Do you ever feel that barriers are put in your way to help you change what you are doing?
Whether it’s our guides or destiny, saying “no you have to stop going down the path you’re on, as its now time for a different path and a change of direction.”
I definitely am feeling this… it hardly ever snows in Lancashire, but during both my recent jewelart pop-up shops at the Platform Gallery we’ve had both snow and ice. Ok, I did have a premonition that it might snow when I booked it early last year for a week in December, but then for it to snow again during my recent March event, that was just so ‘Deja-Vue’?!
All the work that goes into organising and doing these pop-up events, laid to waste by the weather…
Just to give you an idea of some of the work involved:
- Created leaflets and posters and took them to the gallery before Christmas (so that they could display them and help advertise my pop-up event), filled in the booking forms and paid the gallery hire fee
- Added the event to my website events list
- Displayed and gave out my pop-up shop leaflets at other events
- Promoted it in my newsletter
- Sent photos/info to the Gallery for them to help publicise the pop-up on their website, newsletter and social media
- Another journey to Clitheroe the week before the event to put up posters in a few places around Clitheroe and check out the exact gallery space set-up
- Promoted the event on my social media
- Brought with me my display board for outside the gallery
- The gallery hire didn’t include extra time to set-up and takedown, after setting up the pop-up display, I was open to the public from midday on Friday and all day Saturday. I’d hired Monday morning to take it down, so this involved 3 journeys to Clitheroe and paying for parking each day
I know March isn’t the best time of year to organise a pop-up shop and I wouldn’t normally have done it then, except that during my December pop-up shop I discovered that from April the Mix Gallery hire fee was doubling (tripling on Saturdays). This meant that it wouldn’t be viable for future pop-up events and hiring the whole of the Mix Gallery space and I wanted to do it for one last time!
Alongside my jewelart pop-up shop display, there’s enough room for an extra table so that I can sit making and visitors can watch me creating abstract wirework and chat with me about my designs.
“It’s a shame, as it’s a lovely small gallery space for pop-up events, especially as there are now so few alternative places to do them in Lancashire.”
Clitheroe is such a great place to visit for a day out, as well as the Platform gallery, there are its castle ruins and museum, quirky shops, cafes and galleries, and its beautiful countryside setting.
How it began:
After taking part in some of the Platform Gallery’s pop-up Christmas meet the maker events, I hired the gallery space for a group event with my neighbouring studios, but it didn’t work as there wasn’t enough space for 5 lots of displays and for all of us to be sat with our work.
For the past few years, I’ve usually hired the gallery space twice a year. It’s still been hit and miss… sometimes there were only a few people venturing inside for tourist info and they haven’t ventured further down into the gallery, or the weather was too nice for people to want to spend their time indoors and then other times, such as my recent pop-ups the bad weather put people off venturing out to Clitheroe.
“When things just aren’t working anymore, it makes you reflect on why not.”
I feel happy that I’ve had these experiences and pop-ups at the gallery and I’ve enjoyed doing them and meeting/chatting with visitors over the years, but taking into account all the work involved with organising them, I’m ready for an easier path…
Thanks for joining me on my creative journey,
Sam Rowena, jewellery artist x