tAp practice Today





Saturday 25th April 2020, 10.00 – 16.00

10.00 Introduction, how to find and secure a venue, selecting artists, writers, curators and selecting work.

11.00 Coffee

11.30 Timetabling, the budget, contracts, marketing, funding and sponsorship, piggy-backing, social media campaign, insurance

1.00 Lunch

2.00 The exhibition: Hanging/installing, lighting, labelling, pricing, tool kit, signage

3.00 Other events – workshops, artists’ talks, catalogue, documentation

3.30 The preview/private view and beyond

4.00 Concluding remarks and evaluation




Artists’ Professional Practise training day with curator, mentor and writer Manick Govinda and artist-curator Stephanie Douet. For artists living and/or working in Norfolk

Do you have a new set of paintings you want to sell? Do you want to put on a group show with friends? Perhaps you want to showcase a recent project or use an historic building for an installation? Here in Norfolk there are limited possibilities for exhibiting your work in public or commercial galleries, but a wealth of wonderful potential venues for use as exhibition spaces. Putting on your own exhibition is incredibly empowering – but it can be overwhelming!

Mentors Manick Govinda and Stephanie Douet will take you step by step through the process of organising your own exhibition. You will find out how to choose the best venue for your budget, artwork and audience, how to plan your marketing and use social media, tips on the best ways to hang and label work, advice about lighting, invitation design, organising talks, workshops and events, timetabling, insurance, and suggestions for funding and sponsorship.

The training day will help you to achieve high levels of professional presentation so your work looks its very best, so you can maximise your opportunities to sell, connect with other art professionals, expand your network and raise your profile.


£100.00 per person, £50 deposit payable in advance.

10 places available

To book email admin@theartpractitioner.com

Tea and coffee provided. Free parking and wheelchair access, toilet 100 metres away


The Queen of Hungary Project Space, Cromer road, Aylsham, Norfolk



Manick Govinda is an independent arts consultant, freelance arts writer, commentator, mentor, artists’ producer and project manager. Prior to stepping into the world of freelance he was Programme Director for SPACE (2018), Head of Artists Advisory Services and Artists Producer for Artsadmin (1998 – 2017) and Projects Officer for Arts & Book Publishing at the Paul Hamlyn Foundation (1993-1996).

He was formerly a trustee/non-executive director for a-n The Artists Information Company and The Showroom Gallery (London).

His specialism is curation, commissioning art for public and commercial spaces, live art programming, artists’ film/video production management, project evaluation and

artistic assessment, conflict resolution, social media PR, cultural strategies, stakeholder consultations, undertaking research and feasibility studies for community engagement and audience development initiatives, diversity issues and governance, license rights for audio, film & video.

Govinda has excellent networks with emerging and established artists. He worked as a producer for 2007 Turner Prize shortlisted artist Zarina Bhimji and France’s representative for the 2021 Venice Biennale Zineb Sedira, 2018 Jarman Award shortlisted artists Larry Achiampong (winner of a Paul Hamlyn Foundation Artists’ Award, 2019) & David Blandy, to name a few.

He was a freelance artists’ mentor for Artquest, Bloomberg New Contemporaries and University of the Arts London and more recently for international artists on residencies with ACME studios.



Stephanie Douet is a practising artist, curator and mentor who has also curated over 70 exhibitions for more than 150 regional and national artists in the Norfolk area. She was the co-director with artist Dominique Rey of the self-financed Queen of Hungary Gallery between 2001- 4, and together they ran the Queen of Hungary Project Space in North Norfolk between 2007 – 10 with a programme of exhibitions, residencies and talks. She organised group exhibitions at Taverham Hall School, Bayfield Hall and most recently with artist Jacques Nimki at St.Mary’s Works, exhibiting work by 23 national artists. 

She was a founding committee member of Outpost Gallery, Norwich, and has a studio at Outpost Studios in Anglia Square. Most recently she has been elected artist practitioner representative of Norfolk Arts Forum.

In 2018 Douet and Nimki launched the alternative art school The Art Practitioner  and currently leads Tap’s free monthly Crit Club visiting exhibitions. She has curated many exhibitions of her own work, including in 2013 at Modern Art Oxford’s project space, at 2016 Udaipur City Palace and 2018-9 The Museum of Legacies in Jaipur. She is currently in receipt of Arts Council England funding ”Develop Your Creative Practise’ and was shortlisted for the Contemporary British painting Prize in 2019.

Douet specialises in locating exhibiting venues and putting on art exhibitions and events in non-gallery venues on a shoestring.