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If life gives you pigeons, make pie Post

from our Sunday reading series - a weekly blog post (subscribe here) I enjoy meeting people, discovering their interests and exploring ideas. Recently while attending a networking reception, I found myself in conversation with a man who finds his work unfulfilling. After making it clear that he doesn’t enjoy the day job, he moved on to talking about how people are only successful if ...

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Stick to your guns Post

Stick to your guns

March 22, 2015

from our Sunday reading series - a weekly blog post (subscribe here) The story of one artist – let’s call him Tim, who stuck to his guns serves as a reminder of the importance of staying true to your own vision.As an 18-year-old portrait painter, he entered art college, excited about the three years that lay ahead. Had he foreseen the challenges that he ...

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Should art prices be listed on your website? Post

from our Sunday reading series - a weekly blog post (subscribe here) There’s no black and white answer to this, but it’s an important question for anyone selling art to address.I have a word of warning for anyone who sells art for a living and is reticent about displaying prices: this is a rapidly transitioning aspect of your world and it’s high time to ...

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You never know who's looking over your shoulder Post

from our Sunday reading series - a weekly blog post (subscribe here) How do you celebrate your birthday? For mine this year, I gathered together a great group of friends in a cozy pub and we all tucked into delicious American diner-style food. Unsurprisingly, for those who know me, there were several conversations on the subject of networking. One person - an experienced networker ...

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Do you ever gamble? Post

Do you ever gamble?

March 1, 2015

from our Sunday reading series - a weekly blog post (subscribe here)  There’s an unquestionable thrill in taking risk. The adrenaline flows and you see through the outcome, good or bad.A Wild West story from my very own heritage tells the tale of gambling gone wrong. In late 19th Texas, a great-great uncle was a drunk and gambler. His wife left him, taking ...

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The First Rule of First Aid Post

from our Sunday reading series - a weekly blog post (subscribe here) In work as in life, it’s essential to ensure first and foremost that you look after yourself before turning your attention to care for someone else. Just as in airplane safety videos that instruct you to put on your own mask before placing one onto a child, the equivalent needs to be ...

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10 Questions Interview with... Gallerist Elizabeth Goode Post

Each month we ask an art world professional 10 questions about their practice. This month we speak with gallerist Elizabeth Goode... Where were you born and/or raised, and where do you now call home?I was born and raised in Portsmouth, Hampshire and I have lived in Crystal Palace, London for 13 years, it's my home.What is your profession?Gallery DirectorWhat is your life ambition?It changes ...

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Still in love with what you do? Post

from our Sunday reading series - a weekly blog post (subscribe here) Here you are, a long way down a road following the career of your own choosing. You always knew it wasn’t the easy path, but were determined to make it work.Why then can it become so difficult to be motivated? Whatever happened to the joy and mystery?Several years ago, I wrote ...

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A day at the magical West Dean College (West Sussex, England) Post

The Be Smart About Art Team travels all over the UK cultural capital delivering talks and workshops, even making it out of the M25 as well as across the pond to the USA.In this spotlight, I highlight a day spent at the gorgeous West Dean College in West Sussex. They have a world-wide reputation for the study of conservation, making ...

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Pay attention to gut instinct Post

from our Sunday reading series - a weekly blog post (subscribe here) One recent winter’s evening, ahead of a day-long event , I arranged for a taxi to collect me in the morning. This arrangement would make it possible for me to travel across London with a car-load of supplies.Early the next morning the driver calls to say he’s down the street, becuase ...

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