Friday, 3 May 2013

Fame at Last?

Well not really but our local rag which circulates in Essex and East London has picked up on the 'Seeking Artemis' exhibition. They have pulled together a nice little article even if the facts are slightly muddled but they have the important details correct especially the location and opening times. Its a little bit worrying that we share the pages with adverts for mobility scooters - perhaps they are trying to tell us something!
I have fostered a pretty good relationship with the local press over the years as they now seem to support us whenever we have an exhibition and have even asked me to write a  short general article about my exhibiting group 'Material Girls' on the back of this article. 
I have also had articles in several magazines (even in Canada) over the years which is a great help  promotion wise (always good for the CV)  but it is hard work to stay on top of this aspect esp. when you really want to be stitching or designing. Magazines have seriously in advance deadlines so you need to have things in to them at least 3-4 months in advance when often the work isn't quite ready for photography . For local and not so local press you need to get in touch at the right moment so it doesn't go out of people's minds (I try to keep a sort of count down calender so I can remember when things need to be done. I also find it helps to have an angle which will catch people's interest.Then you are in the lap of the Gods to see if they have room in that particular issue. 
 I was told both when I was studying professional practice for my degree and at seminars that you should reserve one day a week for all your 'office' and promotion stuff -very true but difficult to achieve until they invent the 10 day week! But it is important to keep plugging away in this media obsessed age - for every 10 you contact one might pick it up and its not just for publicity for the exhibition but for opportunities to exhibit, etc... that might come from it.
At least the work is all finished ready for the exhibition now ( well almost) now its just drawing together all the peripheral exhibition stuff with just over a week till the hang. Who knows we might even feature in the London press one day , I've been in touch and I'm still plugging away ....

1 comment:

Heather said...

Well done and keep plugging! Hope the exhibition comes together smoothly for you and you get plenty of appreciative visitors.