This is a sample artist profile to show how you can use this space to present a virtual exhibition.
I am not an artist, so I have had to borrow other people's videos (thank you) but the overall flavour should give you a feel of ME as well as the art I create (or don't). I do however take snapshots of my Happy Place, the Maltese island of Gozo; I did make a representative mosaic of my house in Faringdon (from which you can't really see the hilltop tower), and I do love a pair of warm slippers by the fire in the winter. In the summer I am more likely to be swimming in the Thames, or diving in the Azure waters of the Mediterranean. I have included these snippets of information and a characterful picture of myself in a comedy nearly-yoga pose/art environment so visitors to this virtual exhibition can 'meet' me virtually. This mugshot is the virtual equivalent of my 'welcome'. (And if people like my 'style' as well as my art - or slippers - then they're more likely to visit my real exhbibition/follow me on social media.)
What should/can you add?
1) 12 images - include some square by 31st March to be in the taster videos for the trails.
Images should be at least 800x800 pixels. You can choose to show 12 pieces of work/details of pieces/work in situ or also include a couple of photos of process/details/your studio. The first of the 12 will be used elsewhere on the website. (You artist profile must have a minimum of six images to go live on the site in March).
We suggest that you put sizes and prices of your pictures in the captions (short captions work best) or in a list below and make sure it is clear how to buy/contact you.
2) Exhibition catalogue.
The embedded Oxfordshire Landscape catalogue is from last year - and created using Flipsnack. An A4 catalogue in portrait would fill this space.
You should also click on the CATALOGUE link below it. Here I have used a stunning example, by Jane Peart. If you can use Word or Powerpoint they are very easy to do and Artweeks will circulate instructions to members in the spring.
You will also be able to upload a pdf too for people to save to their own devices.
3) You can include up to three videos which will be embedded in the page.
They can be short films or a series of stills compiled into a video. You upload the video to Vimeo or Youtube and then add the link into boxes in your profile.
You can also links to any additional videos/a vimeo or youtube channel/other from this text.
Videos only need to be one-three minutes long (though they can be longer) and they don't need to be professionally produced. Your video can be very different from other people's just as every exhibition and studio has its own flavour.
The videos for last year's virtual festival were made in Powerpoint and we made both video and flipbooks from the same series of slides: The Oxfordshire landscape video https://youtu.be/pDdn0qD_TAM
The Oxfordshire landscape flipbook https://online.fliphtml5.com/zjysj/galt
For lots of different examples you can visit https://www.artweeks.org/festival/video
Meet the artist
https://youtu.be/K8S5fyjyoXY Meet Alexandra Buckle
https://youtu.be/nFDBRCVhWr4 Meet Paul Tomlinson
https://youtu.be/xmYG2uUBN9g Meet David Pollock
Artist at work:
https://youtu.be/vwFi32TfoVE Alison Blanchard
https://youtu.be/_yNumOq9AWI Bridget Williams - making a teapot
https://youtu.be/uR5p5WV74dQ Paul Minter - the prgression of a painting in stills
*A Virtual tour:*
https://youtu.be/7LNx3t7lq8s Janine Phillips a walk through exhibition tour
https://vimeo.com/412791702 Jane Strother - a video created from photographs
https://vimeo.com/414045854 A walk through the studio with Anna Dillon
https://youtu.be/R2zxk2HRItY A peep inside Nic Vickery's 'Lady Shed'
4) Alternative exhibition formats
If you wish you can host an exhibition on your own website or as a Facebook album and put a link through to it from this text box on your profile. e.g. www.janetomlinson.com/artweeks-christmas-2020-online-exhibition/
For the technically-proficient, you could also create a 3D walk-through exhibition using Google galleries or similar software e.g. Bharat Patel's Recurring Dreams of Oxford. www.artsteps.com/view/5eadb0626a379e6fa4d77542
You can also include details of a live-stream event as part of the festival - on Facebook/youtube/Instagram/other.
The biography is about YOU. What inspires you and why.
Artweeks is a festival of artists not just art - and for visitors choosing an art teacher, thinking about a commission, and for publicity in the local media YOU are as or more important than your art.
Beware: a CV or list of past exhibitions is not engaging. Noone is going to visit you because you studied textiles in Hull in 1987 and had a series of exhibitions in Northampton between 2008 and 2016.
What's much more interesting is why are you a potter and not a jeweller or vice versa. Do you love playing with clay because it is a grown-up version of playing in the sandpit? What drew you to silversmithing – is your daemon a magpie? Your information here should be things on-line visitors can relate to, the things, places and feelings you love and value, or are interested in.
You hope visitors feel a connection with you whether that's because you have same breed of dog, love Oxfordshire's architecture or a rugged coastline, appreciate a simple elegance of form and an organic palette, or are drawn to vibrant colours and gay abandon.
And yes, of course you hope a visitor will love a piece and snap it up immediately, but if they fall for you too then they’ll sign up for your mailing list, follow you on Facebook and visit next year.
And if you have a feature piece written about you in the last couple of years e.g. www.janeduff.co.uk/wildsong-exhibition.html then this is a good place to include a link.