One of the best things to come from the pandemic for me has been the creation of and participation in the V-Art Show.
As all galleries, exhibitions and art fairs shut down from mid-March, we artists suddenly found ourselves in a position of being unable to show our work or even talk to an audience. I had been working non-stop since the beginning of the year on two new bodies of work for different art fairs and suddenly everything stopped. It was quite a shock.
In one of my first Zoom meetings, a discussion began about what we could do in this new world we found ourselves in. Two artist friends, Matt Jukes and Frikkx, came up with the idea of an art show using this Zoom technology that many of us were just discovering and threw the concept of an online show out to a few of us.
The first V-Art Show took place on 18th April with 8 artists, just 10 days after our initial discussion.
The concept, like so many great ideas, is actually quite simple: the website gives information about each selected artist and their work (images, website etc.) with a link to visit them when the show is on. Every artist has a “studio” which for me is currently a room in my home.
It’s like a salon where the artist hosts conversations about art and other related subjects.
At the end of the evening we have an after-show party on Zoom. The last one included art critic Tabish Khan, who is a great supporter.
The format is ever evolving with the next V-Art Show due at the end of the summer. I’ll post the dates on my news page and in my newsletter as soon as I have them.