Why I opened an art gallery
When people step into my art gallery, they often ask me if this is something I’ve always wanted to do. This is a reasonable question, because my gallery reflects me and my politics quite strongly, and everyone who knows me knows I quit a stable, high profile job to start the gallery. People expect me answer yes, and launch into a motivational speech about how this is the best thing I’ve ever done, and how they, too, can find fulfilment by following their dreams. But the truth is not quite that straightforward. My reasons for opening the gallery are varied, and while some are at least a little dreamy and romantic, others are pragmatic, or even opportunistic.
Over at Medium I look at the main reasons I decided to open a gallery, reflect on whether I’d do it all again if I knew then what I know now, and suggest some things for you to consider before you dive into opening your own creative business. You can read it here.