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

ArtRabbit

ArtRabbit provides up-to-date information on exhibitions and events held in contemporary art spaces.

Founded in 2006 by Tom Elsner, it provides a unique guide to exhibitions in the UK and world-wide, connecting thousands of art spaces, exhibitions and events for artists, art professionals, collectors, students.

From pop-up shows to world class exhibitions, at small independent galleries to major art institutions, visitors to the site can search for, discover and share contemporary art events all over the world.

ArtRabbit presents over 5000 art venues in over 50 countries who have already hosted over 47,000 contemporary art events to date.

They have an exhibition search page so you can select a location you are interested in and, as much of the information is provided directly by galleries or organisers - it tends to be detailed and timely.

More details at: www.artrabbit.com

Colossal

Janet Harling, one of our artist advisors from Sweden, was in town and drew our attention to this remarkable site for art and visual culture.

She uses it extensively in her lectures and workshops, which she delivers to 'soon to be' art teachers, and has been waxing lyrical about the remarkable content on the site.  Launched in 2010, it has been nominated for a "Webby" (sort of the Oscar of the web world).  We took a quick look and are completely hooked.  So much so that we have already ordered a book, which was being featured, and spent far too much time wandering around the sections.  Perhaps it should be in our 'distractions' section.

That said, have a look: www.thisiscolossal.com there is certainly something which will prompt you to wonder.  We really like this building in Margate, by British designer Alex Chinneck:


Photo by Stephen O’Flaherty - Link to article  The video is worth a look too!

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