a-n

a-n The Artist Information Company is a 'must look' site.  It offers clear insights into the visual arts as well as current new, comment and debate.

You will find the weeks top exhibitions, reviews, campaigns and valuable opportunities, job listings and networks.

It began life in 1980 as a paper publication, which provided timely help, advice and information for artists.  As information delivery developed so did a-n and they are now exclusively online.  This gives them an edge over 'paper' as they can deliver current information quickly.

They have over 19,000 and focus on conversations around critical and professional activities for artists, art students, producers, arts professionals, researchers, arts organisations and universities.

News and other items are fully accessible but they also run a paid membership option which gives you access to extra material and information.  Annual artist membership is £36 or you can have a £10 day pass.

Bookmark them - they are a valuable source of relevant information and advice.

www.a-n.co.uk

 

Q-Art

Q-art is aimed at prospective students, graduates, self-trained artists and all those with an interest in art. They attempt to break down the barriers to and between various models of art education and make the workings of the contemporary art world more transparent. 

Q-art run cross college crits and events at , conducts research into good practice within art education and published (digital and paper) a number of pithy books on art crit and art school courses.

There are some really valuable videos, commissioned by Q-art discussing issues which deal with art school teaching and art crits.  Well worth having a look at.

More details: q-art.org.uk

Axisweb

Axisweb.org has been supporting artists since 1991.  They showcase the best UK contemporary art and craft, and connect visitors with the people who make and present it.

Artists can set up their own portfolios here after going through a curated selection process and paying an annual fee.  This part isn't open to students as you need to demonstrate your professional engagement in the field after graduating.  Because of this 'selection' there is an extremely high level of artists and work across a wide range of media and styles.

The site offers features, advice, reviews, rants and opportunities in the field.

An all round excellent source for the professional artist.

Visit them at: www.axisweb.org

Artquest

We think we know quite a lot about supporting artists with professional advice but we are always on the lookout for other places were you can view clear and relevant information.

The team at Artquest are doing just that,  and very well indeed!

Their site offers information about many of the areas you might need support with as a practicing artist. They provide information on a wide range of resources, opportunities, artlaw and some great articles on how to make a living, show and sell your work, promote yourself or work with others.

Sections are well organised, detailed and informatively written.  It is always great to have multiple views about some of the areas you are stressing about so have a noodle round their site - there are gems to find and timely opportunities for competitions or places to show.

Artquest was launched in 2001 and is hosted by University of the Arts London.  It is also  a National Portfolio Organisation of Arts Council England.

www.artquest.org.uk

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