I was talking to another artist at a gallery opening one day (ironically an artist who has gallery representation, something I have yet to find) about the 100 Rejections project, its inspiration, and how it has helped me to not take rejection so personally, make my rejections constructive, and look at my response rate analytically.
So this other artist, whom I presume relies on her dealer to direct opportunities her way (oh in a perfect world), asked me where I find the opportunities to apply for.
None of my sources are a secret, they just take a little regular web crawling a couple times a month, subscribing to a few email lists, and letting your network know that you are interested in new opportunities.
If you are interested in embarking on a rejections project of your own, and you happen to reside in my geographic context (Calgary), here are my top picks for sourcing opportunities to apply for:
Email Lists to Subscribe to:
Website Classified Listings:
- Calgary Arts Development Classifieds
- Alberta Foundation for the Arts News & Events
- Arts Rubicon
- Alberta Society of Artists
- CARFAC Alberta
Other Places to Watch:
- Facebook & Twitter – like and follow organization pages, and ask your friends to forward you interesting opportunities.
And there you go!
If you are not located in my area, there are other networks and organizations local to you. Share who you consult in your area and I will make a specific post for those areas.
If you have any other suggestions for places to watch for opportunities, let me know and I will update the list.
And if you know of a gallery that would just love to represent the type of work I do, let me know!