Plan Your Exhibition

The gallery exhibition coordinator, gallery committee, and the Artists’ Network are committed to your successful art exhibition: if you succeed, we succeed.

  • We generally expect each artist will plan, install, and promote their own show.
  • We can help you with all activities described here.
  • Ask the gallery exhibition coordinator anything.
  • Email us
  • Call the gallery 416-465-0302

Visualize Your Exhibition

Arrange images of your art on the gallery wall drawings in a layout you like. Also, review past exhibitions to help visualize the gallery space. Here’s why:

  • You will know how many and which pieces you can exhibit.
  • Your exhibition will look exactly as you want it to.
  • Installation time will be greatly reduced.
  • Potential for damage due to handling is greatly reduced both for your artwork and the gallery walls.
  • It can be a checklist when you’re compiling materials for your exhibition.

Download a pdf of the gallery floorplan:

We recommend the following process:

1. Use any program such as Microsoft Word or PowerPoint.

2. Import and resize your artwork images referencing the 1 foot square grid. Precision is not required, we only need a visual layout.

3. Your artwork will be hung on infinitely positionable hooks on the wire hanging system, each wire is quite long and rated for a 15 Kg load. Smaller artwork can be stacked vertically on the wire hangers.

  • Galleries generally hang artwork centered at 56” – 60”, indicated on each drawing with a blue line.
  • “Gallery Style” is when pieces are positioned in a single row.
  • “Salon Style” is when some pieces are placed one above each other.

4. Remember to leave room for artwork labels on the wall.

5. Or, you can print the gallery drawing(s) and draw on them. We can use a hand drawn exhibition plan just as well as a digital layout.

If you need help please contact the gallery and we will either advise or do the layout for you. Please email the gallery your exhibition layout, or bring it with your artwork at installation.

Promotions:

Each artist should do their own exhibition promotion. We will:

1. List your exhibition on this website on following pages: Upcoming exhibitions → Front page → Past exhibitions (permanent). Page move occurs 1 – 2 days before.

2. Include an exhibition description in Artists’ Network monthly newsletter that goes to 1,000+ addresses.

3. Print posters for our 2 large A-fold street signs, placed on Queen Street and just outside the Carroll Street gallery door, and the sign-stand placed just outside our gallery door inside Dark Horse café.

4. Describe your exhibition in our standard introduction before each business-seminar held in the gallery.

5. Promote your exhibition on all of our social media platforms.

Gallery logos

.png format with no or transparent background, suitable for overlaying your images. Click on each to download large high resolution copies.

Optional Exhibition Catalogue

We can prepare an exhibition catalogue using content you provide:

  • 5″ X 5″ double sided, colour print, saddle stitched
  • Select images from your exhibition
  • Introduction or overview to your exhibition
  • Artist bio and statement
  • 40 pages maximum

Your catalogue will be printed by The Printing House. The gallery show coordinator will provide information for ordering your catalogue direct from the printer. Price is based on quantity ordered but 10 copies is approximately $6.20 +HST per catalogue. We will print a gallery copy for own record.

Examples of solo and group exhibition catalogues:

All art must be suitable for installation:

  • Completely dry, set, cured, fixed, or protected.
  • Label on the back with title, artist, price, size, medium, year.
  • Secure hanging attachments including d-rings, mounting holes, or track. This is actually very important for us, here’s more…

The gallery uses this hook, rated for 15 Kg load each, on long hanging wires. They work well with most paintings, prints, and frames, but have difficulty depending on the artwork attachment method. We prefer:

  • D-rings located 1″ – 2″ near the top corners are the easiest to install onto the hooks, and your artwork hangs at a small or acute angle facing the viewer.
  • Brackets with holes, not too common but we’ve seen them. Easy to get the hook into the holes, and artwork hangs at a small acute angle.

The gallery uses this hook for track or rail, commonly used on the back of face mounted Dibond or acrylic. The track or rail should be mounted close to the top.

If you have any questions please contact us to discuss, we’ll even discuss it with whomever does your print mounting.

Artwork hanging methods not recommended:

Wires. Unfortunately the most common but also the worst due to variability, angle, and injury.

  • Variability: Every wire is at a different height and its catenary (a wire or rope natural curve) depends on how much extra or slack there is. For large or heavy artwork we use 2 hanging wires and hooks, and wired pieces are very difficult to get level. We generally hang art centered at 60″ from the floor, wired artwork variability makes this difficult.
  • Angle: each artwork hangs at a slight angle. The bottom edge will always rest on the wall and angle out towards the top. Due to geometry (a right triangle) the lower the hooks engage the wire on the artwork, the greater this angle becomes. We have hung artwork where the wire was almost at the halfway point and it’s angle off the wall was so great “corrective surgery” was required.
  • Injury: we’ve been stabbed by fraying wire ends. Ouch.

Sawtooth hanger bars. These are just too small, weak, and difficult to find the center V. “Wall Buddies” are a version with essentially inverted sawtooth steps with one bracket mounted in each corner – these are very difficult to hang as the sawtooth steps are smaller than the hook thickness, and there are about 30 – 50 sawtooth steps per bracket.

Keyhole brackets. These are too shallow, the hooks cannot engage.

Bare screws. We cannot hang artwork with just screwheads sticking out. Take them out and put in D-rings.

Nothing. We have had artists deliver artwork with no hanging method. ???

Framing & Mounting:

Akasha Arts have given a talk to the Artists’ Network. Many members use them.

Dimensions Framing on Queens Street has sponsored our Riverdale ArtWalk.

Above Ground Art Supplies and Deserres have acceptable quality ready-made frames.

We do not recommend cheap frames, frequently from IKEA, they feel like they won’t survive an exhibition hanging on a professional gallery system. As part of Artists’ Network mandate of helping artists be better business people, if you are selling your art you should provide the collector with a quality product.

Sales, commission, tax, sales receipt

Sales conducted by Artists’ Network Gallery will retain 5% processing fee.

No commission on artist’s own sales.

After the exhibition we will prepare an invoice listing all artwork sold, 5% processing fee, any other outstanding costs, and total payable to the artist. To be reimbursed the artist must sign and return the invoice; a cheque will be mailed to the artist within one week of receipt.

Taxes are the responsibility of the artist.

A sales receipt will be provided to the buyer including the artist’s name and artwork details, as well as any other documentation the artist(s) provide.

Insurance

The artist is responsible for artwork insurance. Artists’ Network Gallery is not liable for theft or damage of artwork during the exhibition, installation or takedown and removal.

Miscellaneous

1. Gallery attendance. People drop in through out the day and weekends can get busy. We’ve had exhibitions with no promotion that had about 20 visitors on a Saturday, including sales.

2. Events such as artist talks and demonstrations are encouraged, they are easy to advertise and tend to attract more visitors.

3. We cannot accept unscheduled artwork delivery. Art takedown and removal must be completed in agreed time, as the gallery does not have storage space. Artwork delivered or not removed outside of agreed time will incur a storage fee automatically deducted from artist’s sales reimbursement invoice.