What is the course about?
A comprehensive guide to the exhibition process, from early planning stages to the private view and beyond. The course is taught by Shirley Read, author of the definitive book on the subject: ‘Exhibiting Photography: A Practical Guide to Choosing a Space, Displaying Your Work, and Everything in Between’. You are encouraged to bring a project you would consider exhibiting, to use as a practical basis for exploring aspects including approaching galleries, getting press, budgeting, designing and hanging the show, and the private view. Get to know the professional expectations and potential pitfalls, and gain real confidence in your ability to stage a successful show.
What students liked most about this course .
“Offered plenty of practical advice, mixed in with creative aspect – the perfect balance.”
“Excellent comprehensive overview. Each session well planned and presented. Relevant handouts, practical approaches and solutions. Useful group discussions encouraged good atmosphere.”
“Engaging with other like-minded people – seeing other people’s work and discussing it.”
What will we cover?
- Why exhibit?
- What is involved in organising a show
- Approaching galleries
- Function of press and mailing lists - reaching an audience
- Designing and hanging the show
- Using text
- The private view and after.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- have increased confidence in approaching a gallery or planning an exhibition
- know what the pitfalls and problems of an exhibition might be
- work to professional standards in exhibition presentation.
What students have achieved on this course .
“I feel more confident about how to approach galleries etc with my work.” MW
“I have learned so much about exhibiting and marketing my work.” NA
“Insight into how to “frame” a body of work.” CM
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
To join this course, you should have developed a body of work ready for exhibition or have completed an appropriate City Lit course such as the 'City Lit photography course' (code VY844 or VY878), 'Creative photography project and portfolio assessment' course (code VY637 or VY648), or the 'Develop and research your own project' course (code VY879). You are expected to be a regular visitor to photographic exhibitions.
You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions, demonstrations, hand-outs and health and safety information, and be prepared to take part in group discussion. You should be happy using numbers and able to do simple measurements and calculations.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
You will be taught informally through discussion and visual display. You will be encouraged to visit exhibitions in your own time to inform discussion in class.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
There are no extra costs but please bring a notebook.
The City Lit photography studio (at Kean St) is an annex and not part of the main building; there is no reception, so please do not arrive more then 5 minutes before the start time of your class and do try the door before ringing the bell.
If you would like to buy art materials for your personal use outside of the course, City Lit students receive 10% discount off everything* from Cass Art, the UK's leading art supplies retailer. You will need to show your enrolment receipt in-store to receive your discount. Visit the Charing Cross shop at 13 Charing Cross Road WC2H 0EP or find your local shop at www.cassart.co.uk. *Terms and conditions apply, visit www.cassart.co.uk/students.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
The next step is to exhibit your photographs. You could think of doing a course on framing or a photography portfolio course. Or to indulge your interest in photography further have a look at the wide range of practical and theoretical photography courses run by City Lit, from wildlife or fashion photography through to running your own photography business. Browse the website or prospectus for inspiration.
General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details