During a visit to an artist studio at uni last month, the artist was kind enough to offer the following advice to aspiring artists on how to bridge the gap to becoming a practicing professional artist. Let me share in point form.
- Friends and family are great for commissions, and will ease you into the art business. Even if you don’t get paid, it’s great experience.
- Use your contacts - friends with shops, galleries, other networks.
- Never be afraid to ask for an opportunity or help.
- Try out obscure avenues for funding and showing work.
- Be visible: blog, website, publish, be involved in the community.
- Set yourself briefs, set your own tasks and goals to complete.
- Enter competitions, make relationships with galleries and suppliers.
- Write about your work and “prepare a BBQ statement” – an explanation of your practice to a lay person.
- Get work experience in the art community – both the good and the bad, as they are both valuable.
- Have goals, plans, dreams – research and plan for them.
As my aspirations do fall into the pursuit of artist practice, I believe I will have a crack at following as much of this advice as is astute to do so. Ready, GO!