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Making a living


What is the commercial climate for fine and applied arts? How important are galleries, corporate collectors and art fairs?

Artists seeking to make a living from their work have to think carefully about how best to develop sales opportunities for their work.

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Free taster of subscriber-only material in Markets section. Read on…

Introduction, December 2008


Art buyers

Brigid Howarth presents an insight into the mind of the art buyer, from private buyers to corporate and public collections. Read on…

Tour, November 2003

Art markets

Sarah Thelwall reveals that there is not one art market but several different ones. These markets are very different in terms of the artists, gallerists and collectors who participate and develop them. This Art market tour articulates the main markets and looks at what drives them. Read on…

Tour, October 2008

Artists' product

Hilary Williams talks to four artists about how they have developed specific products. She learns about their initial motivation and inspiration, how they developed their ideas into production and what marketing strategies they employed for these particular products.  Read on…

Tour, April 2003

Markets for designer-makers

How does a maker reach the market? Freelance consultant and Market Development Manager for Cockpit Arts Abigail Branagan highlights the key routes. Read on…

Tour, January 2009


Approaching galleries

While there are no set rules, this guide by Gavin Wade suggests a number of imaginative strategies for creating gallery interest in your work. Read on…

Guide, April 2003

Gallery, dealer and agent agreements

The following checklist by Sheena Etches and Nicholas Sharp covers many of the issues that arise when artists enter an arrangement with a private gallery, dealer or agent. Read on…

Guide, April 2003

Intangible, inflatable, irreducible

Lucy Kimbell explores the value of artists' work. Read on…

Guide, November 2004


Marice Cumber introduces key marketing concepts for artists and offers advice to help target your marketing effectively. Read on…

Guide, April 2003



Abigail Branagan profiles Collect - the international art fair for contemporary objects. Read on…

Profile, January 2009

Contemporary Art Society

The Contemporary Art Society (CAS) supports the museum collection of contemporary art. Hugh Adams investigates the society's aims and activities and offers advice on making an approach to CAS. Read on…

Profile, April 2003

Deutsche Bank Art Collection

Brigid Howarth talks to Deutsch Bank curator Mary Findlay about the sourcing and buying of artworks for the largest corporate art collection in the world. Read on…

Profile, November 2003

Hidden Art

Lucy Wilson explores the development and expansion of Hidden Art, an initiative set-up by Dieneke Ferguson to promote the work of designer-makers in Hackney. Read on…

Profile, April 2003. Updated February 2009.

Profile of a craft collector

Brigid Howarth gives a rare insight into one art buyer's collection and discovers the favorite haunts for snapping up the next big thing. Read on…

Profile, November 2003

Profile of an art collector

Brigid Howarth talks to an art buyer who has been collecting since the age of nineteen. Read on…

Profile, November 2003

Shipley Art Gallery

Brigid Howarth profiles The Shipley Art Gallery, which holds a public collection of contemporary craft. Read on…

Profile, November 2003


Pamela Wells and Alicja Rogalska report back from Supermarket - an artist-run international art fair in Stockholm. They talk about why their own artist association Laundry attended the event, meet representatives from a vibrant artist-run culture in Sweden and beyond, and offer a sample of some of the organisations who attended. Read on…

Profile, April 2009

The Manchester Contemporary

Launched in 2009, The Manchester Contemporary is an art fair that looks to encourage and develop a market for critically engaged contemporary art in North West England. We talk to Paulette Terry Brien of The International 3 who, alongside Laurence Lane, has been Curatorial Coordinator for the last three editions of the fair. Read on…

Profile, October 2012

Profiles: artists

Amy Azelda Cooper

Jo Wilson explores the work of ceramicist and sculptor Amy Cooper, in particular her successful balance between business and creativity. Read on…

Profile: artist, June 2007

Andrew Tanner

Penny Jones explores the career of Andrew Tanner who has spent ten years as a designer maker developing many successful ranges of batch-produced ceramics. Read on…

Profile: artist, June 2008

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