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Are you sacrificing money on the altar of advertising? Post

from our Sunday reading series - a weekly blog post (subscribe here)When I curated my first exhibition, I wanted the world to know about it. Thankfully I knew enough to get the show listed in key publications (The Guardian, Independent, Time Out etc). With a good sale on the opening night and smaller sales from passing trade, I was happy with the event.Several ...

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VIDEO: Crowdfunding in the Arts - #artworldtoday Webinar Recap (September 2014) Post

Each month, we invite an expert speaker to divulge knowledge in the Second-Wednesday Webinar. The event takes place for an hour and has attendees from all over the globe, 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 12th March 2014, Sarah ...

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Hate chasing invoices? Don't let them escape Post

from our Sunday reading series - a weekly blog post (subscribe here)“Oh, how I hate chasing invoices.” This is one of the biggest complaints by people who run one-person, freelancer and very small operations. Not only can it make you feel awkward, but to add insult to injury, simply thinking about sending messages or making calls eats up emotional energy, and that’s before ...

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Challenging times can be rewarding too - developing your business in a shop uniform Post

from our Sunday reading series - a weekly blog post (subscribe here)I was the store manager in the health food shop three days a week. One day, a high-flying finance chap I’d met at a summer picnic sauntered into the shop. He knew me as a gallerist, and there I was, wearing a branded shop apron.My reaction? I panicked. During that visit and ...

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Guilty of email crimes? Respect people and grow your mailing list Post

from our Sunday reading series - a weekly blog post (subscribe here)One of my big bugbears is prematurely being added to a mailing list. Receiving unwarranted emails or printed invites indicates lack of respect of others’ privacy and doesn’t bode well for professional credibility.Three common ways that people are stuck onto such databases are thus: someone steals one from another business, it is ...

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Be open to unexpected opportunities (even while installing an art show) Post

from our Sunday reading series - a weekly blog post (subscribe here)Think that an installation day is a bad time for someone to walk into a gallery off the street? Would you be embarrassed for anyone to witness such a seemingly chaotic scene?Think again.The amount of art sold in the midst of installation chaos is impressive. Yet to succeed with this, the people ...

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VIDEO: Top art show mistakes NOT to make - Monthly Art World Webinar (August 2014) Post

Each month, we host a free webinar, in which a speaker divulges knowledge. The event takes place for an hour and has attendees from all over the globe as it can be accessed simply with a reliable internet connection. Participants are invited to ask questions, and the speakers answers as many as time allows. On 14th August 2014, Gallerist & ...

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Remove barriers that you place in the path to success Post

from our Sunday reading series - a weekly blog post (subscribe here)Have you found yourself unwittingly doing things that make your own success less likely to happen?Many people do this without even being aware of it. Why on earth would someone do such a thing? Deep down, they don’t really believe in themselves, or in their own ability to experience success doing what ...

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Yes, you may pick my brain... at a price Post

from our Sunday reading series - a weekly blog post (subscribe here)The more experienced and widely known you are, the more people will want to know what you know. It’s flattering, and sharing knowledge is the best thing any of can do. At the same time, valuing your own time must be non-negotiable.I frequently come across people whose careers are exploding or who ...

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Forward planning and ice cream - benefits of the art world low season Post

from our Sunday reading series - a weekly blog post (subscribe here) The "art world" has varying quiet times, depending on where you live. In London, where I am primarily based, things go quiet in mid-July and. The fairs stop, long summer shows are open (the private views are already behind us) and artist talks are a rarity. It's not to say that nothing ...

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