New fund launched to buy moving image work

The Art Fund in partnership with Thomas Dane Gallery has launched the Moving Image Fund for Museums in order to support the acquisition of artists’  film and video works by museums.

The first two galleries to benefit from the fund are Towner Art Gallery in Eastbourne and Whitworth Art Gallery in Manchester. The scheme, which is currently in its pilot phase, will provide £200,000 to each gallery over the next two years.

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How to 'Make it' in The Visual Arts

S Mark Gubb is an artist working across a range of media incorporating sculpture, video, sound, installation and performance.  Here he gives his top 5 tips for making it in the visual arts.  Particularly useful for recent graduates but invaluable, as a reminder, to those of you who are already established.

1, First, and most important, always focus on the art. I'm putting this first as it's actually the most difficult to maintain and I often find myself not heeding my own advice. There's admin to do, things to apply for, lack of money, and all that TV and tea won't watch or drink themselves. Try and find strategies that keep you engaged in making, even when you have little time or money – it may be sketching, collage, taking pictures/shooting videos on your phone – simple, quick, easy, satisfying ways of being creative every day, even when your situation doesn't seem to want you to be. A day with 5 minutes of making in it is always better than one with none.

2, Network, network, network. This word still has a lingering stench of the 80s, attached to power-dressing and cut-throat professional manoeuvring, but all it actually means is getting out and talking to like-minded people. You need to be part of your professional community. You can be the best artist in the world, but no-one is looking for you. Get out and about, see shows, have drinks, talk to other artists, talk to curators. Once someone has seen your face and spoken actual words to you, you exist. You're no longer just a set of pixels in a monthly mail-out or on an exhibition flyer. Building a peer and professional network runs a very close second to making work in terms of importance for any sort of future sustainability or sanity.

3, Always think of the wider context for your practice. Cultural lines are more blurred than ever. You may paint, you may sculpt, you may make videos, whatever, and whilst the creation and production of your work may seem like a solitary pursuit, it has a context in the world. It may be relevant to a particular subculture or group, it may have specific relevance to a geographic location or non-art-based activity. Think around your practice and who might be interested in it. Of course your primary focus should remain on getting your work seen within an art context, but this expanded field of vision will be very useful when you come to write funding applications, or develop projects or just fancy taking a sideways step for a short while.

4, Don't worry about the other things you're doing to make money. It doesn't matter if they're not directly involved in the arts. Everyone has to make money to live, so do it however you can. Great if you can get a job in your local arts centre but, if not, work in the local call centre instead. In many ways having a totally unrelated job can help you focus on what you really want to be doing with your life.

5, Be nice. This should probably be at the top of the list. No-one wants to be friends with, or give a show to, or give support to, or give funding to, someone who isn't nice. Nice is a really bad word, but you get what I mean. Be yourself, be helpful and be proactive. (But if someone crosses you, bear a grudge forever. Not really). Be nice.

Image: S Mark Gubb, Alight 2014.  Permanent work, Cardiff City Centre. Junction of Bridge Street & Barrack Lane. Image credit Jamie Woodley




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What can we do for you?

So, here you are - wondering what on earth we do and why our site might be useful for you.  

We had this video made to try and answer some of those questions.


This one was produced especially for us in Sri Lanka and aims to highlight the key aspects of as well as the variety of support and information we publish on the site. 

We have great advicespecially written guides and lots of links to extra resources which, we hope, might help make your art, and your practice, just that little bit more effortless.

We also have an earlier video here and you can both of them, plus some videos we have found particularly useful, on our expanding YouTube channel.

Welcome to a new respect for Artists!

The Video

Here is our first little video, which attempts, in 48 seconds, to help people understand just what we do.

Now that you are here - have a bit of a look round.  We have great advice, specially written guides and lots of links to extra resources which, we hope, might help make your art, and your practice, just that little bit more effortless.


Welcome to a new respect for artists. 

Video produced by Brian Milone in the USA, specially for us.  You can view it on our YourTube Channel too, where we will add extra videos about issues relevant to contemporary art and artists.


Jane Wheat

In 2013 Jane Wheat was selected, from a region-wide submission, to show 'Nest' in the Nottingham Castle Open.

As this 'Open' is one of our 'locals' (it takes place just up the road from where is put together) and because we worked with the Open to help out a little with information for artists on how to prepare work for submission, we wanted to select one of the artists in the show to feature here.  Jane is that artist. 

She works with drawn marks as well as video and, apart from images of her mark-making you can view one of her videos using the link at the bottom of the page.

2013, Gel pen on card

Working intuitively, the process initially takes precedence over the outcome. The physical engagement with support and mark making tool creates an intimacy and immediacy. Each line drawn echoes the last. A test of physical endurance and concentration, the repetition, layering and accumulation of lines unfolding to form mesh like structures.

2012, Gel pen on card

2013, Gel pen on card

Tonle Sap (stills)

An interest in the ritualistic characteristics of cultural events has underpinned an ongoing project focusing on a unique natural phenomenon, the reversal of the flow of Cambodia’s Tonle Sap River. The work explores the auspicious nature of the ceremony and celebrations surrounding the river. The film stills are taken from the video piece, ‘Tonle Sap’ which can be accessed here.

More information about Jane's practice and images/videos of her work can be found on her website:


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