Well what a month! I think the team has finally drawn breath and recovered from the frenetic week of the ALBION PV.
An enormous thank you to EVERYONE who sent a message, wrote on the blog, shared on Facebook, tweeted or was able to come to the private view. We have spent the last few weeks following up leads, possible sales and encouraging friends and clients to go along.
This is the last full weekend so take advantage and go along for one last look!
We are looking at opportunities to tour the show and are in conversation with a space in Bristol… as and when we know more we will let you know.
The Cock’n’Bull gallery have held a couple of events to help raise the profile and bring different people through the exhibition; a private dinner party for 40 people and also a Q&A with the recognised street artist Thierry Noir whose audacity in painting the Berlin Wall began to render it impotent.
Stick was also at the gallery and answered questions from the bloggers and nearly 60 people who went to the talk.
What’s new in the Shed?
As you may have noticed there have been some changes to the sites and a couple of admin areas I’d like to draw your attention to. We have two websites; one is the Shed Gallery, where our community talk and your profiles are located and the other the Shed Photography, our commercial site aimed at selling your work. They are interlinked but have different roles.
In your profiles (on the Gallery site) and if you are a painter/maker please make sure your images are TAGGED as available as an original piece. This means you have to go into your profile and select each image individually and change its status. Be as descriptive as possible about each piece. This really helps to sell the work to the general public and adds depth to your profile. Imagine yourself as someone who doesn’t know your own work and how you would explain it to someone who was stood next to you in your studio. If it is still available for sale you may add the price, if you so wish. This means it will also appear in the Shop site under the category of ‘Original artwork’ and an enquiry form will be sent and the process to buy it can begin.
Also on the Gallery site there are 3 buttons from which you can SHARE your work on Facebook, twitter and Pinterest . With a simple click your work will appear across social media and link back again to your profile. We recommend you take some time to edit, re categorise and put into differing portfolios your work. Show your strongest work and also ideas but be judicious in your selections. In my experience too many images can confuse the ideas you wish to convey and culling a few images can strengthen a collection.
We have also introduced a new addition to the Shed Photography website which is our Limited Edition facility. All the images included in the ALBION show are now available as 1/20 in that size and every time one sells the amount will automatically go down. This does not mean the images cannot be bought in other sizes, however they will not be limited. If you have your own limited editions we can now incorporate them too which is a useful element for the professional photographers among you. Please contact us if you wish to take advantage of this facility.
Emails will soon be going out to our community to those of you who have been with us for over a year to ask for a renewal of your subscription. We have chosen to adopt a monthly subscription moving forward, this way it is easier to manage and more affordable for you!! If you have any further questions, please contact me or if you have difficulty finding the subscription then let me know.
Both Ben and I hope that as our community grows and our ability through subscriptions to explore various ways of promoting and selling your work will by beneficial to us all. We will continue to improve the website and our service and as always your help, contribution and comments will be most warmly received.
Chelsea Davine, Creative Director.