Tips for Exhibiting Your Work

Tips for Exhibiting Your Work
If you want to exhibit your work, here’s an article for you! Find out what to expect from exhibitions, when and when not to exhibit your work, and how to promote yourself. Although photographers often work hard so that they can eventually exhibit their work, some actually lack the experience and the knowledge of how to show their work professionally. To be honest, there are no hard-and-fast rules on how to exhibit your work correctly and hit the jack pot. There is, however, a set of guidelines and principles to follow and those to stay away from and this is what we will be talking about today. Of course, in the end, every photographer (or artist for that matter) should go with what suits them, their needs, their goals, and their work best.

So, what is an exhibition?

Most simply put, an exhibition is an organized presentation and display of a carefully selected number of items. Exhibitions have vastly become the medium to show art, gain recognition, and move forward with your career, and are mostly held in museums, galleries, and exhibition halls. Exhibitions fall in either one of two categories. An exhibition could be permanent, or it could be temporary opening and closing on a pre-scheduled date which is mostly the case. Exhibitions can be held in one venue, or they can be thrown in multiple locations, which is commonly referred to as a traveling exhibition.

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What to expect from an exhibition?

Many inexperienced artists tend to have great misconceptions and expectations about an exhibit. The truth of the matter is, throwing an exhibition is a complex, time consuming process. It requires a fine touch, and attention to detail. That said, knowledge of the common guidelines of throwing an exhibition can be easily acquired. It is also worth mentioning that having an experienced curator can help things go significantly smooth and successful. First time exhibitors may tend to believe that having their work presented to the public would get them recognition overnight, while the truth is their work might actually take a few weeks to be reviewed. So it is very helpful to keep in mind that throwing an exhibition is an exhausting process, with no direct outcome to be seen or felt. But the process itself is very rewarding in so many ways.

Why would you want to exhibit your work?

There are many reasons behind which you might want to throw an exhibition. Recognizing and prioritizing those reasons would help set you on the right path of getting the most out of your efforts, and succeeding with your exhibition. Those reasons would include:
  • Getting recognized as an artists: This is obviously the main reason behind throwing an exhibition; Getting recognized amongst the art medium, building a reputation, and communicating your work with the public.
  • Selling your work: Selling your work is an important asset in your career, not only for getting paid in return of your efforts and hard work, but also because making sales would insure that your work will continue to circulate and reach other people even after the exhibition have ended. Making sales would also give you an idea of what the public likes and what they don't like. That said, it is important to not let this put you down, abandon your own style, or change your ideals. It is a way to note when your ideas are running out of style, and when it's time to be more productive, inspired, and dig into your inner self for new stuff that have your own taste and signature marked all over it.

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2 comments on “Tips for Exhibiting Your Work”

  1. Thank you for taking time out to explain this in detail,very few people like you still out for my works,i'm a young african photographer ready and set to storm the art world.

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