I have submitted some photographic prints for the 22nd LIP (London Independent Photography) 22nd Annual Exhibition recently, and for the first time. On one level, there is the formality of guidelines on submitting material which includes maximum size of prints as well as the number of prints. On another level, the submitter wants to showcase his / her work and wants to make a good impression on the judges.
It’s a combination of fitting creative work within a certain framework, which isn’t a bad thing. The submitter needs to have a certain amount of discipline.
So, why I am doing it?
Entering exhibitions can be a good way to focus your work, as well as showcasing it. I found myself starting (a yet unfinished) project. The exhibition is something to work towards, and can be a good motivator. It’s also a good way of looking at your work more critically and figure out what I want to say.
Being nervous can be part of the process. A submitter is exposing him/herself and his/her creativity. Artists artwork can be very personal, and the artist can often have emotional attachment to the piece or pieces of work produced. Stepping back and looking at your artwork critically is something hard to do.
Ultimately, the selectors need to put together a body of work that sits well as a collection. The exhibition needs to engage the viewer / visitor and to flow well.
I hope I get selected for this year’s LIP exhibition, and should hear within the next week. It would be a good way to showcase my creative work - which, at the end of the day, most artists hope for.
The 22nd Annual LIP Exhibition runs from the 20th to the 31st October 2010 at The Strand Gallery (located at 32 John Adam Street, London WC2N 6BP, closes train and tube station is Charing Cross).