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Old 02-20-2012, 08:51 AM
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I may have to give a gallery talk at an upcoming exhibition and would like to know if any of you have tips in this regard. I've painted professionally for years now, but never had to give one. Would love to hear your thoughts...what makes a good gallery talk?

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Old 02-20-2012, 09:33 AM
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Re: Gallery Talk

For me, going to hear an artist speak is a crap-shoot. You can find great, enthusiastic professionals who have a clear-cut outline and move easily through the subject matter or you can find stumbling, "uh...uh" types who are winging it and look pretty doltish.

I would suggest finding out how long the session should be and then loosely scripting your talk with some bullet points to keep you on track. Practice giving your talk to a friend or relative to make sure it times out correctly.

I would divide the talk into three sections:

1. Brief history and current status (10 minutes or so)

2. What inspires you and what your process is about. (15- to 20 minutes)

3. Questions and Answers. (Appx. 15 minutes or until the questions run out.)

This is usually just long enough to make sure your listeners' eyes don't glaze over. The questions and answers section can be fun if the audience participates so it's up to you to garner that participation. Having it at the end wakes up those who are on the verge of a nap.

I've done a few of these in the past, but preparing ahead of time really helps. Whatever you do, don't try to wing it.
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Ask them what they want you to cover and then prepare from there...
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Old 02-20-2012, 02:10 PM
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Re: Gallery Talk

I've never done something similar, but my advice is to talk more about your art than about yourself.

I've taken a short look at your works and they're quite good, so you must already have a fair experience dealing with galleries. This is a subject that will interest to emerging artists.

Good luck,

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Old 02-20-2012, 03:12 PM
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Old 02-20-2012, 07:03 PM
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Re: Gallery Talk

Keith - Those are some good tips. Yes, I always practice before I speak anywhere. I'm a planner...I like to be prepared. Your layout is concise and basic - I like it!
George - Right, if they need me, I'll ask whether they have something in mind or if the topic is up to me.
Jose - Frankly, I'd rather talk about the art than me : ) Somehow I've escaped doing one of these in my career. It is funny, though, that it's hard to find an actual definition for it, even when you google online.
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Old 02-20-2012, 07:50 PM
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Re: Gallery Talk

This has some good tips - pick and choose what's relevant.
http://www.presentation-pointers.com.../articleid/64/

Also - Go to utube and watch as many 'artist's talk' , 'gallery talk', 'artist presentation' as you can stand. You may pick up some good do's and don'ts.
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Also - Go to utube and watch as many 'artist's talk' , 'gallery talk', 'artist presentation' as you can stand. You may pick up some good do's and don'ts.


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