Rafiki Gallery Q&A 5/02/21
The Edinburgh Gallery Society and Leo, the owner and founder of @the_rafiki_gallery ran our first ever online Q&A event on zoom at the beginning of February 2021. The talk was very successful with at least twenty people tuning in on a Friday night to listen and ask questions! As an Art Dealer, Leo spoke about his experience in the Art Industry since graduating from Edinburgh Uni, where he highlighted his ideals and professional approach and dedication to his clients in his work. He also gave us some really in depth and useful advice on promoting yourself in the Art Industry, both for artist and for students interested in pursuing a career in the Art Industry. Leo covered a broad range of topics such as presentation, networking and perseverance in what you do (which was especially helpful for students during a national lockdown!)
We’d like to thank Leo for being our first ever guest speaker! We had a great conversation and we hope everyone who tuned to listen felt the same way.
Holly, President of the Gallery Society.
(Follow us on instagram @edigallerysociety for a summary post of the event by our Treasurer Leah.)
David Iain Brown Q&A 28/02/21
For our second event we invited David Iain Brown, Glasgow based painter, to talk about his experience in the art industry and give young artists some advice on starting their own business. We started with the basics such as how he kicked off his own business, lockdown’s impact on producing new works, his inspirations and general advice for art students thinking about their post-university career path. David also broached the subject of scams and suspicious collabs that emerging artists should look out for. The most uplifting advice that David shared was that you don’t need professional help to start your own business – the most important thing is to be active on social media and engage! That’s how you gain recognition and meet fellow young artists.
Thank you David for such an engaging talk and we hope you enjoyed the event as much as we all did!
Hanna, Vice President of the Gallery Society