Gallery staff get down to the art of selling art

Bianca Acimovic, visual arts coordinator with Albury City, and Kerrie Goodwin, Albury City's collections and customer services officer.

Bianca Acimovic, visual arts coordinator with Albury City, and Kerrie Goodwin, Albury City's collections and customer services officer.

IT’S show and sell time for the Albury Regional Art Gallery.

While the gallery is not expected to reopen until mid-next year, planning has already started on what its shop will sell.

This week artists, artisans and designers from across the region will attend workshops focusing on the shop and on how to get work exhibited in the new $10.5 million gallery.

Albury Council visual arts co-ordinator Bianca Acimovic said there was a lot of enthusiasm about the development.

“We’re very lucky — in 12 months we’re going to open one of the leading regional galleries in Australia,” she said.

The council workshops will be aimed at those interested in exhibiting in the gallery and selling their wares in the shop.

The “show and sell” sessions will include information on hiring exhibition space, product placement, the sale process and applications for grants and awards.

Mrs Acimovic said the artists she had spoken to were really keen to know how they could be involved — some planning to attend all sessions.

“It’s really important that we take a pro-active approach to making sure the information is available for them,” she said.

“We’re trying to make sure that the gallery is accessible to all of our regional artists, artisans and designers.

“We’re still 12 months out and so decisions need to be made, but it’s a really good point at which to be involving them.”

Mrs Acimovic said the previous gallery shop and research done since the gallery closed for redevelopment revealed people strongly valued handmade products.

“We know our clientele often offer a bit of a different and unique gift,” she said.

The sessions will be held at the Albury Library Museum — on Thursday from 5.30pm to 7.30pm, Friday from 2pm to 4pm and Saturday from 10.30am to 12.30pm.

Those wishing to attend should phone (02) 6043 5800 or email artgallery@alburycity.nsw.gov.au.

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