It costs quite a bit of money to keep an art gallery going. At least, that has been my experience, in the few years that I have been involved in art gallery management work. And based on that experience, there is one piece of advice that I am inclined to give to anyone who is considering setting up some form of an art gallery. This is advice to the effect that the person considering setting up an art gallery should know exactly where they would be getting the money to keep the gallery going. Thankfully, there are several potential sources of funding that can be explored.
Firstly, it may be possible to charge the people who visit the gallery some entrance fees, with the money raised in that way being used to keep the gallery going. If it is a good enough gallery, people will be only too happy to pay at the entrance, especially if they are told that the money will go towards the maintenance of the facility.
Secondly, it may be possible to charge the artists whose works are displayed in the gallery some fees, with the money raised in that way being employed to keep the gallery going. Upcoming artists may be only too happy to pay for their works to be displayed.
Thirdly, it may be possible to raise donations from art lovers, with the money raised that way being used to keep the gallery going. To this end, it is possible for the person setting up the gallery to have a fund-raising website, through which the donations can be given and received. The site in question can be linked to, say, Paypal: so that donations can be made through that platform. Ideally, the site should also be in a position to take donations directly from credit cards: like where an art enthusiast with a Ucard from Chase Bank (as described at ucard.chase.com) can make a donation directly from the card. In a nutshell, it should be easy for the art enthusiasts to give their donations to the art gallery through the site. Otherwise if they encounter technical/logistical difficulties in the process of making the donation, they may simply opt to give their money elsewhere.