Starting an Art Supplies Shop

  • Price: £5.99
  • Published: May 2016
  • Type: Business Opportunity Profile
  • Format: PDF
  • What qualifications and skills are required?
  • Key market issues and trends
  • Trading, commercial and legal issues
  • Legislation
  • Further information

Art supplies shops stock artists' materials such as sketchbooks, paper, pastels, pencils, paints, drawing equipment and brushes, as well as canvases, easels and print-making equipment. Many also stock craft kits and equipment such as plaster and modelling clay, instructional books and design equipment, or provide a picture framing or printmaking service. Some run art classes and workshops or have a small gallery to display and sell works by local artists.

Typical customers of art supplies shops include hobbyists, professional artists, designers, illustrators and school art departments. As well as trading from traditional retail premises, many increasingly trade online.

This profile provides information about starting up and running an art supplies shop. It describes the skills required, the training available, the current market trends and some of the key trading issues. It also explains the main legislation that must be complied with and provides sources of further information and support.

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