Now that Spring seems to be on its way, the season of local art exhibitions is about to begin - preparations are in full swing, and I wish all those who are taking part the best of luck (not to mention lots of sales!). But why stop there? Why not take the plunge and submit a work to a national Open Art exhibition or opportunity? As much as I hate the phrase "you've got nothing to lose" it certainly rings true. Students and friends of the shedio who have taken the plunge, have recently been accepted in exhibitions by the Royal Watercolour Society (currently showing at Bankside Gallery, London), the Society of East Anglian Watercolourists, and Threads - a prestigious exhibition to celebrate Womens History Month in Edinburgh.
There are opportunities out there for everyone, whether you are an emerging artist, taking your first tentative steps in exhibiting, or someone who has been painting for a while, and are ready to share your work with a more discerning audience. Here are a few that look particularly exciting ...
Entering these opportunities has never been easier. Thankfully the days of trekking up and down the country with a portfolio under your arm are over, as submissions are now often by email. Most organisations ask for links to your facebook page, instagram account and/or twitter. The dreaded artists statement or link to a website is a must, not to mention beautiful digital images of your work. If any these requirements fill you with dread, fear not I can help! Just call me your Fairy Art Mother.
I have a couple of slots available on my mentoring sessions on Thursday and Friday next week - an opportunity for a 50 minute individual tutorial, which can provide focus and an action plan for your next steps.
Please feel free to share this email far and wide, and if have any luck entering any of the opportunities, then please, please let me know so we can celebrate your success!
Best of luck - I know you can do it!
Thoughts, works, adventures and responses from the studio and beyond