As artists sometimes we are not that organised… we like to be free spirits, right? But this really doesn’t work if we want to move our careers forward and take advantage of all the opportunities available to us.

This week, we discuss our own approaches to planning for events such as exhibitions, contests, art fairs and workshops. Louise admits that she has missed out several times because of a lack of planning, while Alice has developed a system to ensure this doesn’t happen.

As we chat, we share practical tips and strategies including how to find the opportunities in your area, and what dates to monitor. 

We also discuss the role of taking classes and workshops – another area where you often need to be thinking ahead, especially if you wish to attend a workshop with a popular tutor. But how do you decide if a class is right for you?

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This week we are both excited at having created paintings that feel different – and are either the best things we’ve ever done, or destined for the bonfire. We’re really not sure which!

Mentioned:

Lund Studios  https://www.lundstudios.co.uk/courses-2020

Seawhite https://www.emilyballatseawhite.co.uk/

Discerning Eye   https://discerningeye.org/exhibition/intro.php

Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours, Mall Galleries (ENTRY DEADLINE: Friday January 3rd 2020) https://www.mallgalleries.org.uk/call-for-entries/open-exhibitions/royal-institute-painters-water-colours

Royal Academy Summer Exhibition  (OPEN 6 Jan – 17 Feb) https://www.royalacademy.org.uk/exhibition/summer-exhibition-2019

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