Re: How to approach galleries abroad?
I would think it would be the same way that others who do not attend and who do not make an effort to meet the people who run the galleries. Visit their website, and fill out a form then send a portfolio. Sad to say, most of it ends up in the refuse bin. Gallery owners (according to those I have spoken to about this) have 100's of applications per month. Most never really make any effort to meet the gallery owners. The gallery owners I have done business with will actually pay attention to you if you walk in the door, leave your portfolio, fill out their forms correctly and fully. They also like it when you show up to their showings, act enthusiastic about the gallery, volunteer in some way, and etc. Belonging in a gallery is exactly like getting a job. You go through layers of interviews. Often some board of directors (or the other artists) must vote on your admission.
I understand your plight, but in my experience, galleries do want their artists to "show up" for important events. Even in the United States, it is common to try to keep your galleries "clustered" in a situation where you can visit each on various occasions-- as much as your free time and money can justify. I do not know Slovakia's business and taxation rules, but visiting a gallery for an important show is a business write-off here. You probably pay a certain amount per mile for gasoline.
Living as you do in Slovakia, there are several European countries that you can visit via train Europass.
Having no resources, no time, and no ability to do the business of art-- networking, meeting, and even parties is what destroys most would-be artists. This comes from experience. Someone who participates and is reliable is more likely to get into galleries unless you are previously "famous." Get contact information for every artist or gallery owner you ever meet, just as you would potential customers, and keep them updated. Send them a Holiday card. Seriously. Make them not forget you.
This is an experience-based opinion... There are other sides to this coin.
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