Starting An Art Gallery

Starting An Art Gallery

If you have been around art for much of your life, one of the most exciting businesses that you can open is an art gallery. Helping people find pieces of art that can complement and enhance their environments and their lives is a very rewarding career choice.

So what happens when you make the commitment and then find the place that you want to lease and it like many places, needs some work done to it before it is ready to be the place that you envisioned showcasing works?

If it is formerly an industrial space that you would like to change into a gallery, you are certainly going to want to work with contractors and plumbers to ensure that it meets the standards that your insurance company will demand.

Ceiling, floors and walls will be quite straightforward for you to design and have created. Blank space can be achieved via paint or creating new walls. Another choice will come when you decide whether you want traditional offices or desks in an open area.

Depending upon your clientele and how you arrange sales, having an open area tends to work pretty well if you can arrange for clients to be in your gallery alone when they are making their purchasing decisions. If you do a lot of exhibits that draw a lot of guests at once, having some privacy to talk to them alone if they choose to might be a nice option to have as well.

The key consideration when it comes to plumbing is to ensure every thing is to code and that if you decide to leave pipes exposed because it adds to the charm or cachet of a place, that you work with a professional that you can find on a site like is a group of professionals that have a lot of experience setting up the plumbing for art galleries. Their work is guaranteed and they will ensure that exposed pipes will have no negative impact on the works that you exhibit or store.

After you have worked out your construction crew details, finish work becomes a priority. Lighting works that you plan to display is both a skill and an art. As you know, if you are installing a lighting system, the keys to your success will be to make certain that it is modular or flexible in terms of allowing you to make changes to both the direction and the intensity that is used.

Collecting money is another area where you might want to pre-plan. Most galleries do not do hundreds of sales per month, so purchasing a traditional cash register system is not necessarily the best option. In the best of worlds, you could locate one of several open-source POS systems that integrates Object ID information into your inventory management entry so that provenance can automatically be captured each time you make a sale.