Art in the pen (Thirsk and Skipton) are two well established and popular events on the northern art calendar. I have been lucky enough to get accepted to both, so am busy getting ready for the first one in Thirsk. I did this last year so at least I have a little know how for this year. Each artist sets up a display in a pen and I have devised a system to stretch material in front of the railings to give a good back drop. There is always lots to get organised for these events, but as I do more, I gradually refine my equipment to the essentials so it hopefully runs smoothly. This year I have invested in a trolley which I think will be invaluable!
As I prepare to frame new work, I have to be organised (I like to be organised! - but often I am not...!) I photograph the work, then I write on the back the title, my comments, the date painted and sign it as well. I enter all these details in to my data base and then I put the new image on my website. I can then print off labels for the backs of each painting and for the pricing of the work at the show.
Other things I will need, to name a few are - packaging, tape, bags, sorting the display of greeting cards, up to date biography, business cards, visitors book, refreshments for me, a seat to rest my weary legs, probably some sort of table, browsers for prints and unframed paintings. I will be showing about 16 paintings and have a few spares to fill gaps (always pays to be positive!) - that's why I need a trolly!! My pen at Skipton is a smaller one so will keep things more minimal! (still the essential seat though)
I am lucky to have m sister nearby and she is a willing helper at the events!
Wish me luck xx