Rise Art

A Guide to Planning your Degree Show

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

The degree show representing a crucial moment in an artist’s career, we believe one should plan ahead in order to get the most out of it. Thus at Rise Art, we are writing about it in the middle of November!

Below are a few points worth considering; some might seem obvious, but many times we have missed some or all of these points when visiting shows.

1. Planning, planning, planning

Ensure you receive the precise dates for your final show from your course coordinator or leader as soon as possible. This will provide you with a set time frame in which things need to be done; and it is not only your work that needs to be finished and displayed, but plenty other things should be done, too.

2. Marketing

Many people in the art world enjoy going to degree shows to spot the next talents. In order to ensure they find out about your show, we suggest you undertake some marketing.

Once you know the dates and venue, ask your university or college to advertise the degree show on their website or create your own website with your fellow students. It can be a simple website, or blog, such as wordpress, or sites.google.com. We believe that the following information is relevant:

  • Most importantly, visiting info (including date,venue, opening times, map)
  • Names of all students showing, ideally with a picture of the work and contact details (you might want to extend this and add statements, etc)
  • Provide the details of the courses that are represented at the degree show, such as ‘Fine Art’, ‘Illustration’, ‘Photography’, etc
  • Gather ideas from how others students/universities did this before yourself

3. Promote the Show

To help promote the event, to get the word out there use social media, such as twitter, tumblr or facebook. If these networks are entirely new to you, Mashable explains in an intelligible way how to tackle all of these.

Another or additional way to promote yourself is to prints posters and flyer and to canvas them around town, from pubs and bars to galleries and museums.

4. The degree show itself

Wherever possible, see if you can see the venue in which your work will be displayed as soon as possible to get an idea and feel of the space and how you wish to display your works.

Depending on the venue you might want to consider putting up signage for visitors to help them orientate themselves.

Ensure you have labels and artist statements next to your work. Addionally, have busiensscards available for interested individuals to take away. This is important so people who enjoyed your work can get in touch with you! Ideally, the entire course has the identical lay-out on all the material provided. Further, you might want to consider leaving a book for comments, feedback and contacts on the premiseses.

Try to stay in touch with people who left their contact details for you – by sending them newsletters informing them about upcoming projects and shows.

From your experience, are there other points that need to be raised? Share them with us!

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