An art exhibition is a place where art objects (in the more general sense) interact with an audience, usually of varying ages. The exhibition is universally accepted to be for a brief time unless, as happens very seldom, it is said to be a permanent exhibit. Usually, the term refers loosely to any meeting involving art and/or the artist. The art object may be a work of art, a sculpture, a table-top object, etc. It may be used as the medium for which the art is displayed, such as a painting, a drawing, etc. For purposes of clarity, we will refer to an art exhibition as an “exhibition” even when there is no sale taking place, although this usage is normally confined to UK exhibitions (where there is the rub).
There are several reasons why an exhibition may be held. The arts and craft fairs, a science and technology exhibition, a political rally, a religious event, a wedding or reception, or an anniversary are all occasions on which an exhibition can take place. This is usually a temporary arrangement, though not necessarily so, especially if the people organizing the exhibition are self-employed, have their private funding or are involved in a charitable organisation. The concept of how to properly design and stage an art exhibition, therefore, depends on the purpose and the subject of the exhibition. It can be simply an excuse to display objects that one loves or just an excuse to display objects that one thinks are interesting or worthy of being seen.
Choose a Location
The first step is to choose the location for the art exhibition. Wherever it is to be held, it should be located within easy reach of the people who are to be attending – if it’s fair, it has to be within walking distance. As for the people organising the art exhibition, they should ensure that there is a good venue with plenty of room to accommodate the visitors. A large exhibition with many technical aspects can be quite exhausting to watch.
Many venues nowadays host art exhibitions and other events. Many public art galleries have evolved themselves into meeting spaces and commercial complexes where art is displayed. Venue selection for an art exhibition depends largely on the scale of the exhibition, the kinds of artists included the message the art piece wants to convey and the sponsors’ priorities. These days, there are also a great many non-traditional venues such as museums, cinemas and public libraries, which offer art exhibitions as well.
Most important among these are the art galleries. Since the mid-eighteenth century, art galleries have been featuring new and young artists who make their presence felt through their exhibitions. The British Royal Academy of Arts, founded in 1801, is one of the most prominent organisations in London dedicated to culture and arts. The Academy has an impressive range of programmes for both general and specific exhibitions.
A major feature of the art exhibition in London in the presence of the artistic world in full swing. There are several important places, such as the Victoria and Albert Museum, Tate Modern and the Tate Britain, which are regularly visited by the art-loving public. In fact, during a recent exhibition at the Tate Modern, more than one hundred and sixty new and up-and-coming artists were featured. Paris salon shows are also commonplace in the city, particularly in the context of the Paris fashion week. At the parterre, numerous fashion houses are showcasing their latest collections.
London is home to numerous art fairs and exhibitions. These include the famous Tate Britain, which takes place every year in July; the Brighton Dome Fair, which takes place in South East England each February; the Cheltenham Festival Arts Festival in May; and the London Art Gallery’s International exhibition, which takes place between November and February. Exhibitions in London also include the usual offerings from galleries and museums, as well as the display of new works by local and international artists. As well as these major exhibitions, there are many smaller ones taking place throughout the city.
As for those looking for exhibition space, many different venues could accommodate a group of visitors. Companies such as the Tate can offer large spaces for exhibitions that last several days, whilst venues such as the London Aquarium and the Science Museum can provide a more intimate setting, at very competitive prices. Those looking for less permanent exhibition space could try venues such as the Savoy Hotel, the Institute of Contemporary Arts in Blenheim Palace, and the National Gallery.