6 Important Things to consider when approaching Galleries

written by Patrick Turner-lee | Art Practise

April 14, 2023

Working with a gallery can be a great way to get your art seen by more people and to sell more work. Please research, and choose a gallery that suits you and your goals. 

Here are some tips for working with a gallery as an artist:

  • Do your research. 

  • Take some time before approaching any galleries. Start to understand the different types of galleries and what they offer. Consider the type of gallery, the art they represent, and the location. You’ll also want to know the commission charge for exhibiting and selling work. 
  • Build a strong portfolio.

  • Your portfolio is your calling card, so it’s an idea to ensure it’s well-curated and represents your best work. Include a variety of work in your portfolio, and make sure the presentation is professional.
  • Be prepared to talk about your work. 

  • When you approach a gallery, be prepared to discuss your work in detail. The gallerist will want to know about your process, influences, and goals. Then, articulate why your work is relevant to the gallery and why you feel it fits their vision.
  • Be patient. 

  • It may take some time to find a gallery that is a good fit. Don’t get discouraged. Keep working hard and creating great art. Eventually, you’ll find a gallery that is right for you.

Here are some additional tips for working with a gallery:

  • Be professional. 

  • When you’re working with a gallery, it’s best to be professional at all times. Be prompt with your communication, meet deadlines, and be respectful of the gallery’s staff.
  • Be supportive. 

  • Be available to support the gallery and its other artists. Attend openings, and spread the word about the gallery to your friends and colleagues.
  • Be open to feedback.

  • When you’re working with a gallery, be open to feedback. You can learn a lot, and self-reflection will help you to grow as an artist.

Working with a gallery can be a great way to advance your art career. You will increase your chances of finding the best gallery for you and your work.


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