EMERGING ARTIST'S EXHIBITIONS
While applying and expanding on his own art career, Colt realized there was a huge barrier between emerging artists and getting accepted into exhibitions. Though the acceptance to be exhibited in a public gallery relies on the artists talent, the application often comes with a fee that doesn't always guarantee a spot in the show. Additionally, these artists may have competition well into their art careers, lowering their chances further.
Colt recognizes that he is privileged enough to apply and be exhibited, however, not all emerging artists can afford this opportunity, limiting their exposure. Most institutions that showcase artist work also request (and rightfully so) a commission, which often results in artists increasing their prices and not getting work sold, or receiving less money than what they deserve.
Though this isn't the case for all artists and exhibitions, Colt wanted to create an opportunity where emerging artists were at the forefront of exhibition potential, while eliminating the application fee and commission on their work. To make this happen, Colt drafted a proposal and pitched the concept to his Café management, who were happily onboard with the idea.
Colt's vision has now launched the Emerging Artists Exhibition at Kerr Street Café, where on a monthly basis new artists will be featured in this contemporary café. With over hundreds of visitors weekly, their work is bound to gather exposure and ideally sell. The exhibition focuses on artists with little to no exhibition history, allowing new artists to build up a reputation in the art community.
Colt reviews every application sent in, selecting artists who display a level of skill and have developed a core theory to their work that is appropriate for exhibitions. He coordinates the artists on a monthly basis and conducts the installation himself, sometimes with an assistant.
Photos by: Hannah Veiga