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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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You needn't take every opinion on your art to heart Post

from our Leisurely Sunday reading series - a weekly blog post (subscribe here)Not long ago, I was contacted by an artist who lives along the Ionian Sea. He produces bold, fluid paintings of fish on wood and canvas. He has been active for many years and was offered an exhibition in an art café along a seaside full of tourists. The tourist audience has ...

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Why I choose to work with associates every time Post

from our Leisurely Sunday reading series - a weekly blog post (subscribe here)Two members of the Association of Women Art Dealers (AWAD) were holding an exhibition together. As Founder of the organisation, I attended the private view to show my support of their joint endeavour. Little did I suspect that the show would present a sales opportunity. I had been looking for an original ...

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Always have a Plan B (you can't easily manage an art fair from hospital) Post

from our Leisurely Sunday reading series - a weekly blog post (subscribe here)My first foray into exhibiting at an art fair was not just an induction by fire, it was an invaluable lesson that can be applied to all art events. In a few words it is: have a Plan B.Sounds simple, right? It is not. It’s a real challenge for small art enterprises ...

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10 Questions with... gallerist Eleni Duke Post

Each month we ask an art world professional 10 questions about their practice. This month we speak with gallerist Eleni Duke...  Born in: The oh-so-exotic North London (Enfield)Lives: LondonProfession: Gallerist, founder of Curious Duke Gallery.Career Ambition: To make Curious Duke the go-to gallery for new emerging talentsLife ambition: To be happy and healthyQ1. Describe your practice/profession with 5 wordscreative | exciting | diverse | challenging | rewardingQ2. ...

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Will simply presenting sublime works of art entice the world to visit? Not quite Post

from our Leisurely Sunday reading series - a weekly blog post (subscribe here)Only this morning I was invited to a group show of M.A. students at a prestigious London art programme. Sadly, I’m not interested. The ‘event’ to which I have been invited is the duration of the show (10am-6pm over a 10-day period). I have a demanding workweek schedule and have other plans ...

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Turning commission disasters into done deals Post

from our Leisurely Sunday reading series - a weekly blog post (subscribe here)I once lined up an art commission that was a near catastrophe. The story highlights how having someone in between a commissioner and artist can make all the difference.Thanks to some early-morning networking I was doing at the time, my expertise as an art consultant was recommended to the manager of a ...

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Social media's role in gauging responses to art, building a following and selling works to boot Post

from our Leisurely Sunday reading series - a weekly blog post (subscribe here)Historically when an artist finished a new work of art, the piece generally remained hidden in the studio until it was included in an exhibition. That could be immediately - or in months to years later.Engagement with an audience is so important to makers that many have been known to spend situate ...

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