How to be selective about submissions 
Have you ever wondered quite what the point is in entering shows, or whether it’s worth your while? This one is for you!
This week Alice has been turning her feelings around by getting stuck into things and honouring her promises to herself, which includes wrecking an old painting. Louise has also honoured her promise to get her home exhibition up and running – and seeing the rewards already. And then there’s a little rant about taking action and not taking up opportunities.
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OK, main topic….
This week, we’re considering event and exhibition submissions and asking what criteria should we use to decide if something is right for us. We consider both the financial costs and reputational benefits of events, identifying areas to consider including costs, location, audience match etc.
But we also go deeper. This topic unearthed a rare difference of opinion as a result of two different perspectives. In the end, we both agree that submission decisions shouldn’t be made in a vacuum – but rather as an element of your wider strategy.
OPEN SUBMISSIONS LISTINGS:
Mall Galleries Call for entries
Art Quest opportunities
ArtRabbit opportunities for artists
Can you discuss the fear of sharing work in progress. This all relates to the fear of judgement and being assessed… it could even relate to the fear of being copied.
Inside / outside inspiration
Alice re-discovers the simple joys of returning to easy colour after some time away, and Louise is boosted (and maybe a little offended?) about the power of self-belief in determining the level of our success after watching a documentary about Sean Scully. (BBC)
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“Monkeys Spinning Monkeys” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
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