Over the last decade, a selection of local artists changed the format of art exhibitions. By promoting their own work in organised groups, artists were able to tailor exhibitions to suit their needs, bringing an eclectic collection of art to Denbies Wine Estate as the First Steps Art group.
The group was founded to support a young artist with Asperger’s who did not 'fit the mould' for many art organisations. Instead, he took the brave step to host his own exhibition, in association with selected professional artists who were keen to assist with his new venture.
Since we began this group, over fifty artists have showcased their work and taken their first steps to exhibiting via the group. In 2017 photography was introduced to the art exhibitions, embracing talented individuals who capture art with a camera. First for Art now organises a series of exhibitions to promote and include new art.
Professional local artist and photographers have joined together to showcase their ever-eclectic collection of art. Art is sold direct from the artist to the buyers, with no commission added to the price.
As a group we are able to secure venues at a more economical cost, which affords each artist the space to showcase their work in a balanced setting, accounting for all costs prior to when the exhibiton begins.
Art is sold commission-free, which means the artist does not have to increase the price to cover this additional cost. Buyers pay only for the art that they buy. Affordable art includes the sale of prints and cards of the original artworks.