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Curatorial Toolkit

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Credit: The Museums & Galleries of NSWThis toolkit is designed primarily for emerging curators. Although written mainly for independent curators, a lot of this information is relevant for individuals working within an institution. The toolkit assumes the curator will be working primarily in the non-profit sector with public art galleries, museums and/or artist-run centres in Canada, although the information can also be relevant for contracts within the private sector and with institutions outside of Canada. Characteristics unique to working within the private sector, including with commercial galleries, are not contained in this document.

VIDEO: Best Way to Pack Paintings for Shipping

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Courtesy of The Art of Nagualero.How to pack a painting for shipping overseas in a professional way
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VIDEO: How to Pack Your Paintings for Shipping

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Artist Lori McNee explains how to properly package your artwork for safe shipping. Learn tips on packing, materials and insuring your art.  
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How to Mat and Frame Your Artwork

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Getting ready for an exhibition is always a time when I try to remember all the tips I've ever had from anybody about how artwork should be framed. I thought it might be timely to try and record some of them and this post is a summary of tips for how to mat and frame artwork. Please feel free to comment on mine or share any tips you have by using the comments function. Bear in mind I'm not an oil painter so I'm not framing boards - although I do have a tip for that! On the right is one of my pieces of feline artwork which has been accepted into the 14th Annual Exhibition of the Society of Feline Artists at the Llewellyn Alexander Gallery. You might be able to guess that is Cosmo extremely proud of his tail. He's in a white waxed tulip wood frame with a bevelled edge with a mat cut from Daler Rowney Studland mountboard in Ivory. What follows are my tips - but they're certainly not the last word on this topic. They all been derived from observation (mainly in London), information and advice from framers and galleries and other artists - and trial and error on my part! Mats A mat separates a work on paper from the glass or perspex. It is the first stage in the visual framing of a work and needs to work with both artwork and frame.Competition requirements: First - be very careful about how you mat work for competitions. Some competitions (eg CPSA) have very strict rules about the type of mat that can be used. If you don't observe the rules then your artwork will not be hung even if it has been accepted for exhibition.Quality: Always use an acid free mat (neutral pH) from a reputable source. Relate the expense of the mat to the value of the work. Conservation quality mats are 100% rag. Always use museum conservation quality mats for expensive and/or investment pieces.Colour: Choosing the right colour of mat for a work is a bit like decorating a house to get a quick sale. You want to aim to enhance the work while avoiding any strong colours which people may dislike.Save mats in colours which are strong or a personal choice for the work on your own walls. Leave choices about matching the colour of the mat to the artwork or decor to the person buying the piece.Overall, you can never go wrong with variations on an off white neutral mat colour eg ivory, champagne, old white, pale cream. (Plus the neutral colour of the discarded 'cut out' mat makes a great support for new work!) However stark/brilliant white mats are difficult to work with.dark mats create focus but also tend to confine and control the edges of a piece while lighter mats tend to open it up - you see the work not the mat.If producing work for a group or sole exhibition, try and promote unity within your collection by using the same colour for all the work . . . read more
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Funding Strategies for Artists and Arts Groups

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Grants, Contributions, Fiscal Sponsorship, Thinking outside the box.  By Jenni Rebecca Stephenson. (Originally presented August 31, 2011. Some information may be outdated. Stay tuned for an updated version.)Identifying Resources & Funding Strategies for Artists and Arts Groups 2.0View more PowerPoint from Spacetaker
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Fractured Atlas Course: Marketing: Demystified

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As an artist or arts organization, you have to be able to market your creative offering. And, since you’ll be competing with other art professionals, as well as every other place that people spend their discretionary income; you need to make sure your efforts are targeted and compelling.  Marketing Demystified is an introductory course that will explain marketing basics like market research, segmentation, positioning, pricing, distribution, promotion, and designing your creative offering. . . read more at FracturedAtlas.org NOTE:  This course is only available to registered Fractured Atlas users.  Spacetaker membership includes a free Fractured Atlas access. 
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Fresh Arts* Video Tutorial #2 : How to create a portfolio.

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 Here is a step by step walkthrough on how to create a Portfolio on Fresh Arts. The portfolio is a place to showcase a body or work, and can consist of images, music, or video. Free users only get one portfolio, and 365 members get unlimited. If you have any questions please let us know.Email us at: beta@spacetaker.org * Fresh Arts refers to the organization created from the merging of Spacetaker and Fresh Arts Coalition in 2012.
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Fresh Arts* Video Tutorial #1 : How to create an account and a profile.

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Here is a step by step walkthrough on how to create a new account on Fresh Arts. It also takes you through how to make your profile, your free page to the Fresh Arts community, and a brief explanation on what new users are seeing for the first time. If you have any questions please let us know.Email us at: beta@spacetaker.org * Fresh Arts refers to the organization created from the merging of Spacetaker and Fresh Arts Coalition in 2012. 
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