Friday, August 31, 2007

To study or not to study?

I had a great chat with Jake from Kick Gallery this afternoon, picking his brains about the gallery, his background, and what it takes to start up an art gallery.

Jake gave me some great advice, and suggested that I look into the Arts Management course at Melbourne Uni, or at least a short course to learn more about what it takes to run a gallery.

I'm wondering what everyone else thinks about this? To be honest, I hadn't really thought about doing a course - I've been thinking that spending a lot of time at galleries, exhibitions and online would give me a pretty good feel for what's required. I also thought that my marketing background, combined with a love for all things arts related might just be enough.

Jake warned against 'flying blind' in the art world, which has made me feel a little hesitant. On the other hand, maybe jumping in head first is the best way to go.

So tell me, should I think about going back to school? I'd love to hear what you think?


Jason said...

It might give you added knowledge .. but honestly .. get a job in a gallery .. see how its run .. even a volunteer position .. and see how hard it is to sell art ...

its going to be a long slow road

Marcus said...

I say dive in! You will learn a lot more by doing it than studying and your mistakes will be cheaper :)