Exhibition application platform for artists
The Chinese sculptor with who I was exhibiting in the past gave me advice. "An artist shouldn't just paint a picture. Marketing is also essential to exhibit and sell the picture. But actually, it's too difficult to do two things. So it's good to be active in the community." Of course, when I first heard from her, I realized that it is unfittable considering the lifestyle of a woman who has only affordable time after picking up her child to school and should do all the housework. Above all, everything stops when the child gets sick, it is like a miracle to do these things while painting and household as an artist and housewife. It wasn't easy to use the between times to draw only pictures. Still, as it was then and still today, I ran and ran and worked hard for the time I could draw, and then I barely had time to make premier, and my joy doubled. I can never lament my plight. Because, as I wrote in a previous post, I live with such a joy as a lark that sings with incomparable joy from Shakespeare's sonnet poem.
Especially with many Internet platforms, complicated, cumbersome, and difficult things have become much easier and simpler. In the past, to get an opportunity to exhibit my work, I had to print out all lists of galleries that could be displayed, visit each place in person and interview them. So I had to visit them one by one to show and explain my portfolio. However, Nowadays has more and more opportunities for art open calls. Above all, since the post-coronavirus influence, you can show your work online if you want to, anywhere in the world.
Today, I am going to review one of those platforms, a site called CaFÉ.
CaFÉ site has the references in handling hundreds of thousands of submissions (over 720K) for thousands of call for entries (over 6K).
You can sign up in two categories.
If you click the Find Call menu above, you can get information about the competition with the options that artists want.
Personally, it was good to be able to classify international calls and domestic calls. Most of the time, I have to pay a fee of about $10-50 when I apply for fee(include referee, service), but it is useful in that I can sort and get information about the competition that I can apply for free when I are burdened from time to time with this amount.
This site is useful when I organize the works I want to make portfolio's pool on my own, and then find the exhibitions to be open and display them in multiple ways. Below is an example of a screen to create a portfolio.
For example, after clicking the menu, Apply to calls above, select the exhibition you want to apply for and press the green button Apply Now.
There is always a simple rule when applying for an exhibition, read it and press the Agree button to move on to the next step.
Then, you can put your info related artworks such as artist statement, short bio, description etc. and then select from the portfolio pool already set according to the number of images set for each exhibition and press the save and submit button at the bottom.
One of the strengths of this site is that the exhibition will let you know if it is accepted or not.
Of course, you can also get the results by email from the contest organizer, but I remember that this site was faster in my experience.
This is a brief review, but I hope it can be of a little help to determine whether you sign up or not.
Myungja Anna Koh