Academy members "Going Solo"
SOLO: The opportunity for Academy artists to go it alone, together...
What is Solo? - A concept that has a variation of the Academy selection process at its heart, where it is the artist that is selected not the artwork. It involves a group of selected Academy artists whose work take occupies Academy's main gallery. The exhibition is like a series of Solo shows that contrast and interconnect in interesting ways. Any Academy member can apply for a place in a Solo and participation is contested.
After consultation with all participants the Curator will determine the individual's location within the galleries. Individual artists are allocated at least 10 running metres of wall or floor space within the main gallery or annex for a rental of $450 (GST inc) per artist. The rental includes the cost of the space, an installer to hang the work or prepare the plinths, Academy volunteers at the reception desk each day to administer sales, postage of invitations to all our members, inclusion in our normal marketing and communications and refreshments at the evening ppening reception. 25 double invitations to the 5.30pm Opening of the exhibition are also provided to each exhibitor along with a digital invitation to send on to potential buyers, supporters and family. The standard commission rate of 33.33% applies.
Academy staff will install and de-install the work, and the curator, in consultation with the artist, is responsible for the layout of the work. The gallery produces the catalogue and individual work labels to ensure consistency of museum-standard presentation and artists are provided with dates and requirements for informaiton well ahead of time.
Artists deliver and collect (or courier) their own works. Artists are encouraged to be in the gallery at some time during the exhibition to talk to people about their work, although we recognise this may not be possible for out-of-town artists.
Individual exhibitors are encouraged to obtain whatever publicity they can for their own work and the exhibition as a whole.
Where possible, there is a meeting of participants prior to the opening date to discuss and finalise the format of the exhibition. It's an opportunity to meet the other artists and create a sense of community as muh as it is to answer queries and finalise logistics. Out of town exhibitors unable to attend this meeting will receive details of the discussions from the office.
Our Solo exhibitions have been very successful, sales have been very good and the public really appreciate being able to see a wider selection of an artist's work than the two or three shown in an open Academy exhibition.
Because this format is very popular and much planning is necessary, early registration of interest is advised. There are two Solo exhibitions a year, normally in March/April and October/November. If you would like to be considered, send a description of what you would do with the aopportunity along with a number of images indicative of the work that would be included. A major consideration for selection is whether an artist will be able to present a cohesive body of select works. You can mail or e-mail our Curator, firstname.lastname@example.org.