Arts SU Exhibition Support: Dorota Beau-Ingle & Dark Matter Collective

Dark Matter

Dorota applied for and successfully won £500 funding from Arts SU and UAL Commonplace. The application embedded collaboration and community building into the exhibition project. These are two of Arts SU priorities, and this was specified in the application form.

London College of Communication Student, Year 1
New Genes #1 Show: DARK MATTER, November 2015
Studio74, 74 Salisbury Road, NW6 6NU London

Dorota’s feedback

If we didn't receive the Arts SU and UAL Commonplace showcase fund we wouldn't have even dreamed of creating such a complex project.

We would not have been confident enough to invite thousands of photography students from across UAL to contribute work and we wouldn't have thought so big as we had no money ourselves.

After we were awarded the £500 funding from Arts SU, we decided a budget and wrote an exhibition timeline: this included the venue dates, artist confirmation, install, deinstall, and exhibition dates.

Before planning the event we approached several venues in West London and met the venue manager of Studio 74, a photography studio and cafe in Queens Park, North West London.

We discussed our project, our expectations, and the rules and made a Facebook event page to market the event.

Arts SU sent out a press release to their contacts and a blog post was published on the Arts SU tumblr. Exhibition posters and invitations were printed for the private view and as a collective, we took on certain roles.

We had a very good turnout for the Private View with around 75-100 people visiting during the launch and we received excellent feedback from guests.

We sold our work during the private view and during our two artist-run Print Sales days. Later we received the great news that the venue manager had decided to extend our show and so it lasted for two fantastic weeks.