How Artist’s can Plan to succeed!


There’s a phrase in the business world. Failure to plan means planning to fail.

Whatever it is you’re doing, it will always work better if some planning and thought has gone into it.

Not one of my strengths but I’m learning, the hard way.

This week I’ve been finalising plans for my exhibition. During the process I’ve realised a few things.

If like me, organisation is not your strong point. I’ve put together a list of things to note for next time.

  1. Get Help: Initially I felt overwhelmed! Unsure where to start. I was fortunate to have a friend who’s run several exhibitions, so knows what to do.
  2. Decide how many spaces you have and what size pictures will fit. Do it early on. I have space for 45 pictures! – I’ve counted. I needed to paint some more!
  3. How will you hang? I’m not exhibiting in a gallery so there are all sorts of wall furniture which can impede, not to mention windows. There are numerous options for hanging from simple picture hooks to elabourate  Hanging kits with wire and hooks.
  4. Plan the hang. 45 images cannot be slapped on the walls without thought. Firstly I needed to ensure the images worked together. And that they fit with my theme. I’m on a themed exhibition after all!
  5. Allow time for framing. Once images are decided they must be framed. Works which will be hung together should be framed in a complementary fashion. You can’t expect 45 pictures to be framed at a moments notice! Allow 2 weeks plus depending on your framer.
  6. Remember a preview evening is effectively a (formal) party. But you don’t need to go overboard on the refreshments. A glass of wine and some nibbles are sufficient. Lots of the big supermarkets will do “sale or return” on wine along with free glass hire.
  7. Remember you need to book things a few weeks in advance! Maybe even more. The day before will probably be too late!
  8. Let Everyone know! Friends, family…

None of this is tricky, it just requires some time!

Now, I’ve left Printing off for another occasion. But what else have I missed?


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