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Making the most of shows: Three tips for artists and curators Post

Whilst doing a major overhaul of my office in recent days, I discovered the ‘logbook’ from a work placement that I undertook as an independent curator while working towards a Master’s in Arts Management. This involved conceiving of an exhibition and seeing it through from start to finish.Little notes that accompany the pages of the logbook provide insight to my ...

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Looking to your past provides empowerment for who you are today Post

What were you doing when you were… 6 years old? 10 years old? 15 years old? And what might it tell you about yourself today?It was only several years ago, well after having set up and run membership groups, that it dawned on me that I’ve been setting up networks since growing up in a cul-de-sac in small-town America. I ...

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Writing tips (thanks to 5+ years of blogging) Post

The photograph above was taken at The Feminist Library in London (spot the book on Laura Knight to the left). As we’re living in the digital age, the visit got me thinking about the important role that libraries continue to play, not only for academic qualifications but in also the ongoing school of life. And, much like careers as artists ...

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OPEN CALL for The Rooftop Collective Show: Artists of any discipline invited to present 'response' pieces, to be paired for a spring show in London Post

APPLICATIONS HAVE NOW BEEN CLOSED. _________________________ABOUT THE OPPORTUNITY:  The Rooftop Collective is a group of photographers who support and challenge one another in mutual pursuit of ongoing creative and professional development. The Collective started in Susan J Mumford's gallery on the rooftops of Soho back in 2010 (hence the name) and is today powered by Be Smart About Art. The current ...

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Where do you find art buyers? Post

I’m frequently asked this question, and trust me, I know all about it, as I started an art gallery in London many moons ago as an immigrant without any family connections.Here’s the thing: Art buyers don't have signs on their foreheads. Nor can you accurately guess who is or will become regular buyers of art. And, for that matter, many ...

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Who sits behind the desk at your shows? Post

As someone who’s keen to look after the essential mechanism that is otherwise known as my body, I frequently go on long walks with my other half, Chris. This results in all sorts of new discoveries, and recently we stumbled upon a secondhand furniture shop.Naturally we decided to have a look. The space was long and narrow, with a single ...

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Knowledge. Is. Power. Post

Knowledge. Is. Power.

Jan. 7, 2018

At the time of writing, we’re only one week into the new year and I’m thinking back to some good ole sorting done over the holidays. Whereas I’m normally State-side seeing family, this time around I stayed put in London – and wow, did some paperwork sorting get done!The exercise resulted in reflecting upon the concept of Knowledge is Power, ...

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The role that artists play in the lives of others (often unknown) Post

Many Sunday Digest readers (or listeners and watchers these days, with the podcast and videos to boot) know that I was brought up in small town America – specifically in a dry county in the state of Arkansas. It's an area known for having rich music heritage (hellllo Delta and Memphis blues). Music has certainly played an important role in my ...

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PODCAST: No business cards? No problem. Aim for something different. - with Susan J Mumford Post

[SUBSCRIBE TO OUR PODCAST ON ITUNES]About this 4-minute episode: This week's episode provides ideas for exchanging details with other people when out and about, whether or not you have business cards to hand.  Press 'Play' and Enjoy:  

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27 Misconceptions and Myths About the Art World (and counting...) Post

From artists not being buyers to gallerists being in the profession for the $, there are a copious number of misconceptions and myths about the art world.Have are 27 examples to get you started, accompanied by my replies. Add your own in the comments at the bottom of this blog post!Misconception: Only rich people buy art.Reality: People who love art ...

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