Outdoor Art Shows

With spring around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about outdoor art shows. Here are a few things to consider before taking part in one. They are a lot of work.


ABOVE: My booth at the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition

What you’ll need to prepare for the show:

  • 20-30 artworks.
  • Labels with prices for each piece.
  • Packing and hanging supplies.
  • A tent, weights, hanging grid, table and chair.
  • Business cards and a banner (with your name, medium and website).

What to expect when the show opens:

  • Expect the weather to be awful.
  • Expect to talk to a lot of people.
  • Expect to answer the same questions over and over again.

Things to think about:

  • Don’t worry too much about making sales or winning awards. They’re nice (and maybe the end goal), but when you’re starting out, you’re unlikely to get much of either.
  • Use the opportunity to network with other artists and to get used to talking about your work.