It does sound pretty exciting and like a good opportunity to get your work some exposure, but there are many things to think about.
Where is it? Indoors or outdoors. What is provided for the space? Is it just a space with no walls? Canopies for weather concerns? Tables? Many shows will just in essence “rent” you the “space” for a fee and you will be responsible for the rest of your booth set up and display. Read the fine print regarding your responsibilities for set up AND take down. Also pay attention to the hours you MUST be there for. I mean what do you do if it’s an outdoor show and you have 40 paintings with you? Bring them, leave them overnight…hmmm. And again, more for paintings, less for pottery etc., how do you protect said work from the sun/rain/weather in general for two days. Unless a glazed, framed print, or an outdoor installation, most art work is not really made to be outside
What kind of clientele are you likely to get? Is it an art show? Craft show? market? All of this will determine your customer base and those looking for scented candles and beautifully crocheted toilet paper holders may not be the best candidate for your experimental art or vice versa. No one wants to spend the day sitting there while people scrunch their noses over your work.
Finally, if it is a juried show, what are the entry requirements. Read the entry form carefully. Many of these shows have an entry deadline far in advance of the show date-some almost a year ahead. You will minimally have to provide examples of your work. Most often, this can be pics on a cd, but pay attention as there will be a limit as to how many pieces you can show them. So, do you choose your bestest most favouritest works (and yes, I know those aren’t words lol), or do you choose ones that show a wide range of ability???
And so that is where I am now. What pieces do I choose to put on this cd….hmmmm….