SAQA Mentorship call was presented by Leni Levenson Wiener. It was an excellent overview covering all facets of the exhibit process. A valuable checklist was provided for deciding what exhibits are appropriate, including theme, timeline, juror, and exhibit history. Leni stressed the importance of carefully reading the entry checklist and having professional quality photographs for presentation. Planning is important. Did you know that 50% of entries to SAQA exhibits come in during the last 24 hours?!
Leni differentiated between the curator and the juror. The curator is the project manager who works with the juror, artists and venue from the exhibit's inception to close. (SAQA has a curator in training program for all interested members.) The juror(s) is/are responsible for choosing the art while keeping the theme and vision of the exhibit in mind.
SAQA carefully considers what will be a good venue. It is seeking to bring more artwork to museums, so the needs of those venues is taken into consideration. Museums like compelling themes. The educational aspect is also important, since museums often apply for grants for exhibits. It is the venue that generally decides on the number of pieces based on gallery space. Look for more size requirements in future SAQA exhibits as the uniformity makes for a striking presentation. Did you know that SAQA allocates specific containers for the run of the exhibits? That can also dictate the size requirement.
Thank you to the SAQA Education Committee for this valuable presentation. Missed it and a SAQA member? Ever wonder why your work did not make it into an exhibit? I encourage you to listen to the replay on the website in the near future.