This blog was started as part of Project management 2, setting up a blog to detail our progression on organising our own exhibition from Photography at the University of Portsmouth, now i am continuing it with work i am doing and other aspects of my degree.
I have been looking at getting some work experience in a gallery to learn about all aspects of the gallery and how to curate shows, specifically in Surrey, as that’s where I will be returning to after graduation. Places such as The Lightbox in Woking, Whitewall in Guildford and some smaller independent galleries around the area. If this is not possible I will go further a field, for example coming back to Portsmouth to Aspex gallery or up to London. At the moment I have been looking into CV’s and covering letters, attending the help sessions at the Purple Door and gaining an understanding of what is required for the role before approaching the galleries. I have spoken to one smaller gallery however they are family run and very rarely take on work experience or staff. Another area I had looked into was working for a studio, in the past I have applied to a few places but with no success, now I would like to work for a gallery but I have not ruled this option out and will still apply as the work experience will be valuable. I had also started to look into doing a PGCE and started talking to teachers looking for work experience, however I have decided that I would not like to do this straight away, if at all.
Over the last two years I have done work experience through the university working in schools; Horndean Technology College for one day to teach a GCSE Photography group in 2012, College Park Infant School to teach a year two art class for two days in 2012 and St Edmunds School for two days in 2013 to teach a GCSE Photography group. As much as I enjoyed these sessions I have decided I do not want to carry on in this direction at this time. Though if I did come back to it I would like to go with the GCSE/ A Level age range as I felt it was the most rewarding of all of my experiences.
In terms of networking, I have been trying to build up my online presence and keep it all up to date. I have made a Facebook page that currently has fifty-four likes and growing, I also have a blog on tumblr and now have a website. Although all of these things are helpful I think the blog and website are most useful in terms of making my work more accessible, but Facebook seems to be the quickest way of getting to a lot of people as most have a Facebook profile and do not go searching for specific websites. I can also keep it update more frequently than the website as I can show my process, personal images and other comments as opposed to waiting until I have finished a project to update people of my work. This is also applied to the use of my blog as I want to keep people interested in my way of working and also promote other upcoming artists to my followers. On the website I hope to show work that will get me jobs such as weddings and parties so have been networking to try and photograph events that I can then display in the hope of getting more work. I have recently done a wedding and a child’s party, promoting myself by talking to the guests and parents. I have also been trying to talk to as many photographers as possible to get tips and network such as Robin Matthews who started out as an assistant for Lord Snowdon and has gone on to build a brilliant portfolio of portrait photography.
In the future I hope to be able to network more with gallery curators to build up an understanding of how the process works and be able to do the job well with an understanding of aesthetics. The skills I have gained whilst at university such as communication, researching, team building within the involvement of several exhibitions, discussing personal work at crits will all aid me in the various positions of work within the field of a gallery.
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