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Rise Art @ Gallery Primo Alonso – ‘God is in the Details’

Posted in Uncategorized by Scott @ Rise Art on December 1, 2010

Over the past months Rise Art has been teaming up with galleries and events, supporting artists and curators alike. Currently Rise Art is working in collaboration with  Gallery Primo Alonso to host “God is in the Details” an exhibit which celebrates 13 artists across a variety of media who demonstrate a thorough and meticulous approach to their practice. Co-curators Medeia Cohen-Petrolino and Justin Hammond carefully selected the artists, aiming create a show ‘not just about the beauty that hard work produces, but also about a certain recognition for the technique and the skill involved.’

Among the artists represented are past Catlin Art Prize winner Alex Ball, and Rise Art artist Martin Krolzig. Krolzig was discovered by curator Medeia Cohen-Petrolino while reviewing artist portfolio’s on Rise Art. Said Cohen- Petrolino “Rise Art has been a great place for us to discover artists we wouldn’t normally have exposure to. We are excited to have Martin’s work as part of the exibit”

In celebration of the event, on Thursday, December 2nd at 7pm, Rise Art is hosting a evening reception at London’s Gallery Primo Alonso during which co-curator Justin Hammond and artists will introduce the show and works. The event is open to all by following the below RSVP link.

Event Details and RSVP here


Collecting: A Beginner’s Guide

Posted in Uncategorized by Scott @ Rise Art on October 11, 2010

As you are reading this entry, we can assume you are interested in art and enjoy engaging with it. However, the idea of buying art for the first time can seem overwhelming, given the myriad of possibilities; the sheer number of mediums, styles and periods make it difficult to know where to start.

There are no rules prevailing on how to start a collection, other than picking to your taste, which will often naturally form a coherent collection with a conceptual framework over time. As you begin to discover your own interests and begin to build confidence in your taste, this will become much easier.

Why collect Art? Illustration by hjx

Here are a few tips of advice on how you can start getting involved, acquiring your first piece or start a collection:

  1. Buy a work because you enjoy and love it, not because you expect to profit from it.
  2. Shop around for art: Visit as many galleries and museums as you can in order to see what is on offer and discover what you like. Don’t be afraid to ask questions or ask for advice.
  3. Subscribe to gallery newsletters in order to be invited to openings and special events.
  4. Explore outlets: There are not only galleries, but also art fairs, auction houses, degree shows, artists’ studios and online galleries. Art Maps and calendars are generally available at most galleries, listing new shows and previews.
  5. Engage with art. Focus on what an artist is trying to communicate rather than traditional standards of aesthetic.
  6. Read art magazines; we have listed a number we appreciate here.
  7. Do your research: the greater your knowledge, the greater your understanding; the Internet has made it easy to research artists and galleries online.
  8. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Most people working in the arts do so out of passion, so they enjoy talking about art.
  9. Pick the best within your means. Many contemporary artists also create works in limited editions, which are more affordable. Alternatively, seek out younger or lesser-known artists. If price is an issue, seek out regional programs that can help minimize the burden. In England the own art scheme provides collectors with interest free loans for purchases of less than £2000.
  10. Once you have bought a work, look after it. The biggest threats are direct light and humidity. You might event want to consider insurance for Art purchases.

A number of books have been written on how to start a collection, such as Owning Art: The Contemporary Art Collector’s Handbook by Louisa Buck and Judith Greer, The Art of Buying Art: An Insider’s Guide to Collecting Contemporary Art by Paige West or Collecting Contemporary by Adam Lindemann. They cover the basics to get you started, but we believe the best way to learn is by doing it!

What was the first work of art you acquired? How did you do it? Share your experiences with the Rise Art community!

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

Rise Art’s favourite non-profit spaces in London showing emerging art

Posted in Uncategorized by Scott @ Rise Art on May 3, 2010

London is host to an abundance of spaces dedicated to contemporary art. While the large commercial galleries often dominate the headlines in the art sections of the press, a number of Non-Profit spaces in London showcase many of the best emerging and contemporary art talent in the country. Here are ten of the best that shouldn’t be missed.

  • Camden Arts Centre – it stands out for its consistently good programme and for what Time Out magazine describes as “arguably the best coffee in North London”.
  • Parasol Unit Foundation – is one of the most beautiful venues in London! Best visited in spring and summer during openings, when you can enjoy a drink in the back garden next to the pond. Parasol Unit Foundation
  • Chisenhale Gallery – commissions some of the most innovative solo exhibitions in a converted 1930s factory building in the East End.
  • ICA –  the Institute of Contemporary Arts is a multi-disciplinary arts centre, presenting an exiting programme of visual and live art, music, film  and talks.
  • Matt’s Gallery – is a ‘must’ on any East End gallery tour, showcasing significant installation art for over 30 years.
  • Projectspace 176 – is an integral part of the Zabludowicz collection.  It hosts innovative, site-specific exhibitions in a converted 19th century Methodist Chapel.
  • John Jones Project Space – this family run framer offers an enormous space for emerging artists to create large-scale projects. John Jones has also built a remarkable collection which is on permanent display at the company’s premises in Finsbury Park. (This space is closed for redevelopment and will reopen in 2012.)
  • Saatchi Gallery – ever heard of Charles Saatchi? Then you will know what to expect when visiting the converted headquarters from the Duke of York. Sensational exhibitions showcasing a vast amount of emerging art from all corners of the world. Already the space in itself is worth a visit.
  • South London Gallery – does not only showcase work by established and emerging artists but has an exceptional programme – particularly for kids.
  • 20 Hoxton Square Projects – is a collaborative project space, operating as a platform for emerging artists, whilst also hosting other creative events. It has been launched in 2007 by Alexander Dellal.

Let us know where we are wrong. Where are your favorites?