Getting an exhibition

Exhibitions are public shows of your art. They can take place in art galleries, museums, or another space if you organise an exhibition yourself. A lot of work goes into making an exhibition. It takes money to…

Meeting and working with curators

A curator organises exhibitions. They research artists who interest them and invite them to take part. A curator might also organise shipping art work, insurance, and promotion. Meeting curators who work with artists like you…

Briefs and contracts for public art commissions

A commission will lead to a contract for you, as an artist, to create something to a specified brief. That brief is set by the commissioner and can be very loose or very…

WW Gallery: approaching galleries and finding opportunities

Debra Wilson & Chiara Williams, the directors of WW Gallery put together the tips below, essential to point you in the right direction if showing work and gallery representation are your goals. Do…

First steps for new graduates: studios, promotion, networks and exhibitions

Maintaining a career as an artist can be a complex and nuanced affair that requires a lot more than simply making good work. These presentations by artists and industry professionals examined…

Vane, Newcastle: how regional galleries find artists

This article considers how a regional gallery finds and works with it’s artists. About Vane Vane started life as project based organisation. Between 1997 2004 it presented in temporary venues. Vane has been…

CHARLIE SMITH london: how commercial galleries find artists

Director of CHARLIE SMITH london, Zavier Ellis shares his experiences on finding and working with artists (2013). My perspective in running a gallery is very curatorial, but I am also an art…

Applications to curators

If you really want to apply direct to a gallery or curator, bear the following in mind: Find out the name of the curator or director and write directly to him/her. Print images on paper so that…

Lucy Day: approaching galleries

The key to successfully approaching galleries, or as is more often and accurately the case, gradually building a relationship with them, is having an insight and understanding into their priorities and how they operate. In this…

Researching galleries

Most galleries and independent curators have a definite style or interest in specific types of artwork they are interested in, and it is a good idea to research this carefully to save time and money and avoid cutting…

Self-organised exhibitions

One of the best, and fastest ways of getting an exhibition is organising your own. This article highlights the key things to consider if you decide on a D.I.Y. approach. At the start of your career, you need…

Fiona MacDonald: how curators work

For the last six years artist Fiona MacDonald has worked as a curator at Standpoint Gallery. She works 3 days a week, running a space, with all the practical, managerial, and fundraising implications that brings.…

Cathy Lomax and Gary ODwyer: artist-curators

Many artists also operate as curators, developing their careers and expanding their networks by organising their own exhibitions with peers or in some cases even setting up a longer term artist led space. Listen…

Types of commission

This article introduces different kinds of commissions. It suggests things to consider when taking one on. What is a commission? A ‘commission’ can cover different opportunities, including: Creating a piece of artwork Producing a community project Organising…

Make the most of exhibitions

There is no one way to get an exhibition, and much of your success will depend on your reputation, patience, professionalism, existing network, serendipity and, of course, the quality of your work. As with many…

Public art commissions: expressions of interest

An expression of interest is the first stage in the commissioning process.   A Commissioner will: Approach you with an opportunity and context to make new work Know of you and your practice Check…

An introduction to running artist-led spaces

Running your own Artist led space could be useful in Raising your profile in the art world Building your networks Developing useful skills Providing a space to show for you and your friends Listen…

Working relationships in public art commissions

Learn how to develop a relationship with your commissioner so that you both get what you need out of a commission. For the artist It is your responsibility to deliver something of quality that…