Follow up for the Shed Summer Show

After our summer shows there is always a manic couple of weeks following up leads and contacts and processing orders. We have been delighted with the response and look forward to planning the next show!

The exhibition looked so elegant and vibrant with so many styles and we were delighted to meet so many of you during and after the show and also saying hello to old friends. It really helps to create the sense of community that is the essence of our online gallery, a place to sell you work in the internet age with a real community of like minded photographers and artists at its core.

Even though it feels as though all the hard work goes into putting on an event the after sales and goodwill need to be capitalised on.

If you sold work then post it across social media what you sold but also let people know what you still have in stock. Upload new portfolios and refresh your work, making sure to keep interest in your account. Visit exhibitions if you can such as the Affordable Art fair in Battersea this weekend to see how contemporary photographer, artists and galleries are printing their work, framing and hanging.

Here is a very interesting article by Sarah Lyons for the fair which I hope will provide some inspiration.


The Shed Summer Exhibition 2018 details…

Once again we are planning our annual group Shed Exhibitors exhibition from 14th to the 16th of September at the Salthouse, West Bay, Dorset.

Beer Dawn by Paul Newman

Beer Dawn by Paul Newman

It is a great opportunity to showcase your work to the public, get feedback, make sales and see your work on the wall and not just on a screen.

As always, Chelsea will curate with you your selection and 90% of the sale price will go to you, the artist .The remaining 10% covers card transactions and wrapping materials. Chelsea will then run the exhibition on your behalf talking about and taking further orders for your work and/or commissions and so on.

Yellow Dream by Emma Burton

Yellow Dream by Emma Burton

There are two ways to participate:

For £60 you will have 2 images hanging plus 2 images in stock (to replace if one sells and can be different or the same image/size) and 2 on the hanging shelves


4 images hanging for £90 plus 4 images in stock and 4 on shelves (again, to replace if one sells and can be different or the same image/size)

We want to encourage you to exhibit your work as this is the best way to direct traffic to your profile and make follow up sales online. Those who do create greater interest in their work and make more sales. This year you can exhibit either aluminium prints, framed prints or original artwork or a selection. Chelsea will help you choose to create the most cohesive exhibition possible, however it will be your final decision.

Branches and Tree Trunks by Sarah Broome

Branches and Tree Trunks by Sarah Broome

If you provide the work it will need to be delivered on Thursday the 13th September to the exhibition venue at the Salthouse in West Bay. If you would like us to print your work for you then we will take the work from our printers for you. All images be they originals or photographs MUST be on your profile for us to print. Please contact us with your requirements should you wish to print new work.

Places are limited so if this is something you would like to take part in then please let us know as soon as possible. We look forward to hearing from you by emailing Chelsea directly at

Have a lovely summer!

Chelsea and Ben.

Shed Summer Exhibition 13th – 16th July at the Salthouse, West Bay.

The closing date is fast approaching for our upcoming Shed Summer Exhibition 13th – 16th July at the Salthouse, West Bay.

Final selections are being made and submissions need to be finalised by Friday 16th of June and payments received by the 23rd June.

We will then send you your labels which need to be signed and returned as soon as possible.

Once chosen, please put your selection in a separate file titled Salthouse Exhibition. This way we can find the image quickly and easily if an order needs to be made from the show in a smaller or larger size or as a simple unmounted print. It is very important you start to promote the images and get your clients, friends and family along to the show or direct to the images in your profile. If you are on social media please help promote the exhibition too.

Time will fly between now and then and we are both looking forward to seeing you and your wonderful work in West Bay!

Ben and Chelsea

Take me to my profile


Artist of the Week – Sam Rose.

There is a massive difference between your friends, family or a bunch of people on Flickr liking your photos, and somebody actually shelling out their hard earned cash on one and putting it on their wall.  I want to thanks Chelsea and Ben, and the whole Shed community (for we are greater than the sum of our parts!!) for helping that happen for me at the recent Broadchurch exhibition.

Brooding sky over East Cliff by Sam Rose

Brooding sky over East Cliff by Sam Rose

I have always taken photos, and always had an aspiration to ‘do it for a living’ in some form.  However, life – you know, mortgages, kids, eating, stuff like that – has always seemed to get in the way.  Seeing the Shed Exhibition in Lyme a few years ago, I talked to Chelsea, she suggested that I can do both; life, and showing / selling photos.  Of course she was right, and I have loved being  part of the Shed community since then.

Cobb waves by Sam Rose

Cobb waves by Sam Rose

Not only are the website and the exhibitions fantastic platforms for my work, but they have helped my photography develop.  Now that I am taking photos for a wider audience, I realise that they need to be better, both artistically, and in terms of responding to market demands.  I look back at the first few I put on the website, and can see how I have developed since then.

Seascape by Sam Rose

Seascape by Sam Rose

Being involved in the Broadchurch and Jurassic Coast exhibition at West Bay gave me some good insight into what is needed to put on a show, and thanks to that, and the generosity of a good friend, I now have the opportunity to put on an exhibition in Lyme Regis Museum (in the tiny top floor gallery) from June 28th to October 3rd.

Portland and the fleet by Sam Rose

Portland and the fleet by Sam Rose

The exhibition is entitled Coast Cliff and Crashing Waves and contains photos that I have taken between Abbotsbury and Beer along the spectacular Jurassic Coast, with a focus on the West Bay area.  The majority of images are very textural monochromes, showing the power of the sea, the weather and the majesty of the cliffs, but I have included others, including the image chosen to be on the front of the Shed website this week.  Please do come along, entrance to the Museum is very cheap and it is a fascinating place even without my photos (!).

Broadchurch and the Jurassic Art Trail exhibitions


With under two weeks to go we are now in the final stages of prepping and planning our Broadchurch exhibition in West bay and have installed the Jurassic Art Trail around West Bay harbour earlier this week.

Thank you to everyone who has been in touch with ideas, art work, text and images.  Stephen and Chelsea have had a hard time choosing from the 190 submissions and if we could hang them all we would!

“Broadchurch and its Landscape” in the Salt House, West Bay, Dorset will run from Friday 1st of May till Monday 4th May and will open 10:30 – 17:30.

The Jurassic Art Trail will be on display until mid May in West Bay. 

The photographer’s chosen for the art trail are Andy White, Pete Hackett, Sam Rose, Nathalie Roberts, Stephen Banks, Ollie Taylor, Rob Nolan and Bob Healey. 

The trail consists of large images situated around West Bay with each image being duplicated in the Broadchurch exhibition in the Salt House.

To complete the Broadchurch show will be drawings/prints by Paula Youens, sculpture by Pete Hackett and further images by Charles Headey, Catherine Gillingham, Rachael Talibart, Tricia Scott, Christine Santostefano, Sarah Broome, Gina Williams, Liz Shewan and Chelsea Davine.

We are delighted to announce that Chris Chibnall, the author of Broadchurch, will be officially opening the exhibition on Thursday the 30th April at 5pm, this is a great opportunity for a private view of the show before we open to the public the following day. 

On Saturday 2nd May at 7pm Stephen Banks will reprise his talk on “Astrophotography in and around the dark skies of Dorset” and John Wokersien, trustee and chair of the Jurassic Coast Communities Forum, will be taking about the “Importance of Communities to the Jurassic Coast”.

The Shed is a community as well as place to sell your work so even if you aren’t exhibiting but are on social media please share the event and come along to the exhibition.