Be Smart About Art

Cultivate multiple networks (near and far) to flourish: An art world panel discussion with industry insiders MK Semos, Marcus McAllister and Susan J Mumford

London event for art world professionals

Date: Oct. 24, 2018, 6:30 p.m. - Oct. 24, 2018, 9 p.m. UK time (see time converter)

Location: Cass Art Islington | 66-67 Colebrook Row | London N1 8AB

Tube: Nearest underground station is Angel. Nearest step free underground station is Highbury and Islington.

Buses: Aplenty! Nearest bus stop Packington Station, Islington Green.

ACCESS: This venue is wheelchair accessible with step-free access from side entrance on street. The event will take place on the 1st floor and a lift is available. Be aware there is little turning room in the lift. Please call ahead if you use a motorised wheelchair or think this might cause difficulty. Accessible toilets are on ground floor. Please see Tube and Buses information for transport access.

Speakers: Susan J Mumford

Price: £5 - £17

Do you dream of building international networks? Want to find art business opportunities beyond the UK’s borders but aren’t sure how to begin, or, once started, how to keep growing this aspect of your business? What might the benefits and challenges be and what do you need to think about in practical terms and financial investment to work and sell art abroad?

Join us for this month’s #besmartcassart talk to stretch your wings and fly further afield.

Learn top tips to help you…

- Clarify your goals for growing network at home and abroad

- Weight up how opportunities away from home can help you to raise your profile and/or generate income (considering the risks)… and incorporate what’s most important in the short and long term

- Cultivate contacts + meet new people

- Take a long-term view of building relationships

- Maintain and develop contacts based hundreds if not thousands of miles away

- Be open to what relationships might hold in the future

- Consider when it’s a good time to build your network

- Embrace your creative mindset for how you effectively connect with others and build your career, locally, nationally and internationally alike

- Troubleshoot the practical aspects of international networking to grow your enterprise


A Q&A session with the audience will follow the facilitated conversation.

**The first 15 tickets to this talk are half-price!**


6.30 - 7.00pm: Arrivals, registration and networking*

7.00 - 8.30pm: Talk with Q&A

8.30 - 9.00pm: Open networking

9.00pm: Departures 

*Attendees to this BSAA - CASS ART talk receive a special 10% discount on in-store shopping at CASS ART Islington on the evening, immediately prior to the event starting. Put together your art supplies shopping list and take advantage of this talk bonus. 


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MK Semos is the co-owner of DECORAZON, an international gallery established in 2004 in Dallas, Texas, that regularly exhibits in London, New York and beyond. Presenting professional emerging talent across mediums to new and experienced collectors alike, DECORAZON gives personalised attention to every collector and collaborator.


MK’s photojournalistic background in combination with her Greek heritage – not to mention gallery founder Hugo Garçia Urrutia’s architectural training that’s infused with Hispanic heritage, results in presenting a program with influences, sensibilities and artists from across the globe.


MK has built her career on natural ease at building communities and has developed active networks, from clients to colleagues, in multiple countries. You can often find her at cafés whilst travelling, not only communicating with contacts in other time zones, but developing new relationships with those seated nearby! 





Marcus McAllister is a French-American full-time professional artist living in Paris for over two decades. Originally from Little Rock, Arkansas, he received his degree in Fine Art from Louisiana State University in 1991 and has a prolific output, incorporating mixed media sketchbooks and acrylic paintings.

Marcus’s practice is sketchbook-centred: for more than thirty years he has carried a sketchbook with him wherever he goes, using it as a tool for pulling order from chaos. The sketchbook (currently number 111) organizes random information, digests experiences and memories, ideas and imaginings. The process secretes meaning.




A game-changer in the 21st Century art world, Susan's an entrepreneur, mentor, speaker, moderator and author. Her first foray into supporting industry professionals was in the form of the Association of Women Art Dealers (AWAD), which she established in 2010 while running a gallery in Soho, London. This was followed by the launch of Be Smart About Art, an online-accessible professional development platform that helps creative professionals thrive in a changing world. In late 2015, her first book was published in the name of BSAA's motto: `'Art is your life. Make it your living." While based in London, Susan spends notable periods around the UK and also in the USA and Continental Europe, delivering workshops and keynotes, mentoring creative professionals, facilitating panel discussions, judging art prizes and more.

Follow Susan on social media:

Instagram @susanjmumford

Twitter @susanjmumford