Everyone who aspires to set up an art gallery does so knowing that maintaining the gallery is likely to be an expensive affair. Actually, people who are considering setting up art galleries normally have budgeting sessions, where they try to come up with projections on what the maintenance of the galleries is likely to cost. In my experience, however, there are certain gallery maintenance expenses that are often overlooked when coming up with such projections, sometimes leading to financial crises.
One gallery maintenance expense that is often overlooked is that which is related to lighting. People assume that the lighting bill for a gallery are likely to be low, just like normal household lighting bills. But then, you have to appreciate that the lighting needs for an art gallery are different, with these sorts of facilities requiring much more expensive lighting.
Another gallery maintenance expense that is often overlooked is that which is related to keeping the gallery grounds/precincts presentable. The costs related to this can add up to significant sums of money in the long run. Often, the walls of the gallery have to painted in a unique manner, with the lawns around the gallery having to be tastefully landscaped. That can cost quite a bit of money, which is often overlooked, when forecasting gallery maintenance expenses.
We have yet another gallery maintenance expense that is often overlooked: that which is related to buying publicity for the gallery. In other words, this is a promotional expense. We often forget that in order to get art lovers to visit an art gallery and savor the works on display there, they (the art lovers) have to know about the existence of the gallery in the first place. This is what necessitates the publicity costs: where the presence/existence of the gallery has to be publicized in art magazines, in websites visited by art lovers… and so on.