Last Updated on September 30, 2022 by Hub Blogging
So you’re an aspiring artist ready to take your work to the next level. But how do you get your artwork exhibited and seen by new audiences? It’s not as daunting a task as it may seem at first – with a little perseverance and creativity, you can get your art in front of the eyes of potential collectors in no time. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to make it happen.
Join or create an artist collective
One of the best ways to get your work exhibited is to join forces with other artists. By joining or creating an artist collective, you’ll have more resources at your disposal to put on exhibitions, as well as a built-in network of peers to collaborate with. Not to mention, being part of an artist collective looks great on your resume and can help you gain exposure to new audiences.
Research galleries in your area or that align with your taste and style
Once you’ve decided that you’re ready to start showing your work in galleries, it’s time to do your research and look for studio hire that aligns with you and your work. If you’re not sure where to start, there are websites which list gallery openings and reviews – this is a great way to get a feel for what’s out there and find options that might be a good match for you.
You can also reach out directly to galleries that interest you and inquire about submissions – most will have information about their requirements on their website. Once you’ve narrowed down your options, put together a portfolio of 6-10 pieces of your best work and submit it for review.
Plan and execute a solo show
Putting together a solo show is a great way to get started in the art world – it allows you greater control over every aspect of the exhibition, from the type of work being shown to the installation itself. And while mounting a solo show takes quite a bit of planning, effort, and (usually) money, the payoff can be big if done well.
To increase your chances of success, reach out to friends or family members who own businesses or spaces that could host your show – many are happy to support up-and-coming artists in their community. You can also look into renting spaces yourself – just make sure that the space is appropriate for exhibiting art (good lighting, sufficient wall space, etc.) before signing any contracts!
Get involved in popup shows and art fairs
Popup shows and art fairs usually require less planning than putting together a solo show, and can be an excellent way to meet other artists, gallerists, and collectors. Art fairs tend to be more expensive than popup shows (both in terms of artistic submission fees as well as the cost of renting booth space), but they also tend to attract bigger crowds – so it’s really up to you which route makes more sense for you financially and logistically.
In either case, make sure you’re familiar with the event organisers and their reputation before committing – there have been cases of popup shows and art fairs being cancelled at the last minute due to financial difficulties or other issues beyond the artists’ control.
Ready to get started?
By following these simple steps, you’ll be well on your way towards getting your artwork exhibited and seen by new audiences! Just remember to stay organised, be professional, and most importantly – don’t give up! With enough perseverance (and maybe a little bit of luck), one day soon people will be clamouring for your artwork!
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