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Self-Portrait: What You Do and Who You Want to Be

How do your close friends describe you? How does your family describe you? How do your students describe you? How do you describe yourself? All of those descriptions might be true, but they might also mask your potential. If you grip too tightly to the stories of who you think you are, you’ll never be open to what you can become. Show More Summary

Creative Organizing with Heather K. Powers (Podcast)

I used to teach an online class called Organize Your Art Biz. I quit teaching it when I realized that there’s no such thing as the right way to get organized. My guest for this episode of the Art Biz Podcast, Heather K. Powers, figured it out long before I did. Show More Summary

David Shepherd (1931-2017)

Today the death of David Shepherd CBE FRSA, the conservationist and renowned painter of planes, trains and wildlife, was announced by his family via his Foundation website. He died yesterday, on 19th... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

Lynn Painter Stainers 2018 - Call for Entries

The Call for Entries for the Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize 2018 has been published. It describes itself as ...the UK’s leading prize for representational and figurative art – art that seeks to capture... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

Annual Exhibition by the Royal Society of Miniature Painters, Sculptors & Gravers

The Royal Society of Miniature Painters, Sculptors & Gravers was founded in 1896. and its Patron is HRH The Prince of Wales. The 2017 Annual Exhibition - in the North Gallery at the Mall... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

10 Best Paintings in the Sunday Times Watercolour Exhibition

This year I'm not doing a post that announces the prizewinners in the Sunday Times Watercolour Competition 2017. That's because he painting which won is in acrylic on canvas board and is actually... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

Rachel Whiteread on Drawing

Following on from yesterday's Jerwood Drawing Prize post, this is another post about 'drawing'. This is Rachel Whiteread talking about drawing - in a very normal, accessible, everyday way in a video... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

Gary Lawrence wins Jerwood Drawing Prize - for the second time

Gary Lawrence has won the £8,000 First Prize in the Jerwood Drawing Prize 2017. It's the second time he's won First Prize. He also won in 2011 GARY LAWRENCE SCOOPS JERWOOD DRAWING PRIZE FOR... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

7 Ways to Segment Your Mailing List and Make It More Useful

Ever worry about bothering people with your emails or postcards? You're not alone. And there's nothing wrong with wanting to do right by your trusted fans. You know what it’s like to receive tons of email and don’t want to contribute to the overwhelm. Show More Summary

Concept Test Kitchen, Episode 1

I’m launching a new experiment with this pilot episode of “Concept Test Kitchen” — a video series presenting interesting frameworks or approaches to arts management (‘recipes for thinking’), so you can share back whether or when they may be useful. Watch below, or on YouTube. And let me know in the comments whether the recipes […]

£25,000 John Moores Painting Prize 2018 - Call for Entries

The John Moores Painting Prize is celebrating its 60th anniversary and holding its 30th exhibition at the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool in 2018.  The anniversary of this prestigious painting is... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

Defusing beauty

My previous post suggested a multi-layered view of our work in arts organizations, including attention to the nouns of our ‘products’ or ‘outcomes,’ the verbs of our ‘processes’ or ‘practices,’ but also the core ‘source’ or ‘wellspring’ of the work that drives and inspires us. One obvious wellspring for many of us in the arts […]

Should artists use prize money to protest against the sponsor of an art competition?

Here's an ethical conundrum for artists. Can you protest against those sponsoring art competitions - after you've taken the prize money?  Or should you not enter in the first place if you object to... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

Training the Eye - Teaching to Look

I came across this video on training the eye and teaching people how to look last week. It's about the clarity that comes from real perception. “Training the eye is very, very important. You can’t... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

Linda Blondheim paints the Florida landscape and trees

Most of the time Linda Blondheim paints the fields, woods, swamps and trees of rural agricultural lands on farms in north Florida - when she's not offering smart business tips. Linda Blondheim -... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

Homer and Hurricane Paintings

I wondered if there were any paintings of Hurricanes or their aftermath and went looking. The answer is 'not many' - this is what I found. Winslow Homer seems to be the main exponent of hurricane... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

Feline Art in London, Washington and Before Internet Cats

September is feline art exhibition month in London. Plus Washington is also having an exhibition. This post features the following exhibitions: Louis Wain and the Cat Show at the Christ Beetles... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

How to Feel More Abundant in Your Life and Art

In this blog post I encouraged you to consider how your frugality might be hurting your art business by sending the wrong message to potential collectors. At the end of that article, I posed 3 questions for you to think about, which we will now look at in depth. Show More Summary

Eileen Hogan - an artist not in residence

Eileen Hogan has a simply marvellous exhibition at the Garden Museum. It's the outcome of inventing a new concept - "the artist not in residence" She was appointed the artist in residence at the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

The shallow breathing of rational management

So much of our training, theory, practice, and focus in cultural management has to do with outcomes and processes. When we look to improve how our organizations ‘work’, we tend to chose between ‘making better things’ (the outcomes or products), or ‘making things better’ (the processes that lead to those outcomes). This is not a […]

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