Call out for 2D artists to join our art collective
Exhibiting at ArtSpring Gallery
ArtSpring Gallery is a stylish and friendly artist-run contemporary gallery situated at the historic north end of Tonbridge High Street. We set up this collaborative project with 18 local artists to bring high quality artists’ work including paintings, prints, ceramics, glass and jewellery to West Kent.
We are currently inviting applications from 2D artists who live within 1 hour travel distance from Tonbridge wishing to join our art collective as members. This offers an artist a wonderful opportunity to:
- be a part of a supportive artistic community
- contribute and learn skills associated with the smooth running of a gallery
- extensively promote one’s work on the gallery website and online shop, on social media and in the local press
- interact with the public when stewarding and at our monthly ‘Meet the artist’ events
Become a member of our art collective
All our members have an active role in the running of the gallery.
As a collective we try to involve all members in our decision making process and hold group meeting every 8 weeks to discuss ongoing plans and events.
We have a number of teams, each being responsible for a different aspect of running the gallery. Currently these include but are not limited to:-
Marketing, PR & Social Media
Website & Design
Submissions & Recruitment
It is important to the smooth running of the gallery that each individual brings an additional skill, besides their extraordinary artwork, to help support the gallery.
All of our artists take turns at spending a day in the gallery on a flexible rota to allow for regular or other commitments. This means stewarding approximately once every 3 weeks.
In line with our collective art gallery model all our members pay a monthly membership fee of £60 plus 25% commission on sales. There is also a joining fee of £250 which is re-funded when a member decides to leave the collective. We encourage new members to commit to a minimum period of 6 months.
Artwork will be displayed amongst other members’ and guest artists’ work throughout the gallery. A new member has work in the window for the first two weeks and then by rotation. A member has work shown on the gallery website and online store.
We introduce any new artist via a special ‘Meet the artists’ event which is usually the First Saturday of each month. This is promoted via our newsletter, social media platforms and posters in the gallery. The gallery and it’s members feature in the local press and on social media. All members are encouraged to play an active role in promoting the gallery.
If you wish to apply to join the ArtSpring Gallery please click this link to an online submission form
We meet once a month to review recent applications and enquiries and it can therefore take up to four weeks before a member of our submissions team will get back to you.
We look forward to hearing from you.
Be a guest artist for two months
All new 2D guest artists will have their work displayed in our window for two weeks, plus a general display in the gallery for two months. Examples of the work by 3D and jewellery guests would be in the window throughout their time at the gallery.
We introduce any new artist via a special ‘Meet the artist’ event which is usually the First Saturday of each month. This is promoted via our newsletter, social media platforms and posters in the gallery. We also create an individual page for each artist on our website with regular posts on making and finished pieces on social media.
As a guest artist you would not be involved in any aspects of the running of the gallery, and we take care of displaying and promoting you work.
To cover all this, we charge a non-refundable fixed fee of £200 for two months plus a 20% commission on sales.
What recent guest artists have said about showing with us:
“It’s been a great pleasure to be part of ArtSpring Gallery, committed artists and great art! It’s been a wonderful experience, I’ve loved being part of @ArtSpring, thank you!” Christina France
“Thank you for having my work in your beautiful gallery. It has been wonderful to have my work displayed so beautifully amongst other work of such a high standard.” Rebecca Laister
“I’ve had such a great time exhibiting with you, meeting fellow artists, new clients and sharing ideas.
I love the way the wall mounted pieces looked next to my lighting piece.” Liz Emtage
“I wanted to say thank you for taking me on. Although it was bad timing with the gallery being shut for the most part, it was a positive experience and really nice to work with such an accommodating and helpful group of artists! And exciting to sell some pieces. If the opportunity arises for me to show again with you in the future I would be very interested!” Rosie Tweedale
Guest artist blog
Read more about the experience of one of our guest artists exhibting with us.
If you wish to apply to show your work as a guest artist click below