DUBLIN SKETCHERS EXHIBITION Please take a few minutes to read and digest this post!
For the last few years, the group has had an exhibition over the summer. And we'll be doing the same this year! Over the last few weeks we've been talking about how to make it happen.
PLEASE - Do you want to exhibit this year? Please email email@example.com by Friday 20th April to let us know! When we know how many people are interested, we'll have an idea of how many sketches each person can put in.
IMPORTANT - please work on loose leaf sheets on Sundays, in preparation for the exhibition.
POSTER design - is anyone interested in designing the poster for the exhibition? Anyone have any ideas for a "tag line" for the exhibition - last year it was "drawing Dublin together - collective perspectives" and the year before "drawing a crowd"
What? Dublin Sketchers Exhibition 2012When? Friday 22nd June (opening) to Sunday 24th June.
Where? The Drawing Project studio opposite the DART in Dun Laoghaire, which operates under the auspices of the Dunlaoghaire Institute of Art Design and Technology.
How Much? The fee for being in the exhibition will be somewhere between €10 and €40, depending on how many people want to be involved, and what the costs are (hanging, flyers/posters/opening night. We'll pin these down in the next month. The actual studio space is free!).
Background - The Drawing Project studio approached the group last October to invite us to put together a show there. The Curator is interested in our group because we do what they love - draw and sketch! They want us to reflect that in our show.
So, the emphasis this year will be on the drawings/sketches/paintings that emerge every Sunday at the various locations we visit. The group came up with a wish list of locations - and more ideas are being suggested every week.
Practicalities and Possibilities
Our work will probably be grouped according to location (eg, work from Botanic Gardens presented together, work from Print Museum, etc) rather than arranging it by artist. That way it will tell more of a story about the group.
So, we might end up with work grouped around 10 locations, with space for work from other locations. You might even have something from a previous year from a Dublin Sketchers location that you would like to include.
How to present the work? Rather than framing each piece in a full frame, we could present them in mounts, or stick them to board, or pin them to the wall.... This will help to keep individual costs down. Collette offered herself as an expert in mounts, and knows a website for cheap/good quality mounts. We will be able to make a bulk order for mounts. John K can source large pieces of mounting board that we could pin work to.
The room has many walls! It was suggested that we could present some walls of drawings and sketches from locations and then, if people were interested, have a final wall of finished pieces, worked up from initial sketches so that we present the story from initial sketch to finished piece. These might be fully framed and priced for sale.
Showing our sketch books. We can present our sketch pads - either open on one page, or perhaps available for people to look through. This will really show what the group is about, and really interesting to look at. How many people / how many pieces each? Because it's a large studio space, the exhibition should be able to accomodate something of everybody's work.
Visiting the gallery - We will put up the date and time when we are going out to view the space so if you wish to come along and be part of the planning please do so.
The exhibition is always great fun, and it's a lovely feeling to see our work in a gallery space!