Gallery Layout Decisions


Liz created layouts to scale for all the walls of the gallery using CorelDraw. This example shows trial layouts for one wall.

Liz created layouts to scale for all the walls of the gallery using CorelDraw. This example shows trial layouts for one wall.

I used CorelDraw to draw the walls and anticipated works to scale. These scale drawings were then used to work out different layouts for each wall of the gallery so that we could all get an idea of how our work would fit in different spaces. There were many iterations before the final layout was decided. We took into account giving each work room to “breathe”, the view from the windows, the view towards the back of the gallery from the door, the colours and attributes of adjacent works, and the location of hanging equipment available eg picture rails. We aimed to give each artist their own space(s) so that it was easy for each of us to make decisions about our own areas without having to consult with each other for every little thing. The CorelDraw drawing is deliberately simple (outlines with a little representative colour) to make it fast to move things around during real time discussions. In the final layout other information was added such as artists name and title of work so that we each have that for our own records. We will be contacting the gallery to review and comment on our final layout. This is in case there is anything we have missed about this location and so that the gallery can be sure to have enough hanging wires etc. Having the layout planned should make installation quick and simple (famous last words!).

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2 Responses to Gallery Layout Decisions

  1. Joan says:

    Looks complicated, but i guess that it will make it all easy for you in the log run…not that long actually 🙂

  2. lizarnold28 says:

    Yes, it has made it easier because we all know now which of our works take priority so that we have some actually finished for the exhibition. I found it’s easy to fall into the trap of “must make more work” when in actual fact what I really need to do is determine early what work is to go in the exhibition and then concentrate on getting those works “exhibition ready”. By “exhibition ready” I mean totally finished including varish (for paintings), binding (if required for textiles), and attaching the hanging mechanism.

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