Be Smart About Art

Blog

Recouping framing costs whilst fairly charging clients Post

When I became an art dealer, I wondered how to pay for the time and effort I put in to framing works of art for exhibitions. I also wanted to find a way for artists to recoup framing costs without overcharging the end buyer.So I came up with a method that is now recommended as a best practice to artists ...

2) 1-2-1 Support: stories and inspiration 13547 views
Cultural antennae for showing abroad -  a tale of hotel art fairs Post

from our Leisurely Sunday reading series - a weekly blog post (subscribe here) I once spoke with a Canadian artist based in London about the differences between different countries. My own experiences of participating in hotel fairs in the USA and UK is a perfect example.My first experience of a hotel fair in the USA was positive (with the exception of personal health challenges ...

1) RECOMMENDED-> Susan's weekly blog post 3103 views
No business cards? No problem - aim for something different Post

from our Leisurely Sunday reading series - a weekly blog post (subscribe here)Many people in the arts have a strong inner perfectionist. I know that I do - in my early 20s when I was a retail manager (and little did I know how instructive that job would be, later as a business owner), my operations manager provided an excellent analogy about perfectionism – ...

1) RECOMMENDED-> Susan's weekly blog post 3382 views
10 Questions with... Art Dealer Niall Fairhead Post

Each month we ask an art world professional 10 questions about their practice. This month we speak with the art dealer Niall Fairhead ...Born in: “Happy Hampstead” a child of the “50’sLives in: Downtown Golders GreenProfession: 25 years buying and selling works of artCareer Ambition: To continue to enjoy being a successful art dealerLife Ambition: A happy home life, a successful ...

5) Interviews + Insider's Insights 3896 views
The art world - a champagne lifestyle...? Post

I can only imagine the number of full time artists and gallerists who have received the following response when they tell non-art world people their chosen career path: “You must enjoy a wonderful lifestyle.” In my case, I can’t count the number of times that others have made such a remark, which normally includes at least one reference to champagne.When ...

1) RECOMMENDED-> Susan's weekly blog post 3829 views
"You shouldn't buy that" can be a powerful selling tactic Post

from our Leisurely Sunday reading series - a weekly blog post (subscribe here) My art business was in its formative days and I hadn’t yet moved into my own space. The pop-up exhibition presenting works by five artists was in its last days, and a potential collector and his wife were dithering about a painting.On the opening night, they were really taken by a ...

1) RECOMMENDED-> Susan's weekly blog post 3067 views
Eggsactly the right time to think BIG and review your year plan - an Easter eggxercise Post

from our Leisurely Sunday reading series - a weekly blog post (subscribe here)This year, Easter has come early. It is perfect timing as we are exactly 3 months into the year, which rings a bell…I wrote a piece on 16th December called ‘New Year’s resolutions come in January… Here’s something to do now’. I asked you to identify 3 things that had been achieved in ...

1) RECOMMENDED-> Susan's weekly blog post 131896 views
Creating extra time you didn't know you had... Starting with a double decker bus Post

from our Leisurely Sunday reading series - a weekly blog post (subscribe here)Like many individuals in the creative industries, I juggle projects all the time. Professional artists manage their studio practice, residencies, teaching, and an assortment of ad hoc activities such as bespoke commissions and judging prizes, all on an ongoing basis. One artist I know has no less than eight active roles listed ...

1) RECOMMENDED-> Susan's weekly blog post 3011 views
10 Questions with... artist Tina Mammoser Post

Each month we ask an art world professional 10 questions about their practice. This month we speak with the artist Tina Mammoser... Born in: ChicagoLives in: LondonProfession: Painter, since 1999Career Ambition: To have work in Tate BritainLife ambition: To be able to paint and study until the end Q1. Describe your practice/profession with 5 wordsColourful | Evolving | Empowering | Stimulating ...

5) Interviews + Insider's Insights 3643 views
Visualise, verbalise and be open to opportunities - the story of a random taxi journey Post

from our Leisurely Sunday reading series - a weekly blog post (subscribe here)This is a story of serendipity, and underlines the importance of how you can create your own luck. It might be that you want to find a gallery or professional partner - or maybe, you’re seeking your next commission or project.Owing to a sudden closure of the building where Be Smart About ...

1) RECOMMENDED-> Susan's weekly blog post 3456 views