I've never ever shown at an art fair, but I'm an avid reader of forum posts and e-mails from people who do or want to know how to. The conclusion I drew quite rapidly was that they do seem to have rather a lot of potential for problems of nightmarish proportions - the tent falls down/blows away/leaks big time/is too heavy to move etc!
Two of my 'regular reads' have been kind enough to share their art fair experiences - from their perspectives of being an 'old fart' (Casey Klahn - his words not mine!) and 'young upstart' Maggie Stiefvater. These both look like they'll provide some insight for those fresh to the art of the art fair and I'm very happy to share the links to their info here.
I'm also happy to act as a conduit for putting people in touch with what they need to know so if you know of any more good information or tips on blogs or websites do let me know and I'll update this blog post.
Casey Klahn has a programme of art fairs every summer and has started a new blog called the Endless Summer Art Fair Blog in which he gets to grips with things like:
- Choosing a Tent - the pros and cons of alternative models
- How to keep dry - dealing with the rain (this man lives in serious rain country)
- Keep it Down - dealing with the wind
- Tent deals
Maggie Stiefvater started showing her work at art fairs two years ago, really got into it last summer and has a major programme for this summer. (you too can meet the woman with the insane cat!)
Her post "My Home away from Home" covers her particular set-up and what she's found is and isn't useful when you are doing an art fair - bearing in mind she hasn't got Casey's "old fart's back" for hefting things around.
Now all the two of them have to do is tell us all how they decided where to go in the first place!
Art fairs seem to be much bigger in the USA than the UK and I really don't know much at all about other countries - but would love to hear about your experiences:
- Have you ever been to an art fair?
- Have you ever shown at an art fair?
- Do you know any good sources of information for those wanting to show?
- This is a Wet Canvas thread about people's recent experiences of art fairs - "Are Painters doing well at Art Fairs?"
- The Botanical Art and Naturalist Illustration Yahoo Group currently has a thread about art fairs
- Sunshine Artist: the premier art show and festival magazine in America.
- Art and Craft Shows (www.artandcraftshows.org) - a listing of shows in the USA ( by date and state) sponsored by Sunshine Artist. You can subscribe to the listing and also submit events.
- The Art Fair Calendar
- Show Review Archive - reports on how individual shows performed (one review per month)
- The Sunshine Artist Audit Book and Show-Resource Guide is an informational source for working artists and craftspeople, and includes information about show-circuit trends, legal services and tax offices, as well as copyright and trademark forms.
The new book will list the results of shows held from 2002 to 2006. Each event is reviewed based on reports filed by Sunshine Artist reporters and other show exhibitors. The listings contain a brief summary and yearly ratings on a scale of 1 to 9. (Sunshine Artist)Links: