When we started on this journey into selling our images way back in 2006 (Is it really that long ago?) we were lucky enough to be invited to exhibit in Tracey Phillip’s lovely gallery at Nunnington. As time has gone by, being represented in galleries has become ever more important to us, but since 2007 we have also found it important to hold exhibitions in a wide range of other venues.
Preparing for an exhibition can be very time consuming, but it does help to get our work known and has opened many other doors for us, so overall the effort has proved very worthwhile. As the years moved on, we found ourselves increasingly busy and holding down a day job as well, often meant that every waking moment was spoken for. Whilst many photographers dream of having an exhibition we were lucky enough to be overwhelmed by all the work, so by 2012 we were even seriously talking about cutting back on exhibitions! That was until one day we were sitting by the computer talking about this, when an email popped in offering us an exhibition at the Stephen Joseph theatre in Scarborough! It took us about a nano second to decide to say yes! Framing 50 pictures for an exhibition was a big task and could have been very expensive had we not already got an excess of stock available. (We’d previously messed up and got ourselves double booked, so already had a huge amount of stock).
During the following years we still toyed with the idea of cutting down to free up more time for other activities such as actually getting out there and producing more images, but you just can’t say no can you? And on hindsight we’re glad we never did. As things panned out events in our life prompted me to leave the day job and this has freed up a lot of time to do the exhibitions and other things, such as take part in an increasing number of art fairs, but that’s a story for another day.
So fast forward to 2015 and it looks like we are due a really busy year on the exhibitions and art fairs front, so I’m really pleased I don’t have the day job getting in the way anymore. January kicked off with me having to frame all of 53 pictures, which took some time, but was well worth the effort. Our exhibition year started well with an invite courtesy of RAW (Ryedale Art Works) to exhibit at Helmsley Arts Centre throughout February and this was a great success and really well attended. So thanks also go to Helmsley Arts centre for their support. This was followed by Pickering Arts Fair and thanks to Diane Todd’s sterling efforts this was also a very enjoyable and successful event for us.
Then out of the blue we got an invite to join a collaborative exhibition at the Yorkshire Wolds Gallery at Staxton with Paul Moon, Peter Leeming, Ruth Fairbrother, Helen Wrigley and Steve Whitehead. We’re big fans of the work by these people, so we were honoured to be invited to join them. All looked set to run smoothly on after Helmsley and Pickering Art Fair until we discovered we’d miss-understood the start date and had to hurriedly frame some more images for the Wolds gallery before we finished at Helmsley.
One surprise spin off from the Pickering Art fair was an invite to exhibit at the brand new Belmont gallery at Wrelton starting on the 6th June, so that should run smoothly on after the end of the Wolds exhibition at the end of May. Though I think we have our friend Alan Clark to thank for putting our names forwards for this one. We went to the opening night at the Belmont gallery which featured an exhibition by Alan and this really is a nice exhibition space, so thanks to Tony Miller for the invite and here’s hoping it all goes well. Our exhibition is due to run from 6th June to the 6th September, so it’s amazing to think that we will have had solid exhibitions going for 7 months of the year!
Next Thursday night sees the official opening night of the Wolds Gallery exhibition, so we’re hoping to meet up with friends old and new on the night.
Art fairs are also an important area of sales for us, so next time we’ll have a look at this subject.