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Seize the moment - and today that's #lovewins Post

from our Sunday reading series - a weekly blog post (subscribe here) The majority of people who see this blog post on the date of publication will immediately understand what it’s about, with the rainbow colours symbolising the decision by the Supreme Court of the United States to recognise same-sex marriage as a Constitutional right. However, should you happen upon this page at say ...

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10 Questions Interview with... Artist Chris King Post

Each month we ask an art world professional 10 questions about their practice. This month we speak with artist Chris King... Where were you born and/or raised, and where do you now call home?I grew up in Warwickshire, just outside Leamington Spa, in a house that my parents rescued from being demolished - the oldest parts of it were dated to ...

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Compelled to give friends huge discounts on art purchases? Post

from our Sunday reading series - a weekly blog post (subscribe here) You’re not the only one.While both artists and dealers are both guilty of this, artists in particular often find it challenging to sell pieces or arrange commissions for family and close friends without offering enormous reductions.  How much? The number one amount that artists tell me time and time again as the ...

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Losing once doesn't (have to) mean permanent defeat Post

from our Sunday reading series - a weekly blog post (subscribe here) What if you don’t get accepted into an open submission show or art fair? Does that mean permanent defeat? Sure, if you allow it to prevent you from ever trying again. Does getting a “no” a collector equate to them never buying anything from you (for the first time or again)? Absolutely, ...

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A top tip for selling art --> Live with it Post

from our Sunday reading series - a weekly blog post (subscribe here) There’s a lot to be said for living with art. It’s all too easy to dismiss a piece on first sight, and then forget about it entirely. Give an art work time, and your view can do a 180 degree turnaround.Curators likewise experience this, and here’s a case in point. As ...

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Art competitions: Why artists and galleries win every time Post

from our Sunday reading series - a weekly blog post (subscribe here) Many small commercial galleries run their own annual art prizes. In most cases, they offer shortlisted artists inclusion in an exhibition, the top prize being representation. With everything involved in the organisation of a prize and show, why go to all the effort?It’s simple; artists suitable for the gallery programme apply, all ...

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Art... in the bathroom? Post

from our Sunday reading series - a weekly blog post (subscribe here)  What do you do if a collector wants to place a work of art in the bathroom, of all places? Should you refrain from selling serious pieces for this location? I’ve come across the art-in-bathroom scenario many times, as both a seller and as an advisor o sellers. Many people incorrectly ...

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On becoming a proactive angel Post

from our Sunday reading series - a weekly blog post (subscribe here) If you’re a business owner, the phrase “the buck stops with you” is one you understand, perhaps all too well. Over the last ten years, I’ve personally had four separate enterprises. With every single one there have been times when things I wanted to do have been dropped, sometimes permanently, in order ...

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Do you shout out about your successes? Post

from our Sunday reading series - a weekly blog post (subscribe here) I don’t mean bragging or being in people’s faces. But I do mean letting others’ know about your achievements, rather than waiting to see if they become psychic and find out via mysterious universal vibrations.There’s a recurring something I’ve come across in doing 1-2-1 sessions with many artists and creative entrepreneurs: people ...

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Reminder emails - do you send them? Post

from our Sunday reading series - a weekly blog post (subscribe here) What do you do when a potential client or associate doesn’t respond to your email? Nothing? Do you decide that they aren't interested?You and the majority of people share this in common.Consider this: You stage an exhibition and a visitor expresses interest in a piece. They write their details in the visitors’ ...

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