Retail Futures: Working With Galleries

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As part of our Retail Futures programme for 2022/23, we invite both emerging and established designers to join us for an online event exploring how to work with design and craft galleries. The event takes place on the of 9th January at 1pm. Our insightful and practical discussion with industry experts will help you to better understand the process of working with galleries, including how to catch the eye of curators and how to be better prepared to understand the market for your own work.

Our panelists are:

- Juliana Cavaliero a co-founding director of Cavaliero Finn

- Frances Priest is an artist, designer and maker based in Edinburgh and represented by Cavaliero Finn.

- Oscar Mitchell is a co founder of Fels
Find out about our speakers and book your ticket
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An online Zoom event by Local Heroes that is part of our Retail Futures programme. Our events series seeks to demystify different modes of presenting and selling design and craft.

The events are free to attend but ticketed. The Retail Futures project is supported by Creative Scotland. If you'd like to support us to continue to bring new events to emerging designers and makers, please consider donating and enter an amount at your discretion to check out instead of choosing a free ticket.

This event is a guide for designers and makers who are interested in being represented by, or showing with, a professional gallery. Our event will feature speakers from two galleries and one designer-maker who is represented by a gallery. We'll cover different aspects of representation including practical elements such as sales, imagery, and  supplying content for exhibitions.

Hear from our industry insiders who approach this theme from multiple viewpoints with experiences that range from commissioning, curating, presenting, supplying and selling. The discussion will be chaired by Dr Stacey Hunter and will be followed with a hosted Q&A.

The takeaways are:

  • An enhanced understanding of how the gallery system operates
  • What a good working relationship with a gallery looks like
  • How best to approach a gallery
  • How to assess whether your work is a good fit for a particular market segment (or event)

Who will benefit from this event? Independent designers, makers and design-led businesses making or supplying contemporary craft and design.

Our Panellists

Juliana Cavaliero a co-founding director of Cavaliero Finn Gallery. Established in 2004, Cavaliero Finn is renowned for its carefully curated portfolio of expertly crafted objects and award-winning fine art from some of Britain’s leading contemporary artists. The gallery does not follow trends in its selection of work; the emphasis is on originality and craftsmanship of the highest standard, and it seeks out heirloom pieces that have a lasting, stand-alone aesthetic beauty. In addition to the curated selection of art and design available through the online gallery, the company curates regular pop-up exhibitions in London in carefully chosen venues and often as part of Crafting A Difference, a collaboration between five of the UK's leading craft galleries, including Vessel Gallery, Ting Ying, MADEINBRITALY and jaggedart.  These one-off exhibitions, programmed throughout the year, are complemented by participation in contemporary art fairs such as the London Art Fair, Collect and Artefact at Design Centre Chelsea Harbour.

Frances Priest is an artist, designer and maker based in Edinburgh and represented by Cavaliero Finn. Frances describes herself as a "pattern obsessive and lover of colour, exploring cultural histories and narratives of ornament through studio ceramics and installations in the built environment. Central to the work is an interest in pattern books as a means of documenting and disseminating languages of ornament, reflecting upon the ever-changing interpretations of ornamental motifs as they move between drawing and material form." Over the past twenty years, she has developed an internationally recognised practice, with work represented in private collections across the globe and UK public collections, including The Fitzwilliam Museum, The Victoria & Albert Museum, and The National Museum of Scotland.

Fels was founded by Finbar Conran & Oscar Mitchell in November 2020 with the aim of working with artists and designers to help create new products and editions during a difficult time for the industry. Always intended as an open ended project, Fels has evolved and found its feet as a design gallery exhibiting emerging and established creatives from at home and further afield. Operating nomadically for now, Fels showcase and celebrate the very best in international contemporary collectible design in different venues around London from some of the most exciting artists, designers and studios working today.

Images L to R are: Juliana Cavaliero by Robert Chadwick; Frances Priest by Alix McIntosh; Beyond Industry an exhibition by Fels (2021) by George Baggaley