We have produced 5 international exhibitions for Lorraine Loots to showcase her 100 Paintings for Ants collection. These were held in Los Angeles, Chicago, Singapore, and Sydney, with the most recent show taking place in London in June 2019.
In projects like these, we manage and execute all elements related to the exhibition to ensure that everything runs smoothly. Depending on the circumstances, this sometimes means working with an established gallery on the ground. Often, we will negotiate a fair deal that makes sense to both parties, and then work with the local team. In other cases, it has made more sense to book a venue and then manage ourselves as an independent entity.
Managerial tasks include pre-event budgeting, deal negotiations, risk analysis, packaging, and shipping. We also managed curation, sales mechanics, and marketing collateral development. Additionally, we organise the complex logistics around getting the artwork to and from the show as safely and inexpensively as possible. Extra administrative tasks involve visa applications, booking and managing travel arrangements, and press management.
For my first three solo shows - two in Cape Town and one in New York - it was DIY from beginning to end. If I compare those shows with the four that Artist Admin have managed (so far), there's just no going back to doing it alone. From negotiating (much!) better deals to making sure all the logistics, financial stuff and customer support is taken care of, their team just takes so much pressure off me and allows me to focus on what's most important to me: the work.
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