Part of doing the whole Fine Art Way thing is to realise that I need to be working as an artist if I want people to take me seriously. I haven’t really worked as an artist for a long time, and I think it is time to get back to it. One aspect of that is approaching galleries.
Working as an Artist – galleries
Part of being an artist, I suppose is the idea of finding places to exhibit. Unfortunately, that isn’t as easy as you might think.
However, that could all depend on where you are in the world as well. From what I’ve been learning it seems that Melbourne is one of the hardest places. When you look around at the galleries here photography is quite under-represented. Not to mention photography that doesn’t include people. It has been quite amazing looking around to see what people do and show here. I certainly don’t fit in.
I think we all know that galleries can be really snobby and have diva attitudes. The ordinary person shouldn’t even consider approaching them.
Seriously, I kid you not. There is something quite horrible about them at times. You have to wonder about their approach. As artists, we might also be buyers and there are quite a few galleries I would never go to now.
One of the things that I have been finding a lot is when you send inquiries to them and ask questions, you don’t get any responses. It makes it so hard as an artist trying to find information when the galleries are that rude.
I approached Red Gallery in North Fitzroy here. At first, they responded, but when I answered back with some images and information about me, I never heard from them again. Okay, I get they may not be interested in my work, but do they have to be so rude?
It doesn’t take much to respond with an email to say yes or no.
Then I emailed the gallery ELEVEN40, supposedly a dedicated photography gallery. I wasn’t approaching them as an artist that wanted to exhibit, but more as someone who was trying to gather information to share with you. Again, I never heard anything back. I even tried sending a second email, but again, silence.
How do you fight that kind of thing? I just can’t help thinking how rude it is.
Working around Galleries
I have found a gallery that wants to work with me, thankfully, but I have to wonder if galleries are starting to become obsolete to us. Do we really need them? Or do we need to find a different way to work with them.
Finding other places to showcase our work is the next step for me. I’m talking to some people now about other possibilities. I will share more in the future.
Finding a new direction
That is where I am at now. I need to start thinking outside the box to see where I can go from here. As things develop I do plan on sharing with you what is happening.