At First Steps Art we encourage new artists to exhibit their work to a growing audience, with the support of experienced, exhibiting artists. The exhibitions are professional organised but in a friendly, relaxed manner, so new artists can start to 'learn the ropes' with the support of seasoned exhibitors.
Many artists have painted as a hobby for years before they decide to exhibit, while others jump in as soon as their first painting is dry. And it is not just painting that we include. As a group we also display other forms of art such as photography and sculpture, and will consider any medium that may not fit other exhibition moulds.
In our desire to be as inclusive as possible, we do not dictate a theme or subject for our exhibitions, leaving the choice up to the individual exhibitor. However, all the art is presented ready to hang or display, to a high standard of presentation.
We try our best to offer affordable space for our artists to exhibit. By personally understanding how hard it is to get started and to be a success, we offer affordable space to each and every artist that joins us, so they can then offer more affordable art to our exhibition visitors. By keeping our prices lower, the artist doesn't have to over-inflate their price just to make minimum wage.
Affordable art does not mean rock bottom prices though, as we are often asked why and how some artworks are priced. We leave this decision to the individual artist because they know how much the raw materials have cost to bring a piece to life, along with the many hours put in to creating an individual and origianl work of art.
At present we exhibit four times a year in the gallery at Denbies Wine Estate but we are looking for more venues to suit our eclectic collections.
Most exhibiton sales incur a large commission expense for the displaying artists, and as such this cost must be added to the final list price of any artwork.
At First Steps Art we take no commission from any sales, so the artist keeps the asking price. This means that when pricing their work they can do without the need to add these hidden costs on to the final price, which then avoids being passed on to the purchaser. This should ensure continuity across pricing without fluctuation between our exhibitions.
As we also curate the exhibitions, it releases the individual artist from another ehibition obligation, allowing those who have other commitments which could prevent them from exhibiting, to attend. However, we always encourage those that can to join us, as and when they are available.
Our 2018/19 exhibitions are booked and we will be back in the art gallery at Denbies Wine Estate, London Road, Dorking, Surrey RH5 6AA on the following dates: