Reporting back on MUSE – the Shed Summer show.

What a busy few weeks we have had! Firstly we would like to give a warm welcome to our latest photographers to sign up to the Shed.

Please take some time to look at the portfolios of Nigel Sharman, Howard Kovach, Mark Heighes, Charles Headey, Tomas Klima, Tim Starkey, Matt Pinner, Chris North, Charlotte Gilliatt, Jeffrey Jury, Mark Bowden, David Bough and Nathalie Roberts.

Please leave a comment or like their images to help make them feel welcome!

Brian by Maisie Hill

Brian by Maisie Hill

I know I am tardy with my round up of our annual Shed Summer Show- MUSE. Well what a runaway success this year was! We showed work by some of our most popular members of our community. There were so many heart-warming moments and the work this year was universally recognised as being our strongest show to date. This is all down to the quality of submissions and some curatorial interventions. What was so interesting was the breadth of images that sold from the intimate such as Maisie Hill’s ‘Brian’ to sweeping landscapes by Ollie Taylor and our shining star (excuse the pun) Stephen Banks and his stunning Astrophotography.

Milky Way Above Portland Bill by Stephen Banks

Milky Way Above Portland Bill by Stephen Banks

Fiona G Roberts’ paintings wowed time and again:

Sunlit River 7 by Fiona G. Roberts

Sunlit River 7 by Fiona G. Roberts

Paula Youens’ prints found new homes and Paula found an old friend who recognised her work. Odile Moreno judged her new collection of illustrated plates to perfection. We sold quite a few through the social platform Instagram which goes to show social media can help sell work!

The Great Wave by Odile Moreno

The Great Wave by Odile Moreno

So as we finish off following up leads, commissions (Odile is about to send another drawing off!) and print orders our thoughts turn to future projects and plans.

We are about to confirm our next event in Barcelona and an exciting outdoor project in spring which will bookend our year with our Summer Show in August.

Before I sign off I’d like to once again say an enormous thank you to Rachael Talibart for her talk on ‘Where land Meets Sea, techniques, literature and inspiration’ and Stephen Banks on  ’How to sell your photography through Social Media and Astrophotography techniques’

The event was a huge success and something we hope to repeat. We will be posting over the next few days excerpts from both.

As I have said in the past buying art and photography is sometimes a spur of the moment, fall in love, have to absolutely have cupids arrow or a slow burn…the important thing is to get the work out there, create events and exhibitions, print work up, hold talks, invite people to your studios or put your work on your own walls and have a dinner party, its an invaluable way of showing people what you do. Remember that social media, no matter how annoying, is a powerful tool for us creatives and allows us to reach audiences far beyond a traditional gallery.

In partnership with our events we will hopefully help you to sell your work. So post and share your profiles and tell everyone you know that they can buy your work especially in the run up to (I’ll whisper it quietly)…..Christmas.

Chelsea Davine