ARTIST RUN GALLERIES... Community cooperative galleries i.e. Skylark Galleries in London. This blog follows my recent post on Commercial Art Galleries that explained some of the pros and cons of the established commercial retail art world. I got carried away with the difficulty of publisher-run commercial chains and I did not say much about a different sort of retail art gallery. I am talking here about an artist’s collective or co-operative gallery. Inside Skylark Two Basically the collective idea is that a group of artists get together and take on retail premises where they share spending and workload. They cut out the middleman and save costs. They look after the gallery in turns and meet


COMMERCIAL ART GALLERIES... Here in the UK there are several different sorts of art gallery. Impressive public institutions like the Tate Modern dominate the list. While at the other end of the spectrum are small temporary pop-ups run by artists. In between are the retail galleries that sell art to the general public. They are run by business people who build up customer contacts and sell on behalf of artists. There are a handful of London based or international galleries that specialize in prestigious investment art. These high-end galleries often also exhibit at expensive, successful, art fairs. Art fairs are becoming more popular with serious art buyers all over the world. This has meant

Licensing thoughts for artists

Licensing art Licensing is an important item in an artist’s tool cupboard. It does a couple of things that really make a difference. And it can sort out the amateurs from the professionals. So what is it? Licensing is where an artist’s artwork image is used by a second party on another product. The most obvious example is when a print publisher takes the image from an original painting and produces prints that they then sell. The artist gets a royalty or fee for allowing this. Other examples are calendars, greetings cards, table-mats, dress fabrics etc. As I have written elsewhere this can have a nice spin off for the artist. Firstly they get paid without having to do any more work after pai

The value of FEEDBACK for artists

The term ‘feedback’ is used to describe the helpful information or criticism about prior action, service, or product from an individual, which is communicated to another individual who can use that information to adjust and improve current and future actions, services, or products. [online definition] feedback arrows In the business world feedback is seen as a massive positive force. However, in parts of the art world it can be rather different. The act of creating art usually happens in isolation, with an unknown end result or artwork destination. This is because most artists make their artwork for themselves. Making art is often a very selfish, lonely activity. They might not welcome feedb

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