What do you think of when you hear the word “gallery?” Do you think of a museum? A high-class art gallery? An art studio? All of these are valid answers, but what about a website that displays pictures to its visitors in an organized way. Yes, this is also a type of gallery! In this blog post, we will go over some common types and examples for galleries on different types of websites.
A gallery is a website or physical location where different art pieces are showcased. There are many types of galleries and choosing the right one for your work can be daunting, but here we will look at some common types to help you decide which type of gallery might best suit your needs.
There are many types of galleries, but most fall into one of two categories: commercial or non-commercial.
Commercial Galleries These sites feature the work of artists who charge for their pieces and vary in size from small businesses to large corporations with international reach. Commercial galleries often have a lot more overhead than smaller ones because they need space for storage, workshops, and administrative staff.
Non-Commercial Galleries These sites are often run by small businesses or non-profit organizations that don’t sell the work they feature but rather provide a venue for artists to present their pieces in hopes of attracting appreciation and eventual sales elsewhere. Non-commercial galleries tend to be smaller than commercial ones with less overhead.
There are several reasons for this. One is that galleries help promote and sell your work, as well as provide a space to host art shows or events like lectures or classes about the arts. Another reason is because they offer all of their resources (marketing tools, networking opportunities) to help increase exposure for artists who do not have those resources on their own.
There are several types of galleries, all with different ways they help artists achieve these goals. Here are the three most common types: commercial galleries, nonprofit or community-oriented spaces, and artist co-ops. Commercial galleries can be found in high traffic areas like popular shopping malls to multiple storefronts spread throughout a city’s downtown area. They work with art dealers, who are responsible for bringing in new artists and helping create relationships between the artist and gallery.
The benefits are vast. A gallery can help you make money, get exposure, and give your art more credibility in the community. Additionally, a gallery can help you network with other artists and curators. You can get professional advice about how best display or store pieces, find new clients who love what you do (as opposed to just buying one piece), see work from other artists in different mediums that might appeal more than anything else available locally-and much more besides.
We hope this article has helped you understand the different types of galleries and when to use them. If there’s anything we missed, let us know in the comments!