The first week of the Tiny Cat Gallery has gone very well. From an open call on CuratorSpace to a jam packed programme that looks like it will run into September. All in a cardboard box.
This post is a note of what is working well and what is helping. There was a sort of domino effect happening this week with one thing leading onto another….
Mostly this week I’ve been posting on Instagram erratically. I’ve been making up little stories about the tiny cats, school visits, lovers meeting, guided tour…. taking pics and posting them when I feel like it. I tried saving a few images in draft form in Instagram but I cannot retrieve them.
On Thursday I set up a free account on Later which gives me 30 free posts on Instagram and Facebook a week. It is pretty easy to use through the app but easier on a desktop. There are limitations with the images, you can crop but not rotate and the filters are a bit basic.
It looked like the best thing I could get for no money though. This link is a referral which gives me 10 extra posts a week. I’m actually happy with 30 but I’m not going to say no to something free – https://later.com/r/info-a3a564
Setting up a Facebook Page
Instagram can post to Facebook too when you link a page up, seeing as they are the same company. I hate Facebook but I’ve set up a page with the intention of ignoring it as much as possible.
The Tiny Cat Gallery is on Facebook here.
Adding artists to my shop
I have a Shopify Lite account ($9 a month) on my WordPress website. This is because I don’t like the way Woo Commerce looks or works and because Shopify can accept more payment methods. It looks pretty swishy with a pop out cart to the side and customers like it. I haven’t set up a main shop page yet, but I have started a page for the Tiny Cat Gallery artists. You can see that here https://www.lisa-cole.co.uk/tiny-cat-gallery-shop/
Curating tab on my website
I want to do the best I can for each artist that exhibits so I’ve set up an area for Curating on my website. That means I can write up each exhibition with a selection of photos from the week and link to the artists website.
Curator Space is great but the messaging system is a sod to navigate. I’m using it to chat to the artists initially but after that I send them to a Tiny Cat Gallery FAQ with a form that gives me all the info I need to put on their show.
It has been a bit of a busy week but I’m hoping that putting some of this automation in place will make things easier. On Sunday I’ll set up the preview for the next artist and I’ll try to schedule a week load of Instagram posts too. That won’t stop me from dropping in and taking the odd picture when I feel like it but it will stop it from being an unpaid job that sucks all my time away.