Curating and programming your own artist-led space

If you are running your own gallery space it’s important to have an idea of the kind of programme you want. What sort of shows will you put on? What kind of artists are you going to work with? What will make your space different?
 
A clear curatorial vision will help attract visitors and funding to your space. Have a short, written statement on your website and publicity material. This should explain what the focus of your programme is and what is individual and unique to your space.  
This will tell your visitors what to expect, and help your space stand out. 
 
On top of exhibitions, spaces often have extra strands to their programmes. These could include
  • Talks and panel discussions
  • Networking events
  • Educational workshops
These can attract audiences with different interests.
 
Consider the different access needs of your audience. How to Put On an Accessible Exhibition by Shape Arts can help make your programme accessible to disabled people.
 
Running a gallery programme takes a lot of work. It is important to be realistic about how much you can take on. You’ll also need to fund these activities somehow.

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