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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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Work for yourself? Devise ways to hold yourself accountable Post

from our Sunday reading series - a weekly blog post (subscribe here) People who work for themselves encounter a number of regular frustrations. Struggling to stay motivated is a particular problem for many. How can you get yourself to do what you’re supposed to do if no one is watching over to keep you on track?With no traditional ‘boss’ figure, think about whom else ...

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Disaster with a client? You're not toast; it's an opportunity to become the best thing since sliced bread Post

from our Sunday reading series - a weekly blog post (subscribe here) How do you feel when something goes wrong with a client? Say a work of art arrives damaged or it’s taking longer than anticipated to finish a bespoke commission. You can undoubtedly imagine other scenarios.   At the time it’s very tempting to think that all is doom and gloom, that you’re ...

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10 Questions Interview with... Mother-Daughter Gallerist Team Carol + Amy Caiger Post

Each month we feature art professionals who share snippets of wisdom in answer to 10 questions.... This time around, we speak with a Mother - Daughter Team who head up a London-based online gallery. Offering a friendly & fun art brand, you can see them at UK art fairs and pop-ups shows in London.They've just announced their September exhibition that ...

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Don't let ideas escape! Capture them instead Post

from our Sunday reading series - a weekly blog post (subscribe here)  Shower Ideas“1st Jan 2014: NY email. Offer: Freebie. 45 mins mentoring.Include in shop: Pre-order book (before printed) & get free p+p.”“Monday 27th July 2015: Monday morning best time for the crowdfunding campaign – in general, for pledges. Apply this, Friday isn’t a good day for sales emails. Reserve Monday morning for ...

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How do you create time to concentrate? Post

from our Sunday reading series - a weekly blog post (subscribe here) This subject comes up a lot as a result of modern living. The phone in your pocket vibrates, telling you a new email has arrived, your computer chirps to indicate a new social media post, or event, or invitation. How can you escape from all these distractions to make art, write blog ...

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Do you argue yourself out of increasing the price of art? Post

from our Sunday reading series - a weekly blog post (subscribe here) I frequently speak with artists and gallerists who know it’s time to increase prices, but are worried about making the change. Here are some real-life stories with take-away points to help you objectively think about the matter.A London-based printmaker was successfully selling limited edition prints on his website. Pieces were in limited ...

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The importance of credibility Post

from our Sunday reading series - a weekly blog post (subscribe here)  Is your resume impressive enough to taken seriously? What can you do to improve it? And, most importantly, do you take yourself seriously?Self-taught artists often ask me if they ‘need to’ or ‘should’ get an MA or MFA in order to be credible to galleries (noting that art dealers also worry ...

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A fresh perspective on crowdfunding for the arts Post

Image above: Susan's childhood Summertime initiative, selling a sweet fruit punch drink called 'Kool-Aid' on the street corner, with her first team (i.e., neighbours).  ----------Here at Be Smart About Art, we’re 29 days into a 35-day rewards-based crowdfunding campaign. A big part of the reason we set to doing this is you.As time goes, an increasing number of people in ...

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