Participate as an Artist
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. Your photography will be publicized to many thousands of people through our online festival guide, iPhone and Android apps. During the festival, we send a weekly email blast that lists events for the coming week, in which your event will be promoted to 7k+ subscribers. We’ll share your online listing with nearly 12k followers across our social-media channels, with our Instagram @acpfest receiving 190k+ impressions during last year’s festival, and our festival website attracting 50k pageviews.
Q: What are the dates of the festival?
A: The festival guides will go live 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: What about COVID-19?
A: We don’t believe a pandemic should stop you from sharing your creations with the world…and creativity is needed more than ever. The ACP Festival supports in-person exhibitions, but discourages indoor receptions or large gatherings (appointment viewing is best). We encourage online exhibitions, streaming artist’s talks, interviews and panel discussions, workshops or classes. A combination of these will make an exciting multi-platform event around your photography, making it accessible and more meaningful for large audiences.
Q: How do I decide which digital platform will work best for my exhibition/artist talk/workshop, etc?
A: Let ACP host your exhibition! If you do not have your own website, or do not wish to host your exhibition on your own site, ACP has partnered with exposure.co to offer a beautiful, flexible solution for displaying as many photographs as you’d like. We’re calling it an “enhanced Festival Guide listing” and here’s a demo of an example. If you select this option, you’ll be sent instructions on how to create your exhibition upon checkout, and ACP can assist, as needed.
If you’d like to plan a livestreaming or online talk, workshop, etc. and need help deciding which platform to use, here is a resource that may be helpful: What live streaming platform should you use? You’ll be able to specifically list each event, and their platform, in your Festival Guide listing. ACP will contact you for your online event links in early September, so you’ve got time!
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 list your event following the information for Venues.
If you are not represented by a gallery, you can start by taking a look at libraries, coffee shops, restaurants, condominium sales centers, retail stores, etc. Try approaching one of those venues to exhibit your work. Here’s a list of the venues that participated in ACP 2019; it’s a good place to start!
Consider creating an online exhibition to be hosted on ACP’s site through our partnership with Exposure.co.
Q: How do I get my event(s) listed in the Festival Guide and apps?
A: Join ACP’s email list. We will alert you when the Listing tool launches in late July timeframe. Listings will close in late August and be ready for a mid-September launch.
Q: What do I need to list my event into the Festival Guide?
A: For starters, you will need a large jpg, sized at 1000 to 3000 pixels wide (or long), at 72dpi, sRGB color space. 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.
If planning online events, you will need to consider if it is a private event (people will sign up, email you for the link or otherwise register in advance via Eventbrite or some other method) or a public event (participation link or info will be published widely in advance, no sign-ups necessary).
The base price for a listing in the ACP 2020 Festival Guide will be $50.