Tips for Planning a Art Exhibition on a Small Budget

Art Exhibitions are a great way for an artist to showcase their artwork into the world. It is basically a small or large space in which different types of art objects including paintings, sculptures, pictures etc. are showcased. An exhibition is a temporary showcase of the art work but there can be some permanent exhibits as well. As a budding artist, people try to sell their work through these exhibitions to make some money from their art. An art exhibition can take place anywhere including museums, art halls, art galleries, restaurants and cafes etc. There are mainly two kinds of exhibitions non-commercial and commercial. In the non-commercial art exhibitions, the art is displayed only for the people to see whereas in the commercial ones the people can buy the art pieces for their personal uses.

Ever since the ancient times, art exhibitions have played a major role in promoting art and culture all over the world. They are a great way for people to know about different forms of art and promotes communal harmony. These exhibitions are also a great way to meet new people and for the artist to know his or her audience.

Are you an artist? Have you curated your best art forms and are ready for the world to see and appreciate it? Then an art exhibition is a right thing for you to do. This will introduce the world to your work and also help you collect some funds while giving you immense popularity and opportunities. All an artist want is the world to love and appreciate their work, this is just what you will be doing.

Organising an exhibition is not a very complicated task but if you are on a budget then reaching out to the maximum audience can be a tricky thing to do. The basic steps in organising an art exhibition are:

  1. Complete your art collection.
  2. Get it ready to be displayed.
  3. Select a venue.
  4. Set a date.
  5. Select a theme.
  6. Send out invitations
  7. Promote your art exhibition
  8. Sell Tickets
  9. Decide Food and Beverages
  10. Setup the venue
  11. Host a successful exhibition.    


Now, most of the things in the above list will cost you some amount of money. All you need to do is make these arrangements in your budget. Unless and until your exhibition is extremely high profile, there is no need to spend thousands of dollars in exhibiting your work. The new artists are usually short on the finances when it comes to exhibiting their artworks. So, here are a few things you can do to organise a beautiful and attractive art exhibition in a minimum budget:

The Art Collection

The first thing you will spend money on is printing and framing your artwork. This step can not be avoided and you will need to spend some money on it. What you can do to save money is assemble the framing yourself. Get the printing done from simpler studios. They generally cost you less than the fancy studios. Get your prints made a different place and self-customise your framing so that you save money on the customization. Just make sure the frames are durable and do not break or hang loose on the day of the exhibition. Keep in mind that no matter how good your art work is, if it does not have a proper framing, people will not appreciate it.

The Venue

The venue is something that is going to cost you the most money. If you do not have the money to pay for the galleries and art halls, try to find the free places. Some cafes and restaurants might agree to showcase your work on their walls for free or you can ask a friend or family member with a big space to lend you their place. If you have a good audience, any place can be your own art gallery, if you use some of your creativity. If you want to attract the audience, choose places that are easily accessible to the people. Some cafes and restaurants might ask you for some rent which usually will not burn a hole in your pocket.

Make sure you put up the art exhibition at the times of holidays or weekends when you expect a lot of people in the cafe. You can also put up your work in alleys and outside the restaurants for the people to have a look at them.

The Decorations

The decorations do not cost a lot of money but will need a separate column in your budget. Make the decorations in accordance with the theme of the art exhibition. Be as creative as possible. You can use very basic props such as party poppers, balloons and ribbons to make your work stand out even more. If the theme of your exhibition is beaches, try and put up sand buckets and summery decorations. All you need is a decoration that catches the attention of the people.

Invitation and Promotions

Printing the invites will cost you some money. To lessen the spending, design your invitation cards and flyers yourself. This will save you the cost of designing. All you will need to worry about is the printing cost. Also, you can get the printing done in bulk to lessen the cost. Distribute these flyers judiciously at the places where you think you will find potential buyers of your art work.

Spending money on the promotions is the worst decision anyone can make. Paid promotions are the thing of the past. Grab all the free opportunities whenever possible. Use social media to your benefit. This is the free and most effective way to promote anything. If you already have a social media account, share some of your work there and ask people to attend the full exhibition. For the people that can not be reached through social media, design an email and send it to them. In addition to this reach out to the people with no link to the virtual world through word of mouth or flyers.

Food and Beverages

It is obvious that you will be giving some kind of snacks or drinks to the attendees of the art exhibition. In cases where the exhibition is in a cafe or restaurant, you do not have to worry about the food much. However, if the event is exclusive, try and put out some common snacks like finger foods and juices. Furthermore, there is no need to go, gourmet. Furthermore, simple foods do an amazing job in making people feel at home

These are a few ways you can organise your exhibition on a low budget. Just make sure to use your creativity as much as possible and we guarantee you will succeed.

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