My reflection on The Other Art Fair, King’s Cross. Part 2: Exhibiting Art

My reflection on The Other Art Fair, King’s Cross. Part 2: Exhibiting Art

It’s Now Exhibiting Art Time!

Apart from the stress of being ready in time after the little glitch, I had been looking forward to getting back exhibiting art in front of the public again, as I hadn’t done a show for a while now. It was exciting arriving and seeing all the artists appear with their work. So much creative talent together. It is these early moments I enjoy looking at new work from artists I haven’t met before.

A quick mention of the venue. Set in the Canopy market within the redeveloped Kings Cross in London. It didn’t disappoint. What a great location, set in such a busy and buzzing area!

Setting Up And Getting On With Exhibiting Art

It was a very long day on that Thursday. After several hours of setting up, I just had time to clear the unwanted bits from the stand and take them home as I am not too far from there. I then had to race back for the private view that night. The evening went well and was busy and very hot! However, upon leaving after ten that night, even though my legs felt like they were about to collapse on the short walk to the bus stop, I felt very satisfied with the whole show and made some sales too!

A Little Help From A Friend

I was lucky enough to have a good friend of mine help me over the weekend. This allowed me to pop off every so often to have a quick look at the rest of the show for myself. No matter which shows I do, I always find the artists are all really friendly and helpful. It is a joy to talk to an artist about their work and discover the process and the back story; it can make you see the work in a whole new light.

Proud To Be Part Of The Artist Community

There is a comradery amongst the exhibitors that is hard to explain: people who have never met before form an instant community where discussions about art are fascinating whilst eager to offer help and advice. We forget how much time we are often working away in our studios alone. Events like these mean I can get out of my solitude and talk shop with fellow creatives; My dogs don’t respond to this very well when I talk ‘art’ to them! Even friends and family can often get bored!

Client Engagement

This reminded me of how good it is talking with one’s clients, old or new! I forget how much I enjoy talking to people about my inspiration and why; the process and application of work that went into the piece, what it means to me, etc. Then I love to hear their questions and thoughts and feelings on it, what it means to them, where they will hang it and why. It’s fascinating why people often hang something in a specific place and others give no thought to its surroundings; it is all about the image!

A Great Exhibition

A great feeling is when, as an artist, you work on something and decide it’s finally finished. In my experience, I am always pleased with the result. However, nothing beats the feeling when someone views it tells you so! I received great feedback at The Other Art Fair from everyone which is so reassuring, especially when they agree with my personal favourite! It’s not just about pleasing oneself but the public too!

Coming Back For More

Not only was it a great venue where visitors could see the art fair and do lots more in the surrounding area but there was so much else going on at the fair too! You could get an old artwork upcycled, visit several eco-conscious artists, find out about the CALM charity art collective, view the tiny sketchbook project, a dining experience presenting ‘You used to call me on my cell phone’ and so much more!

After 4 days of seeing great art, meeting new clients, making new friends and several sales, I went home very tired but happy. I also had a wonderful feeling of success combined with the anticipation of the next art fair!

Read more about the exhibition here.

(See Part 1 here.)

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