1. I wrote a little blog post for printed.com about how to put on an illustration exhibition. 

    You can read it below or here’s the link.

    10 top tips for putting on a successful illustration exhibition

    1.     Promotion

    It’s a good idea to get going with this as soon as possible, particularly the online, social-media side of it. We started tweeting and instagramming about ours several months before. It’s nice to show sneaky peeks of things you are working on for the show. We designed our posters and flyers several months before as well but we decided to distribute them the week before and during the exhibition so it stayed fresh in people’s minds.

     2.     Range of prices

    We had a range of different priced pieces ranging from 50p postcards right up to £300 framed originals; this worked really well for us. Our most popular pieces were from our £10 ‘wonky drawing’ range.

     3.     Remember snacks!

    This is an important one to remember, particularly if you are doing a solo show, as you may have to sit in the gallery all day which is surprisingly exhausting!

     4.     Freebies

    People love a freebie (me included!). You could give out stickers, postcards, posters etc. These are all fairly cheap to get printed but act as a great prompt to get you talking to customers.

     5.     Plenty of business cards

    I ran out of business cards on the third day, which was silly. Ideally you want to be able to put one in with every purchase and also have them to hand to give out to people who are interested in your work but don’t want to commit to buying something on the day–this means they can look you up online which could possibly lead to sales.

     6.     Scope out the venue in advance

    You want to get an idea of footfall in particular. We put on our exhibition at Gallery 40 [http://www.gallery40.co.uk] which is a lovely little space right in the heart of the North Laines in Brighton, it has excellent footfall and is right near the main train station.

     7.     Bring something to do

    I am not a pushy saleswoman, so whether I’m doing a craft fair or an exhibition, I like to allow people to just browse without feeling intimidated. I say hi when the customer walks in, but that’s it unless it’s clear they want to chat. I personally hate it when you go into a shop and they start chatting to you! I bought a sketchbook and my laptop with me so I could get on with work whilst people were browsing. It’s also good to look busy and can be interesting for people if they get to see you ‘in action’, in my case, drawing strange naked people in my sketchbook.

     8.     Share the show

    Charlie Simpson [http://charlie-simpson.co.uk] and I worked on the show together. It’s really nice to be able to share the experience with someone and also to halve the workload and cost.

     9.  Be friendly

    Putting on an exhibition is less about making money and more about meeting people. We met a lot of really lovely, friendly local artists, photographers and illustrators. I hate the term ‘networking’ but I guess that is what it is, a lot of the people Charlie and I met during the week we plan to keep in touch with and work on projects with in the future.

     10.     Window displays

    We were lucky enough to have a beautiful space with excellent, huge windows. We used them as a way to draw people in – we put large, interesting pieces in the windows along with 3D items. We had a lot of people walk past and stop to look at the bits in the window. Often pointing and laughing at our weird characters

  2. Here’s a little sneaky peek of one of my cat illustrations for the 100 Cats exhibition which opens in September.

  3. I painted some swimmers on some old stamp book paper. 

  4. Our exhibition is happening NOW - open every day this week until Sunday, 11 - 6. Brighton, North Laines.

    Here are some photos from the show. 

    Featuring the work of Charlie Simpson and Faye Moorhouse

  5. Here’s some sneaky-peeky shots of our Gatherings exhibition. It’s on all week at Gallery 40 in Brightons North Laines. I will be showing work alongside illustrator Charlie Simpson. 

  6. A little idea. 

  9. Wild swimming.

  10. Thinking about this sad dog character a lot recently.

  11. There’s a heatwave in the UK at the moment. And it is unbearable. 

  12. And a dog one….

  13. I’ve been meaning to get this print up on my etsy site for a couple of months. 

    Now it’s here!

  15. A brand spanking new zine - People Once Loved