I start this as a fresh post, in the knowledge that 'exhibiting' is under discussion in Neil's current post, and Ross's event is opening shortly.
My understanding is that finding space to display is not that easy, and the costs of exhibiting as an individual are prohibitive. I was keen to discuss with the commentators to date the logistics of setting up a 'Group' exhibition and sharing the the costs.
The season, where we live in the Languedoc is about to start, own 'village' Le Cap D'Agde has a populous of 15000 or so which swells to 250000 in Season. In fairness most visitors are Kebab munching Flip Floppers... not hell bent on collecting 'art' as it's a sea-side place. But the surrounding areas are peppered with charming villages some which boast galleries, studios, workshops etc.
Would this work?
I, with the help of some others from the region, source a venue for a Summer Exhibition. Say in Cap D'Agde. The responsibility, however, to send and collect items by post or in person would be down to the individuals( be they North South East of West ).Venus and disbursement costs to be shared.
We have, between us, the skills to market the Exhibition electronically, and for the region I do a lot of 'promoting' already.
We live not far for example from the 'Naturiste' Centre, in which I play Guitar in the Season. So along with many other Cap D'Agde sites and FaceBook pages I maintain this site about the Naturiste Complex and other Tourist areas of interest.
Please note that although I had contemplated applying for Ad sense here, the site is purely a link harvesting device, which I hope will prove popular because of key words Such as Cap D'Agde Naturist etc. Try keyword search Johnnywokkers or Johnny Wokkers ( in images ) or Ron Birks or french med property or the secret blogger or thewebcircle etc
Also we have got to know many traders, officials and marketeersover the 8 years we have been here.
Were the quality of work in our group that of Village Fete quality, this would not be worth contemplating. But I think we would all agree that the Art Dept members offerings to date are of the highest standards.
The displays wouldn't need be all heavy pieces. Posters, prints, cards, etc. could even generate profit, as well as promote. I could see the venue as being a drop-in place for our Jelly Bloggers, nice holiday weekend or the photographers etc.
I would be interested to what you think.