The launch of my solo Art show in Calgary will to be on October 21st, 2018. Even though it’s still a few months away, I am already deep into the planning process to make sure it’s a success.
Here are the four mains steps that I am taking to prepare for my upcoming show...
1. Reflect Upon My First Show
My first solo show was this March in Calgary. It was awesome, and the whole experience was a huge learning opportunity for me. Throughout the whole process, I was constantly jotting down insight on what did and didn't do well. My first show was much smaller than my upcoming one, so I use it as a good launch pad and learning experience.
I have made a conscious decision to learn from that show, scale it up, and improve upon it. I am working towards creating an algorithm for putting on a successful Art show that will be scaleable and replicable.
2. Sort Out the Venue Details
The contract is signed and the deposit has been paid at my venue, the Calgary Commons in Inglewood. Closer to October, I’ll go back to the space and decide upon the right layout for my show -- where every painting should go, where the bar will be, where the seating will be etc. Knowing which walls I will fill and how I want the show to flow has helped me to backwards plan when designing my collection.
3. Getting Input from Professional, Mentors and People I Admire
I’m a firm believer in asking for help and advice from those whose opinion you respect. This is a great way to learn from others and better improve your business and Art. Over the next few weeks, I am going to be talking with a few select individuals to get their insight, thoughts and opinions on my show. I welcome the critique and analysis during the early planning stages.
For example, earlier this week I had a great chat with one of my favourite Artists, Bobbie Burgers and she was able to give me some invaluable insight. Collaboration with others allows me the opportunity to see possible issues or problems that could arise, and fix them before the show starts.
4. Paint Constantly
Not surprisingly, I have been creating constantly. I am diving into my Art so that I can understand my own creative process and the meaning behind my paintings.
I am also designing a plan for the collection that I will display at my show. This includes; choosing a cohesive colour pallet, deciding on a number of paintings, planning out canvas sizes, setting pieces for different price points etc. I expect to create double the amount of paintings needed, and then edit them down to a minimalist and unified collection.