March 2018 saw the first ever Christian Creative Network collective exhibition in Wolverhampton and it was amazing. On show was work from 12 different creatives from as far afield as Cambridge and Salisbury, showcasing sculpture, print, graphics, textiles, spoken word, painting, illustration, and automata. For some of the exhibitors, this was their first time showing their work publicly and was a huge confidence boost when their work was sold.
Opening Night Sucess
The opening night was packed and the gallery was buzzing. Guests were treated to two spoken word performances, including poetry and storytelling and a drinks reception was held over the road at the LifeSpring Centre, home of LifeSpring Church. Everyone said what a good night they had and how professional the exhibition looked. We even had two sales!
The exhibition was staffed by members of the CCN network, and over the course of the two weeks, more than 800 people visited and viewed the work.
Why Do An Exhibition?
Exhibitions are a great way to not only engage with the local community but to strengthen relationships within the creative network.
For the creative, the exhibition demands a sense of professionalism and creates pride in their work. There is an overwhelming sense of achievement seeing their work alongside other creatives and watching strangers take the time to look and enquire about their work. One exhibitor who questioned if their work was “good enough” to show, sold several pieces and made the comment “I’m a real artist, I’ve sold my work!”
For the local community, church and non churched, the exhibition is a championing of the creative, a voice to say “We are here, we are relevant and we are influential”.