Lately I have noticed that the popularity of using unconventional venues for Art Exhibits is all the rage. I have been to several exhibits lately, one in the park, another in an some warehouse or something of the like, I have come to recognize how the venue complements the exhibits but I am more of a traditional gallery type of man, And though I find the idea interesting, there should be a few things that you have to consider before doing it yourself, to avoid destroying the art and getting into problems.
Secure the Exhibits
It would be terrible if your exhibition destroys the art in some way, so you have to make sure that your art is secure. During the exhibit in the park, I have noticed that there were a few people who were at a too close of a proximity to the exhibits. This could damage the piece, and the damage could range from minor to “so bad you could lose your job and be in debt”. Remember to create a barrier that keeps people at a good distance from the exhibits.
Another is environmental factors that could damage the exhibits, which I noticed in both the park and the warehouse exhibition, these are factors that could badly damage the pieces both in short and long term. If you are holding the exhibit in an area where maintenance and cleanliness has long been absent, apart from cleaning the area, I suggest you use pest control companies to make sure that nothing will damage nor live in the art exhibits.
Forces of nature such as rain, sunlight, and wind could also damage the exhibit pieces, so if it is possible to keep the pieces in a protective casing at the outdoors, please do so.
There are a few things you have to consider when you are not in a proper gallery when it comes to security. You are not at a place you are knowledgeable about, there might be passages where thieves could come in and endanger your art pieces and guests. If you have to hold an exhibit outside of you usual secured area, increase the number of security and study the layout of the area intensively. Though it will definitely cost more time and money when doing so, the thought of losing a piece due or putting your guests in danger is something far more costly.
If you are uncertain about the whole thing, or you are not prepared to hold an exhibit outside of a proper venue, I recommend that you stick with what you know and slowly transition into other venues in the future. The best way to do so is to partner up with organizers who are more experienced with handling things in exhibits like that. Do not put your exhibit and your guests at risk for something that you are not prepared to handle yet, that could cost you your career.