Website Design for Art Galleries

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There are thousands of web designers in the UK, but there are only a few that have experience in doing website design for art galleries.  

Working with a web design agency that has experience in doing website design for art galleries can be very beneficial.  

They will have a better understanding of what works for art galleries and what does not.

For most companies, a website is a shop window, to draw in customers and promote business products/services.  However for art galleries, the website plays a different roll.

Most people before going to your art gallery will most likely visit your website.  Partly for finding their way if they are going with a group or on a date, but maybe to plan their tour (as they are unlikely to visit the whole collection).

Whether you are the Tate modern, or a small art gallery in Newcastle, website design for art galleries is essential.

Just fill in the form to get free advice and quotes on a website re-design or new site, from creative designers that know about the art sector.  Some website re-design ideas need to be considered for a new fresh look.

Why Do Art Galleries Need A Website?

Web Design for art galleries is a specialist area of creative design, as the designer needs to implement image design and picture design into the body of the site.  

The designers are considered to be your shop window artist  for anything these days; as the internet has grown and the number of users has boomed.  

Art sites showcase the work for the artist (sculpture, water colour, oil paintings) as well as providing a wide range of additional information (access times, history, event information, partnerships).

How To Layout The Website

Most art galleries have a wide range of artwork maybe from different periods and countries.

Laying out the website to make things simple is important since people of all ages and nationalities will visit it.

Giving people the chance to view artwork on your website is good as people with mobility issues that may not be able to visit the gallery in person can enjoy the experience online.

Using high quality images therefore is important, allowing website visitors to be able to zoom in and out of portraits.

Millions of people visit the Mona Lisa at the Louvre in Paris, with millions more viewing the portrait online since many cannot visit Paris in person.

Questions To Ask Web Designers

You will most likely have a lot of questions to ask web designers, but here are a few questions that spring to mind:

  • What art galleries have you produced websites for in the past?
  • Can I talk to a few of your previous clients?
  • What web platform do you feel is best for our art gallery?
  • We may get times of high website visitors, should we have a dedicated hosting server?
  • We may need to the website to have different language translations, can you help? 

Of course there will be lots of questions to ask web designers about the website for your art gallery, but these are just a few that spring to mind.

Some people may want to book tickets for specific events, so you may want to have a payment gateway installed.  Maybe for guided tours or for events that you may host.

Of course all art galleries have a gift shop, so people may wish to buy gifts online.

How Much Would Web Design Cost?

Website design prices do vary, depending on a few factors:

  1. How large the website is
  2. What features are needed (videos, blog, updates)
  3. The agency that is selected (they all have different fees)

When considering using someone, it is wise to select one that has designed sites for artists in the past.  If they have, and they look good, then they are the best ones to talk to.

Art gallery websites could cost £5,000 or £30,000 depending on how large your art gallery is.

The website will need to be updated regularly as the seasons change, events come and go and new artwork comes out of storage.

Certain painting go on tour around the country to different galleries, so visitors will need to be kept up to date with upcoming tours.

Consider Marketing

Once your art gallery website is up and running, you need to get people to visit it.

Art galleries do not use PPC advertising but appearing on google and websites like Visit London and Trip advisor is important.

Appearing one page 1 organically can be difficult if you are a London based gallery, but if your art gallery is in a smaller town like Chichester or Beverley, it may be easier.

The main thing is keeping visitors flowing, not just through your gallery doors but visiting your website.

Compare Multiple Quotes

Web design for artists is important, as you need to stand out.  

All website design companies are private companies, their prices vary depending on their staff costs, office costs and profit margins.

We do advise getting a few quotes from different website design companies, in order to get a few proposals and prices to compare.  Rather than spending time on google hunting through numerous websites, just fill in the form.

We want to help you find the ‘right’ website designer for your art gallery for the best price.

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