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Pop-Up Retail for your Artwork?

Posted in Uncategorized by Scott @ Rise Art on June 23, 2010

While it is nothing new for artists or galleries to occupy empty shops for a short period of time (I belive Claes Oldenburg’s ‘The Store‘ in New York, 1961 was amongst the first), Pop-up shops – are regaining popularity given the rise in available retail space in many city centers due to the lasting impact of the recent recession. Artist can and should take advantage of the current opportunity. As more shops empty, local councils and landlords are encouraging artist led initiatives – no one wants to live or shop in a ghost quarter, and pop-up retail can help revive and encourage investment in new retail space.

The rise in cheap short term retail locations may be fleeting, so artists should take advantage of this opportunity while it exists. But before throwing yourself head over heels in a pop-up project, there are a few things to consider. Landlords and Councils will want to see a viable plan for a pop-up project, and despite relatively low costs associated with pop-up spaces, a poorly planned project can cost artists time and money. A few thought when planning your next pop-up retail project:

  1. What is the purpose behind your project? Why is the pop-up show the right format?
  2. What work do I want to show? Is there a common thread throughout the work?
  3. Who do I want to see my show? This will define in what area of a city you would ideally show the work; does it have to be in the centre, or can it be in a ‘hidden spot’?
  4. How long do you want your project to last?
  5. What are your goals for the project? Try to define measurable objectives and set realistic goals that you can acheive.
  6. What will your project cost? Planning ahead can reduce expenses and uncover hidden costs
  7. Any idea how you will get ‘the word’ out there? Viral & Grassroots strategies can help you get the word out cheaply
  8. Why is your project an asset to the building or landlord? What do they get out of it?

Artist and Makers network have created a complete guide for pop-up shows for artists, downloadable here.

Now, where are you going to find a space? When I started sourcing potential locations for pop-ups shops, I did so by keeping my eyes open for empty shops and then try to find out who was responsible for letting it. But I have come a long way since then, and can tell you that there might be more efficient ways: contact the council in which you would like to show your work. Some of them request a draft of a proposal, which you already have if you have set down and answered the questions above. Then there are private companies you can get in touch with – listen to what they say, from experience I know that some of them have very specific ideas of what they wanted to see in their shops.

Recently, a new site Popupspace has launched and caters to individuals looking to let and source property for short term pop-up exhibits.

Before just saying yes, make sure you visit the space suggested to you and ensure that whatever you envisaged is possible to turn into reality. Be flexible with your expectations and ideas, but stay realistic. If you have whimsical work on display and are offered an old factory building, you might have to change your plans or say ‘no’ to the space.

What are your experiences with Pop-Up retail? Let us know what you have found helpful in planning your shows


UK Art Prizes, Part I

Posted in Uncategorized by Scott @ Rise Art on June 10, 2010

The art world in London and beyond is full of various awards and prizes aimed at helping artists raise their profile and support the production of their artwork. Given that Rise Art has been developed to help showcase and endorse emerging artists, we are naturally supportive of art awards that showcase & support emerging talent. Over the next few months, we will explore some of the better know art prizes around town & beyond, five at a time. In no particular order, here are five we like around the UK.

Catlin Art Prize

This is a prize one cannot register for, but you need to be an art student and recommended by a course leader or curator – so ask your course leader to recommend you! Of all artists recommended, 40 are featured in the Catlin Art Guide, 8 of which will be commissioned to do work for an exhibition in London. This provides artists with time to create a new body of work and to explore ideas. One of the artists is finally awarded with the Catlin Art Prize a prize of £3,000.

Taylor Wessing Photography Prize

This prize aims to present the best works in contemporary portrait photography. The show is held at the National Portrait Gallery and then tours the country. Taylor Wessing Photography Prize is open to anyone over 18 from amateur photographers to professionals. First prize is £ 12,000. Submission deadline 18 July 2010 and there is no submission fee.

Threadneedle Prize

The Threadneedle Prize is one of the largest art prizes in the UK. It aims to uncover the best new figurative and representational art in Britain. There are two separate registration deadlines: one for paintings and two-dimensional work and one for sculptures and other three-dimensional work. Registration is £ 15 per work submitted and artists must be over 18 years old. The winner receives £ 25,000, runner-ups £ 1,000. New is the visitor choice award, which is worth £ 10,000.

Jerwood Visual Arts

Jerwood Visual Arts is a major initiative of Jerwood Charitable Foundation. It is a programme of awards, exhibitions and events for talented emerging artist across a variety of disciplines: drawing, painting, photography, moving image and sculpture. Works are displayed in group-shows and several artists of each discipline will be selected. The deadline for the drawing prize is on 21 June.

Brighton Photo Fringe

Brighton Photo Fringe represents an opportunity for emerging and mid-career artists working in lens-based media. Selected artists will receive a fee, a solo exhibition as part of Brighton Photo Fringe and a production budget. Submission fee is £ 15.

Have any questions? Have we got it wrong? Let us know in the comments!

The weird and wonderful shops in London

Posted in Uncategorized by Scott @ Rise Art on June 4, 2010

One aspect I enjoy particularly about London is that it caters for every individual and its taste. London has something appealing to offer for every personality and lifestyle. Isn’t it fabulous to discover all these different quarters, restaurants, bars and things? While roaming the city streets, we have come across some shops that were so wonderful and original that we thought they deserved a post of their own. These shops are a little different, great fun and further offer things that are unique – they are worth a visit, even if you are just window shopping!

1. Victor Wynd’s Little Shop of Horrors

Part of the infamous Last Tuesday Society, this little store and museum is crammed with curiosities and memorabilia, some very ancient, some contemporary. Entering this little store in Hackney, one is immediately overwhelmed by the huge amount of odd things on display: painted pig noses (of real pigs!) are stacked next to the till, cabinets overflowing with diverse animals’ sculls, chocolate anuses, broken children’s toys, stuffed animals and mexican charms. Downstairs is a little museum, where you can discover the most hilarious, frightening and funny things! In the back of the shop is also a small gallery space showcasing contemporary art.

2. The Multiple Store

This store has been set up by two art-lovers wanting to make contemporary works more accessible to the public by commissioning well-known artists to produced multiples (basically limited edition works in 3D, often with a fun twist). The works are outstanding and I for one got immediately attached and wanted to buy every work. Artists published by the Multiple Store include : Keith Coventry, Anna Gallaccio and Sarah Stanton. However, the pricing might be much lower than for an original work, but are still a small investment.

3. The Playlounge

Housed in a gallery-like space in Picadilly, this toy-shop has been created for geeky grown-ups and kids alike. It offers a big variety of products, from vinyl-toys to stationary to games and clothing – their link? They are all cutting edge toys for design-conscious people. The staff is very knowledgeable about the products in the store, no matter how exotic.

4. Luna and Curious

This shop, situated directly on Brick Lane is simply fabulous! The owners of the shop – 8 in total – are all delightful individuals welcoming you with a warm smile. The collective opened this store as an antithesis to mass-production; so every piece is hand crafted and has a unique touch. You will discover plenty of treasures, ranging from the most wonderful jewellery and headdresses made of feathers to delicate porcelain and hand made stationary as well as plenty of odd things.

5. Tate Giftshop

The Gift Shop at Tate Modern has a fun range of artsy merchandise. There you find anything from t-shirts accompanying current exhibitions to baby bibs by Julian Opie to fun erasers – there is something for every budget. Tate Modern also houses a book store with a vast range of books on art and art-related subjects.

6. Iconastas

This small store in the Picadilly Arcades is packed with Russian art dating from ancient times up to the communist area. It is a delight to browse around in its intimate atmosphere. The owner, Chris, is a charming if a little eccentric fellow who will happily share his profound knowledge of the works to anybody visiting the store.

Did you discover some original stores that you would like to share with the Rise Art community?