"Atlanta Celebrates Photography, to cite one of the stalwarts, continues to galvanize with substantive programming and partnerships that showcase local artists and bring in key national figures."
- ArtsAtl 2013
"...one of the most important and sophisticated public art projects in Atlanta in recent memory...a powerful experience"
- Atlanta Journal Constitution, 2008
"ACP keeps amazing me -- new ideas, new experiences, new relationships. It also motivates me to do new work and to spur a dialogue around it. I can't imagine my art life without it."
"I continue to be impressed with how many photography opportunities are available in Atlanta, particularly during the ACP festival."
- Festival Participant
If you are a photographer and would like to include an exhibition of your work or a photo-related event as part of the ACP Festival, here is some information to get started:
Q: What are the benefits of participating in the ACP festival?
A: Participation in the ACP festival has many benefits in addition to having your work exposed to tens of thousands of people through our printed and online festival guide. During the festival, we send a weekly email blast that lists events for the coming week, in which your event will be promoted. Also, as an ACP participating artist, you can keep us informed of your events throughout the year and we will announce them on our acclaimed blog ACP Now! (the most comprehensive photography blog in Atlanta).
Q: What are the dates of the festival?
A: The festival guides are distributed early to mid-September, so it does not make sense to have an event before mid-September. We stop coverage of the weekly events after the first week of November. To make sure your event gets the coverage it deserves, it's best to schedule it between September 15th and November 1st.
Q: How do I find a venue to exhibit my work?
A: If you are represented by a gallery, encourage your gallery to show your work in a solo or group show. Your gallery can then list your event following the information for Venues.
If you are not represented by a gallery, you can start by taking a look at all of the various places that have participated in ACP in the past, such as libraries, coffee shops, restaurants, condominium sales centers, retail stores, etc. Try approaching one of those venues to exhibit your work, or have an event (or both!). Perhaps you know of a place that might be interested that has never participated in the Festival before!
Q: What other types of events can I coordinate other than an exhibition?
A: Again, you can look through past festival guides for inspiration, but artists have hosted such events as: workshops, open studios, book signings, artist's talks, the list goes on.
Q: How do I get my event into the Festival Guide?
A: In May, ACP will have an online submission tool for submitting your listing. For starters, you will need a large jpg, sized at 1000 to 3000 pixels wide (or long), at 72dpi. Keep in mind that you must have permission to use the image (if you did not take it yourself) and that ACP may use the image on our website.
(top photo credit: Burnaway & John Ramspott)