Shed Summer Show: Points to remember

Thank you to those of you who have made an application to our Annual Summer Show. It’s lovely to be back in touch with many of you and hearing about your plans and projects and seeing your new work.

There are a couple of shots that have caught our eye one being by Kym Cox that was published in the New York Times:

No.4 Colour Clouds by Kym Cox

Also a cracking shot by Sam Rose whose patience over all these years has paid of with The Pot of Gold

The Pot of Gold by Sam Rose

Remember, its not only photographers contacting us its the buying public too. We can answer many of their questions but it makes it so much easier if you do the following:

Edit each image and write a small description. I may recognise where the image was taken but I may not know why or what makes it special to you. Also it needs to be tagged so it appears in the correct category in the gallery which makes searching for it easier.

Check you have a profile photo and also that you have a current collection so that your profile appears in the list of exhibitors.

Update your images and add more portfolios, we always get a boost in views around a show so really make the most of this push towards the website.

Finally if you are interested in exhibiting it is a very affordable way to do so and trust me after all these years working at art fairs, in galleries and online there is no substitute to the buying public seeing something in front of them and buying it on the spot.

Chelsea Davine

Annual Shed Summer Group Show

Dear Shed Gallery Artists and Photographers,

We are delighted to announce our annual Shed Summer Group Show,

The venue will be the Malthouse Gallery in Lyme Regis, Dorset from the 26th June – 10th July 2019.

Places will be limited and you need to have an active portfolio in the Shed Gallery to take part.

  • It costs £60 to exhibit a maximum 4 pieces of work. It can be photography or original art. We take no sales commission 100% of sale price goes to the artist.
  • Send Chelsea an email with your submission so she can curate the show:
  • Once selected the work to be exhibited MUST be uploaded to your profile under a separate portfolio titled “Malthouse 2019” with your price for the item.
  • Work must be delivered on the 25th of June to The Malthouse, Mill Lane, Lyme Regis, Dorset DT7 3PU.
  • Work to be collected on the 10th July or if this is not possible then we can arrange for a paid courier to return the work (this will be quoted at the time).

If you are interested then please let Chelsea know by the 17th June 2019.

We can also print work for the show so please contact us with the details of your requirements so that we can quote. Please note that images for printing must be uploaded on your Shed profile beforehand.

This is a great opportunity to show your work to the buying public, meet the rest of the community and see how your work is received. Critical feedback and taking your work off a computer screen is an important step in your development as artists and photographers.

We will have a reception at 5pm on Saturday 5pm 29th June. Good luck with your application and see you there!

Chelsea and Ben

Over in an INSTANT.

Well, wow! What an amazing exhibition! However there’s no time to relax and bask in our sales its time to push on and make the most of the momentum and potential clients looking at the site, measuring up for that space they’ve now decided that needs a piece of artwork, searching for that perfect piece!

Cobb long exposure by Benjitas Photography

Cobb long exposure by Benjitas Photography

SOLD AT INSTANT: Cobb long exposure by Benjitas Photography
Here is an example of the kind of email we receive. If you have any images that fit this enquiry then please upload to your profile and let me know once you have done so.

Dear Chelsea,

You may remember last Saturday at the Malthouse Gallery we discussed some possibilities for displaying artwork in my micropub in Bridport. Thanks for taking time to chat regarding the various options. I’m interested in:

– Local seascapes and landscapes
– Fishing harbours/villages
– Historical prints of Bridport and West Bay. I would love to have a few permanent pieces showing activity in the town from years ago. Black and white. Rope/net making, markets other industry etc
– Farming in Dorset/over the ages/ rare breeds (Dorset horn sheep etc)
– Finally, any work whatsoever you may have showing beer brewing and cider making throughout the ages.

As part of our service we deal with these requests, print and install on your behalf.

Fly Me To The Moon by Guy Kirkham

Fly Me To The Moon by Guy Kirkham

SOLD AT INSTANT: Fly Me To The Moon by Guy Kirkham

If you haven’t read then please do read our blog on ‘The Golden Rules of Selling your work’.  This is especially important to our most recent sign ups. So while we deal with your orders that have come through online or from house visits it is imperative you make sure of the following lessons we’ve learned:

  • Check all spelling the Cobb has two b’s and many times I’ve missed including an image for a potential client that I’ve come across later because when I typed in the key word ‘Cobb’  into the search bar (for example) it didn’t come up.
Opium poppy by Jo Stephen

Opium poppy by Jo Stephen

SOLD AT INSTANT: Opium poppy by Jo Stephen

  • Tag and Title you know, I know, Corfe Castle is in Dorset, but does the German tourist who came into the exhibition know? Have as many as you like but be imaginative! Complete descriptions are incredibly important as are individual titles, its very hard for me to know which Corfe Castle a client likes if all 15 are titled the same. I recognise it can be laborious but it is absolutely essential.
  • 15 images per portfolio people get tired scrolling through multiple images and its hard to keep track of which image did catch your eye when scrolling through if there are any more.
  • Call to action tell everyone as many times as you can about your sales, which ones they were, why you chose it, what size sold, how affordable and efficient the process is, why you think your future client would want it themselves. Copy the URL and email your latest additions to your portfolios. Ask peoples’ opinion, do they like it and why! Start a conversation, get the public involved in your work. I always ask someone who comes in ‘Has something caught your eye?’ even if they are not looking to buy because they may be persuaded to later or just sew that seed of interest. It can’t hurt!
Durdle Door sunburst by Shaun Jacobs

Durdle Door sunburst by Shaun Jacobs

SOLD AT INSTANT: Durdle Door sunburst by Shaun Jacobs

Many of you have asked for more exhibitions. We are more than happy to find venues and work in tandem for more events so get in touch with your proposals!

Once again, these shows are only ever as successful as they are because of your hard work and talent. Well done to everyone involved!

Chelsea and Ben.

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.

Beyond the Obvious

Tricia Scott and Lois Wakeman’s new show has now opened in the Town Mill’s Malthouse Gallery. “Beyond the Obvious” runs until Wednesday 16th September.

Tricia and Lois first met a few years ago, and soon discovered an eerily similar interest in subjects and techniques. Born several years and an eastern county apart, they have both washed up in Devon, and found their photographic twin!

The title of the exhibition comes from their fascination in seeing not just a pretty scene, but finding inspiration in intricacy, pattern, texture, shadow, reflection, symmetry, geometry, ripples, spots and dapples. Maths (chaos theory, turbulent flow, fractals and the Fibonacci sequence) can explain a lot of it for us, but dedication is necessary to find beauty in places that others might just pass by unseeing, eyes fixed firmly on the grand view.

Both Tricia and Lois live near the sea, so the coast – whether natural rocks, sand, seaweed, shells and waves or man-made rusty iron, hulls, sheds, ropes, and fishing paraphernalia – is a major source of material. Tricia is both a sailor and an avid traveller, so finds more far-flung locations to inspire her, but Lois spends nearly all her time near home and is constantly looking for new angles on familiar subjects, whether by the sea or in the beautiful hinterland of the Jurassic Coast.
Expect peeling paint, rust, lobster pots, corrugated iron, as well as more conventional subjects like shorelines, shadows, waves and reflections. Both figurative and abstract images will be featured. The exhibition is hung in sets of related images by both photographers, together with a small selection of earthenware pottery by Lois.