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Exhibitions – behind the scenes

Exhibitions – behind the scenes

This article explains my exhibitions – behind the scenes preparations and list of tasks that are needed. Many of the tasks don’t have to be completed in a specific order, however there are a couple of tasks that may need a long lead time, the most important one is ordering the artwork that I want to display.

I firstly decide on the images that I want to display. Once these are chosen I send off a print request to my lab for printing. I don’t print at home preferring the quality and consistency achieved by the professional printing lab. It’s also a time saver as it would take me a good couple of days to get prints to a high quality that I’d need for an exhibition.

Once the prints are returned then it’s off to the picture framers for framing. Choices around mount board, frame style and width are discussed and a price agreed. David Hanger (ideal lastname for a picture framer) is a superb framer and I use him for all my framing work. He knows what I like and his work is of a high quality. A cheap looking frame lessens the impact of the final image, whereas a good frame and well chosen mount can enhance it.

Then there’s the task of pulling together the collection and making a list of sizes, titles, orientation of them images, cost prices and selling prices. These are needed for a catalogue, print labels and as a general reference for the gallery and for my record to know what is exhibited where. Often potential customers call and want to talk about an image, so it’s good to know which one they are talking about, what the selling price is and its dimensions.

Display stands, accessories and hardware for hanging the prints then needs to be considered. I’ve not covered how I hang work in the article as I’ve covered it previously here – how I hang my work. One of the most difficult tasks I find is the hanging plan – what goes where. Some people prefer to map it all out and know exactly what they will put where. Whilst I did do a recce visit and take loads of photographs and recorded the measurements of the available space, I prefer to take a load of work that I know will fit and then decide on what will hang where once I’ve arrived. Perhaps this makes it a bit slower at the hanging end, but at least I can see how things look next to each other and make decisions along the way. I always end up taking more work than I know will fit in the space as this gives me options.

Below are some images that show some of the preparation and behind the scenes shots of the exhibition being gathered and hung.

Initial gathering of items for the exhibition

Initial gathering of items for the exhibition

Initial collection of all my work, which when reviewed turned out to be rather too much. So it was reduced somewhat.

Initial collection of all my work, which when reviewed turned out to be rather too much. So it was reduced somewhat.

Exhibition prints and labels, postcards, banners and marketing materials all waiting to be loaded into the car.

Exhibition prints and labels, postcards, banners and marketing materials all waiting to be loaded into the car.

I arrive with a boot full of artwork and associated materials.

I arrive with a boot full of artwork and associated materials.

The staff at the store put up my poster advertising the event

The staff at the store put up my poster advertising the event

One of my posters in the shop window, model here is Linxie

One of my posters in the shop window, model here is Linxie

Poster in the front window of Harmony Store, 99a Charing Cross Road, London

Poster in the front window of Harmony Store, 99a Charing Cross Road, London

The side of Harmony Store in Old Crompton Street, London

The side of Harmony Store in Old Crompton Street, London

Tighter crop just about showing my poster in the window.

Tighter crop just about showing my poster in the window.

Some of my work on display

Some of my work on display

The downstairs neon sign amused me with my work below it.

The downstairs neon sign amused me with my work below it.

A couple more prints are hung

A couple more prints are hung

2 new John Tisbury exhibtions

2 new John Tisbury exhibitions

Yes that’s right 2 new John Tisbury exhibitions! Perhaps a bit like buses, well like 2 buses, my exhibitions have come along together! Bad planning or great timing whichever way you look at I’m slowly taking over London shop by shop. Both exhibitions will run concurrently over a week in October. More details below about each exhibition. The good news is there will be loads of my new work at both venues. It’s not too far between the two venues, so you could go mad and visit both exhibitions!

Harmony Adult Store

I’m very pleased to have been approached to display my work at the Harmony Adult store in 99a Charing Cross Road, London, WC2H 0DP.  The store is on the corner of Charing Cross Road and Old Compton Street. See on Google Maps https://goo.gl/maps/BrX2v

The exhibition opens on Bank Holiday Monday 25th August 2014 and runs for at least 2 months, so plenty of time to arrange a visit to see my new works and while you’re at it you can browse and take in the wide product range available at the store. Most of my work will be on display downstairs, with postcards and some work upstairs.

On slightly surreal note, at the other end of Old Compton Street is a small lane called Tisbury Court. So I have both ends of Old Compton Street covered!

The Strand Gallery

I exhibited at The Strand gallery last year and had plenty of interest in my work. Last year I was downstairs as I was rather late to the party in terms of booking. This year I’m upstairs with a 3 metre display of my work. The exhibition at the Strand is on for a week so make sure you don’t miss the dates. See on Google https://goo.gl/maps/4eO3U

Harmony Store
99a Charing Cross Road, London, WC2H 0DP
Telephone: 020 74342646
Opening hours:
Monday – Saturday 10.00am- 11.00pm
Sunday 10.00am – 10.00pm
Exhibition runs from Monday 25th August – ongoing
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Harmony-Store-UK/205738232779411

The Strand Gallery
32 John Adam St, London WC2N 6BP
Telephone: 0207 839 4942
Opening hours:
Monday – Sunday 11.00am – 18.00pm
Exhibition runs from Monday 6th October 2014 – Sunday 12th October 2014

John Tisbury exhibition London late August

John Tisbury exhibition London

I have just finalised discussions with Harmony Adult store in 99a Charing Cross Road, London to display my erotic and fetish photographic work. This is very exciting and a wonderful opportunity to get my work displayed to a wider audience. Harmony have 3 stores in London and like to offer their customers choice and a wide variety of products. This exhibition allows them to display artwork and offer their customers something unique and unusual alongside their existing product lines. The store is well acquainted in its decor and shopfittings, it looks professional, clean and tidy and I’m pleased to have my work displayed there. Most of my work will be displayed downstairs or in the stairwell which gives the opportunity to display large pieces of art.

To begin with the exhibition will run from Monday 25th August, date to be confirmed, for about 2 months and will feature many new works that have not been seen before. There will be a range of framed open and limited edition prints, posters and greetings cards for sale.

John Tisbury exhibition London at Harmony Adult Store, 99a Charing Cross Road, London, WC2H 0DP

John Tisbury exhibition London at Harmony Adult Store, 99a Charing Cross Road, London, WC2H 0DP

John Tisbury exhibition London at Harmony Adult Store, 99a Charing Cross Road, London, WC2H 0DP

Harmony Adult Store, 99a Charing Cross Road, London, WC2H 0DP

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The store details are:

Harmony Adult Store
99a Charing Cross Road
London
WC2H 0DP
@Harmonystoreuk
www.harmonystore.co.uk

Exhibition at Sh! Women’s Erotic Emporium

From Sunday 2nd March through to the end of April I will have some of my artwork on display and for sale at Sh! The Women’s Erotic Emporium. It was a pleasure to be asked to exhibit there and I’m pleased to say that my work looks really good surrounded by all the toys and other items of stock. I spent a good couple of hours setting up my display and was well looked after by the team whilst I was there.

Sh! Women's Erotic Emporium

Sh! Women’s Erotic Emporium

So what is Sh!?

The first ever female-focussed sex shop in the UK ( and the first boutique-style erotic store too!) Sh! Women’s Erotic Emporium was established on 1st April 1992 as an antidote to sleazy sex shops and has since trail blazed the way for the whole of the sex industry to take a giant u-turn in how it views women’s sexuality.

Hailed in the press as “true pioneers” (The Observer Magazine) “ground-breaking” (Time Out) and “the best sex shop for women” (Time Out) , our mission has always been to create a comfortable, welcoming and informative atmosphere for women to browse and buysex toys on line and in our London store, where guys are welcome to visit “as a guest” of a woman.

Our aim is to offer the best selection of female sex toyssourced from around the world. We also design and manufacture our own range of regular and vibratingsilicone dildos, strap on harnesses, bondage andpersonal lubricant that you won’t find anywhere else but in our Online and London stores.

We believe sex toys are just that – TOYS and that’s why you won’t find any sleazy or naff standard sex shop fare such as blow up dolls or porn star dildos at Sh!

We treat all womens’ sexuality as equal; so whether you are single, married, co-habiting or divorced, straight, lesbian or bi, in your 20′s 30′s 40′s 50′ 60′s 70′s or 80′s (our oldest customer so far is 88!) a mother, disabled, a survivor of cancer, like to swing from chandeliers or prefer the missionary position, you’ll always be welcome at Sh!

Service is our top priority. We want women to feel good about their sexuality and the Sh! Girlz are highly trained to be knowledgeable in, and to offer advice about all things relating to sex and sex toys .

We believe that buying a sex toy , whether a vibrator , a dildo or an anal toy , should be an uplifting feel-good experience and that’s why we promise the advice and service we give will always be personal to you.

 

Store location:
57 Hoxton Square
London
N1 6HD

http://www.sh-womenstore.com/

Special Achievement Award

Awarded the Special Achievement Award 2013

I’ve been awarded the Special Achievement Award by JADE magazine. As a previous winner of their prestigious Erotic Artist of the Year award in 2010 this is a wonderful honour and surprise.  Below is an extract from the latest edition of JADE, volume 12, issue 108, November 2013.

Special Achievement Award

So far 2013 has been a great year for me, I’ve achieved my Fellowship of the Royal Photographic Society which was a great honour and ultimately enjoyable experience, I say ultimately as it was hard graft and involved a lot of deep thinking, never a good thing!

I’ve exhibited my work at more exhibitions this year than I ever have, and managed to secure some exclusive display areas and partnerships that I’m very proud to work with.

I also launched my own member’s pay-to-view website www.Erotica-Babes.com which features more explicit video and stills content which is 100% exclusive and all shot, filmed and edited by me.

What next?

Well it’s more of the same in as much as I will be continuing to do what I do best from an artistic and creative perspective with my photography and cinematography. Work with new and existing models to push boundaries and explore new creative ideas.

Market and promote my work to expand my audience whilst acknowledging and responding to my current customer base and loyal collectors of my work.

Erotica 2013

Erotica 2013 – Tobacco Docks, London

Erotica 2012 was cancelled and when the 2013 dates were announced a new venue was also chosen to host the event. Olympia had been the previous venue and had perhaps been getting a little too large because the show in recent years had started to reduce in size. My first Erotica event was in 2007 and I’d booked every year since, so it seemed strange to not exhibit in 2012.

Tobacco Docks

The new venue certainly looked good-looking at the picture on their website, but would it be any good for Erotica? I normally booked for the following year whilst still at the previous show, this also gave exhibitors a discount on the pitch prices.  For 2013 the prices had gone up and any discounts had been removed. With this in mind I decided to book a 7 metre linear pitch in the art gallery area, since in previous years I’d always gone with 10 linear metres. Because this was a new venue and I was not sure how people would take to it and the price per linear metre had risen to £180 ex VAT per linear metre I decided to cut my exposure to risk by reducing the linear metreage.

I found the parking and unloading so much easier than in Olympia, I parked the car in the car park and used a trolley to move my stock between the car and venue, very easy indeed. At Olympia you had to park in the road, unload no matter what the weather was doing, trolley in past commuters and then go back to move your car into the car park. This had to be done in reverse at the end of the show.

Below are some 7 second Vine videos of my stand, setting up and various shots I took over the weekend.

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For me the show was a great success in many ways, I met many of my customers and friends and it was good to catch up with them and chat about what they had done and how their print collections were building. I met many new customers and had loads of enquiries, so I’m pleased I took the plunge and booked. The Art Gallery area was certainly smaller than in previous years and hopefully in 2014 it will have a few more artists to decided like me to take the risk and book.

Erotica 2014

Erotica 2014 3-5th October, Tobacco Docks, London.

 

How to hang artwork

How I hang my artwork

Today I went to The Strand Gallery, London, WC2N 6BP to hang my artwork for an exhibition starting tomorrow 1st October 2013 which runs until 12th October 2013.

The Strand Gallery, London

 

I thought that some people may find the following ‘how-to’ article useful on how I approached hanging my work.

Preparation

Having decided what images I was going to display I then needed to consider whether I was going to do an open series of prints or a limited edition run. I thought that because it was a gallery display that a limited edition range would be a better option and I limited the print run to 5 prints per image. Small run limited edition prints hold more value, however they need to well presented and framed to make sure that the purchaser feels they have purchased something a bit special and strictly limited.

I asked my framer to frame them for me, as he does a better job that I ever would do. Framing is a key stage as images that are poorly framed or don’t have enough space to breath within the frame will put potential customers off. The frame choice needs to be one that is not too ornate and of a colour that will blend or match with most decor. White mount board and a black frame meet these criteria perfectly and will blend with almost all other colours.

Whilst the prints were getting framed I made up the certificates of authenticity and the price labels as well as a biography for the wall.

Certificates of authenticity

My biography

My biography

Close up of certificate

Close up of certificate, note the debossing brand

Hanging the work

I have paid for a 3 metre run to hang my work. The biggest mistake many people make is to overfill the wall with art and not give it enough space to breath. Then there’s the look of the overall display, is should look balanced so you need to consider how you are going to hang your pieces or work, in which order and how they will be spaced along the wall. I had 8 pieces, so I did laid each piece of work against the wall in the order I wanted them to appear.

I measured up when I arrived and I found I had 3750mm to play with, so slightly more than I ordered – perfect. I then hammered two nails, one at either side of my run and attached a piece of string horizontally between the two nails to act as a level, I put this about eye level. I then added together the width of each piece of artwork and then took that total away from my overall dimension. I then divided that figure by the number of pieces of work to calculate the gap between each piece. You can see my workings out below. I had 143mm between each piece of work, based on having 5 vertical lines of art, see pictures below.

My calculations for hanging my work

My calculations for hanging my work

Next step was to find the middle of the wall, which was 1875mm and mark that on the string. From there it was a simple task of marking the width of each print together with the 143mm gap between each one along the string. Because I had 5 vertical rows of prints I started from the middle and worked outwards. To hang the prints I use picture hooks and nails, these are very good as the nails go in at an angle and support the weight of the frames. I used the ones with two pins, and to make doubly sure, use two hooks per picture. This has the added benefit of stopping the frames from tilting and sitting unevenly on the wall which means you don’t have to continually keep straightening them!

Picture hooks with two pins

Picture hooks with two pins

Work in progress below, starting from the middle and working outwards. You can see the double picture hook hanging method to the right of the image below.

Starting from the middle and working outwards

Starting from the middle and working outwards

The finished display

The finished display

Here’s a quick 7 second video of the finished display.

Exhibition at The Strand Gallery, London

Update: 30th Sept, the exhibition has been extended for a further week and will now run until Saturday 12th October.

My next exhibition of work is on 1st – 12th October 2013 at The Strand Gallery, London.

Below are some of the pieces that will be available for sale as strictly limited edition framed prints.

If you look carefully you can see me taking photos on my iPhone for this article! LOL

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http://thestrandgallery.wordpress.com/current-exhibition/

Address is: 32 John Adam Street, London, WC2N 6BP | 0207 839 4942

Guest Speaker at Eroticon2013

Eroticon2013

I’ve just returned from giving a talk at Eroticon2013 entitled ‘What makes a good erotic photograph’. My session lasted an hour and I have to say I really enjoyed the talk. Although I’m a qualified trainer and used to standing up in front of groups, you never know how a new talk is going to go down. I pulled the content together for this presentation over a couple of weeks adding some of my new work which had not been seen before. Although the session was titled ‘What Makes a good erotic photograph’ I also wanted to include some content about how I work with models and how to develop creativity and ideas. So these themes were entwined throughout the talk. The conference is mainly targeted at writers and publishers however many of the delegates take photographs to illustrate their work or would like to get more into photography.

I attended the two sessions that preceded mine so I could see how the room worked and I’m glad I did as I did pick up some new things and bits of information from both the speakers which I thought were good ideas.

I had 15 mins to setup and and thankfully technology behaved itself, even though I had to start by re-booting the PC laptop we were all using to present from. Once it had re-booted it was fine, I’m not surprised it complained as my PowerPoint was 305meg in size with all the images in it. I was also using a wireless laser pointer and clicker for the first time, which allowed me freedom from the keyboard to advance the slides in the presentation and to use the laser to highlight particular areas on an image I was talking about.  I’ve seen them used before and always wanted one as it makes your presentation a little slicker and allows you to move away from the perceived safety of standing behind the lectern or laptop.

Primed, loaded and ready for the off

Primed, loaded and ready for the off

My session stated at 12:30pm and from the off I encouraged questions as we went along and there were some great questions from a thoughtful and well-informed audience. I showed just over 90 of my images which I projected. The room at the venue was super, it was in the basement, which did make me snigger as I thought of a dungeon and all those rope, chains and bondage, my images fitted the scene perfectly I thought. Thank you to Ruby who organised the event and I’m hoping there is a demand for more in the future.

20 Ways to Develop Creativity – handout - handout from session

Link to Eroticon2013