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Backed into a corner by a tech startup? Post

from our Sunday reading series - a weekly blog post (subscribe here) Having been personally involved with several tech start-ups over the last few years, I have some insight behind the statistic that 90% of them fail*. As the digital world continues to evolve, increasing numbers of professionals, ranging from one-person artist businesses to museum staff, are being approached by such companies to become ...

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The simplest way to get things done Post

from our Sunday reading series - a weekly blog post (subscribe here) I’m going to travel back in time, to the early days of starting my first business in the art world.The year was 2004, and had been made redundant from my management job at Whole Foods Market UK (following a buy-out), submitted my Masters of Art dissertation, and the little sculpture gallery along ...

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Using the Sketchbook as a Creativity Tool: Spotlight on Marcus McAllister, American-French Artist based in Paris Post

American-born Parisian and full-time artist Marcus McAllister introduces himself and gives us an inside view of how he works on his distinctive sketchbook pages. As an artist who is a natural-born advisor, Marcus is a Mentor & Coach with Be Smart About Art's 'Creative Specialists' Programme. Have a look: http://besmartaboutart.com/1to1programmeSee Marcus's website: www.marcusmcallister.com  ------------------Music by Ray Sandoval www.raysandoval.com

BSAA Creative Specialist Advisors - Inspiration + 704 views
You'll thank yourself later: Building a contact database even when it seems like a distraction Post

from our Sunday reading series - a weekly blog post (subscribe here) What do you do when a new prospective client calls, emails or direct messages you? And if you have a team, what do they do? The ideal answer: Save the person’s details, each and every time! The reality: Immediately recording details is easier said than done.A gallerist I know told me of ...

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Help people find your art biz with simple SEO Post

from our Sunday reading series - a weekly blog post (subscribe here)  Over the years, you’ve no doubt fine-tuned the way you search for things online. Rather than type a single word into a search engine, you make the search specific by using a combination of words. This makes the search more specific, and provides a better selection of results along the lines ...

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Recouping costs at (art/artist) fairs Post

from our Sunday reading series - a weekly blog post (subscribe here) This week, my favourite artist fair, The Other Art Fair, comes to London, and better yet, it's debuting in New York City in early June. (This is in addition to established annual editions in Melbourne and Sydney, Australia, as well as Bristol, England.) The show is an opportunity for artists to present ...

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How do you create good luck? Post

from our Sunday reading series - a weekly blog post (subscribe here) "You're so lucky." I clearly remember once seeing this comment on Facebook, in response to a status update on a friend's personal profile. My friend, like me, hails from Arkansas, described on state license plates as "The Natural State." She'd upped sticks in her early twenties, leaving behind family and friends, and ...

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Art doesn't need deep meaning - beauty matters too Post

from our Sunday reading series - a weekly blog post (subscribe here) As a kick-off to Women’s History Month* this year, I moderated a panel discussion that contemplated “Bridging the Divide.” This was in mind of the polarization between people with differing views that’s been sweeping the USA, UK and beyond, and considered the roles of art and community in bringing people together.At the ...

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What does a coffee cup mean to you? Post

from our Sunday reading series - a weekly blog post (subscribe here) In a recent trip to my alma mater in the Southern USA, I had a welcome surprise imeeting the students who currently sit on the Environmental Concerns Committee. This was significant as I was one of the ECC’s Co-Founders back in the mid-90s. It was my first experience of being in a ...

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The results are in: CONFIDENCE for Creatives - What hurts? What helps? Post

In January 2017, Be Smart About Art started a survey called CONFIDENCE for Creatives, and the responses came flooding in. The resulting first-hand insight clearly informs what knocks confidence, as well as boosts it.The various factors impacting confidence (good and bad alike) fall into two camps: 'INTERNAL' Forces and 'EXTERNAL' Forces. Watch the video below to learn more about what Tamara ...

The Art World: Essential Insight 772 views

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