The gallery is open from May to September each year and the artists are chosen by our selection committee in early January of each year. We have up to a hundred applications each year to look at and we make six shows a year out of these applications. We try to include as many artists as we can.
The gallery fee is £90 for each two and a half week show. Commission is 25% on works sold. Shows are stewarded by volunteers and artists are encouraged to steward their own show for a session or two; always an interesting experience. The gallery arranges publicity with local papers though further publicity arranged by artists is encouraged. You are welcome to attend these preview parties in 2016 to see how we do things and to meet the team of volunteers who run the gallery. The preview parties are always well attended and the gallery supplies cheese and wine. Artist contributions to the wine stock are appreciated.
The selection committee sits at the beginning of each year in early January to select artists from the submissions we receive for the coming year. If you would like to be considered then your submission needs to be with our Exhibitions Secretary, Paul Cope, by the end of December 2016. Post can be sent to the gallery.
Good, clear, in-focus images showing your work at its best and giving us a good idea about the colours and textures of the work are required by the selection committee. Some indication of the scale of work is very important either on the slide or back of the print or on an acompanying list of works. Indications of materials and technique are also helpful.
We are happy to view digital images of work submitted on CD. Images need to be of a good quality and some indication of the size of the works is very helpful. Powerpoint and other sorts of slide show are a good way to control the presentation of your work. A pdf can also be a good way to put image and text together.
Websites can also be part of your submission. Many artists have online portfolios which we are happy to view.
If you wish to send us prints then digital images need to be of a high resolution initially and then printed out on photo paper to give a good clear image. You can take digital images on a disc to a photographic processors such as Wells in Southwold or branches of Boots and Jessops. They can print out your images on photographic paper which looks good and costs no more than normal photographic printing or printing them yourself on an inkjet printer. There are also online processors such as SnapFish who provide an economical service. Print-outs onto normal typing paper are often of such poor quality that it is very difficult to discern the original colours and textures of the art works.
A short statement about your work with a brief CV is also helpful. Some indication of any art education and any previous exhibitions can be helpful though not a neccessity by any means! We have a remit to show interesting art by young and up and coming artists. We exist to encourage people in their art making at all ages and levels. Traditionally we have shown artists with a link with East Anglia though this is interpreted quite broadly.
If there are times in the season that you would prefer then please let us know and we will take this into account.
If selected, artists are invited to an artists's meeting on a Saturday morning in early March to look at the gallery and make the finer arrangements. Artists are responsible for delivering and displaying their work with the aid of our gallery manager, Alan Bennett, on the appointed day and arranging to collect their work at the end of the show.
Good luck and we look forward to hearing from you.