Ideas for Art Exhibitions

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Ideas for Art Exhibitions
Plan an exhibition with a uniting theme to attract plenty of visitors. (gallery image by MATTHIEU FABISIAK from

Anyone can plan an art exhibition--all you need is a space to show the work, artists to promote and an idea that attracts visitors. Choose a theme for your exhibition that appeals to a wide variety of people and decide what type of works you will accept. If you already have a gallery, you won't have to worry about space; but if you are planning an exhibition and have selected a possible venue, check local zoning laws before proceeding.

Themed Exhibition

Plan an exhibition around a single theme. The theme could be as simple as "birds" or "the beach" or more complex such as "anxiety" or "hope." Announce the theme in advance to give artists plenty of time to come up with pieces for the exhibition. Using a single united theme makes it more interesting for the viewer and the artists, and makes the exhibit easier to promote as well.

Single Medium Exhibition

Plan an exhibition featuring artists who use a single type of material. Choose paint, clay, fabric or metal as the medium and invite the best artists in the field to apply. A single-medium show is easy to promote to newsletters, groups and magazines dealing with that particular branch of art. You will also draw in different crowds, as artisans who make raku pottery tend to attract different buyers than those who make traditional quilts.

Charity Exhibition

Plan an exhibition to promote and benefit a local charity. Choose a "Souper Bowl" and have artists create soup bowls to sell, and invite local chefs to make soup for the event. Customers choose their favourite bowl and soup pairing, and take the bowl home at the end of the event. Donate a portion of the proceeds to a food pantry, soup kitchen or other good cause. Select a favourite charity and plan an exhibition that ties in with the organisation's needs. Charity events are easy to promote in local and regional newspapers and other media.

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