How to become an Artist

  • Price: £5.99
  • Published: April 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

Artists create original works of art using one or more artistic techniques, such as painting, drawing, photography, collage, textiles, glass, ceramics and film.

Artists may have their work exhibited in galleries and sold by gallery owners, and some are commissioned to produce artwork for individuals and organisations.

Many artists also sell their artwork directly from their studios, and an increasing number are promoting and selling their work online. There is also a market for reproductions of original works of art, for example prints and cards. Some artists trade on a full-time basis, while others earn a second income from art created in their spare time alongside their main career.

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

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