Art Business Resources

My NEW website Art Business - For Artists has been published (April 2015).

Links below which indicate (NEW SITE) are to web pages on the new site.

Other links will be moved to the new site in future weeks - the annotation next to the link indicates whether it's likely to be sooner or later.  All will be moved in due course.


PLEASE FEEL FREE TO BOOKMARK ANY PAGES YOU ARE INTERESTED IN


Getting Started - The Basics

How to sign a painting, drawing or fine art print (MOVING SOON)

  • What's the best way for an artist to sign a painting?
  • Should you date as well as sign a painting?
  • How should you sign a fine art print?
  • How can you identify the genuine signature of an artist?

How to write an Artist's Resume or CV - Resources for Artists (MOVING SOON)

How do you summarise your life as an artist for galleries, exhibitions and potential employment? Do you understand the difference between an artist's CV, artist resume and a bio - and how to write them? If you want to know what are the differences in terms of structure, content and the different purposes you use them for this site has information, advice and guidelines for you.

How to write an Artist's Statement - Resources for Artists (NEW SITE)

An Artist's Statement is essential - but lots of artists dread writing a statement about their art! This site provides links to various helpful and informative articles about
  • how to write an artist's statement, 
  • the sort of information it should contain, 
  • records you need to keep and 
  • how to tackle specific issues

Communicating with the customer

Email Newsletter Software - A Guide (MOVING)

Are you confused by the different software options for generating a newsletter delivered via email? You're certainly not alone - and this site is starting to try and sort out what are the free and paid options and how they compare. Plus tips on using newsletters and email.
On this site you can find:
- a checklist of things to think about when choosing email newsletter software
- a list of free webware which allows you to deliver newsletters online
- a list of paid software sites which can deliver email newsletters (note some are dedicated and others are a function within a bigger package)
- lots of tips on what to do when using email newsletters

Blogging for Artists - Resources for Artists (MOVING SOON)

Are you an artist and want a blog? Or maybe an artist who wants to work on improving your blog? If you are then read on - you'll find links on this site to sources of advice, information, and all other matters which are relevant to blogging for artists and blogging by artists.  It focuses first on blogging basics, then on blogging for artists. Finally it covers some problems encountered by artists who blog and how to deal with them

    Selling Original Art & Prints Online

    How to Sell Art Online  (MOVING SOON)

    Do you want to know how to sell art online - or improve your knowledge of e-commerce for artists?
    This site helps you find out about selling art via your websites, blog, shopping carts, auctions, online galleries, online stores, print on demand and email marketing and how to drive traffic to where you sell your art online.
    Whether you are an emerging or experienced artist, this site will provide you with a link to information and advice about:
    - driving traffic to your blog or website
    - finding out more about tools and webware which can help with ecommerce for artists
    - reviewing the various sites offering to help you sell your art online
    - ecommerce and payment systems for selling online
    - the law and regulations relating to selling online
    - other matters relevant to the business of selling art online.

    How to pack, post and ship art - Resources for Artists

    How do you pack art? How do you post art? What about international deliveries? What about customs? How do you get it back again?  This site doesn't pretend to have the answers to all the very many questions people have about getting art from artist to purchaser or from artist to exhibition and back again - but it's a start!

    Print Art on Demand - Resources for Artists (MOVING SOON)

    Are you interested in having your artwork printed using print on demand technology? Do you want to check out who are the suppliers and what people think of them? Find out about:
    -  what is print on demand / publish on demand?
    -  suppliers of print on demand services for art - and reviews
    -  suppliers of print on demand services for printed publications (eg marketing materials and books)

    Online Art Galleries and Stores - Resources for Artists (MOVING SOON)

    Any number of services want to help you to get your ORIGINAL ART online - but do they actually work and which is the best? If you're trying to find out more about online art galleries and print-on demand services this is the site for you!  Do some research before you make a decision as to which online art gallery or print-on-demand service to use and AVOID BEING DISAPPOINTED with the choice you make.  Unlike their offline counterparts (who provide customers with independently audited data), it's very difficult to get marketing data about traffic from the companies.  In contrast, this site provides charts created by a third party (compete.com) which uses the same source data for US traffic for all sites to make it easier to compare the traffic they each receive.

    Sell Daily Paintings - Resources for Artists (MOVING SOON)

    Do you want to know more about how to sell daily paintings online - or improve your knowledge about the painting a day movement generally? Check out this site to find out about websites which aim to help daily painters to sell their art online.  Whether you are an emerging or experienced artist, this site will provide you with a link to information and advice about:
    - driving traffic to your blog or website
    - find out about tools and webware which can help with ecommerce for daily painters
    - reviewing the various sites offering to help you sell your art online

    The Bigger Picture

    The Art Business for Artists  (MOVING SOON)

    Do you want to know more about the business side of being an artist? Or maybe you're looking for a particular piece of business information for artists?  Whether you are an emerging or experienced artist, this site provides you with a link to information and advice about professional development, marketing opportunities and other matters relevant to the business of being a visual artist.

    Art and the Economy - Resources for Artists  (MOVING)

    Are you concerned about the impact of the economy on artists and selling art? What will a recession mean for artists? Find out about making and marketing art in an economic slowdown.  Topics include:
    - rethinking your approach to art
    - being business-like
    - different ways of marketing art
    - what to cut and where to invest
    - reducing and avoiding risks

    Copyright for Artists (NEW SITE)

    Visual artists need to know how to protect their images - both on the the internet and in the wider marketplace where artists have to deal with the fact that not all countries operate copyright law in exactly the same way. At the same time they need to ensure they are not disadvantaged by new proposals for dealing with orphan artworks.

    Intellectual property covers Copyright; Designs; Patents and Trade Marks.  Orphan artworks are works of art where the person who created is cannot be found - even if they can be identified.

    Art after death - Resources for Artists  (NEW SITE)

    What should happen to the art after an artist's death - or the death of an art collector?  It's an issue which people often avoid dealing with - sometimes until it's too late.  This site highlights:
    • checklist of issues for artists to consider when planning the disposal of their estates
    • checklist of issues that art collectors need to get to grips with prior to death
    • some of the difficulties which the estates of famous artists have experienced due to mistakes, omissions and poor estate planning
    • links to what seem to be useful sources of helpful information and advice.

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