Getting Started with Art Trail Wanstead 2017

Information for Artists

Note: You need to be a registered member of Art Group Wanstead first to  be eligible to sign up for the Trail. If you receive our MailChimp emails then you are  already a member , if not . first go to :
http://artgroupwanstead.com/wp2/form-to-join-art-group-wanstead

Photograph by Chris Saunders

1. Register for the Trail and pay the entry fee

The entry fee to take part in the Trail is £25. Closing date to pay to join the Trail is Friday July 14th 2017. The fee covers vital costs and expenses for the group and Art Trail. The trail is organised entirely by unpaid volunteers. 
Please make your cheques payable to Art Group Wanstead and send them to: 

Ron Filer (Treasurer Art Group Wanstead)
91 Herongate Road
Wanstead 
London
E12 5EH


or use the bank transfer system
Sort code: 08 92 99 Account No: 6548 7189 Reference: Your name.

2. Find a venue

You can display your work at business premises in Wanstead High Street and the surrounding streets. Consider all businesses, including cafes, restaurants, shops, galleries, pubs and clubs. It’s down to you, the artist, to find a venue. You will need to negotiate with the shopkeeper or manager to display your work.
It’s important to show what you do, so if you can take along a folder with examples or photographs of your work, that will make it easier. Some will be happy for you to email over some examples of your work.
Some shops will take work by several artists. Try to persuade the owner to put some art in the window, as it will attract passersby.
It’s worth considering linking your work to the shop or business where appropriate, eg a waterfall for the bathroom shop while a painting of flying saucers would be great in a tea shop. And you may find it easier to go round shops and businesses with another artist for moral support.
Space can be found for everyone, and we also have some large venues including St Gabriel's Church in Aldersbrook. Those venues can accommodate a great deal of work and very large pieces. Contact details will be given later for the large venues.

If you have any problems, contact the Art Trail organisers.
For general Art Group/Trail Wanstead enquiries/problems: mail@artgroupwanstead.com
For technical issues with this website or submitting info/images for the Trail online catalogue: patrick@artgroupwanstead.com

Trail organisers have been visiting most shops and businesses in the area with information about this year’s Trail.  A guide list has been sent out to members. 

You may show work in more than one venue, but please distribute your work fairly. If you bag a very prominent business for some of your art, choose a business at the quieter section of the high street for more of your work.

3. Submit details of venues, you and your work

Please do this as soon as possible. The absolute deadline for your details to go into the art trail guide is the  end of July .

 When you have agreed where your work is going to be shown, you need to submit full details to us using the online form.

This will ask you to give the venue details, a short optional bio with info about your work, your contact details and photographs of your work. These will be used for the online Trail Guide .

4. Hang/install your work at your venue

The Trail dates this year are 9th - 24th September. As the Trail approaches, get in touch with your venue and agree a time to get work set up and in place ready for the start of the Trail. Work needs to be up and on display BY Saturday 9th September. It should't go up on the Saturday – it should be there for the launch.

5. Encouraging visitors to visit the Trail

We are continuing to put most of the Trail information on the website, producing a small leaflet with a map to show all participating venues. To make the Trail successful please do all you can to spread the word, and pitch in to help when you can. ALL members will be asked to help with leafleting. And calls will be put out for various roles and tasks as they arise. We will need more volunteers to make this a really fabulous year.

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