How to organize his first exhibition: advice of a professional artist
A Life / / December 19, 2019
The artist, a member of the Creative Union of Artists of Russia, the designer. During 6 years of exhibition activities organized and held 29 solo exhibitions, 9 of which are in China.
As a child, I loved to draw, but I never thought that this would be my job. On the first higher education, I have a mining engineer. But there were circumstances and fate as the age of 30 became interested in painting and later it turned into my professional life. Now this second career, that very much, and I plan to develop it further. Past experience helps me to independently organize and carry out professional exhibitions. This is an experience I want to share with you.
Advice to young artists: do not be afraid to exhibit their work. Sure, following long-range plan, you will realize your dream and spend the first exhibition.
How to talk about yourself
Create a resume
Include the location of the study information about the exhibitions with the time, place names. Surely you participate in group activities. Keep your resume, add new events, related to art, and remove less important. Also write about internships, workshops, prizes, awards, if any. Add your photos.
Write a biography
Briefly tell us about yourself. Just a half-page: write about who you are, where they were born, where I studied. Probably some of your works are in private collections (even if you gave them) and possibly in different cities of Russia and abroad. And add that information.
Prepare a booklet
An optional item, but allows bright and colorful to provide information about you. Place your photo, a photo of one or more pictures. Add a brief information about yourself, about what you write, contacts, mention your website or social networking page. Not a bad option - two-sided A5 flyer. More informative than a business card, also inexpensive.
Start page in social networks
If they are, more often expose the photo paintings. Very interesting shots in the process of writing, in the open air, pictures of paintings in the interior. Ask to be photographed at work. Shoot a short video.
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Sign up websites for artists
Perhaps someone from the other customers will want to purchase your work. The main plus of such sites - where your name will be entered in the search engines, your pictures will be among the first links in the issue. To accommodate the work, you can use these resources:
How to prepare the work for the exhibition
Pictures need to be issued in baguettes, for watercolors is better to add a mat. Do not forget about fixing. Recently, I went to the canvas with a gallery stretch, 4 cm thick.
I kill several birds with one stone: on the design of spare (baguettes are expensive) and facilitates the transport of paintings. Rama heavy and fragile, easily damaged, it is necessary to protect the corners with special corners, and if transported on an airplane, We consider each kilogram. A canvas with a gallery stretch easier and more convenient for transport and packaging. In addition, in modern interiors such works stylish look.
Put a signature
Be sure to put a signature on the front side of the work. On the reverse, specify the name, title, picture size (height is written first, then the width), the material (for example "canvas / oil" or "Watercolor / paper"), year. Sign can be coal, then be sure to secure a special spray or hairspray so that it does not crumble.
Take a picture picture
It is best to carry out a professional shoot. Photos of good quality can be used for catalogs, albums, pamphlets, prints (making copies), or when printing on clothing and accessories.
But this survey is expensive, so you can take pictures at first and alone. For shooting a better job to make the streets and take in the shade. Then trim the excess and processed in the photo editor. Make sure that the colors in the photo match the actual colors in the picture.
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For storage of photos of paintings please create a folder on the desktop. Pictures can be pre-parse the collections - so you can always quickly find the right. For photos of the paintings in the interiors also runs a separate folder, as well as for pictures with plein air and his photo at the easel.
Make a list of works
Make a list of all your pictures in a table. You can sort the collections or years. So you do understand how much you have pictures, and bring order. In the table, specify the number, title of the painting, year, size, material, if necessary - the cost, attach a photo. I add notes to the pictures when they are sold or placed in the collection. Be sure to mark the pictures that are giving to the exhibition, or somewhere else.
What else do you need to consider when preparing for the exhibition
Come up with the name of the exhibition in accordance with the style and theme of the paintings. Choose the work according to the concept, so that they looked good together and logically. Make a separate list of the principle described above only enable him those pictures you want to show at the exhibition. Write about how the idea came paintings of writing a story about the collection.
There are many opportunities to exhibit for free exhibition halls, galleries, business centers and libraries. Ask questions by email or phone, you go and get acquainted personally, ask whether they can accommodate your work or recommend to anyone better to turn. Share your picture.
If you are in Moscow, you can appeal to the head of the project "Art in nature"Valery Sienkiewicz or Izo Art Gallery in BC "Romanov Dvor" - for little money you will be able to participate in a group or solo exhibition.
Packaging and shipping of paintings
Take care of the package in advance. Of course, it all depends on where and how you are going to carry the picture.
- If work is framed in a baguette, protect the corners - small chips on the frame can ruin the whole look.
- If you deliver a car and not very far, the plastic film layer and the blister packaging will be enough.
- If transporting over long distances, transport companies offer add carton or crate rigid.
- When transporting paintings abroad, do not forget to issue an export permit. In Moscow this deals Expert board on cultural values. Cost for artists - 500 rubles for a picture, but sometimes it is possible to cheat. Works from the same series can be arranged as a diptych or triptych, and how to pay for a single picture.
Think carefully about how your work will hang. From the floor to the center of the picture should be 140-150 cm. Check the lighting. It is best to use point designed lamps. If you will be exhibited in the gallery, hanging with you to be sure to help.
The first press release I helped to make professionals. The text must be the name of the exhibition, brief information about you that will be presented, the address, duration, opening date, phone for communication. Further press releases can be done independently by the example of the former.
Links - Press Releases for exhibitions "Nature harmony"And"designing emotions».
Apply for invitation to the exhibition opening. Specify the name, address, time, phone number, what other activities are planned (I often invite friends-singers for performances). And send! It is very nice. I prepare in advance a list of those who want to invite, and note who agreed to come, and who is not. So you can roughly calculate the number of visitors to determine the amount of snacks and drinks for the buffet table.
Be sure to invite a professional photographer. Pictures from the exhibition will be able to place the pages in social networks and send to friends and guests. These photos remind of you and your event.
Shooting a Movie
A good addition to your portfolio, although optional. If you still decide to make a film about the opening of the exhibition, discuss in advance with the operator that you want to see in it what the close-ups are important to you, interviews with some people. In general, write a script of your evenings and film. When you apply for the next show, be sure to attach a link to it.
Think about your appearance in accordance with the concept of the exhibition and the place of its holding. If necessary, refer to the stylist, who will take care of hair and makeup. These details will help you to create a whole image that accurately remembered by guests and will be more long to please you in photos.
Opening speech and chat with the guests
Welcome guests, briefly tell us about the pictures. Do not forget to thank the people who have come to you. Pay attention to every guest, walk around the room, meet, communicate, learn, how people found out about your event. And be sure to enjoy your evening!
Of course, you can do without it, but usually visitors come to the event after work, and a glass of water or a glass of champagne did not hurt. It all depends on your budget, you can add cakes and snacks. Guests will appreciate such attentions.
Carried out on request. You can invite those who missed the opening.
Of course, the organization of the first exhibition - an exciting and challenging event, but at the same time it is a new level of professional development. Think about where you would like to see your picture, tell me about your plans to friends, ask advice from people connected with the arts, to submit a resume. In general, the knock on all the doors and show their creativity. And then the first exhibition will be the beginning of a string of exciting events that will open new facets of your talent and will give a lot of amazing discoveries and acquaintances. Good luck to you!
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