This October(ish) we’re planning to go to Nova Scotia, Canada to exhibit Maggie’s artwork.
I’ve not been there for 16 years, since I was an exchange student from Dundee University, although I still have a few friends I’m in contact with from that time.
One very good friend from my time in NS has decided to help us try and create an exhibition there.
I thought I’d better scribble out a rough list of things we need to investigate, plan and implement in order to make it happen:
- Make sales, open new markets, make more money than it costs to stage.
- Publicise Maggie’s name in Canada
- Boost credibility in Scotland
- Generate more signups for the online newsletter
- Create template for potential exhibitions in other countries
- Visit Canada and see old friends
- Photography opportunities for my own business?
- Existing gallery; or
- Space geared up for exhibitions, but not owned by a gallery; or
- Find own venue, like a hall, empty shop or large room
- Credit cards via online systems such as Paypal
- Luggage weight restrictions
- Taking camera, laptop and mandolin
- International shipping company
- Exploring emotional constraints laid down by parents, teachers, peers, cultural and social pressures
- Scottish connection with Nova Scotia
- Use of textiles and the connection back to older textile industries
- 5 second sound bite
- 30 second outline
- 1 minute interview
- 5 minute interview
- In-depth write-up
- Word of mouth
- Website & Newsletter
- Leaflets / posters
- Local radio interviews
- Local TV interviews
- Art organisations in Nova Scotia
- Nova Scotia tourist board
- Venue owner’s own publicity machine
- Exhibition dates
- Booking flights
- Shipping artworks
- Setting up online payment schemes
Paying for it
- Savings (hahahahahahaha)
- Any shipping, travelling or exporting grants available?
So, if you, or anyone you know might be interested in sponsoring this event, or buying/commissioning some of Maggie’s artwork to help us pay for this, or visiting or getting involved in the Canadian side of things, do be sure to get in contact.
My email address is on my profile and Maggie’s web address is: www.maggieayres.co.uk
Thoughts, suggestions or general nods of encouragement are welcome :)