Private View – recipe for success

As I said in the last post, I’m better just in time for my exhibition which started on Friday, 20th September with a Private View.  I’m taking part in Somerset Art Weeks which is a countywide event featuring 400 artists exhibiting in over 100 venues across Somerset.

A Private View is usually the initial launch pad for your exhibition and it’s an opportunity to invite people to have a look at your work ahead of the general public.  So, what constitutes a successful Private View.  Well, I think it’s the following:

1.  Lots of people who are interested in Art!

It goes without saying that there’s no point inviting people who aren’t interested in what you do.  You want people to be enthusiastic and interested in looking at your work and the work of any other artists that you are exhibiting with.  It gives you an opportunity to discuss your work and explain your thinking and techniques.


Looking at the artwork


2.  Lots of food and drink

It’s not necessary to put on a three course meal, but just something for people to have should they feel peckish and good mixture of non-alcoholic and alcoholic drinks.  A shame for those that have to drive, so make sure you look after them.


Sue’s wonderful cakes!

3.  Lots of chat!

Something I’m not short of but it’s nice when there’s a real buzz around the exhibition from lots of chatter and laughter!


Chatter in the kitchen! Where all the best parties are.


And finally;

4.  Little red dots!

… and what do these mean – sales!  It’s always great to see some red dots against your work.  It really kick starts the exhibition for you and gives you some positive signs that your work has value to others.

Jean_Stevens_BFSale Jean_Stevens_RFSale


So, if you’re in the Glastonbury, Somerset, area between now and the 6th October, come and see us at The Little House of Art, 6 Albert Buildings, Glastonbury, Somerset, BA6 9LN.  We’re open every day from 11am until 5pm.

See you there!



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