Just think of it…

an entire gallery full of your artworks with crowds of people looking at them admiringly and ready to part with a sizable amount of cash to take them back to their own homes. Does this sound like a dream? Does this sound like something you would like to do? If the little superstar in your head is now screaming ‘Yes, Yes, Yes!!!’ then read on.

In this series of articles on setting up and running your first art exhibition we dive into all the stuff we need to think about before we pop the cork on the champagne and declare the exhibition open. We get the hard decisions out of the way up front so that you’ll know up front that you have a better chance of success.

This series contains the combined knowledge of my wife and myself (we are both artists and creativity professionals) about organising and running art exhibitions. We’ve run many art shows, some fantastically successful where hundreds of people turned up and bought tens of thousands of dollars worth of art, and some where the profit we received was in the education we gained of how to be smarter the next time. We learnt on our feet just by getting out there and doing it, and hopefully I can now save you some time (not to mention thousands of $$$) as you head towards your glorious exhibition opening night!

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You’ve made the decision, you’re strapped in, ready for blast off, fame and fortune awaits. “Come on Stuart, get me to the good stuff now (and quickly!)” I hear you say.

Hold on there cowboy! We’ve got to touch base with reality for just a little while longer before you head for the stratosphere.

Let’s get the hard stuff out of the way first!

Before you waste any more time and money on this whole crazy scheme you need to dig deep and discover:

and once you’ve completely banished any self doubt and are convinced of your genius we ask the obvious question:

Even though as an artist you sometimes like to hide away, lost in your own wonderful world of creativity, at some stage you’ll have to emerge and find real people to invite to your art exhibition in order that they can buy the wonderful things that you make, so you’d better discover:

and if you’re still lounging on the couch thinking about creating all that art for your night of art fame and stardom then actually booking a venue and setting a time and date for your exhibition might be a good way to get you motivated, so head on over to:

On opening night you need some important people to come along and sing your praises to everyone else so…

and don’t forget you’ll need some other people to come along and fill the room, preferably with cash or credit card in hand, so you will need to know:

Once you’ve got everyone at your exhibition you don’t want to miss a single opportunity so you might need some tips on:

Just in case there is absolutely anything I have forgotten in the above then make sure you read: