A Making A Mark Guide: Analysing the cost of entering a juried art exhibition


A Making A Mark Guide:

A Spreadsheet for Artists

How to calculate the cost of entering

juried art competitions

and open exhibitions


The following publication is available as an Excel file
and can be downloaded FREE below
for personal use only 
(see copyright notice).
A Spreadsheet for Artists
How to calculate the cost of entering
juried art competitions
and open exhibitions
Who is this guide for?
What does this guide cover?
This spreadsheet is for artists who enter juried art competitions or the open exhibitions of art societies

It helps you to:
  • calculate likely expenses if you’ve never entered an art competition or open exhibition before
  • try and identify areas where you can manage costs better and improve the potential for profit
  • identify areas where more research is required in order to alternative options or ways of reducing costs


This Making A Mark Guide provides a checklist of various cost items - plus notes - associated with creating, recording, entering, packaging, shipping/transporting an artwork to a JURIED art competition or open exhibition.  Plus let's not forget the commission if it sells!

The spreadsheet automatically summarises costs and produces overall totals and net cost or profit.  It includes

  • a proforma template (yellow tab) Tailor this to your own needs if you know how to use Excel.  Just copy the whole sheet over to a new sheet to start a calculation.
  • a worked example for a work which sold (blue tab) - gives you the net gain on which taxes are payable
  • a worked example for a work which did NOT sell (red tab) - to give to you the total potential cost of NOT submitting your best work and/or NOT making a realistic assessment of your chances of getting work accepted
  • a practice worksheet which you can use again and again (green tab) just by deleting the data in the "enter data" column

READ: Making A Mark - How to calculate the cost of entering a juried art exhibition
READ: More Making A Mark GUIDES FOR ARTISTS

Making A Mark Publications - FREE! (Microsoft Office 2011 version)

MakingaAMark: Juried Exhibitions 55.5KB Making A Mark - A spreadsheet to help artists calculate the real cost of entering a juried art competition or open exhibition

Making A Mark Publications - FREE! (VERSION 2 - Microsoft Office 97-2004 .xls version)

Making A Mark - How to calculate cost of entering juried art exhibitions.xls 55.0KB This is the Microsoft Office 97-2004 version (.xls) version of the above file

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