Publishers – ArtBook.com
Artbook.com is a platform which hosts creative talent and their work including Architecture, Photography, Curation, Film, Music, Fashion, Design, Theory, Culture and Literacy. ArtBook organizes pop up and permanent bookshops in partnerships with museums, retailers, art fairs and cultural events. Some institutions include the Guggenheim Museum, The Whitney Museum of American Art, Creative Capital, ArtTable, MoMa NY. ArtBook is an amazing worldwide source for Books on Art and Culture.
As far as I can see from research they have many shops worldwide however I am still yet to locate one in the UK which is the only negative of this platform.
Local Art Fairs
However an alternative and one that is more close to home would be Manchester Artists Book Fair, which I have unfortunately missed this year but will hopefully attend in future. It would be a great chance to network and get to experience some local Manchester Art, aswell as putting a face to the people behind the creations.
Manchester Buy Art Fair –
Manchester Buy Art Fair takes applications for your own work to be featured at their events which I think would be a great chance to take the next time it comes round. This fair will return in September 2017 and I am aiming to involve myself when the time comes.
The Manchester Contemporary
The Manchester Contemporary takes place alongside The Buy Art Fair which is based at The Old Granada Studios.
Frieze London takes place from 5-8 october 2017 where artists range from the emerging to the iconic, although this is a little further a field it is definitely one to remember for future.
The Affordable Art Fair – Bristol
From reading in to each art fair, it seems that many genres of art collide from painting to photography to performance and music.
Start Art Fair at Saatchi Gallery London
Start Art Fair is hosting its fourth edition from 2017 and is held within The Saatchi Galler, from reading up on this art fair it is one that is breaking traditions with the potential to BOOST the global art market.
In looking in to applying for 2017 here is what is stated on their website:
“Projects is a series of curated presentations that complement the fair. Each Project focuses on artists from new art scenes, giving them a platform to do a curated presentation in London that is almost always their debut UK solo show.
The Projects in 2016 presents work by Iraqi-born, Qatari-based artist, Mahmoud Obaidi. Alongside his own project, Mahmoud Obaidi has also curated a presentation of emerging artists who have recently taken part in the Artist in Residence Programme at the Fire Station in Doha, Qatar, titled ‘Identity, Construction & Deconstruction’. Sumakshi Singh makes her debut UK presentation with an immersive installation titled ‘In the Garden’.
‘Future Island’ is a presentation curated by Mehta Bell Projects focusing on contemporary Taiwanese art and the final START Project is a presentation by the 2015 Winner of the Ciclitira Prize at The Prince’s School of Traditional Arts.
START Projects lead the way in the curatorial thinking around START, linking the fair to Parallel Contemporary Art’s background in exhibition-making, artist prizes and books on emerging art scenes”.
Alongside making applications with work that I feel would be suitable, it may also be a possibility to apply to Photograph the events that take place as a good starting point, as this could be a possible avenue in to meeting and networking with more creatives in the UK. I think that in order to be accepted by an Art Fair it would be the perfect opportunity to get your work seen curators, critics, collectors, consultants, advisors, gallery owners and other influential industry members.
Here I thought it may be useful to add some information on advice in how to get your work in a gallery and how the art world works, in preparation for when I graduate. I found the following information useful to keep in mind for future and to work toward:
“Different people understand art in different ways. Different people require different kinds and complexities of information and explanations. Don’t think for an instant that selling art to a collector is anywhere near the same as presenting it to a curator or to a critic. Everyone is different and the more experienced the gallery owner, the more versatile he or she is at successfully customizing and conveying the significance of your art based on the specifics of a given situation.”
“when you get the chance you can’t hold back; you have to give it your all. You’re art is up for public inspection and it’s either impress the cognoscenti or else. Give less than 100% and you can compromise your career in a hurry, end up back in the studio making random acts of art, and beating the bushes to find buyers.”
“Your art hardly looks any better anywhere else than it does in a gallery. That’s obvious. What’s not so obvious is that the gallery owner knows the fine points of making your art look its absolute best. If you’re having a solo show, they know what to hang where, how to arrange it, how to progress the experience from one work to the next and how to make sure you’re satisfied and understand how your art is being presented to the public.”
Above written by Lisa Chadwick of Dolby Chadwick Gallery in San Francisco and Marsea Goldberg of New Image Art Gallery in Los Angeles.
Social Media – Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Flikr, Pinterest, Behance
Social media is an amazing platform for your own work to be easily accessible to the world and the people who you want to see your work, however it can be a struggle or take many years due to the amount of competition so by applying for galleries and art fairs it will help with coverage indefinitely. The positives are if you know how to publish your own work well, it can be great and attract many many followers however the negative is the competition is so large and everyone wants to go up, not down.