January and February are the months that I spend applying for fairs, events and exhibitions. March to May are the months that I find out if my glass has been accepted - or not.
It's always a case of "you win some, you lose some" and I'm pleased to say that I have only had one rejection so far this year (so we won't talk about that)! Form filling and application processing are time consuming: editing and selecting images of new work, making payments, writing artist's statements that fit the word count, updating CVs - all take up time. Some galleries want to see images of the actual work that is to be submitted, others just want to see a selection that represents the artist's work. This means that for exhibitions such as Platform Gallery's Craft Open I had to make the work in advance in the hope that it would get selected (it was :) )So now I am changing the pencilled-in dates in my diary to inked-in ones, paying more fees (bleurgh) and planning how to present and display my work. Here is my event schedule for 2015 - I am hoping to add more dates in the next couple of weeks.
14 April - 10 May Glass and Ceramics exhibition at Just Makers The Old Bath House RHS Harlow Carr North Yorkshire
23 - 25 May The Makers' Fair Saltaire Arts Trail Victoria Hall Saltaire West Yorkshire
25 April - 4 July Craft Open Platform Gallery Clitheroe Lancashire
11 - 12 July Crafted by Hand Masham North Yorkshire
15 - 16 August Art in the Pen Skipton Auction Mart North Yorkshire