My motto has been since 2007… what is the worse they can say…no!?!?!?!
There are endless pages by people or even galleries who explain how to approach them. My own method has greatly changed since the year 2002. This change came from experience.
At first, I wrote a basic, poorly written artists CV and a CD of my work. It was sent to over literally 200 galleries and I received a handful of replies which where no and one yes. It was a steep learning curve and something I found took me a long time to refine.
My First Pointers:
The way I found is to tailor or personalise your approach to each gallery. This sounds a lot of time to invest in each gallery; however, it is worth it and gets more responses, even if it is a “Sorry, but no” polite reply. There are many galleries who will not reply and this is not personal and something to expect. The others may: “review your work”, you might get feedback, “a maybe later” or even a “yes”.
To tailor the approaches
Here are a few points I have learned over the years:
• I have found galleries are contacted tend to hundreds of times a week and they often have a limited space or staff to cope with huge numbers of artists. I check their website, blog, even their Facebook page. If they do not state if they are, you can contact them by their webpage form or e-mail to ask. I find it best to ask a simple question about this, such as:
“Good morning XXXX
I would like to ask how I would apply to be considered as an artist with XXXX Gallery?
Thank you for your time,
Artists CV, Artist Statement and a Biography:
Have you written an artists CV, a biography and an artist statement? They are important and required to start application. I have found a number of pages who offer excellent advice and one of them is as follows:
The other aspect is their immediate impression of you and how your application is made:
• Did you check if they are open to applications? They often say if they are not accepting any at the moment or what date or month they are opening for them. I see the term “we do not accept unsolicited applications” on some galleries.
• Did you find out the name of the contact person and check it or their names(s) correctly?
• I wonder if this is just my British formal manners, but I think it is important as a first impression. This demonstrates a polite, formal approach just as you would be in a job interview and how you would be if you work with them.
• If they accept submissions do they state: how many images of your work, the size of each image required or a maximum size allowed, or any other guidelines.
Key points =
• Approaching galleries
• Briefly how galleries work = no interview and explain cv plus send yours
• Building a portfolio of your work:
• How creating the same work gives you a style: https://wp.me/p6PuFB-TT
Studying a foundation or access diploma:
• Studying foundation/ access course was a wonderful test run to see if you can study a university course and see if your disability hinders it. I found that my Access course explored mediums in foundation course helps, as does the idea of exploring ideas like ‘natural form’: https://wp.me/p6PuFB-1ei
• One of my projects on my Access Art and Design Courses was to create an abstract expressionist Landscape: https://wp.me/p6PuFB-Hv
• Each gallery has a focus or mood or style https://wp.me/p6PuFB-Hv
• Degree benefits and draw back plus as she is disabled: https://wp.me/p6PuFB-Hs
• Qualifications how it affected by disability: https://wp.me/p6PuFB-1hx
• Try to focus in your art on a style or message: https://wp.me/p6PuFB-FP
New artist requirements:
• Building a portfolio, is all about exploring mediums and styles. I think if you have not done it, you may not know if it appeals or inspires you onward.
• Art masters studies: https://wp.me/p6PuFB-1fp