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"Browsing, or looking for something?" The impact of asking smart questions. Post

“Are you browsing or looking for something particular?” asked the friendly Eastern European man who works at a local antiques shop at the weekend. I responded with, “browsing, thank you,” and thought to myself, “What a smart question!” He left me to have a look at my leisure. His words had not been randomly assembled in that moment. They were considered, ...

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Building a community (and having fun while at it) Post

Not long ago, I met an artist who has lived for the last couple of years in my new-to-me hometown. During that conversation, I joked that I’d developed more of a community in three months than in six years in a London village (many people consider the UK capital to be comprised of multiple ‘villages’). The artist and his friend ...

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The importance of experimentation Post

Are you thinking about starting a new project, making a book or print edition, or pursuing some other creative product or service? If it’s going to require time and financial investment, be sure to do two things before overcommitting yourself: run the idea past others and conduct an experiment.In the period after conceiving a new idea, you’ll likely be excitedly ...

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Don't over-explain Post

Don't over-explain

Oct. 21, 2018

What do you do if it’s time to bring a working relationship to a close, leave a job and the like? You give notice and most often have a conversation.The question is this: How much do you explain?Most often, it’s best to go with the philosophy that less is more. While you can express in detail the reasons for making ...

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Tips for being an art world traveller: Part III of III Post

Tips for being an art world traveller: Part III of III The first two posts in this this three-part series focused on preparation, which goes to show, as with so many things, that it’s what you do ahead of time that makes all the difference. The bulk of this piece was written on a trans-Atlantic flight, which includes some amusing in-the-moment commentary. ...

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Tips for being an art world traveller: Part II of III Post

Whether you’re travelling a few hours from home or across multiple time zones, considered preparation can make a world of difference. Note: This article is the second of a three-part series on traveling, and if you haven’t yet read the first post in this three-part series, take a look, and to read the third, take a look.Part II: Travel bag essentials 1. ...

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Tips for being an art world traveller: Part I of III Post

At the time of writing, I’m seated on an airplane, and I have decided to create a set of three blog posts all about travelling. These are set to help you enjoy and make the most of travel, business and personal alike, on a national and international level. Enjoy! Part 1: Advance preparation and packing 1. Take great care in selecting the ...

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Are you an email demon or angel? Post

It’s a new exhibition season, and the email inbox is full of show invites. One special treat this has brought is a number of promotional emails that display everyone’s email addresses. I didn’t imagine that this would still be so prevalent. What this means: For starters, it violates the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) - which applies to anyone  who holds the personal ...

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Finding your authentic voice Post

Certain themes come up time and time again when delivering workshops and 1-2-1 sessions. One came to mind hot off the heels of delivering a social media workshop as well getting some fantastic media coverage myself that prompted me to write this piece (more on that later).That theme? Finding your authentic voice, with the result that you’re happy to frequently ...

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Getting technology to work for you Post

Back in 2007, I wasn’t sure what possessed me to buy the iPhone (the first one) The date is still clear to me, as my new acquisition was with me when I attended Miami Art Week that December, and those being the days before I understood about data roaming, well… you can guess what happened when using the phone in ...

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