Artists self help organisations
These organisations have developed in response to the need for artists to access information and resources to build their careers. They tend to take up where art schools leave off so they offer career and marketing advice and almost always have to charge one-off or annual membership fees or both for their services.
A-N The artists Information Company
“a-n stimulates and supports contemporary visual arts practice and affirms artists’ value in society. With over 20,000 members, we focus on conversations around the critical and professional environment for the visual arts, bringing together artists, art students, producers, arts professionals, researchers, arts organisations and universities.”
London / National
“Artquest enables visual artists to practice by providing information, advice, opportunities and services at any stage in their careers. With a focus on London for our live programme, our online services are also available to individual professional visual artists and craftspeople living and working anywhere in England.
Artquest launched in 2001, and is a programme of University of the Arts London (UAL), an educational charity and Europe’s largest higher education institution for creative arts subjects. You do not have to be an alumni of UAL to use our services.”
“Axis Web believes in the ability of artists to enrich how we see and act in the world. Axis Web: Hosts the Axis Directory, an online showcase of over 3,000 selected artists Designs digital tools for artists like the Opportunity Finder and Profile Builder Provides artists with access to affordable and comprehensive Public and Product Liability Insurance and Professional Indemnity Insurance through Network Associate Connects people with artists through digital services such as Find an Artist, Follow an Artist, Post an Opportunity, and Manage a Call Runs Vacant Space, a programme connecting artists with empty properties Make films about artists and their projects And develops ways to increase access to, and engagement with, artists through projects and action research.We are based at The Art House in Wakefield, West Yorkshire.”
London / National
“We are Q-Art, an art education research, publishing, and events organisation. We aim to break down the barriers to further and higher level art education and contemporary art.
Q-Art was founded by Director Sarah Rowles in 2008 whilst an art student at Goldsmiths and she is currently supported by a team who’ve all experienced, understand, and are advocates of the value of art education. Informed by experience and on-going research, we use the interview format to ask UK-wide art educators and industry professionals questions about their field, focussing on 4 key areas: access to art education, fine art pedagogy, the value systems in art education and art the world, and professional practice.”
Zeitgeist Art Projects
This organisation is now closed but is likely to re-appear is some form soon:
“Rosalind is dedicated to continuing the legacy of ZAP independently and to the development of a new arts organisation and is in discussion with various partners about future educational and exhibition opportunities. Rosalind will also continue to organise Graham Crowley and Justin Hibbs Tutorials. Annabel and Rosalind are available as individuals to give 1-2-1’s, or to commission for professional practice talks, tours and workshops etc., and are contactable through our
MRA Matt Roberts Arts
London / National
“Matt Roberts Arts is a dynamic not-for-profit organisation founded in 2006 to create opportunities for artists in new locations and contexts. Matt Roberts Arts offers support to creative practitioners by providing a range of professional development programmes and national and international touring exhibitions.
Associate membership costs £12 for UK and international artists. As an Associate Member of Matt Roberts Arts you are entitled to: * Apply to the next Salon Art Prize exhibition after you join * Receive updates on free lectures and networking events * Access a range of online advisory material * Inclusion in the Matt Roberts Arts, members website directory”
Mark Devereux Projects
“Mark Devereux Projects represents a new model of working with artists, with each individual’s objectives at the core of our ambitions. Central to this ethos is bespoke artist development. This is reactive and responsive to each artist’s requirements and can include strategic planning, mentoring programmes, critical engagement and production.”
Blue Monkey Network
“Blue Monkey Network is an artists’ organisation run by artists for artists. Organiser Judith Alder, runs the Network in partnership with Eastbourne’s Towner gallery, who invited Blue Monkey to establish the Network in 2011. Since then the group has held monthly talks and networking events at Towner.”
Be Smart About Art
“Founder Susan Mumford personally experienced the need for support to professionals in the art world when she had a gallery in Soho, London. Seemingly no one knew of best practices (dealers and artists alike), and it seemed that everyone attended the school of hard knocks. She saw many people struggle emotionally, personally, physically and financially.
Following the close of the gallery, Susan wanted to do something to help people run successful art practices, and spent a lot of time working on a one-on-one basis with professionals in the field. Within just a few short months, she discovered that mentees’ art businesses were already benefitting. After trialling the concept of Be Smart About Art for 6 months in 2012, she concluded that the industry was ready to move into a 21st Century landscape, and today’s programme was born.”
Links to interesting individual artists websites
Selected artists and their works online:
Kate Murdoch, Objects provide us with a sense of self and reveal our connections to the wider world. Kate’s work reflects a fascination with the passage of time and the contrast between the permanence of objects and the fragility of life.
Pandora Vaughan makes work which often uses the language of what used to be known as ‘the public arts’ – sign painting, textiles, assemblage and block printing. Some of these are nostalgic and some are futuristic. They all deal with land use, power and the occasional failure of collective memory in the public realm.
Neil Fuller’s work brings together in small still life paintings, a cast of objects that have both an autobiographical and collective resonance.
Richard Slee, ceramics, art, endlessly playful wit and general sage.
David Blandy‘s on going examination of his cultural and personal influences.
Jane Pitt sound artist based in Chatham Kent. Her work encompasses a range of disciplines including performance, sound, photography, animation and sculpture.