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.