Conditions of Entry
This weeks topic Conditions of Entry will be especially helpful to those who want to give exhibiting a go – or those who have just started out and want to gain more confidence.
Exhibiting your work can be a wonderful experience. You get to see your work hanging with that of your peers and others get to view a plethora of interesting, wide-ranging work.
Thing is, COE really matter and can make a huge difference to being accepted or not!
They are there for a reason – what that reason is, isn’t the question.
Furthermore, organiser’s can include almost anything they want because it’s their show, so it’s their way. They know their venue and their capabilities.
Of course, if they want to attract entrants, the COE need to be reasonable.
Never underestimate COE. They need careful attention.
Give exhibiting your work a go. It’s a great way to improve your work and gain confidence. Yes, it can be hard and you may not always be successful, but hang in there – and enjoy the experience!
The more artists who exhibit, the more we all get to enjoy seeing innovative and creative work.
Conditions of Entry tips:
- Read the COE carefully until you have absorbed everything. Read them over and over.
- Follow every guideline because they’re there for a reason.
- By not following the set COE your work may not be selected. That would be a shame after all the time and effort you’ve put in, so tick them off one-by-one.
- Late entries are not accepted, therefore entries must be received on time.
- Write your Artist Statement when you begin the work as this gives you plenty of time to tweak it and make it perfect. A good Artist Statement is a thing of joy, so make sure it’s easy to read and in your own voice. More on that in a later post.
- Design your work with ease of delivery in mind, trust me, it’s worth it. You may be able to change your design slightly to make it easier.
- Have a box custom made to fit large, delicate or dimensional work. It’s an extra cost, but well worth knowing it will be transported as safely as possible. I use Pack and Send, Burwood.
- Have good images of your work following the COE guidelines as these may be used in print or on social media. You need good images with no background, no washing lines, no shadows etc.
- Ensure your work is clean and tidy, so no dog or cat hairs or hanging threads.
- Check your name and contact details are on your work.
- Measure your work carefully and include any dimension (depth).
- If it’s a member only exhibition, ensure your subs are up-to-date.
- Yay, you’ve been selected – that’s fantastic. Congratulations. Always nice to receive that email or letter.
- Get your work to the venue within the given time-frame and make a note of when it has to be collected/returned.
- If your work has to be posted/couriered, organise its return at the same time you send it.
- If you can go to the opening, go – and be proud. You’ve done it. It’s been a long journey, but I bet you feel just great. Enjoy the moment.
- If you’re rejected – don’t give up and don’t question. We’ve all been rejected at some time I suspect. Use it to make you and your work stronger.
- Now start your next work….and just go for it!
Quote of the Week:
‘Whether you succeed or not is irrelevant, there is no such thing. Making your unknown known is the important thing – and keeping the unknown always beyond you’. Georgia O’Keeffe.
Next Week: Why exhibit?