Jacob Brandon, Creative Consultant Artizan Gallery
Our answer might differ from some other galleries. We have a broad focus on how we can support our community of artists and how they in turn can contribute back to our communities. So for us, we expect any artist who makes an approach to the gallery to engage with this ethos in the knowledge that any relationship we will have is a reciprocal one. They don’t work for us and we don’t work for them, but collectively we contribute to and support the growth of a mutually beneficial, strong arts economy in our area.
Really, we’re looking for people who have an understanding that they do not exist in a bubble and that there’s a contribution to be made to the collective whole if they want to see their own success. We don’t expect this to come pre-formed, but we’ll share our passion for this mindset with the artists who approach us and the ones who can embrace it will certainly find they get more out of working with us.
Our advice would be, get to know the “why” of a gallery as well as the “how”. Commissions, fees and criteria are obviously of practical importance, but the principles, ethos and character of a gallery are the shared ground through which you will maintain a successful relationship.