Have you ever wondered how people get approved of projects? Maybe a grant to travel abroad for a seminar? Maybe a project to build a building? Or maybe an art installation project? An art exhibit project?
Art exhibition is where an artist shows off his works in a particular place and at a particular time. It is where and when he displays his paintings and invites people to watch them, either for free or with a fee. But before he gets to have an art exhibition, he needs to make a proposal.
So what is an exhibition proposal, or an art exhibition proposal? An exhibition proposal is a proposal by an artist in which he ask or request permission to use a specific place to showcase his works of art. By asking permission, he is making his exhibit an official event, and legal to the public. It implies that the money he earns for the art exhibit is legal and is not a fraud. It implies that he has license to showcase his artworks.
Whether you are writing a proposal for marriage or proposal for an art exhibit, it is important that you know how to make a good proposal. But what is a good proposal? A good proposal has the following qualities:
Purpose of Proposal
The main purpose of the proposal is a solution of the problem, and nothing there could be nothing else. In an art exhibit proposal, the artist is trying to solve a problem, which may sound unusual to ordinary people. Artists can see problems more and beyond than normal people could. When they propose for an art exhibit, they are trying to answer the problem of freedom, independence, liberation from the usual ways of thinking.
To Whom the Proposal Is Addressed
Let us make a scenario: You want to solve problems on social issues, say, child abuse. So you plan on making a showcase of art that depicts the suffering of the children. Let us say you want to solve the problem on gender issues, so you produce paintings on maybe women vs. men, or maybe you make a gallery of only women subject, or maybe you want to showcase a live display of women wearing men’s clothes—the purpose of which is to let others know your message.
Kinds of Art Exhibit
An art exhibit can be solo or collective. In a solo exhibition, the approval of the proposal may not be as easy as it looks, unless if you are already a distinguished artist. If you are just a newbie, you need recommendations from people who are experts in the field; in this case, art. A collective art exhibit has the advantage of being approved quickly due to the fact that it can be a representative of a community, as compared to a solo exhibit that only reflects one person.
How to Get Sponsors for Art Exhibit
Precisely why you need to have a good, well-laid-out proposal is because you want to have your art exhibit sponsored. Without sponsors, your exhibit would be too limited. Granting you already have the artworks, which is your painting, or drawing, or whatever artwork you do, you still need a building where you can display them. Also, you need people, a support team, to do whatever task required of your exhibit, such as carrying this and that; you need people to usher visitors, and there are still many others.
If the subject of your art exhibit is about, for example, domestic violence, you would perhaps invite families. This is to teach both the oppressor and the victim, as well as the passive witness.
If your art exhibit is all about corruption, then maybe you can invite politicians, as well as various citizens that are somehow victims of corruption.
But you can always invite anybody. The more people who can go to your exhibit, the better. Of course you have the authority to limit when necessary. For example, if you showcase something that is children-sensitive, or if the visuals are too morbid, too graphic. But you can always warn the audience should they want to see your too-graphic works.
Expenses in an art exhibit. There is really no fixed amount in how much an artist would have to spend to showcase his artworks. It boils down to his creativity. The more sophisticated and fancy and theatrical the display, the more he needs to shell out. Without talking about numbers, here are some of the items that needs financial preparation.
One question is, where do you ask for a grant? Grants are usually given by arts institution. Each state or country has its own arts and culture department. They usually open their grants and prize annually. And it is a competition, so you better make your proposal presented well. The proposal is a determining factor should they give you a grant or not.
So, that is how you make proposal. The keywords are define and know. You need to know your audience. This will shape your vision and mission of your art exhibit. You cannot just showcase something just because you like it. Unless you do not need sponsors. But that is not usually the case. Artists always need financial assistance from someone. Even the rich artist, they still do. It is just how it works. They are just lucky they are influential which means it is easy for the people to give them grant.