02 December 2021 @ 14.00 GMT

Join the VAA’s online ‘Getting Gallery Ready’ masterclass, which is a deep dive into getting ready to be represented by art galleries. All attendees will receive a ‘Getting Gallery Ready Guide’ which include key tips and advice.  This is suitable for early career artists looking to find gallery representation.  Taking artists through the key steps, from: 

  1. Preparing your artwork portfolio for review
  2. Presenting yourself (online & offline)
  3. Approaching the right galleries for you, in the right way
  4. Legal & financial considerations

All followed by a live Q&A session with our panellists. 

 We are fortunate enough to be joined by professionals with an outstanding wealth of knowledge in this specific topic. 

Karen van Hoey-Smith

VAA Panellist & Host

Artist Mentor, Art Broker, BBC Art Advisor.
After many years of supporting and advising artists, collectors, galleries, publishers Karen is now working with the Visual Artists Association team as an art mentor. 

Karen has worked alongside artists for many years of her career, she has experience curating artists, selling artwork on the floor, judging competitions, and much more. This has made Karen an excellent and supportive artist mentor, whose advice you have the opportunity to learn in this masterclass.

Lloyd Flay

International Gallery Manager, with Park West Gallery and previously with Whitewall Gallery.  

A highly effective, skilled, and tenacious senior sales manager with a track record of developing innovative marketing strategies and consistently exceeding targets and goals. A motivational and inspirational leader of teams, cultivating and inspiring individuals to perform beyond their expectations.

Rosalind Davis

Rosalind Davis is an artist-curator and a graduate of The Royal College of Art (2005) and Chelsea College of Art (2003). As an artist, her central concern is the transformation and reconfiguration of architecture and space through multiple disciplines.

Jason Hicklin

Jason was born in Wolverhampton in 1966 and studied at St. Martins College of Art, where he was a student of renowned printmaker Norman Ackroyd. After completing a postgraduate course at the Central School of Art in 1991, Jason combined working as Ackroyd’s studio assistant and editioner with producing his own work and teaching printmaking at City and Guilds of London Art School.
Jason is currently Head of Printmaking at City and Guilds. He was elected a member of the Royal Society of Painting and Printmakers in 1993 and has had numerous solo and joint exhibitions in the UK and abroad.

This micro-learning masterclass will take place on 02 December via Zoom Webinar at 14.00 GMT. Spaces limited. Free to premium members of the VAA, simply join online. Or alternatively artists can book the event without membership for £39.00. 

‘I wish I had found the VAA earlier, they are simply brilliant!

I have found the VAA absolutely wonderful particularly during the pandemic. It has kept me in contact with the art world and enabled me to virtually meet and get to know other artists and compare notes. In addition to that, they provide excellent support for artists wanting to expand their business knowledge and skills.’ – Caroline Walsh-Waring, Artist

‘I first joined as a regular member, however once I understood how useful their resources are to me, plus how encouraging and supportive they have been, I upped my membership to the full membership. It is an absolute bargain as you can find new information weekly and it is constantly being refreshed.

I feel connected, both with artists and the VAA management alike. The feeling is as if someone has your back in what can sometimes feel like a minefield and a lonely path. Subsequently, this past year, I’ve doubled my productivity and sales, kept my head in a tricky situation and I recommend 1000% VAA to anyone – whatever their stage in the art-making journey.’ – Skye Holland, Artist

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