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Tips for preparing your artworks for the Somerset Bendigo Bank Art Awards 2017

Artists spend a great amount time researching, preparing art materials and practicing techniques so they can create artworks to be proud of, but many artists don't dedicate that same time in the presentation of their artworks. Professional presentation of your artwork is vital and can make a great artwork stand out whereas a badly presented artwork can bring down an artwork no matter how great the technique and can show a lack of care by the artist. If the artist doesn't care about their own work why should anyone else!

Try to choose neutral frames and mattboards that don't distract from the artwork - natural, black or white. If using mattboards it's best to get them cut professionally at your local framer. If you buy pre-made frames with mattboards check that the frames and mattboards are cut straight. Badly cut frames and mattboards can also distract from the artwork and buyers will have to factor in the cost of getting the artwork reframed and matted and the time involved in arranging that, and you may lose a sale.

Presentation of your art can be expensive but with a little research and taking a few tips from the pro's you can get professional looking results. Before you even start creating your artworks think about size and cost of framing. Get some quotes from framers or check out your local shops and department stores for pre-made frames. If you can't afford the larger frames then go small! Bigger isn't always better and many people look for small, intimate artworks to hang in their home or office. Once you know the size you can afford you can then start creating your artwork.

Gallery wrapped canvas works don't need to be framed but make sure you have D-rings and coated picture wire attached for hanging.

Always attach a label to the back of your work with your name, phone number, category, title, medium, year and price. This can be adhered or a swing tag that can be removed if needed. 3D works should have a swing tag or a tag adhered underneath if practical.

And finally, make sure your works are free of dust, marks and fingerprints.

Check out tips for preparing your artworks page on our website for further advice on how to prepare your artwork for exhibiting.

Now that you planned the presentation of your artwork it's time to get creating!

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