What is a professional artist?

Monday 25 January 2016, 11:00 – 13.00

The Fine Art Programme at Chelsea College of Arts educates students to develop careers as artists. This KEY event explores what an art career is or could be and what it actually means to be a professional artist. Contemporary artists are engaged in a multiplicity of practices and connect to parallel art and cultural worlds, all of which makes this a complex issue. How, for instances, does the Art School prepare artists for professional practice across a range of fields, and how can we make sense of the relationship between the art school and society?

With Doug Fishbone (artist), Martin Newth (artist and Course Director Fine Art Chelsea), Nick Kaplony (artist and Programme Co-ordinator Artquest). Introduced by Katrine Hjelde (Graduate Diploma Fine Art Course Leader).

featured image credit: Doug Fishbone, Booze Cruise, 2014


Useful Q&A with Nick Kaplony:

Q:  I want to sell my work. What is the best way to do this?

Resources on building relationships with commercial galleries

Resources on pricing

Audio from talk on Selling @ 28mins onwards

Q:  It would be really useful to have a few post graduation workshops I know it will be hard to timetable in but it would be much more relevant after. It’s a bit like labunprepared for this new our all the attention is on giving birth (final show) and then left totally baby, (post-graduation blues/void). Just a thought…

Resources on getting the most out of your degree show

Audio from our series of post graduation workshops.

Q:  is this possible for student artist to have contact with gallery?

Case studies of different models of galleries and how they work with artists article

Films of different Gallery directors talking about how they work with artists

Q:  How can we network/find/work with curators when starting out curating ‘diy’ shows – do we do it ourselves? How could we get their input? Should we get their input? In general is their more info about working with curators – pitfalls and pros?

How to work with Curators resources

Curator case studies

Q:  How do your tax returns when you have multiple jobs- working for someone or doing freelance- and sell work at the same time?

Information on self employment and paying tax


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