INSTANT – Shed Summer Exhibition

18th – 31st August 2016 Malthouse, Lyme Regis

Summer is coming and we are planning our group summer show. This year our title is INSTANT. Everyone who has a current Shed profile is eligible to apply for the exhibition. The inspiration behind our title this year is why in that particular instant you chose to click. Many of you take weeks or years planning and waiting for that moment when the sun or the stars align, the mist rises and the light is just so to take that shot. Or are you the spontaneous photographer, camera always in hand ready for the unexpected? Tell the audience your story, your inspiration behind that INSTANT.

North Poorton Rainbow by Kris Dutson

North Poorton Rainbow by Kris Dutson

If you wish to take part then please send Chelsea the following: a selection of 8 images from your profile with their URL link with a full explanation of the INSTANT behind the image.

Please tag each image selected (you do this by clicking onto the image and tagging it with relevant categories which then appear in the gallery) Two images will be chosen. These will be hung next to each other either in portrait of landscape format 90cm x 60cm, so please think of the pairing and how they will hang together. If you are successful then we will print these images. Please double check they are uploaded in the highest resolution possible and that they are watermark free. The makers, painters and printers please send me images of original artwork you wish to be considered and upload to the website in a quality that they can also be sold as prints.

Old Harry Can Break the Rules by John Fanning

Old Harry Can Break the Rules by John Fanning

You may have more images in the show. Those of you who have been to our exhibitions know our model is to take the images from the wall as they sell so if you wish to have s selection of other images to hang then please contact us to discuss a special exhibition printing rate, we are offering 35% off our normal website prices. If they don’t sell then they will be available for collection at the end of the show for you to show your clients/friends how fabulous your work looks printed and mounted or even have your own exhibition!

Closing date for entries is July 15th so you have time to plan and take/make some amazing work.

Tips For Promoting Your Art

One of the best ways to promote your work and increase your visibility in The Shed Gallery is to have a well-organized, well-photographed portfolio with high-resolution images (without a watermark) and detailed information about you and your artwork. 

Make sure your profile is updated with useful biographical information, such as an artist statement, education background, and exhibition history. Adding new work even just a few images at a time and refresh your portfolios keeps interest in your profile and makes you look active.

Before you post an image on any platform or social media upload it first and then use the URL link at the top of the image page to connect the image to where it can be bought. It doesn’t matter how many times you post the image with the link, this is what is called a ‘Call to action’ buy here, click here, order here and so on.

This is a busy time of year and print orders and email enquiries are coming in all the time make the most of it!

Congratulations to the exhibitors who sold images in March, a selection of some of the most recent images sold through the Shed Gallery are below!!

Looking West at Durdle Door by Stephen Banks

Looking West at Durdle Door by Stephen Banks

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Corfe castle by Matt Pinner

Corfe castle by Matt Pinner

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Old Harry Rocks 1 by Steve Belasco

Old Harry Rocks 1 by Steve Belasco

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St. Aldhelm's Chapel, St. Aldhelm's Head by Kevin Ferrioli

St. Aldhelm's Chapel, St. Aldhelm's Head by Kevin Ferrioli

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Oxidise by Chelsea Davine

Oxidise by Chelsea Davine

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Golden Rules for Selling your Photography.

Golden Rules for Selling Photography and Artwork.

Once you commit to selling your images there are some ‘Golden Rules’ for selling your work. We have many years experience of dealing with both sides of the process as printers, artists, photographers and curators. The romantic idyll of being discovered in our studios by a benign wealthy benefactor or collector are long gone, now it is a game of hide ‘n’ seek in the vastness of the internet that can seem strangely intimate and also the loneliest space to occupy.

Here are a few guidelines to help you get ahead and hopefully be seen in amongst the millions of images out there.

Durdle door by Matt Pinner

Durdle door by Matt Pinner

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Tag, tag, tag and imaginatively title your images.

A full description however over simplistic it may seem to you is incredibly important. ‘Tags” are embedded in the image and that is what the little spiders search for. You may know Corfe Castle is in Dorset but it doesn’t mean someone from Norfolk or Australia would. We deal with many enquiries via email and if the image isn’t well defined the client can forget which image it is or who by that they are interested in and they lose interest quickly. A great example of a well titled image is ‘Archway to Heaven’ which is memorable as well as a stunning image.

Rome by Rui Costa

Rome by Rui Costa

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Keep your public informed.

Write about your news and blog. Again this is about helping direct ‘traffic’ back to your work. Our blog has reached over 30,000 people and whilst you may not get immediate feedback clients often refer back to something they’ve read which they found fascinating or will pencil in a particular piece of news.

Kimmeridge Out Of This World by Kevin Ferrioli

Kimmeridge Out Of This World by Kevin Ferrioli

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Enthusiasm. 

Refresh your portfolios, show an interest in what you do. Keep your groups to no more than 15 images. If you have too many in any one portfolio the buying public lose interest and stop scrolling. Keep them well edited and short. This forces the viewing public to come back to the beginning or search for more. If you show enthusiasm in what you do this will show through your work and resonate with the buying public. You may only ever sell one image over and over again however it is the body of work around it that gives the buying public the confidence to invest in you and your story.

November sun by Jo Stephen

November sun by Jo Stephen

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Be generous be Bold.

There is so much goodwill towards what you do either from friends or family or in our community. Engage with other photographers praise and share their work, ask advice and you’ll see how encouraging their response is. Ask questions about your own work, this is your free ‘market research’. Buy samples to decorate your home or office or give your work as a gift for a birthday. It will be the start of many conversations ‘Wow where can I buy that’ ‘I didn’t know you were a photographer’.  Small A4 prints on aluminium make lovely ‘cards’ that will then be propped up on mantelpieces or kitchen windows for years.  Photography cries out for being printed in large format. Our most popular sizes that we sell are 60cm x 90cm and they look stunning and elegant on aluminium which is waterproof, UV resistant and the modern way to show photography, what’s not to like in your sales pitch!

Barley Fields in East Devon by Sam Rose

Barley Fields in East Devon by Sam Rose

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Make Mailchimp your friend.

Here at the Shed HQ we write 3 different mailshots. One to our community, one to existing customers and those who have expressed an interest in what we do and one to possible clients. Think along the same lines. Send a quarterly email talking about what you’ve achieved and where your audience can buy your work. Send one to friends asking for support, one to people who you’ve met along the way and one to a targeted audience. If you live in a town then write to the local hospital asking if they would like to exhibit your work. Show a local interior designer or pub your work. If you need some help curating a show then contact Chelsea and she is more than happy to help pull together an idea or body of work. Ben is also on hand to help with the technical printing aspects and how to install.

Boats of Beer Devon by Benjitas Photography

Boats of Beer Devon by Benjitas Photography

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The Golden Rule and Social media.

The Internet is a wonderful time wasting, soul destroying, mystifying, potential market place. Social media is about directing traffic to your profile not away to further social media platforms, don’t give your client the opportunity to get distracted and click away to a video of kittens. Make every tweet, post, blog a ‘Call to Action’. It may seem trite but our moto is ‘Likes are Vanity, Sales are Sanity’. Every single time you post an image anywhere it is imperative that the link goes back to somewhere it can be bought from. Lean in, as the Americans say, point out in bold letters BUY this image HERE. Why else would you post on the Internet? To be copied to give your angles and ideas away? No, it’s to find a client. So before you post your new work, upload it first to your profile where it will be watermarked. Someone who is busy does not want to write an email asking if it is available to buy. If they have a  query we are here to field those emails. Make it obvious and make it simple. Copy the URL from the top of your profile or the image itself and include it in the post.

Beacon to the Milky Way by Stephen Banks

Beacon to the Milky Way by Stephen Banks

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Love what you do.

This, above all, is what will make you successful!!

 

 

 

Earth-Air-Fire-Water exhibition.

The Shed Gallery houses a myriad collection of images by photographers and artists from as far afield as Spain to as close to home as Lyme Regis.

Our creatives find inspiration in all aspects of life and this exhibition showcases the breadth of their work under the title Earth-Air-Fire-Water, and the work will be exhibited at the Town Mill Malthouse, Lyme Regis until the 1st September.

We asked our photographers and artists to send us submissions of how they interpreted the title and as always the responses were unexpected and wonderfully inspirational.

Fiery sunsets, ethereal night skies, rolling landscapes and stormy seas were submitted alongside the more surprising and subtle images. Paula Youens ran with the brief and found a ‘crying ‘ poster in the streets of France for water. Catherine Gillingham went abstract with the 300’ Fahrenheit where you can almost feel the molten heat. The sumptuous countryside in Nathalie Robert’s ‘First Cold’ is a perennial favourite in the gallery whereby Air in the still night skies of Lois Wakeman’s beautifully captured dusk over Portland Bill nestle quietly next to the technically breathtaking Astrophotography by Ollie Taylor and Stephen Banks.

The work exhibited here includes pieces by Anna Duckett, Andy White, Asmita Kapadia, Beatriz Chamussy, Bob Healey, Caroline Collett, Charles Headey, Guy Kirkham, Geoffrey Beer, Gina Williams, Liz Shewan, Maisie Hill, Matt Pinner, Paul Newman, Paul Taylor, Pete Hackett, Rosie Mathisen, Sam Rose, Susan Furber, Tim Starkey and Tricia Scott.

We are also delighted to be showing for the first time in the UK work by Cristian Sainz whose stunning Cloud paintings have been shown in Paris and Barcelona and the allegorical photography of Andrea Torres Balaguer. We have illustration and drawings by Odile Moreno Sanchez and Ana de Lima originally from Galicia who is now based in Germany. We have paintings by Fiona G Roberts, Jacquelyn Beggs and our curator Chelsea Davine.

 

Our Mission

Our aim is to curate a beautiful exhibition of affordable artwork and photography. The pop up exhibitions we hold throughout the year provide an opportunity for our creatives to exhibit their work alongside other professional and working photographers and artists as well as selling directly to the public. All the work in the show can be bought and taken home today and can also be ordered in different sizes or formats. We hold a stock of further images and artwork too. Please ask if you are interested in seeing an extended portfolio by any of the creatives we have on display here or in our online gallery which can be ordered here and now or later at home.

If you are interested in taking part in an exhibition or showing your work online in the gallery then please contact a member of staff and we can explain how you do so, or pick up a flyer and go to the website to sign up for a profile with us.

 

Shed Gallery Summer Exhibition: Earth, Fire, Air, Water.

 

Once again we will be holding our annual Shed Gallery Summer exhibition in the Malthouse in Lyme Regis.

The Malthouse is a wonderful venue for a pop up gallery surrounded by artisans and sat in the heart of the town. These shows bring clients and exhibitors from far and wide who make the trip to find us every year.

The dates for this years show are Friday 21st August utill Tuesday the 1st September. 

Eggardon Hill - After the Storm by Stephen Banks

Eggardon Hill - After the Storm by Stephen Banks

The title for this years show EARTH – FIRE – AIR – WATER will hopefully provide inspiration for all our exhibitors and those of you who have returned from Iceland or who spend hours in the dark shooting the night sky or catching the landscape and seas around our island.

In order to take part in the exhibition you will need a Shed profile. Upload the images you would like to be considered and tag each one into the category it corresponds to.

You will need to go into each image individually to do so. Think in groups of images, go abstract, whatever you feel represents in your eyes the title and write a full description on each image. This will provide the text for the photograph or original artwork on the wall.

Closing dates for submissions is Saturday June 27th. The images will then be selected and those successful will be notified. 

This is a great opportunity to have your work seen by a wider audience and to talk directly to the buying public, the feedback, sales and encouragement we all get from these events is invaluable.