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Barcelona Showcase review 2012

The past two months have been quite busy, and one of the culminations of all the insanity was The Barcelona Showcase. I have a number of things to say about being involved in this exhibition, since being asked to participate earlier this year, some criticisms and observations.

This was the first time I was participating in the Showcase, and I viewed my involvement as research. These sorts of “art fairs” can be both fun and daunting, and you really need to figure out why you are joining in, as they can be quite expensive. I was unable to find out too much on the Showcase before I decided to join, so I thought I would post this “review” for future artists and galleries that may be interested in participating.

On the whole I found the experience positive, but perhaps this is because my list of goals for the exhibition were more based on marketing, rather than selling artwork. I was interested to see how the show worked, and whether it would be something that I would want to continue being involved in. Ultimately I don’t think I will do it again for a number of reasons I will talk about in a little bit, but I can recommend doing it once, perhaps for the same reasons I participated this year. I would be interested to hear your comments on the showcase if you went, as an artist, visitor or on this sort of exhibition in general.

There were over 150 artists presenting work, from paintings, to photography to mixed media. There was no set theme, and artists were not grouped by country or medium. There was a variety of artists from around the world each presenting their slice of art on a 2m x 1m board. The Showcase was open for one day from about 11am until 11pm on the 14th of July 2012. These are my humble opinions the event.

The venue, without doubt, is fabulous, and it’s quite fun to be able to say that I exhibited art in one of Gaudi’s most well known and, in my opinion, beautiful buildings. It also is quite easy to make “exhibited on the Barcelona Showcase at Casa Batllo” look good on a C.v. or promotional material. I actually forgot in the midst of June/July madness to add it to my website, but you can be sure it will go up in shining lights as soon as I have a moment.

I was a little disappointed that the showcase was not actually inside the main part of Casa Batllo but rather in the exhibitions hall via a separate entrance in the building. Artists however where given a 50% discount to visit the museum during the day.

Considering the fact that to secure a spot on the show, you needed to pay 200 Euros, I felt as an artist, that you needed to justify reasons for partaking in the exhibition. I weighed up mine before making the transfer, and one of my major pros was the venue, and the (possibly superficial) reason of being able to “sell” the importance of exhibiting in Casa batllo. Because, yes, let’s be honest, if you have some spare money, as an artist it is important to promote your work, and this showcase falls into a very valid advertising category.

In the end it was worth it? Without being able to have found much information on the show, prior to joining, and I even researched previous artists, and emailed them asking what they thought, I decided the only way to find out was to try it. I could have spent the 200 euros on new paint, or web marketing, but in the end it would have disappeared somewhere. So paying to participate for future reference was another reason for me to put The Barcelona Showcase to the test.

Event organisers stated on the official Showcase website, that the previous year had brought in over 2000 viewers, they also promised that they would promote and sell the work of artists and galleries with no markup on any work. This all sounded great, however in reality I did feel that it was really the venue itself that brought most of the people, and not the promotional marketing of the organisers. Upon arrival during the set up hours before the day kicked off, I was given some posters and a catalogue. I felt that receiving the poster on the morning of the show was a bit late and since I had a ridiculously busy day ahead of me, I wasn’t going to be able to do much with a poster. It would have been great to have seen these posters up around Barcelona, prior to the show, and this I feel was really the biggest problem I had with the Showcase, and probably the reason I wouldn’t participate in future years.

The fact that the venue brought most people to the event, meant that these visitors were mostly tourists who happened to see the poster outside the venue when they came to do a tour of Casa Batllo. Since they had no idea that it was happening until they arrived, they wouldn’t be coming for the showcase at all, and therefore would not have been specifically coming to see artworks, or for that matter buy any artworks.

I have participated before in similar art fairs, namely the Tokyo Design Festa, and the amount of work that goes into promoting that fair as a great place to buy and see unique art makes a huge difference. It means that people are aware that you will be selling your artworks or designs, they are also specifically looking to buy gifts or decoration for their homes. Galleries are scouting for new talent. It completely makes sense to participate in something like this then, as you have a chance of recuperating your initial expenses as well as perhaps being able to network with galleries, your participation goes over and above just being able to say you were part of the fair.

The Barcelona Showcase may have had 3000 people pass through the halls this year, but these people were all probably the wrong target audience for artists trying to promote and sell work.

Of course being part of any exhibition doesn’t necessarily mean you will sell any work, and I think that it is incredibly valid to have your work on a wall as opposed to just in a virtual space on your web portfolio. You learn how to exhibit your art, how to market yourself, how to hang artworks, what kind of art to make for what show, and a whole host of important skills any artist needs. You can only perfect these skills with practise, and even if you don’t sell anything, because your artwork is up as part of a group show, people you didn’t specifically invite to come and see what you created will perhaps take a second look and remember your name for a future date.

Along with many of the other artists, I had a pile of postcards up, that you could take, and I had to refill my stock when I came back later for the cava reception. Even though perhaps many people were just taking them because they were free, you never know where your postcard or business card could end up and what kind of positivity this may lead to.

Being part of a group show is also something that I enjoy, it’s a great opportunity to network and share tips with other artists. The world is a magical place, and when you are exposed to a varied spectrum of creative people it can inspire you in ways that will surprise you. You can learn from each other, and perhaps a connection over a painted subject or a random conversation about technique will germinate an idea for collaboration in the future. I have spoken about this in the past, the art world can be a scary place (the same as any competitive scene) but collaboration can work for everyone. Working together instead of competing often creates something unique and far stronger, than doing it all on your own!

Unfortunately I was unable to stand next to my work all day, I had other pressing matters that I had to deal with, and I was also under the impression that the organisers would sell and promote work. Later when I returned for the evening ceremony I discovered that I had actually sold work. I think I was one of possibly 3 artists out of over 150 on the showcase to sell anything. I’m unsure how many of the artists did stand next to their artwork and chat with passers by, or how many of them were also under the impression that the organisers would be fielding queries for sales. Interestingly enough, I sold work to one of the people working on the showcase, which again reiterates my point that this person actually knew prior to the exhibition that artworks would be for sale, and had possibly decided beforehand that they may be interested in buying something if they saw anything they liked!

Of course I was pretty excited, and it’s a huge pity that I had not been able to be there all day, because perhaps if I had been “selling” my own work, I may have sold more, or made more connections. This is certainly something that I would advise to future participating artists.

My final observations are mixed. There was a visual overload of different work, which can be exciting and fantastic, I saw many new artworks that I loved, but I did feel a little bit that the set up seemed unprofessional, it was all a bit overwhelming and it seemed a tad like a high school art exhibition. I would have liked to have seen the work slightly more curated. However much of my impressions could be due to my confusion over what the Barcelona Showcase is. They sell themselves very much like a swish fancy gallery event, and not as an art fair, but the lack of door security, prepared speeches and that the cava ran out made me feel like I wasn’t attending a black tie event. There needs to be more symmetry. If you want it to be expensive and fancy then you need to keep it more exclusive. If this is not the case, then perhaps tailoring the event and marketing it more as a fun, dynamic explosion of new and exciting art would explain the poor lighting and relaxed organisation.

I think ultimately the event is still young and defining itself. Perhaps in a few years it would have sorted out the kinks, and things will run more smoothly and be more beneficial to both organisers and artists alike. For now, I would not participate again, not for 200 Euros, but perhaps next year I will visit the venue and see how I feel on the outside looking in.

On a personal level, preparing work for the showcase has helped me create new work that I am very pleased with, and jump started my inspiration for making a new body of work, and this for me is completely worth 200 Euros!

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33 thoughts on “Barcelona Showcase review 2012

  1. What a great review – thoughtful and insightful. Why not send this to the Showcase organisers or air it by offering to one of the Barcelona newspapers?

  2. I really enjoyed this showcase blog. I like the card idea. A little business never hurts the cash flow. Especially if you enjoy doing it and others enjoy what you offer them. Win/Win.

  3. Hi Kat, interesting to hear your thoughts about the showcase. I agree with all of them. It was poorly displayed. There seemed to be little direction given to the artists. You had a lovely little card holder and your name beautifully written on your display board, but many didn’t.

    The show was poorly marketed. Unless I was just unlucky. But I get regular emails from many sources regarding events going on in the city. I only knew it was on because of your blog. I do understand that it couldn’t have been on in the main building though.

    I agree it would have been better if you had had the time to man the display for most of the day. I found myself often gazing around for the artist. But saying that, there was nowhere for you to sit. I found that the artists that were there seemed to be loitering around unsure of where to stand. Either in the way of their stand or the one next to them as they were so close together. Often I thought I might have been in some ones line of sight only to realise it was the artist behind me. And on two occasions I spoke to who I thought was the artist and it turned out it wasn’t.

    I wanted to buy a piece by one artist. And he actually had no idea exactly how I should go about this. He seemed confused by the whole prospect. I couldn’t take it right then as I had other plans. He suggested I come back at 7pm for the cava reception. But that I wouldn’t be able to take it until 9pm because he wanted to keep it on display (so in fact I couldn’t have taken it right there and then anyway). He had no way of marking it as sold. And finally suggested I come back at 11pm when they were packing up and take it and pay him then. Which I assured him was not possible. He suggested I could buy it online. But there would be a shipping fee, and it wouldn’t be signed. The piece was hanging right there in front of me. I had 60€ in my hand! The whole thing was a farce of little comedic value.

    I partly blame him. But I mostly blame the organisers. There seemed no direction to the thing.

    You say that only 3 artists sold something. That is a pretty poor return. Who cares how many people come through the doors when, like you say, they were mostly tourists who probably had a friend waiting in the queue for next door. They certainly couldn’t have made any spur of the moment buys!

    I’m glad you got some benefit from it. But I think 200€ could be better spent elsewhere in the future. Let’s hope the organisers read this.

    • I completely agree Rob. It really appeared as if the organisers didnt know what they wanted: exhibition or art fair. in some ways i felt taken advantage of, the event was paid for by the artists, but the return for the artists was very poor, be it monetary or marketing. I believe they need to take a leaf out of the Swab art fair to make it work. Although this event has paid entrance and is more gallery based, it is a far more enjoyable event for the visitor. Spaces are clearly defined, the gallery rep has his own “mini” gallery to work within, and because of this, work doesnt clash.

      The fact that you had money to buy an artwork and couldnt even buy it is ridiculous! We were promised that someone would be handling this aspect for us, but the fact that the artist was even there, and you still couldnt buy it, makes me wonder!

      Some artists had flown in from various parts of the world specifically for the event, and their costs (hotel, flight, etc) far exceed mine as a Barcelonian resident! Its such a far cry from the tokyo design festa, where even though its more expensive, they have 60 000 people coming who know they can buy something from an artist. The marketing for that event is exceptional! Each stand is set up so that the artist mans it, and has enough artwork to keep his stall exciting but also sell work then and there. We only had a teeny wall space, and were advised not to over crowd it with art, there was no space to store extra work, so i do feel for the poor artist you tried to buy from! If I were him, however, i would have just given it to you then, as people started taking work down way before the event was over.

      It was poorly organised, from our arrival at set up to the fact that the speeches and prizes were announced an hour earlier than expected. If you had guests coming, they would have missed it. We arrived 30 minutes after the reception was to begin, and there was no cava. As an artist who is bringing people to see an “exclusive” event, this is embarrassing.

      Anyway, hopefully they will iron out the kinks, but for now i really feel like they just made money off the artists, and besides booking the venue, didnt really provide the calibre of show they promised!

      Certainly next time I will be spending the money on a new set of paint brushes instead! ;)

  4. hi :o)
    I agree with you fully, it was poorly marketed, why were we given posters when we arrived and not prior to the event ? also great big banners in english only meant that local spanish folks that couldnt read english would have no clue what was going on.
    I wonder if it was advertised in other Gaudi buildings in the city?
    Check your section in the catalogue too – mine was messed up. I was so not happy!
    Still definately worth doing and considering how much some places charge – like Untitled Artists Fair its pocket change with free sunshine!

    • I seriously doubt it was advertised anywhere except on facebook and perhaps in the Miniguide which was one of the sponsors. I would have been happy to pay more for this sort of this, if the benefits in the end worked out. The tokyo design festa is far more expensive, but at the same time much more worth it.
      i do this it is how you justify it, however, if your goal was just to have your name on the roster of the event, or for marketing, then its really up to you how you “sell” it, and can work out really well.
      i have no problem with this sort of event, i just think they could have done a better job.

  5. Hi Kat, I totally agree with your article. I was one of the artists as well. And besides your point of view, I found it akward that when I arrived before 8.15 the whole main floor was already taken! So I had to hang my stuff in the ‘basement’. As you might have noticed, the light downstairs was very bad. Also I noticed a lot of people were not aware that there was also art to be shown downstairs. So the few people that visited during the day stayed mainy upstairs.

    Also, there were too many artists and too many artworks. At the end you had an overkill of art placed all over the place with no chronologic order or theme.

    Let’s hope this will be better for the future artists who will exhibit over there.

  6. My work was also downstairs. the lighting was awful! I’m amazed you arrived on time and everything was taken upstairs already! wow! fingers crossed for next year. I shall try to go see what it’s like as a visitor! Did you attend the art party the night before at mirablau? i didnt go to that, and i wonder how it was!

  7. I hate to say that it wasn’t what i expected either. Besides that the view and location were awesome, the amount of people that showed up was poor. Also there was not much of a networking atmosphere. Just groups of people showing up together and sitting together at tables. I left around 23.30. So I don’t know how it was later that evening. I was broke anyway, because a simple beer costs 10 euros!

    Anyway, I saw your work at the Showcase and I loved it! Good to hear you sold something :)

  8. Mmhh the prices sound expensive, but about on par with what you could expect at the Mirablau. But again, it seems location was really all they were going for….

  9. Exhibittion venue seriously is WOW..!!! and I linked your mint dress..!! looking lovely..!! i can see how crowded the exhibition was..!!

  10. This is a really great review and so truthful – I was one of the artists at the exhibition (thanks for sharing my photography at the top there!) and I agree with everything you have said.

    Overall the exhibition was a positive experience for me, as it was my first time exhibiting my work and I learnt a lot and received a lot of really nice feedback. However, I don’t think it was right of them to clearly state that many galleries and art people etc. would be visiting the exhibition. This is a complete lie. I stayed for the entire exhibition, only leaving briefly for lunch, and everyone I spoke to were tourists and random people off the street.

    Even at the cava reception, which was supposedly by invite only, all the artists complained that they never spoke to anyone from any publications or galleries. Apparently they were just inviting random people in again.. there were even some women who had just come back from a medical conference and had just wandered in for the free drinks!!

    I think it was very poorly organised. I also contacted all the artists at the previous exhibition before I decided to attend and they said the same thing. However, I felt it might have been a good opportunity and that maybe things would be better this year.. unfortunately not so..

    I went to the party the night before. Mirabe is a great venue but I think the party was a bit of a failure too. As there were no organisers present (or so we thought..), everyone was wondering around aimlessly a lot of the time. We even had to pay for our own drinks, which I thought was very unprofessional – it was a party after all! I later found out that this was because their cava sponsor had pulled out at the last minute. Also, the DJ never turned up. Apparently he was refused entry to the party.

    What amuses me is the fact that the only gallery there (I won’t name any names, I think everyone knows who I’m talking about..) were actually the organisers of the event, and they exhibited with about 5 panels! I think this may be a very shrewd money-making scheme under the pre-tense of an international art exhibition. I think the whole thing is very deceptive. All the artists were complaining that the organisers weren’t present at the event and that everything was very confusing, but in reality the organiser was there at the exhibition and at the party posing as one of the artists and she didn’t even tell anyone the truth.. I only found out about her role as Director of the Global Art Agency when I returned. I haven’t said anything to them but, after seeing your review, I’m thinking maybe all the artists who went to this exhibition need to complain so that others don’t fall into this trap!

    When I returned to the venue from lunch on the day of the exhibition, I was informed, by none other than the organiser of the event (but of course I didn’t know that because she never told anyone), that someone had wanted to buy one of my prints but she had turned her away and said to come back at the reception! I was completely baffled by the lack of any kind of selling on behalf of the artists and was quite angry when I finally learnt that this person was actually the organiser. I understand that it was up to the artists to make sales, but she had purposefully failed to make a sale for me at the one time I happened to be away from the panel! Unfortunately this person never turned up at the reception to buy my work..

    It was a very expensive trip for no return..I had to travel from the UK to Barcelona and the costs of flights, meals and accommodation was really not justified for such a poor effort of an exhibition, the only return being that some of the 200 or so people who took my business cards might contact me in the future. At least it sounds good on my CV that my first exhibition was in Barcelona! Quite ridiculous haha!!

    • Wow, thanks so much for extended comment, hahah a review in itself! The artists I contacted about the previous event, never even replied to me, i suppose i should have taken that as a clue. But i guess the best way to find out about something is to try it yourself… although this sort of thing may be a closer experience (it seems from all the artists responses to my review) to jumping off a bridge without seeing how deep the water is first. Risky indeed!

      If they haven’t improved from last year, then indeed I feel, as artists, that we are being taken advantage of. Perhaps we can write some sort of joint constructive critism to the organisers? I think that the idea is good, but it really should be a win-win situation for all involved, otherwise the idea will die. And the more vocal we are as artists that took part in the event, on the web, etc we can perhaps give future artists a bit of a heads up before they plan trips, book flights, and pay for the event!

      I think that its ridiculous that they didnt help to sell your work, when they expressly stated that they would! If the event was staged for this, sort of like a shop there should have been very visible assistants walking around with card machines, and a set up for signing up for postage etc if the buyers couldnt take the work right away. Also perhaps the organisers should have encouraged, and provided storage space (perhaps on the back of each panel) for artists to bring and sell copies(prints) of work that they could, so that the walls didnt become bare during the reception.

      I think that the event needs to be either a promotional event and you are aware of this (ie that selling is not going to happen or be encouraged), or its an art fair, and each artists stocks and mans his or her “stall” or “stand”, each panel at this point would have been too small to do that. The showcase seems to not know which category it falls into, and if its trying to be both, it needs to be better organised!

      I have to admit the more I think about it, the more I am dissapointed with the event. I can’t imagine how people felt who had more expectations! Too bad really! At least I sold a work, and was inspired by the deadline to create work I am very pleased with, plus i live here and didnt have to travel far, but I don’t think everyone had the same experience at all!

      • Yes, sorry for such a long rant about all of this haha! I’m surprised none of the previous artists replied to you. I contacted them all and over half replied to me. They all said mostly the same things – no proper advertising for the exhibition, poorly organised and no sales. As with the 2012 showcase, only a few artists made sales at the previous one. Many of them did say that they enjoyed being in Barcelona and that they made a lot friends and contacts from talking to all the other artists, so it was quite a positive experience for them.

        A lot of the artists were apparently invited back the next year but they all refused, with the exception of Riccardo Bandiera, who was there again this year. Even after hearing these somewhat negative comments, I decided to go ahead. I was hoping I could network a bit and that maybe the poor organisation was due to the fact that the event was so young. Also, the last one was held in December, which seems a bit of a strange time of the year to hold such an exhibition, so I thought this one in the summer would be better and have more visitors.

        I do feel somewhat cheated.. The fact that the organisers blatantly hide the truth of who they are is quite wrong I think. There were a lot of artists (myself included) who had questions on the day of the exhibition because everything was so confusing and nobody stepped forward to help and to explain. I think it would have been much better for her to oversee the event rather than advertising her online gallery so fragrantly. I agree that some assistants would be a good idea too and some way of making payment. They are basically miss-advertising the whole exhibition.. “Private Catalan Cava Reception (Gallerists, dealers, collectors, … will be invited)”. I don’t think so! They also make reference to experienced staff, which were actually non-existent, and I saw none of the 10,000 promotional flyers or 2,000 posters they boast either.

        Some collective constructive criticism to the organiser might help, although I think she knows very well what she is doing.. I was thinking more along the lines of making this more public so that other unsuspecting artists don’t waste their time and money! Perhaps it’s best not to stir up trouble though and just leave things as they are.

        I’m putting it down to experience and I don’t actually regret going. I regret that I may have wasted quite a bit of money (I wouldn’t pay €10 for this exhibition, let alone €200 for just the panel!) but the experience was valuable. The artists I spoke to were very helpful and I’m grateful for the advice and information they gave me. I also got to take some great shots of Barcelona and I had never been to that part of Spain before, so from a creative point of view it was interesting. As they say, everything happens for a reason, and you never whether this might be a catalyst for future events!

        But is it really worth it? I can only hope that the artists who are invited next year find this review and maybe think twice!

      • I really think that with the right kind of advertising, the event could really improve. As stated in my review, the wrong people came to the event, and like you pointed out, they werent interested in the art or buying it or meeting artists, really they were only there for free drinks and because perhaps they were just passing by.

  11. Further to my comments above regarding this showcase, Indea’s comments are very interesting, especially regarding the Global Art Agency.
    http://www.globalartagencygallery.com/
    http://www.globalartagency.com/Who-We-Are-What-We-Do

    I met Joëlle Dinnage, 2nd in the list of curators in the link above. As far as she told me she was only there to represent the artists from the gallery she worked for in the UK. She gave no indication that she was the organiser of the event. She took me downstairs to show me her photography which I thought was a bit strange. Considering she hadn’t specifically shown me any work from the other artists she was ‘representing’.

    There’s no telephone number or postal address on either site above. This always sets off alarm bells with me.

    Let’s hope the power of blogging (and commenting) makes people aware of the ‘showcases’ they run in “Barcelona, Amsterdam, Berlin, London, New York, Singapore and many more…”, as stated on their website.

    I don’t like to hear of anyone having a disappointing experience in the city I love. In whatever form. Especially when it’s held in such a great symbol of the city, Casa Batlló. Maybe they should read this too!

  12. Hi Kat, im Manu Alguero, artist who partcipated last year and this year edition of Barcelona Showcase. After reading your post and other wanted to say also my opinion. Im from Barcelona (and dont know organizers) and i exhibited in London, Paris and Berlin.
    Just wanted to say that some more artists from last year participated a part from me in this year: Jula Abele, Om Barbara, Celia Bai Lambert, Anna Myagkich, Thierry Durand, Riccardo Bandiera, … I keep contact with many artists from last year, and many applied again but their were no accepted, i guess is because they want to show new artists and give opportunity to other artists. Many of them are participating in Amsterdam.
    I sold my work too, for which made me very happy, and i know that many artists sold works a part from me and you. A guy called Johan Thornqvist sold all his 4 works, also Ellen Stapleton, Luna Lliro, …
    Never my work has been seen for such a big audience (3000 people). Barcelona audience has always discovered more artists than anywhere else: Tapies, Dali, Picasso, Muntaner, Ramon Casas, Barcelo, Miro, and a long etcetera they are very used to big quality art.
    Nowadays art, as many things, is very difficult: crisis, milions of artists who think they are different and better than other, … so for me is great that events like this are hold. For sure some things can be better, but also in other events ive been and never sold nothing and only 200 people came (including artists and friends). This is no reason for me to say shit about them. We are lucky some people organize this events, if not emergent artist would have no future.
    If not how many famouse galleries or even not famouse, would exhibit your works for free for big audience of people?
    As well i would like to mention Kat that there was enough Cava till 9pm, my friens arrived at 9 and they all had cava.
    For me exhibiting in a place like Casa Batllo, which i think is the biggest definition of art ariund the world is great! If you would know Casa Batllo, Cotxeres & Carboneres is Casa Batllo, not apart. Other spaces in Casa Batllo are not suitable for exhibitions, because are small rooms and are museum.
    As an artist from Barcelona i feel dissapointed people write with no knowledge.
    I saw promotion with many posters in streets ( i have pictures i made if you wish to see) , also postcards, many art websites, magazines like Miniguide, Fashion One Chanel from America recorded event and will publish on tv forbmore than 130 countries, also magazine from Dubai (kanoo travel magazine), etc All of this info i find it in Facebook and internet.
    If 3000 people didnt want to buy some art maybe problem is not of audience.
    Ian ive been travelling around the world, in bars in Paris, Moscu, london, … and prices was much higher and place was not in the level of Mirabe. I paid much higher prices for drink for example in Brick Lane(imagine), and i could tell you that price for drink in Mirabe was even cheap for this kind of place, if you can compare it to similar places in New York,Paris or Madrid for example….
    Rob com ets de Barcelona i estimes Barcelona, entedras el catala. La gent no te que esta avisada de res, ja que no es necessari posar un telefon o una adreça perque l’esdeveniment sigui un exit o no. No pateixis perque de casi 300 artistes (de les dos edicions) el 95% estan molt contents, so dont worry about people dissapointed in the city you love, i also love it and so many artists love it! Casa batllo owners are very proud of holding this showcase, i speak with them so dont worry )Thats why they organised two times and wishing more editions. Thats why so many sponsors want to be part of it, and high level sponsors, they are not stupid.
    PS: sorry for my english, is not my first language :) Enjoy art and life!!!

    • Hi Manu,
      I’m so glad to hear that you had a good experience at the showcase! And to hear that more artists sold works! There did not seem to be a very good system to see which works were sold and which were not at the exhibition, so I am happy to hear that some artists were successful! I appreciate your opinion, and I certainly think that if I had had such a good experience as yours I would try to submit work again. Unfortunately, I didnt see any advertising, but I’m glad that you saw the Showcase being advertised in the city! I still do believe that in general the Showcase needs some work, and slightly better organising, but as I stated in my review, I believe the show is still quite young, and growing, and I hope all the opinions here will encourage it to improve, so that the artists, organisers and sponsors involved all come away with positive reviews, instead of mixed ones.
      And your english is great! Thanks so much for your comment!

      • Hi Kat,

        Thanks a lot, hope i improve my english haha! I agree with some things but in general i had a great time and like it much. I like a lot your art, really!
        I made pictures of posters in Paseo de Gracia, Via Augusta, Gala Placidia, … but in bcn many events are done and in one or two days new posters of disco partys were put on top.

        Have a nice day and wish you best success!!

    • I agree with you Alguero about everything, I don’t sold my Art, and I don’t have any negative problem with this, As an artist, my paintings have mission, express Art, an idea to such full audience,, I don’t create Art because I LOVE TO PAINT, I’m not for so far a commercial artist and I understand your comment fairly well, for emergent artists, I’m sure that couldn’t be easy or even possible to show their Art in a great and such famous gallery in Barcelona, it could happen someday, but they have to improve they Art and their selves by exhibiting their Art and thinking about how Art works but not to take flight and sell Art in Barcelona…
      I don’t say that sell art is not a good thing, I’m just talking about how I do with Art, but talking about CAVA and free drinks when you are an artist, for me is just being same as those tourists who were walking in Passeig de Gracia all the day…..

      what about Mirabé, is a good place and I have been there before for a reception and prices are not expensive, I think maybe for some Artists, opium Mar is better when they pay drink from 10€ and entrance from 25€.

      I invited be myself several galleries directors, and they come to see my art in Casa Batllò and I get confirmed date exhibition in the same day, in 2 galleries in barcelona and exhibition in Italy and ArtWeek in Miami and Art exhibition in New York next year 2013,

      it was a great exhibition for me to improve my Art and get more high level exhibition in future, for me this is WIN-WIN exhibition,

      I did a collective exhibition in barcelona this 4th september and I invited the organizers to the opening and they came and visited the exhibition and talk about Art together, and believe me that I don’t felt marketing in their mind, comparing Barcelona Showcase with that exhibition, barcelona showcase was like a global exhibition and big Art audience,,,

      I saw my self the advertising in the guides, and streets, and I have also my testimonial in the Global Art Agency blog, and this is a great reference for me.

      the special thing that I had in the exhibition, is that I was the ONLY ONE ALGERIAN AND ONLY ARABIC ARTIST of Barcelona Showcase 2012.

      I did some exhibition in Netherlands before an I was introduced to some galleries in Amsterdam, Leiden and Rotterdam, but I exhibited in only one gallery in Leiden for 2 times, next Amsterdam Showcase, it will be a great opportunity to invite my Galleries network to the exhibition and show my new work and get a new Art exhibition calendar….

      for me, no sell, but a full exhibitions program for a year,

  13. Dear Artists and Art-lovers,

    We would like to thank you for your feedback about Barcelona Showcase 2012, being of the utmost importance for us and our main source to improve always our art events!

    We would like to make some clarifications due that many of the information in comments are false:

    INDEA:

    a) “Mirabe is a great venue but I think the party was a bit of a failure too. As there were no organisers present (or so we thought..), everyone was wondering around aimlessly a lot of the time. We even had to pay for our own drinks, which I thought was very unprofessional – it was a party after all! I later found out that this was because their cava sponsor had pulled out at the last minute. Also, the DJ never turned up. Apparently he was refused entry to the party.”

    Dear Indea,

    your father spoke many times both days with director of Barcelona Showcase and staff. We even reserved you a panel in a nice location (first floor and in front of Cava Reception) as your father asked us. As you know and was written on Exhibitors Info pdf:
    “Exhibitors with more than one panel will be located by the organization.
    All other artists will be able to choose the panel they like upon their arrival.” This is the most fair way we find to locate artists, but we decided to be nice with you, as your father asked as for.
    So after all of that is very weird for us your comment : “All the artists were complaining that the organisers weren’t present at the event …”.

    “I later found out that this was because their cava sponsor had pulled out at the last minute”
    We would like to know where you “find out” that cava sponsors pulled out? lol
    At any moment we mentioned that Juve y Camps was offering free drinks in Summer Art Party, only in Cava Reception. This is because Mirabé has it’s own policy and don’t work with brands that are competitors with the brands they provide. Barcelona Showcase and Juve y Camps wished to do it. The same happens in all bars in Barcelona, and maybe around the world. Is the business of bars. Please notify us about next party with free drinks all night in a beautiful location. We will be happy to join you.
    “Also, the DJ never turned up. Apparently he was refused entry to the party.”
    As you can see in Facebook Album “Summer Art Party”, DJ Da-Beat appears in pictures inside Mirabé. He just had a technical problem with his mixing table in the beginning. We wonder again where you “find out” that he was refused to entry to party?

    b) “A lot of the artists were apparently invited back the next year but they all refused, with the exception of Riccardo Bandiera, who was there again this year. ”
    We received 62 applications from last year artists. We didn’t accept many of them, just to give the opportunity to other artists. As you can see in our website in list of artists 2011 & 2012 not only Riccardo Bandiera participated from last year edition, but also Julia Abele, Célia Bai Lambert, Om Barbara, Manu Algeró, Anna Myagkich, Rafael González, Thierry Durand, …

    c) Joëlle Dinnage is the owner of The Funky Art Gallery and was curator for last year edition. Natal Vallve is director of Barcelona Showcase (he spoke with your father in front of you many times). Him and Joëlle are co-funders of Global Art Agency. Joëlle was in Barcelona Showcase 2012 representing her gallery and her works (aka Jewel). And yes she is artist as well.
    6 people from staff (clearly identified) was in Casa Batlló during all event ( for example, you can ask artists that needed help to install works).

    The Funky Art Gallery had 3 (maximum allowed) panels (not 5) and payed like everybody.

    d) Obviously in Barcelona and in summer are many tourists, which we think it’s positive due they like to buy and are interested in art. Also in Barcelona lives many people from other countries, so would like to know how can you make difference between them and tourists?
    Many art galleries and art collectors attended Cava Reception but they don’t wear identification :) They look the art, get business cards of artists they like and contact them later or sometimes in-situ. Many artists has been invited to exhibit in some art galleries from Barcelona and sold their works after exhibition. Imagine being an art collector or owner of art gallery surrounded of 140 artists :)

    BART

    Summer Art Party- ” Besides that the view and location were awesome, the amount of people that showed up was poor. ”

    Around 300 people attended Summer Art Party, you can see pictures with amount of people in our facebook page.

    IAN

    “… it was poorly marketed, why were we given posters when we arrived and not prior to the event ? also great big banners in english only meant that local spanish folks that couldnt read english would have no clue what was going on.
    I wonder if it was advertised in other Gaudi buildings in the city?”

    Posters was hanged in many parts of Barcelona many times. Unfortunately, sometimes posters last one day in Barcelona due to big amount of events hold and big amount of competitors. The same happens with flyers. People get them very fast and also replace them.
    Barcelona Showcase was promoted in many websites (kedin.es, arthash, underdogs.es, arteinformado, allevents.in, notikumi,…), magazines (like Kanoo World Traveller : officially the highest-circulating leisure travel magazine in the Middle East), also spanish zines (Miniguide, etc), Lomography website, Fashion One channel (broadcasting in more than 130 countries) came to record the event, Newsletter from Artprice to more than 1.300.000 people related with art, …
    Posters was given to artists as a “souvenir” to hang in their studio.
    English is an international language and local spanish “folks” understand it too. Specially words that appeared in “big banner” like: “Art”. “Exhibition”, “International”, “Contemporary”, “Free”, “Entrance” that are international words, even if you make translation to spanish, catalan, and many other languages are nearly the same. In Catalunya we speak two languages since we are born: Catalan and Spanish, and nearly everybody knows English and French.
    No, it was not advertised in other Gaudi buildings. Gaudi buildings don’t advertise nothing. His policy don’t allow to stick posters. You will never find any promotion on them. Don’t you think we wouldn’t also like to be promoted there?

    Anyway we appreciate your comments. Best wishes.

    ROB

    “There’s no telephone number or postal address on either site above. This always sets off alarm bells with me.”

    All artists received an Exhibitors Information Pdf were they find our office address to send their works if they needed. Also a telephone number was provided if they needed. You can switch off your alarm bell :)

    We are from Barcelona and we love our city and much more our local artists like Gaudí. Don’t worry Rob, Casa Batlló is very happy with Barcelona Showcase and we are very happy with them too, thats why we made second edition and have a great relation.

    “It was poorly displayed. There seemed to be little direction given to the artists.”
    Each artist choose their way they want to show their work. In Exhibitors Info Pdf was explained how to hung your works and display your works.
    Artists are free to choose their way, thats why they are artists.

    “I do understand that it couldn’t have been on in the main building though.”
    It is very simple, one part is museum (small rooms impossible to hold an exhibition and to valuable to mess around), administration offices, gift shop, one floor closed for restoration to be in future part of museum, etc. Cotxeres i Carboneres is the only possible place in Casa Batlló and is part of the main building. You can read about it in Wikipedia :)

    “I wanted to buy a piece by one artist. And he actually had no idea exactly how I should go about this. He seemed confused by the whole prospect. I couldn’t take it right then as I had other plans. He suggested I come back at 7pm for the cava reception. But that I wouldn’t be able to take it until 9pm because he wanted to keep it on display (so in fact I couldn’t have taken it right there and then anyway). He had no way of marking it as sold. And finally suggested I come back at 11pm when they were packing up and take it and pay him then. Which I assured him was not possible.”

    If you was unlucky with buying artwork from artist, it is not fault of organizers. All artists was clearly informed about selling process. Also stuff had red dot stickers to provide to artists.

    “You say that only 3 artists sold something. That is a pretty poor return”

    Much more than 3 artists sold there works, and we are very happy, because nowadays its quite difficult to sell anything. For sure we would like that all artists sell all works.

    “Who cares how many people come through the doors when, like you say, they were mostly tourists who probably had a friend waiting in the queue for next door. ”

    As we said, we think that is positive that not only local people visit the exhibition, tourists are also interested in art and in buying, so we think it’s positive.
    You are the perfect example, maybe many artists and visitors thought you was a tourist too. Is what we explained to Indea.

    “Let’s hope the organisers read this.” You can always drop us a line if you want that we read it for sure.
    In two editions with more than 250 artist, a lot of them was happy with the exhibition, so we will keep trying to do the best we can with art. Is not so easy. We appreciate much all kind of reviews, always everything can be improved, so we are on the way and we are always trying to do better each time!

    Hope we made clear things for all of you. Please don’t hesitate to contact us for any questions or comments.

    Best wishes,

    Barcelona Showcase Team

    P.S. Some artists complained about security.
    Paseo de Gracia is the favorite place for pickpockets, thieves, beggars, drunk people, … so if security wouldn’t be on entrance and in exhibition we would have a lot of problems. If we wouldn’t have security, same artists would complain why their is no security, specially if someone belonging would be missing. Also Casa Batllo requires a minimum of 4 securities in entrance and inside in any event they hold.
    By the way, when entrance was closed to public and security staff left, charity box of UNHCR was stolen.

  14. Barcelona Showcase Team,

    Thank you for taking the time to respond to all the comments here! It’s really great to have everyone’s opinions! I do hope that discussions like this can help to facilitate open communication between the artists, visitors, and organisers of events like this in the future!

    I am really amazed by the response to my little review . Please note that all of my points and observations were purely my opinions, and you can see in the comments that many people had different opinions on their experience of the show. In fact just writing this review has connected me more with the artists and organisers than before, so i really appreciate that people took the time to read what I wrote and respond.

    B S T, I wish you guys the best of luck for Amsterdam and the reviews in the future!

  15. This is the last I will say about the exhibition but I would like to clarify some things.

    I have been writing from my experience at the exhibition and would like to say that the comments I have made are not false as you have tried to interpret them. The information I have written above is information that I have naturally put together from attending the party and the exhibition and my experience with the organisers (who I didn’t actually know where the organisers until after the exhibition).

    I did not intend to stir up any trouble by writing my opinions and I would not waste my time making such comments if I did not feel it was important to warn future artists.

    As I said, I do not regret being a part of the exhibition. I am grateful that you invited me – it was an interesting experience but as a generality I am disappointed. I think the idea is a good one but there is much room for improvement.

    In reply to the Barcelona Showcase comments:-

    a. My father was there with me during the exhibition to show me support. At no point was any director of the Barcelona Showcase, or for that matter Global Art Agency, introduced to myself or my father.

    On the night of the party my father met someone who was apparently the organiser of the party, who was pointed out by the Manageress of Mirabe. He did not introduce himself to us as the Director of the Barcelona Showcase and I had no idea he had any part in the Global Art Agency. My father and a number of artists complained that the price of the drinks was very expensive and we were surprised that there weren’t any free drinks. I have never been invited to a party, even in nicer locations than Mirabe, and had to pay for drinks. It is my opinion that every guest should have been offered one least one free drink that evening.

    I would like to point out that neither myself nor my father asked for a panel to be reserved at the exhibition. This was offered to me on the night of the party after asking what time to arrive at the exhibition to try to get a good spot on the first floor because I knew the lighting on the second floor was poor (information gathered from the artists of 2011). This was indeed very kind of you and I thanked you for this.

    On the day of the exhibition I arrived at the venue early, like several of the artists, and found that a place had been reserved for me (like all the artists who had paid for more than one panel). It did indeed have good lighting but it was behind a pillar next to the fire exit, so was by no means a perfect spot and, again, this was not asked of you.

    b. I contacted all of the artists from the 2011 exhibition and I have to say that most of the replies I got were quite negative. All I know is that several artists said in their emails to me that they were invited back by you but refused because they got no commercial return from the first exhibition.

    c. The panels were so close together it was hard to tell anyone’s work apart in the whole exhibition.

    I picked up a Global Art Agency business card on my way out when the exhibition had finished. On the back I saw that Joelle Dinnage was the Director of the Global Art Agency. This made me considerably confused as I spent a great deal of time talking to her during the whole event and she never once mentioned to me about her role in the Agency. I feel that if she was there, to promote her own gallery or not, as curator of the exhibition she should have been overseeing it!

    It is my opinion that a director or organiser should have clearly made their role known and introduced themselves to the artists at the beginning of the exhibition to avoid confusion.

    d. I would love to know which artists were contacted by galleries in Barcelona to sell their work because I did not hear of any. Again, I met many artists during the whole event and spoke to them at the cava reception and they all complained that they had not met any people from galleries, even though you stated on your website that many of these sorts of people were invited to the reception.

    I hope that in the future you can improve your organisation of exhibitions by taking all of our experience and opinions into consideration.

    I also hope that future artists find this blog post and thoroughly read all the comments before they decide to spend a significant amount of money, as I did, on any Global Art Agency Showcase.

    Thanks again Kat for writing this review and making everything open.

  16. Dear Kat,

    Thanks for your reply. We are always interested in what artists have got to say so it is inevitable that we read all comments.
    Our aim is to improve so we appreciate all kind of reviews. Fortunately we have lots of good reviews, but we like to answer to all comments. Your comments are polite, so we appreciate it them a lot.

    Thanks for offering us the opportunity to communicate with artists and art-lovers in your blog. We wish you best luck with your art too. Best wishes!

    Dear Indea,

    We appreciate much all comments and for sure you didn’t stir up any trouble, we are all writing our opinions.

    “… would like to say that the comments I have made are not false as you have tried to interpret them.”

    We completely disagree with you, this is some of your false comments:

    1) “Cava sponsor had pulled out at the last minute”. Totally false as we explained you in our previous comment.
    2) “DJ never turned up. Apparently he was refused entry to the party.” Totally false as we explained you in our previous comment.
    3)”The Funky Art Gallery were actually the organisers of the event, and they exhibited with about 5 panels!” Totally false as we explained you in our previous comment.
    4) “A lot of the artists were apparently invited back the next year but they all refused, with the exception of Riccardo Bandiera, who was there again this year.”Totally false as we explained you in our previous comment.
    We could continue but their are too many …
    a. Director of Barcelona Showcase introduced himself while speaking with your father in Summer Art Party. After knowing he was speaking with organizer/director, your father asked for a good location for you. We accepted, to be nice with him, even we never offer this to anybody to be fair with all the other artists. As you know, only artists with more than panel were located by organization. We never offer this to artists due that all other artists wouldn’t like it much.

    b. We already answered you this. In your previous comment you was writing that only one artist from last edition was participating in Barcelona Showcase 2012 and we give you a list with more than 10 names.
    By the way, in Amsterdam Showcase are participating many artists from Barcelona Showcase 2011 & 2012. You will be able to see it when we post artists list in website.

    Also Art World is a business world, as you are also selling your work. Nowadays, as in many other fields, their is a very big amount of competitors. Its obvious why many artists will not recommend you to exhibit in the same exhibitions as them.

    c. “It is my opinion that a director or organizer should have clearly made their role known and introduced themselves to the artists at the beginning of the exhibition to avoid confusion.”
    It is our opinion that the most important thing of all is the exhibition. A nice venue where visitors want to go in, good quality of art, visitors, contacts, sales, promotion and a have a good time. Who is director or who is answering emails we think it’s not so important. Even somebody said we wanted to promote ourselves. It’s impossible to make everybody happy :)
    Anyway, anybody who asked for director was introduced to him. Many artists knows him.
    As you know, 6 members of the Staff were identified during all event, including director.

    “as curator of the exhibition she should have been overseeing it!”
    As we said in the previous comment. Joelle Dinnage was one of the curators only for Barcelona Showcase 2011. This year she was promoting her gallery and exhibiting her works.
    d. You can google Barcelona galleries in future to find out their names.

    We think comments in this blog avoid many art agents, art events and art galleries to deal and spend their time and money with some artists.
    Keeping an art gallery, organizing art events, exhibitions, is very expensive, difficult and requires lots of work, like making a painting. Many people like to write cheap comments in artists blogs like, “This painting can be made by my 3 year old nephew”, “Is a cheap copy of …”, “I wouldn’t hang this work even i had it for free”, … That comments made by people who are ignorant about art, but smart behind the computer.

    We wish best success with your artistic careers and have a nice summer holidays!
    Regards,
    Thanks again Kat!
    Barcelona Showcase Team

  17. Hi everyone and hi Kat,

    It’s great to read your reviews and feedback on Barcelona Showcase. It is very good to know what you all have experienced and gives a great insight on things. I have only heard positive feedback from artists that I have been speaking to. This post has only just been brought to my attention, and it’s a shame to know that some artists have experienced the event in an unpleasant way, however organising an event where hundreds of talented artists are involved I doubt that everyone will always be satisfied, but for me personal I take all feedback as constructive criticism as I am sure the organisers of Barcelona Showcase will do too.

    I would like to take this opportunity to say, that I was not part of Barcelona Showcase organisation. I have a long-existing, established and qualified experience in the art world on an international level, and therefore after being asked if I would like to give Curators advice for Barcelona Showcase 2011 I was honoured and pleased to help out, and so I volunteered to partly curating talented artists that applied for the December Barcelona Showcase 2011.

    As already said by Barcelona Showcase team, The Funky Art Gallery applied just like all other exhibitors to take part at Barcelona Showcase 2012, and paid for the 3 panels we were allocated. Me and my team worked very hard all day to represent the funky artists, we advertised, we promoted, we flyered outside, we also helped other artists hanging up art, we brought cookies and drinks around to artists, and to us it was a fabulous day of networking and selling which we did! (More than 10 commissioned art pieces to date). More importantly we made momentum in which we are now still receiving positive feedback and receiving orders of the visitors we met at Barcelona Showcase. A true success!

    Barcelona Showcase organisers, myself and other Art professionals have joined forces to create spectacular and exclusive art events around the globe ‘Global Art Agency’. And we are very proud to have our very first event as a joined team at Amsterdam Showcase 1st December, 2012 at De Oude Kerk.

    As you might know Amsterdam Showcase applications are now open, and have almost been fully booked, in which we received more than 35% of applicants that were also part of Barcelona Showcase. In my eyes, and the artists spoken to, Barcelona Showcase was a great event and I am very pleased that The Funky Art Gallery have been part of it. And I was very glad to see all the talent out there at the Showcase. Each one of you impressed me, and it was wonderful to see that there is so much potential out there. You should all be very proud of yourself, of what you have achieved, and being part of an exhibition at Gaudi’s Casa Batllo, as I know that a lot of applicants unfortunately don’t make the selection.

    To Indea:
    It was a pleasure meeting you and your family at the event. As you hopefully now realise, I was not part of the organisation of Barcelona Showcase, however I tried to do my best helping all artists. I noticed the lady standing at your panel and I offered to help out, as I could not find you or anyone else of your family. The lady told me she was interested in one of your pieces, as much as I wanted to help you with the sell and even told the lady I could accept payment I was unsure how to hand her over the artwork. The lady herself didn’t wanted me to process payment, as she wanted to speak to you ‘the artist’, which is completely understandable. So I thought doing well by giving her your card and invited her back for the Cava Reception, which she seemed happy to agree to. I am really sorry if you think I should’ve acted differently, however to me this was the best way to proceed.

    To Rob:
    Again, I was not part of Barcelona Showcase organisation. As well as representing The Funky Art Gallery, I’ve also been raising money for charity UNHCR – The Refugee Agency, in which I donate money made of the Photography Documentary that was displayed downstairs. You might have also seen the UNHCR collection box at the entrance, which sadly got stolen towards the end of the evening. However just to point out, that Barcelona Showcase have donated a significant amount of money towards UNHCR charity, in which both me and UNHCR charity are very grateful for.

    I hope that I have now clarified that I was not part of the organisation, that TFAG was part as a paid exhibitor, that I myself exhibited raising money for charity, and that GAA is an organisation of a team of international experienced art professionals that joined forces and will be organising their first event at Amsterdam Showcase.

    If there are any more concerns, please feel free to email me directly to joelle.dinnage@gmail.com or call me +44(0)7825443925 as I would be happy to answer your questions and discuss anything you like to talk to me about.

    All the best and hope to be seeing you all soon again.

    Many thanks,
    Joelle Dinnage.

  18. I’ve found this discussion very interesting. The BST comments I found particularly arrogant and angered me, more for Indea than myself. I think you need some internal training on how to respond to these sort of things. I very much appreciate Joelle’s far more measured and open response.

    Oh well, it seems like there was a great deal of confusion and misunderstanding about who should have been doing what for who and the roles of the people involved. For some people at least. And we should be clear, those people matter. Greater transparency can only be a good thing moving forward.

    I wish every single commenter here the best for the future.

    Cheers,
    Rob

  19. I don’t sold my Art, and I don’t have any negative problem with this, As an artist, my paintings have mission, express Art, an idea to such full audience,, I don’t create Art because I LOVE TO PAINT, I’m not for so far a commercial artist and I understand your comment fairly well, for emergent artists, I’m sure that couldn’t be easy and even impossible to show their Art in a great and such famous gallery in Barcelona, it could happen someday, but they have to improve their Art and their selves by exhibiting their Art and thinking about how Art works but not to take flight and sell Art in Barcelona…
    I don’t say that sell art is not a good thing, I’m just talking about how I do with Art, but talking about CAVA and free drinks when you are an artist, for me is just being same as those tourists who were walking in Passeig de Gracia all the day…..

    what about Mirabé, is a good place and I have been there before for a reception and prices are not expensive, I think maybe for some Artists, opium Mar is better when they pay drink from 10€ and entrance from 25€.

    I invited be myself several galleries directors, and they come to see my art in Casa Batllò and I get confirmed date exhibition in the same day, in 2 galleries in barcelona and exhibition in Italy and ArtWeek in Miami and Art exhibition in New York next year 2013,

    it was a great exhibition for me to improve my Art and get more high level exhibition in future, for me this is WIN-WIN exhibition,

    I did a collective exhibition in barcelona this 4th september and I invited the organizers to the opening and they came and visited the exhibition and talk about Art together, and believe me that I don’t felt marketing in their mind, comparing Barcelona Showcase with that exhibition, barcelona showcase was like a global exhibition and big Art audience,,,

    I saw my self the advertising in the guides, and streets, and I have also my testimonial in the Global Art Agency blog, and this is a great reference for me.

    the special thing that I had in the exhibition, is that I was the ONLY ONE ALGERIAN AND ONLY ARABIC ARTIST of Barcelona Showcase 2012.

    I did some exhibition in Netherlands before an I was introduced to some galleries in Amsterdam, Leiden and Rotterdam, but I exhibited in only one gallery in Leiden for 2 times, next Amsterdam Showcase, it will be a great opportunity to invite my Galleries network to the exhibition and show my new work and get a new Art exhibition calendar….

    for me, no sell, but a full exhibitions program for a year,

  20. Hi, my name is Célia,

    I have participated on the Barcelona Showcase 2 times now and I really like it.
    I have exhibit in New York, London, France, Belgium etc and what I liked about this show was the human contact I had with the organizers. I found them very available and nice. In my first year I remember being on the down floor with poor light, which I agree with you and I went to them to ask them to change place and they allowed me to do it twice.
    The way I see it is that they are trying to their best, but sometimes for some people is not enough.
    I am an artist and an art lover, but I am also an human being and I really validate the efforts that this team is trying to do to provide better services. I think that if we continue to give good critics ( or bad) they will be take into consideration to improve the services.

    I have exhibit in a gallery in London where the fee was enormous and the people were really dreadful I can see the difference now and so I appreciate human relations.

    As for me I keep going back to Barcelona because I really love the town, I always have fun when I go there. For me that really counts…

    Best wishes to everyone!!

    P.S. I really enjoy reading everything that has been written!

    Célia Bai Lambert.

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