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Artists often find it hard to make a living from their work. Usually, the only way they can make money is when they sell their artwork to collectors, which often requires them to have an art gallery. Setting up an art gallery is difficult for most artists as this will also cost them money. In its initial stage, a careful gallery design must be taken into consideration.
Designing an art gallery is simple if you know your goals. Naturally, different artists have different requirements when setting up an art gallery. Here are some helpful tips to get you started:
Make a list of your desired features
When planning out your art gallery, make sure to note exactly what you want to see. It's important to take into account what type of artwork you're going to feature, since this can affect the final design of your art gallery.
Do an Initial Sketch
Visualize how you would want your space to look. This sketch will also allow you to see any unique architectural details that could pose an issue later on. It’s okay if the drawings are not to scale, but measurements should be precise for better visualization.
Create a Focal Point
Let your creative juices flow and create a focal point in the gallery that can showcase your masterpiece. Take into account significant features that may affect gallery traffic and other spatial requirements.
Consider Traffic Flow
Make sure your guests can freely move around the gallery with little to no distraction. You may want to consider placing a lounge area where guests and visitors can relax and talk about your art.
When designing your space, always consider the needed utilities. Lighting should highlight your artwork. A security system must be in place to protect your work. A climate control system is necessary to maintain temperature and humidity levels for art preservation. Your contractor must be knowledgeable about AC repair so that the artwork featured in your gallery stays at the optimal temperature.
Start Looking for Funding
Once you are done with all the details of your art gallery, it is time to secure funds.
Look for Grants and Fellowships
There are dozens of grants and fellowships available for marginalized artists. You can start the application process while you are working in your studio. Apply for those that you believe you have a shot at getting. You do not want to waste your time and effort sending out applications to organizations who will not have an interest in your work. Also, note that some grants such as the Joan Mitchell Foundation are by nomination only. This means that you cannot apply unless a panel member nominates you.
Artists are the most passionate teachers. Teaching something you love may not seem like work at all. It will also be a great way to widen your influence. Teaching at accredited colleges and universities can also open new doors for you while giving you significant compensation for your knowledge. Some schools allow faculty to sit in on classes, so you are getting a free education while earning some money to start your own gallery.
Do a Crowdfunding Campaign
Crowdfunding campaigns are gaining popularity nowadays. There are hundreds of platforms where you can secure funding for your cause. It is never wrong to ask for donations. When you ask for donations, be prepared to present your plan for your art gallery. This way, potential crowdfunders will know your cause and that you have a concrete idea on how you will proceed with the gallery should you get the necessary funding. You can also offer free entrance or a personal tour of your gallery as an exchange for monetary help.
Opening an art gallery can be overwhelming but with the right kind of mindset and some help, it is doable. So start now and you might just secure the funding you need.
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