If you are an artist, whether one who does photography, fine art, painting, sculpting, or any other form of art, one of the best ways to promote your work is by showcasing it at a public venue.
You can do this on your website, or at exhibitions and art galleries. The biggest challenge for most artists is always finding the right gallery in which to exhibit their work.
Some of the tips that can help you in this regard include the following:
Join an Art Club
There can be a lot to learn from art clubs, including when and where upcoming art exhibitions and galleries will be held.
Search around for an art club near you, and join up if it strikes your fancy.
You won’t only have a place to connect with other like-minded artists, but you will get up-to-date information on what’s going on in the art scene.
But to get the most out of an art club membership, try to be an active participant.
Subscribe to Art Magazines and Newsletters
There are magazines and newspaper sections that provide information about what’s going on among artists from around the world.
If you want to stay updated, you need to subscribe to these publications. Most of them charge fairly low prices for subscriptions.
There are also numerous blogs and websites devoted to the arts that you should familiarise yourself with.
Use Social Media
You should never underestimate the value of using social-media platforms if you are an artist. Sites like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter always provide updates about upcoming events.
You should also consider following renowned artists on social media who are likely to post about upcoming events, galleries, and exhibitions.
You can also use your own social-media accounts to ask for suggestions about which galleries might be interested in showcasing your work.
Whenever you see a call for artists to submit their work for consideration, you should start applying immediately. Do not wait too long, as you may end up missing out.
Remember, these events attract artists from all over the world, so the longer you wait, the more likely you are to miss something.
You should also make sure you have met all the requirements and that you are applying for the appropriate category.
For instance, if they are looking for modern art, you will not be considered if your specialty is something other than modern art – unless you can somehow make it relevant to the theme.
Always ensure that your application arrives before the deadline, and that you have made all necessary preparations.
Do a Web Search
Sometimes, it helps to simply go online and search for upcoming events, including galleries and exhibitions.
To make things even easier, you should make your search as relevant as possible so you get the best results.
Narrow down your search further by including the type of art that you do, the kind of exhibition you are looking for, and your current location.
If you want an even broader audience, you should consider applying to art events outside your area. Dare to go global!