Information for Exhibitors
This information has been put together to help artists who would like to exhibit their work in The Knole Gallery. It explains the role of both the Arts College Director and the Exhibitor and their respective responsibilities. It also seeks to provide some idea of the aims, objectives and ethos of the gallery. Should you be interested in exhibiting, please read through the leaflet and then apply to the Arts College Director using the application form attached. You should send, with your application, a few images of your work, preferably in the form of jpeg images (emailed or on a CD) or photographs. Please do not send original work. The selection panel will endeavour to consider your application within six weeks of receiving it.
The gallery exists to serve a number of stakeholders including:
* Artists (professional, amateur, local, national and international)
* Visitors and potential visitors to the gallery
* Residents of West Kent
* Students attending The Knole Academy and other local schools
* Parents, governors and teachers from The Knole Academy
The gallery aims to provide a high quality exhibition space offering audiences the chance to see the very best of local work and regional work. The gallery will show a minimum of eight exhibitions each in any one academic year. The gallery also offers artists the opportunity to exhibit in a professionally managed space with the support of the Arts College Director who can offer help with publicity and hanging.
The gallery is committed to the provision of a supportive education programme to increase appreciation and knowledge of the arts in West Kent. To that end the Arts College Director will build and strengthen relationships between the local community and the gallery, offer opportunities for adult education and lifelong learning and support the development of artists and audiences.
The gallery is committed to providing access to exhibitions and arts activity to all members of the community and will actively seek to improve the physical and intellectual access to and presentation of both exhibitions and supportive publicity material.
The school does not charge exhibitors for the use of the gallery but please see information contained in this leaflet regarding additional caretaking, commission and private views.
The Arts College Steering Group, members of the school’s art staff and the Arts College Director are responsible for selecting work to be exhibited in the gallery. All work exhibited must be suitable for viewing in a school environment.
NOTES FOR POTENTIAL EXHIBITORS
Gallery opening hours
The gallery is open during normal school opening hours.
Monday 9.30am – 6.00pm
Tuesday 9.30am – 6.00pm
Wednesday 9.30am – 6.00pm
Thursday 9.30am – 6.00pm
Friday 9.30am – 6.00pm
The gallery is often available outside normal opening times for the purpose of hanging or taking down and at weekends if the exhibitor is willing to pay any additional caretaking costs. Please arrange and discuss with the Arts College Director.
Knole Academy retains the right to close the gallery for any reason – though this would only happen in exceptional circumstances.
The gallery consists of a large triangular space with ample wall space and high quality display boards and glass cabinets to provide flexible display areas. There is also a smaller gallery above the main gallery which is particularly suitable for sculpture. Both spaces are very well lit.
We strongly recommend that you visit the gallery and familiarise yourself with the space before making your application.
Presentation of work
We insist on a high and professional standard of presentation. Framing should be professionally done and preferably of a consistent style and design. We are willing to discuss other forms of presentation so long as they meet the required standard. We ask that wall-hung work be hung from the picture rail around the gallery. Free standing display boards are also available and provide flexibility. The plasma screen in the gallery may be used for digital presentations or information about the work. We are willing to discuss your individual requirements on this matter as on everything else pertaining to your exhibition. Exhibitors should arrive at the gallery with work ready for hanging.
The Arts College Director will inform local press of the exhibition by press release. Details will also be available on the acadmy website. Again, any help from exhibitors in the form of ‘contacts’ etc. would be really useful. Please inform the Arts College Director if you are unwilling to talk to the press or be interviewed or photographed.
Exhibitors are asked to provide some biographical details and possibly an ‘Artist’s Statement’ for display in the gallery during the exhibition. Exhibitors also need to produce a catalogue/sales list. It is helpful if this is prepared in advance and submitted electronically.
Details need to be with the Arts College Director as early as possible. A photocopier is available if copies need to be run off quickly.
A commission of 20% will be charged on all works sold. VAT is also charged on commission only at 20%. The school reception staff will deal with all sales. An invoice for commissions plus VAT will be sent to exhibitors after the exhibition finishes.
The school will undertake to insure the exhibits whilst they are on the property. The following details should be sent to the Arts College Director at least a week in advance of the exhibition:
* Total number of exhibits
* Total value of exhibits
* Highest priced individual item
* Type of art work (ie paintings, pottery, sculpture, mixed media)
Transport of Work
Transport of work to and from the gallery is the responsibility of the exhibitor. In exceptional cases it may be possible to arrange transport but this may incur a charge. Please discuss this with the Arts College Director.
If the exhibitor would like to hold a private view, that can be arranged. Costs incurred for such an event would need to be borne by the exhibitor. Private views are normally held in the evenings between 6.00pm and 9.00pm.