So it was an interesting Tuesday as I made my way to Reading College to do my first ever radio interview on BLAST1386.com the student web radio channel.
AIRwaves is a one hour programme hosted by Suzanne Stallard from Jelly Reading which talks about Art In Reading, discussing projects that are happening in and around the area. Jelly are a local arts organisation who are involved in all sorts of creative enterprises.
I was there to discuss the forthcoming Reading Contemporary Art Fair and to tell a little bit about why it’s a great thing to be involved in. Having been there at the very first event in 2010 I can honestly say it’s one of the friendliest fairs to exhibit at. Jelly will also be in attendance exhibiting art and running free workshops for children. (I hear it may rain at the weekend so a great place to bring the children!)
Why you should consider exhibiting….
Those of us that are creative have generally always been, so we may draw, sketch, doodle, paint, decorate, create, make things but all at home in the security of our families who generally love what we do! Taking your work out into the public domain can seem terrifying but you really should try it. Most people don’t do it because they’re afraid of what people may say. Generally people only say nice things or the worst I’ve heard is that ‘it’s not really my thing’ which is fair enough. The upside is that lots of people say really nice things and that’s good for the soul.
The other reason they don’t do it is the cost. There are costs involved but you can start with one of the smaller stands and if you don’t put yourself out there nobody is going to know what beautiful work you can create.
To give you a bit more information here’s a very interesting interview with one of the fairs founders Sarah McAllister who, along with Deborah James, makes sure the event runs smoothly and enjoyably for visitors and exhibitors alike.
If you are thinking of exhibiting do come along at the weekend and talk to other artists – we’ve all stood where you are now, wondering should I?, and we all decided we should.