Successful Exhibitions

Perhaps you’ve decided 2020 will be the year you start attending and displaying your work at exhibitions. You could hold your own exhibition dedicated to your work alone or perhaps partake in one of the many organised across the country. Exhibitions can be a fantastic opportunity to show your work off in all its glory as visitors will come to you and they are the perfect opportunity for showcasing to potential clients and art buyers.

Preparing for a successful exhibition can be a very daunting experience, even if you’ve attended them before! There is a lot to consider prior and you should be prepared for things to come up that you wouldn’t have imagined! Here we have put together some top tips on holding a successful exhibition.

booking your space

The most important factor here is RESEARCH! If you’re looking at attending an organised exhibition, have you attended it before? If not, speak to your contacts, do they recommend it? Also take into consideration the type of visitors expected – would you work fit in with their tastes and budgets? When you’ve settled on this, speak to the event organisers and understand what is included in your stand fee. Your booking fee for space is a large overhead so ensure you are getting all you can from it. Is there suitable space to hang your work or would you need to provide this?

Additionally, what promotion will be involved from the organisers for you? Do they promote the event locally or perhaps nationally? It may be worth negotiating if possible on a stand location within the exhibition too. If you know who else is attending and where they will be located, consider work that complements yours and ask for a stand location according to this.

logistics

Perhaps one of the most onerous parts of preparing for a successful exhibition is working out how you are going to get there with all of your work. Will you need to hire a van for the occasion or perhaps ask a logistics company to undertake this challenge on your behalf – just make sure they are insured accordingly and have relevant experience to avoid any damages or potential issues. You will need to take a suitable amount of work with you to display, don’t over do it though!

Furthermore, if the exhibition is not local to you, ensure you book your accommodation in advance. Some large scale exhibitions attract vast numbers of visitors and local hotels and B&B’s get booked up well in advance.

You may also want to consider taking someone with you to help out. Do you have a reliable friend or colleague that can head over with you? It will probably be worthwhile having some assistance if possible so you can both take suitable breaks and explore the rest of the exhibition for market research purposes!

Also, never, ever forget items such as pens, paper and scissors! Trust us, you’ll will always need these at some point!

promotion

Both prior and whilst you are attending the exhibition, you need to promote that you are there! Using social media is a great opportunity for this as you can target people who are already interested in your work as well as others that may be interested in other exhibitors.

You should also ensure you have plenty of marketing material with you at all times too, this can include business cards or flyers. Include your contact details on these so visitors who can’t stop thinking about your work after the event can get in touch!

It would also be a good idea to have some information displayed about each piece of work you have with you. This can just be a couple of lines on a small label, it is also worthwhile including the price too.

during the event

No body knows your work better than you do! Be prepared to talk all day long about it and what your inspiration is. Be enthusiastic and approachable to all visitors. You need to enjoy your time at the event otherwise this will come across negatively to and visitors. All the hard work will be worth it and take a couple of days off afterwards to rest, you’ll be surprised how tiring these exhibitions can be! Don’t be tempted to take a seat though whilst you’re at the exhibition, it can come across very casual to potential clients so make sure you wear some comfortable shoes too!

If you are selling directly at the exhibition, it is worthwhile investing in a card payment facility. Fewer and fewer of us are carrying cash around and this can really make life much easier for you and your customers. There are many different options available now and many of these can be used through a mobile phone. Here is a comparison site that you can take a look at which details all the different options available to you.

most importantly

Things will go wrong, it’s inevitable, even if you’re a seasoned pro at exhibitions. But that’s fine! Learn from your mistakes and don’t be disheartened by them everyone forgets something every once in a while. Just remember, something may go wrong, but it’s highly unlikely that your visitors will even notice and inevitably you will have a successful exhibition!


Have you attended any exhitibitions recently? Which ones would you recommend for photographers and artists? Or perhaps you’re planning on attending some yourself throughout 2020 – let us know, we would love to hear from you and you never know, we may be able to pop along too!


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The Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours – Call for entries

The Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours seeks the best in contemporary watercolour and water media based painting. Medias accepted include watercolour, acrylic, ink and gouache. The 208th exhibition will be held in 2020.
The Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours – Call For Entries
Artists (aged 18+) all over the world are invited to submit their work. The images can be submitted between Monday 21st October 2019 through to the 3rd January 2020. All work needs to be submitted online and pre-selection will take place. Selected pieces will be announced on the 10th January 2020 and can be viewed online at mallgalleries.oess1.uk. 
The annual exhibition will then take place between 2nd April 2020 through to the 17th April 2020 and this will be held at The Mall Galleries in London.
Entry Requirements
Any artist over the age of 18 can submit their work as long as it has been created within the last two years. A maximum of six pieces of work can be submitted per artist but no more than four will be selected from each individual. Please note though that there is a submission fee of £18 per piece, however, for those aged 35 and under this is reduced to £12 per works. To upload your work, visit the Mall Galleries website from the 21st October 2019.
Prizes

There are many amazing prizes up for grabs too! These include;

The Winsor & Newton Award: £3,000

The Winsor & Newton Product Prize: £1,000 worth of Winsor & Newton art materials

The Leathersellers’ Prize: £1,000 awarded by The Worshipful Company of Leathersellers to an artist aged between 18 and 30 years old

The President’s Choice Award: An award of £750 for the most deserving work in the exhibition, donated by a member of the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours (RI) and judged by the President of the RI, Rosa Sepple

The Anthony J Lester Art Critic Award: A certificate of commendation for an outstanding work chosen by the art critic and broadcaster Anthony J Lester

The ArtsBox Solo Prize: A solo exhibition at The ArtsBox in Vicenza, Italy

The Baohong Artists’ Watercolour Paper Prizes: Two prizes of £250 each, awarded to a member and non-member for excellence

The Cass Art Prize: A prize of £200 of art supplies from Cass Art, awarded to a work demonstrating the most innovative use of colour

The Chaoshan Watercolour Award: £250 awarded by Chinese artist, Professor Li Xiaocheng, for the best classically inspired watercolour

The Debra Manifold RI Memorial Award: Presented by the Linda Blackstone Gallery, an award for the most innovative work in the exhibition

The Dry Red Press Award: The winning work will be published as a greeting card in the Dry Red Press ‘Prize Winners’ range, with royalties from the sale of the cards going to the artist

The Escoda Barcelona Award: A set of Escoda’s finest brushes for an outstanding landscape painting

The Frank Herring Easel Award: An easel presented for an outstanding work in the exhibition by Frank Herring & Sons

The James Fletcher-Watson RI Memorial Award: £500 for the best use of watercolour in the exhibition

The John Purcell Paper Prize: Paper to the value of £100 awarded to a work chosen by John Purcell

The Matt Bruce RI Memorial Award: An award of £500 for what is considered the most outstanding use of light and colour in a watercolour

The Megan Fitzoliver Brush Award: A trophy, named The Pipe Fish, awarded for a work that most inspires a connection with the natural world

The Neil Meacher RI Watercolour Award: An award of £250 for an outstanding watercolour

The Richard Plincke RI Prize for Colour: An award of £250 for creative use of colour

The Schmincke Prize: A Horadam Aquarell Artists’ Watercolours set to an outstanding exhibitor.


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The Discerning Eye Exhibition

The 2019 ING Discerning Eye annual exhibition is now open for entries. This annual exhibition which has been running since 1990, is a show of small works which has been independently selected by six prominent figures from the art world.

Overall, this exhibition provides the opportunity for lesser-known artists to have their works hung alongside contributions from internationally recognised names. The works are judged by six individuals from the art industry which is made up of two artists, two collectors and two critics, some of which are; artists Gill Button and Charlotte Hodes, collector; Tim Rice and the critic; John Penrose.

The closing date to submit your entries is 7th September 2019, so there is still plenty of time! There are some basic rules you need to be aware of before submitting your work though; the exhibition is only open to residents of the UK and you can submit up to six pieces of work. This includes both 2D and 3D pieces. Each submission costs up to £15, however, there are discounts available on this depending on how you submit your work, more information can be found here. Furthermore, you work must be for sale if entering. To submit your works you can there are drop off points across the country, these all take place during early September and the locations include; Penzance, Birmingham, Edinburgh, London, Plymouth, Exeter and more!

Prizes

Not only will the selected work be exhibited in the Discerning Eye exhibition held at the Mall Galleries in London between the 14th and 24th November 2019, but there are some big prizes up for grabs, including;

ING Purchase Prize – £5,000
Founder’s Purchase Prize – £2,500
Chairman’s Purchase Prize – £1,000
Meynell Fenton Prize – £1,000
Humphreys Purchase Prize – £750
Wright Purchase Prize – £500
DE Sculpture and 3D Work Prize – £250
Regional Prizes of £250 each
for outstanding entries from the Northern Ireland, Scotland, North, Wales, Midlands, East Anglia, South West and South East regions
St Cuthberts Mill Award – £200 worth of paper
Parker Harris Mentoring Prize
Parker Harris will give a one-to-one mentoring session covering all aspects of professional development to a selected artist
To find out more information and how to submit your works, visit the exhibition information here. You can also view previous works through the Discerning Eye website.

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The Sunday Times Watercolour Competition 2019

The Sunday Times Watercolour competition, which is now in its 32nd year, is open for entries. This annual competition is one of the UK’s most prestigious competitions for contemporary watercolour painting and any water-based media is accepted including acrylic, gouache and inks. The competition ‘aims to celebrate and reward excellence and originality in the medium of watercolour‘. The deadline for entries is the 17th June 2019 with the shortlist being announced on the 25th June 2019.
250 works will be shortlisted initially and these will be narrowed down and the final 100 will be selected on the 10th July. The shortlist will be selected by a panel of industry experts and there will subsequently be a touring exhibition of these final pieces.
Entries into this competition must be submitted online in the first instance, with artists submitting up to four pieces each. Entry costs are £15 per works and they must have been completed within the last three years. The competition is also only open to those living within the UK.
Take a look at previous exhibitors of The Sunday Times Watercolour competition here.
The Prizes

The following prizes are up for grabs: London Wall Partners Prize of £8,000, second prize of £3,00, third prize of £1,000 and there is also a young artist prize (those aged 30 or under) which consists of £250 and £250 worth of artist materials. Winners will also be announced in The Sunday Times Magazine and on The Sunday Times website.

The Exhibition

Following on from the above, 100 pieces will be selected for the exhibition. The touring exhibition commences in September, starting at The Mall Galleries in London. During October and November, works will be displayed in Trowbridge and will subsequently be displayed in Guilford during November through to January 2020.

Head over to the Sunday Times Watercolour competition website for full details on how to enter, including FAQ’s and the competition rules.


Have you entered the SFS Introducing from Explorers Against Exhibition competition yet? Find out more here.


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SFS Introducing from Explorers Against Extinction

A new art competition has been released for 2019, raising vital funds for a worthwhile cause. Artists are invited to submit their works into SFS Introducing before the 19th July 2019. All works submitted will help contribute towards this campaign so why not participate?

Explorers Against Extinction

Explorers against Extinction is a wildlife conservation campaign organised by registered UK charity the Real World Conservation Trust. The primary aims of the campaign are to raise awareness about the threats facing the world’s most iconic species and their habitats while also raising significant funds for nominated projects pivotal in the battle to protect them.

SFS Introducing
A new competition to 2019, SFS Introducing invites all to submit artworks which include an endangered species (we’ve found this list on the WWF website of endangered animals.) Any artists, whether professional or hobbyist, over the age of 16, can submit their work, produced in any medium, however, the piece must be either A3 or A4 in size.
The best 100 artworks will be selected by a panel and added to the core Sketch for Survival touring collection. However, no work submitted and entered will go to waste. All will still contribute to the campaign and will be submitted to the Sketch for Survival Affordable Art Gallery which will then be sold. All pieces of art will contribute to the campaign and help raise vital funds. Everybody who submits an artwork will receive a Certificate of Participation from Explorers against Extinction.
Awards

There will also be a series of awards through the SFS Introducing competition. These include the following;

Artist of the Year: This winner will receive their award at the Royal Geographical Society in London on 14th November in addition to a £500 voucher to spend on art materials and equipment from GreatArt and a free annual subscription to either The Artist or Leisure Painter magazine.

The Leisure Painter’s People’s Choice Award; this work is chosen by the public, both through an online portal and through the exhibition tour. The winner will be featured in a Leisure Painter magazine article and will receive a £500 voucher for GreatArt. In addition to this, they will also receive an annual subscription to either The Artist of Leisure Painter magazine.
The Artist Award; will be selected by the editorial team at The Artist magazine. The judges will decide who captures the best spirit of the campaign. This winner will be featured in The Artist and will receive a free annual subscription to either The Artist or Leisure Painter magazine.
The Exhibition

Sketch for Survival along with the SFS Introducing pieces will tour the UK between September and November 2019, visiting five different venues and finishing at the Royal Geographical Society in London.

Full terms and conditions and entry requirements can be found on the Explorers Against Extinction website.


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Landscape Artist of the Year 2019

The Sky Arts competition; Landscape Artist of the Year is open for entries. This competition gives you the opportunity to win a £10,000 commission for the British institution’s permanent collection in addition to £500 of art materials from Cass Art. The deadline for entries is the 11th May 2019 so there is still some time to get your application together!

Stunning locations across the whole of the UK are used within this competition.

For the application process you will need to submit the following:

  1. One photograph (Low-resolution Jpeg) of a landscape painting created by You (“the Landscape Entry”) – This image must show the complete painting, and you must send no more than one image of the Landscape Entry.
  2. Photograph(s) (Low-resolution Jpegs) of at least one and up to two further works of art by Yourself (“the Additional Works of Art”) – these needn’t be landscapes, and you must send no more than one image of each Additional Works of Art You submit.
  3. One passport style photo of yourself.

You will also need to complete a short application form which includes questions such as the following;

Please tell us about your background as an artist and your other general interests and if you have won or been shortlisted for any other art competition, please specify which competition(s) and the level of your involvement.

Full entry terms and conditions can be found here. There is also plenty of advice and information on the Sky Arts website.


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Society of Wildlife Artists – 2019 Exhibition

The Society of Wildlife Artists will soon be accepting submissions for their 2019 exhibition; The Natural Eye. Pre-selection will be open from 12pm 29th April 2019 through to 26th July 2019. The Selection Committee (which is formed from artist members of The Society of Wildlife Artists) announce their selection choices on the 2nd August 2019. Following on from this, the exhibition runs from the 24th October 2019.

The Exhibition

This year the annual exhibition requests works that depict wildlife subjects with originality, creativity and high levels of technicality. Subjects can include any non-domestic animals, including, birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, fish, crustaceans and insects. Both two and three dimensional pieces are accepted. Pre-submission is through an online portal on The Mall Galleries website.

Artists, 18+ can submit up to six pieces of work each which must have been completed within the last three years. Entry is £18 per submitted works or £12 each for those aged 35 and under.

Awards & Prizes

Works which have been selected will be in with the opportunity of winning one of the following prizes or awards;

  • The Terravesta Prize: £2,000 for the best work exhibited.
  • Birdwatch Artist of the Year Award: £1,000 plus Swarovski equipment.
  • RSPB Award: £500.
  • Birdscapes Gallery ‘Conservation through Art’ Award: £700 split between the artist and a conservation charity of their choice.
  • Mascot Media ‘Nature in Print’ Award: For the most original, unusual or effective interpretation of the natural world using traditional printmaking techniques. The winning artist will receive £200 and their choice of 10 current Mascot Media books.
  • Dry Red Press Award: The winning work reproduced as a greetings card.

For full terms and conditions, please click here. You can also find out more about The Society of Wildlife Artists on their website.


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The Society of Women Artists 2019 Exhibition

Call for Entries

The 2019 Society of Women Artists Exhibition online pre-selection process is open on Thursday 28th February 2019. Entry will be open to both members and non-members and this will be the 158th exhibition from the society.

The Society of Women Artists

The Society of Women Artists (SWA) is a British art body dedicated to celebrating and promoting fine art created by women. Originally founded as the Society of Female Artists in 1855, it offered women artists the opportunity to exhibit and sell their works. Annual exhibitions have been held in London each year since 1857.

The 2019 Exhibition

The 2019 exhibition will be held in the renowned Mall Galleries, London and  artists can each submit up to four pieces of work. All medias are applicable, including; painting, pastel, drawing, mixed media and sculptures. Entry is open to both members and non-members with entry at £15 per work or £8 for those artists aged 35 and under.

All those wishing to submit their works must digitally upload their file by noon on the 20th June 2019. You must upload your work online through The Mall Galleries submission system here. Those fortunate to be selected will be notified on the 28th June 2019. Subsequently, following on from this, the exhibition will be open to the general public from Tuesday 24th September to Sunday 29th September. Additionally, all works within the exhibition will be for sale.

Awards

There are a variety of awards available and highlights include; the Princess Michael of Kent Award, The SWA Fine Art Award (£500), The SWA Special Fine Art Award (£2,000), Karin Walker Young Artist Award (£1,000), Derwent Special Fine Art Award (£500 of art materials) and the St Cuthberts Paper Mill Award. In addition to the, Jackson’s Art Supplies will be sponsoring the People’s Choice Award.


To view previous works from 157th exhibition, click here.

For further information on this years requirements, rules and terms and conditions visit the Society of Women Artists website.