sending work to foldgallery

what we're looking for:

at fold we have a very specific criteria for work that we show and projects that we organise. First and foremost the work has to be of a suitably high quality. We are committed to promoting excellence as well as creativity in all our projects. Other than that the art, artist or project has to meet at least two of the following criteria*:

  1. Innovation - the work clearly demonstrates a unique or unusual approach to the subject or medium
  2. Rural - the work is by an artist living / working in a rural community or tackles rural agendas
  3. Fun - the work makes us smile (we believe that for the fun of it is a valid raison d'etre)

*except work for snowcase exhibitions

We will shortly be devising a rating system to show which of these criteria each project meets.


every gallery and organisation has its own preferences when it comes to sending work to them. We at foldgallery are no exception, however you might find the following information useful as a guide to what galleries are looking for.

the list:

  1. artist statement
  2. samples of recent / relevant work
  3. c.v.
  4. contact details

artist statement:

this should be no more than 200 words and says something about your general approach to your subject and medium. Don't waffle or pad it out with pretentious nonsense - unless you are an experienced art critic, it won't impress anyone. Keep it short, simple and to the point. Let your work speak in its own voice. If we don't understand the work, we'll ask - honest...


samples of work:

a handful of good images usually gives us a good idea of the work you do. If we want to see more, we can always ask.

quality, quality, quality:
we cannot stress how important it is that your images are of a good quality. Out of focus, shaky or badly lit images are useless. If the images don't do your work justice, we won't be able to make a fair judgement. Either get someone who knows a thing or two about photographing things to take the pictures for you (a photographer is a good place to start - there's more to photographing works of art well than you may think), or if the image is two-dimensional and small enough, scan them on a flat-bed scanner (no problems with tricky lighting set-ups, and dead cheep!!)
prints and slides :
prints don't need to be any bigger than standard postcards (postcards are good too).
slides should be mounted in glassless mounts and clearly marked to indicate which side they should be viewed from.
digital files:
we only accept the following file formats:

  • Acrobat PDFs (*.pdf) - our favourite. anyone with an OS.X mac can send them from any application.
  • Microsoft Word (*.doc)
  • J-peg image files (*.jpg / *.jpeg) maximum file size 100kB. There's no need to send larger files, we'll only see them on screen so resolution doesn't have to exceed 72 dpi. Putting .jpg at the end of a file name does not make it a jpeg file!!!
  • Quicktime movie formats (*.mov / *.avi / *.mpeg / *.mp3) maximum file size if e-mailing - 100kB
  • Text files (*.txt)
  • Claris (mac only)
  • Shockwave Flash (*.swf) max 100kB

    larger files can be put onto CD. Please note - we do not accept floppy disks (old technology that deserves to remain in the museum)

    if you don't know how to meet any of the specifications, either seek advise from someone who does, or post prints / photocopies / postcards



C.V.s should be no more than 2 sides of A4. They should contain the following:

  • personal details - name, address, age (optional), contact number / email address
  • Art or other relevant education - only list degrees, equivalent or higher qualifications. We don't need to know how many GCSEs you failed, or the cooker evening classes you took when you were 15. Similarly, if you don't have any formal qualifications, it's OK - it doesn't go against you in any way, but you might like to say how you came to develop your skills (avidly watching watercolour challenge, on the other hand may prejudice our attitude towards you...)
  • relevant work experience - if you're wanting residencies this is more important than if you're submiting for a group show. Again, keep it relevant.
  • recent exhibitions - solo, group and online events
  • collections - list any impressive collections your work is in - it helps us when we do the publicity blurb.
  • publications - include ISBN numbers if possible.


contact details:

it's obvious, but you'll be surprised by the number of submissions we get without this vital info. Don't forget to list websites that feature your work. If we show your work, we'll put links to them all.

if sending stuff by post, please enclose a stamped, self-addressed envelope. To email us, see our contact page, or click here.

please be patient:

we run this in our spare time for no money, so we have to work our socks off everyday to keep the roof over our heads. Consequently we may take a while getting back to you after you send something. If submitting for a group show or residency, we normally keep everything until the submission deadline and plough through it all then.
Don't be put off sending us your work though. We keep a record of everything that's been sent for future projects. Most of our commissions come that way.

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