Colin Lawson in Art Systems Wickham during the group exhibition  You'll Fest 2016

Colin Lawson in Art Systems Wickham during the group exhibition You'll Fest 2016

When did you open/start your gallery? 

ART SYSTEMS WICKHAM  started in November 2008 with its inaugural exhibition 'NOW'.... a group show that included Peter Speight, Belinda Street, Peter Lankas, John Sorby, Braddon Snape & more. 

Have you always wanted to run your own gallery? 

I had never thought I would be a Gallerist as I had always been an artist and on the other side of the fence so to speak. I now enjoy exhibiting other artists work more than my own. 

What kind of exhibitions does your gallery show? 

I have always tried to encourage and showcase artists working in contemporary forms...artists working in all disciplines. 

How do artists apply to exhibit in your gallery?
I have enjoyed a long period of exhibiting high quality work sourced from my fellow artist friends, colleagues and art educators I have admired and been taught by and worked with in Art Schools. I also have a standard submission form available on request for artists to apply for shows. 

What is your advice to someone interested in opening a gallery?

Perseverance and learn to live a frugal lifestyle. Get used to working weekends.

~ June 2017