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Within our galleries section you can expect to find a broad selection of different offerings, from ready-to-go exhibition venues to vacant warehouses that allow you to put your own stamp on the space with regards to the style and décor. Galleries an also make for a wonderful setting for many other events, including product launches, press events, showcases and fashion shows, amongst many others. This makes them incredibly adaptable spaces that are well worth considering no matter the occasion you are planning.

Whether you're a local Londoner or a first time visitor to the city specifically for your event, all of our featured venues to hire in London are well connected via good nearby transport links and sit within enviable locations in popular areas of Central, East and West London. Our top picks also come in all sorts of sizes, with venues that offer both partial and full hire, meaning there’s something for every budget.

How to Curate a Collaborative Art Exhibition

Curating an art exhibition is hard work, after all, you have to get a group of artists together and anything that has the word ‘collaborative’ in it is never going to be easy! Yet when it all comes together, you’re not only producing a collection of powerful artworks that will speak to those who view it, you’re also publicising the individual artists in their own right. If you have an idea for an exhibition, then the best way to start organising is by jumping straight in.

Ask Yourself Why

The most important first step when it comes to organising a large exhibition, is why you want to do it. What is it about your idea that you believe people need to see? Is there a certain topic that you wish to explore? Or is it just that you think local artists need some more exposure? Are you looking to exhibit a blend of different art, from sculpture, to oil painting, charcoal drawing and visual, interactive art? Whatever your reason, make sure that you have a set of goals planned and written down that you can focus your exhibition towards. This will prevent the work you are curating going off on a tangent that you hadn’t envisioned and help to focus your adverting to your preferred audience.

Choose Your Theme

Choosing your theme is what will bring all of your artwork together. You will need to make it narrow enough that all of the artists have parameters to stay within, but broad enough to allow for unusual interpretations that will encourage the biggest range to apply to be a part of your exhibition. This might be something that you’ve had in mind for a while, or something that you need to come up with now that you’ve decided to go ahead with curating. Whatever the answer, make sure that you ask a few artists what they think of it before releasing an invitation to submit work. It’s always good to get a few opinions on a theme before finalising it.

Get Artists Together

It’s now time to invite artists to join your exhibition! If you know a lot of local artists in your area that you think will fit your theme, ask them directly to submit a few pieces for your consideration. You can also open it to a wider audience by issuing a call on social media. You’ll need to make sure that your vision and theme are clear, and the types of art that you are open to accepting. It’s likely that you will get a large number of submissions, so limit the number of works that artists can submit and give them a date that you will respond to them by. This will prevent any emails asking for updates while you are in the midst of the reviewing process.

Hire a Venue

While you can pitch your event to some well-known galleries, sometimes it’s much easier to hire out a venue yourself. After all, you know that your exhibition is worth seeing, why do you need to go through the hassle of proving that to galleries when you can hire a space that will be completely your own? While you might only be able to keep the exhibition open for a few days, this will be more than enough time to promote, have an opening event, and get interested parties down to view the work. If there’s a time-limit involved, people might be even more inclined to make an effort to seek out the exhibition. There are a huge variety of art galleries for hire in London, all with their own unique atmosphere to them. This means that you’re sure to find the one that suits the artwork that you are curating perfectly, and you can kit it out in whatever way you want.

Get Promoting

You need to start to advertise your curated exhibition as early as you can in order to garner interest from all around the art community. It’s important that you develop a solid media plan that includes a press release that can be handed out to all media that attend the opening of the exhibition. Without a good press release, you’re unlikely to get much media coverage. Send a copy of this out to all of your local media. Promoting online and offline are equally important. You should have a poster advertising your exhibition as well as flyers that can be placed in all of the local arts centres. Social media advertising needs to be strategic and well planned in order to reach the largest amount of people possible.

Have an Opening

An exhibition is nothing without its opening. Get all of the artists together, invite some local art critics as well as the general public, and try to make it as grand an affair as possible. The audience will expect you to speak, but keep it short and remember to thank any sponsors you have that helped to bring the exhibition into existence. It’s always a good idea to have some caterers in to serve up canapes to your audience, as well as some wine for them to sip while they mingle and view all of the artwork. Ensure that there are copies of the catalogue available with up to date pricings for any of the work that’s for sale. If you need to, hiring someone who can deal with any prospective buyers is a huge plus and will help the evening to run smoothly.

Curating an art exhibition where a number of different artists come together under one overarching theme is a huge achievement, and you shouldn’t sell yourself short when you’re the one that makes sure it all comes together. Introducing people to new artists and styles of art is its own reward, but you also need to give yourself a well deserved break once it’s all over.

FAQs Exclusive Galleries to Hire in London

What type of events can you host in a gallery?

Thanks to their incredible versatility and flexibility, galleries are becoming an increasingly popular option for hosting a wide range of different events. As well as hosting a wide range of art exhibitions, galleries also make a wonderful setting for many other events, including: • Product launches • Press events • Showcases • Fashion shows • Awards ceremonies • Post conference get together And, London is home to hundreds of galleries that provide the perfect venue for a wide range of special occasions, especially if you are looking to provide a unique dimension to your event.

What is a gallery?

A gallery is a room or building that is used for showing works of art, however, today, galleries tend to have multiple roles including supporting and promoting artists, and providing sources of financial management.

Can you get married in a gallery?

Yes, wedding receptions in galleries are becoming increasingly popular and provide an amazing setting for celebrating your special day in a way that is unique and memorable. And, the vast majority of London galleries are located close to hotels, excellent transport links, and plenty of amenities, meaning your guests will have everything they need to enjoy your wedding.

How many art galleries are there in London?

There are approximately 1,500 permanent exhibition spaces in the capital, reinforcing the fact that London continues to play a huge role in the city’s thriving arts and culture scene. The galleries are dotted throughout the city and not only attract Londoners but also visitors from across the UK and around the world. Many of London’s galleries are also set in some of the city’s most interesting historic buildings.

Are art galleries free in London?

The majority of London’s art galleries are completely free to visit however, if you’re looking to book out a gallery to host an event, this will usually come at a cost. Costs are different depending on the status, size and location of the London gallery that you are looking to book. With this in mind, you will need to contact the gallery you are considering directly in order to get costs. As galleries are mostly free to visit in London, many experience high footfalls, making them the perfect space to showcase your artwork.

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