Morning all!

The rain has stopped at last, i can now go out and take more pictures. I am still thinking on having an exhibition next year once i get all my work finished, also i have found out that the local farm shop are willing to show art work/ photography and that the local summer festival are looking for local artist aswell. So i am not doing to bad. I am also thinking on purchasing a DSLR (hopefully for christmas or for my birthday)!!!!!!!! :D

DTD
22nd November 2007, 10:02 AM
You'll probably find a dSLR a lot easier to take good photos with.
– Hope it'll be an Olympus! ;-) (Some good deals about at the moment)

emirpprime
22nd November 2007, 10:09 AM
Great News! Sounds like a very promising start. Keep us updated on how it goes :) You might start a trend!
Phil

claireh
22nd November 2007, 10:31 AM
You'll probably find a dSLR a lot easier to take good photos with.
Hope it'll be an Olympus! ;-) (Some good deals about at the moment)

of course it will be an olympus :)

claireh
22nd November 2007, 10:32 AM
Great News! Sounds like a very promising start. Keep us updated on how it goes :) You might start a trend!
Phil

of course i will let you know what happens.:)