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Does your art business require risk-taking? Measure, minimise and open creativity channels Post

from our Sunday reading series - a weekly blog post (subscribe here) As much as taking risk is part and parcel to pursuing a non-orthodox career in the arts, ranging from taking a punt at a fair to producing a new body of work without guaranteed sales, reducing how much is at stake, from shipping costs to rent, likewise important for establishing long-term sustainability.In ...

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VIDEO: Techn Ninja to the Rescue - #artworldtoday webinar recap with Digital Dragfonly Post

We host a series of webinars that are free for Members, in which a specialist speaker divulges knowledge. The event has attendees from multiple countries, as it can be accessed simply with a reliable internet connection. Participants are invited to ask questions, and the speaker answers as many as time allows. On 13th October 2015, Francesca Geens, aka the TECH NINJA, ...

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Reluctant to make change because of the way that others view you? Post

from our Sunday reading series - a weekly blog post (subscribe here) We humans are social beings. The way you groom yourself in the morning, what you wear, how you walk down the street, the statements you make on social media, the manner in which you display works of art… you do it all in mind of how other people will react and engage.In ...

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Keeping an open mind to generating new ideas, on the spot Post

from our Sunday reading series - a weekly blog post (subscribe here) Whenever you are responsible for attracting people to an event, initial big-picture promotional planning is key. Identify the audience you want, think about what they read (social media included), and create a strategy to promote the event. Stage special events such as artist talks or creative workshops, and visitors will arrive.But what ...

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Are you signing away your life? Post

from our Sunday reading series - a weekly blog post (subscribe here) I was recently sitting in a café in New York on a sunny Saturday afternoon, enjoying coffee after a packed morning in which I gave a VIP tour of an art fair and did a spot of shopping. Whereas most of the café clientele were university students, two ladies who put together ...

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Making the most of opportunities (if they're an opportunity to you at all) Post

from our Sunday reading series - a weekly blog post (subscribe here) “Of course the artist doesn’t get paid, but they get a free cruise.”These words were uttered from the mouth of a man who has built a career championing the importance of small business for the health of the UK economy. The quotation was in reference to an ‘opportunity’ in which an artist ...

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Go with the flow (you're not a robot...are you?) Post

from our Sunday reading series - a weekly blog post (subscribe here) Do you find that while some days you’re highly productive, on others you might as well have taken it ‘off’ in entirety? Welcome to reality!A challenge acutely experienced by people who work for themselves is that if they’re not ‘productive’ then they seemingly pay the price (or at least feel like they ...

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Working your network Post

Working your network

Sept. 6, 2015

from our Sunday reading series - a weekly blog post (subscribe here) “What networking events do you attend?” people often ask. Though people work off their networking bums in the early years of business, the needs for growing a network changes over time. This is similar in principle to the old selling adage that it’s easiest to sell to existing clients. With networking, it’s ...

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Is selling art selling your soul? Post

from our Sunday reading series - a weekly blog post (subscribe here) Selling-out is a major concern of artists, and perhaps more surprisingly, dealers and curators. Intrigued by the idea of ‘selling out’, as a Master of Arts student many moons ago I went to a number of successful gallerists in London and asked them the question, “How do contemporary visual arts galleries define ...

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Marcus McAllister: Artist Coach Post

#besmartaboutart Creative Specialist Marcus McAllister is an artist who coaches artists. In general terms, what type of support do you provide creative professionals?   My support is mentoring from my own experience as a full-time professional artist. Here is the general presentation that I send to new persons expressing interest in my coaching sessions: Let me give you an overview of ...

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