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VIDEO: Creativity is the foundation - Top Tips for Professional Artists (video 1 of 10) Post

In advance of our forthcoming online course Making It As An Artist in the 21st Century (starting September 19th!), BSAA Founder Susan Mumford is presenting a 10-part video series. These 10 tips for professional artists form 10 key elements to not only surviving, but thriving, in a changing art world. After all, we're here to help you thrive in a changing art world ...

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You've filed lots of business cards... When to revisit them? Post

from our Sunday reading series - a weekly blog post (subscribe here) Following a previous post about 'What to do with the business cards you collect,' the next question is what will ever prompt you to actually go back and have a look through the cards you've neatly (or not) filed away and possibly even digitised? Prior to a recent hop across the Atlantic Ocean, ...

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Buying insurance? Be certain you understand it Post

from our Sunday reading series - a weekly blog post (subscribe here) I have a fond memory from my gallery days of sitting down with the insurance broker each year to review the policy. And yes, I mean that: I enjoyed the meetings – and even looked forward to having them.The thing is that reviewing an insurance policy involves assessing key activities of your ...

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Copywriting lessons from a pub blackboard Post

from our Sunday reading series - a weekly blog post (subscribe here) Earlier today I jogged to a local farmer’s market and back to pick up veg for the week. As I arrived, I noticed a sign outside a local pub:This prompted me to look at the wording on the other side of the sign, which read:What stood out was a) the unnecessary use ...

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Reverse mentoring...? Post

Reverse mentoring...?

June 18, 2017

from our Sunday reading series - a weekly blog post (subscribe here) Every now and then I come across a concept that immediately strikes a chord, and ‘reverse mentoring’ falls into this category.What is it? As implied by the name, reverse mentoring flip-flops the traditional mentoring relationship. Instead of an experienced professional (artist, gallerist, etc) taking someone newer to the field under his/her wing, ...

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From Virtual to Augmented Reality, How Do You Stay in the Know? Post

from our Sunday reading series - a weekly blog post (subscribe here) What's the first thing that pops into your head when you see the above photograph, depicting the author wearing a techno-contraption in a bright white room? Whereas some readers might think, "Susan has travelled to a future age" or "Susan has joined a SpaceX flight crew" others will recognise the Virtual Reality ...

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Announcing NOA17 Be Smart About Art Award Post

National Open Art Competition 2017 Be Smart About Art AwardSponsored by Be Smart About ArtWe're delighted to offer this Award to support one winning artist build an outstanding art career.After five years' running our professional development programme, we understand all too well that you have your own specific needs when it comes to advancing your career. Accordingly, the BSAA Award ...

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Lawyers. Better sooner than later Post

from our Sunday reading series - a weekly blog post (subscribe here) The greatest teacher of all is (sometimes painful) life experience. And in the case of a gallerist I mentored once upon a time (let’s call her Jane), a situation that unfolded with an artist resulted in a useful change. It has changed the way she’s handled working relationships ever since.She’d been working ...

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The digital age is here to stay. What's your take? Post

from our Sunday reading series - a weekly blog post (subscribe here) Several weeks ago, Be Smart About Art had an evening talk on the subject of 'Studio Practice.' This was arranged to correspond with the travels of fellow American in Europe Marcus McAllister, a professional artist and BSAA Creative Specialist.  He'd arrived at St Pancras on a train from Scotland and headed over ...

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To do or not to do art fairs? Observations at the end of a season Post

from our Sunday reading series - a weekly blog post (subscribe here) We’re reaching the end of the art fair season in London and New York – and for that matter, most places around Europe and North America. While I no longer participate in shows as an art dealer, I lead tours, moderate panel discussions and converse with professionals on-site as someone who knows ...

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