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Rise Art Artist Chris Hughes featured at Bloomberg New Contemporaries at the ICA

Posted in Uncategorized by Scott @ Rise Art on December 3, 2010

The Institute of Contemporary Art in London features annually the Bloomberg New Contemporaries, a highly regarded exhibition showcasing a snapshot of today’s emerging art landscape. Originally established in 1949 – it’s 2010 edition features 49 artists from across the UK working across all media. It offers recent graduates and art students essential support and recognition at a crucial stage in their development.

One of the artists selected for the 2010 exhibition is Chris Hughes, who also features on the Rise Art website. We are very exited for Chris to have such extraordinary opportunity and would like to congratulate him! Chris’ work deals with ‘places of trauma’; his drawings, which are currently displayed at the ICA and on the Rise Art homepage, are of extraordinary detail. Rise Art was at the opening of the show, and captured his work displayed at the ICA.

The panel for the 2010 exhibition consisted of former Turner Prize Winner Mark Leckey, Mexican artist Gabriel Kuri and the rising-star artist Dawn Mellor.


Accepted a Commission? Points to consider

Posted in Uncategorized by Scott @ Rise Art on September 28, 2010

Working on commissions can be a very enriching experience for both, the commissioner and the artist. In order to ensure a smooth collaboration, we have come up with a little list of issues that need to be taken into consideration and agreed on, in order to avoid misunderstandings on both sides.

But first and foremost, it is crucial for you as artist to gain a detailed understanding of what the commissioned piece requires. Thus, communication and discussion are highly important.

As artist, you might want to ask for certain specifications in written form. To avoid misunderstandings, we believe that it is best to set out several details in a written brief,  of which both parties receive a copy.

This agreement should include the following points:

  • It should state details about the commission, such as: Where will it be displayed? Does it serve a particular purpose?
  • Determine the materials to be used.
  • Agree a timescale for the completion of the commission.
  • Payment structure needs to be set. Often, payment is divided in three thirds: the first third is paid upon agreeing on the commission, the second-third is paid half way through the work and the last third once the artwork is finished. However, you may want to structure it differently based on other criteria and milestones.
  • Outline clearly who pays for material as well as productions undertaken by a third party.
  • Define who is responsible for the delivery  and insurance of the artwork? Are there any special transport requirements? Determine the costs and who pays for the delivery.
  • Will the artwork you are creating require installing? If so, who will do this? You as artist? A technician? Can the commissioner install it by himself?
  • Does the artwork need specific requirements for conservation and maintenance? If so, inform your client about it!
  • Ownership & moral rights – you have to come to an agreement of ownership. Some basic texts about copyright can be found here.
  • Finally, it should state the names of the involved parties, and a date.

Here a few examples of agreements/contracts used between a commissioner and artist:

Did you find this post helpful? What are your experience? Share your thoughts with us!

For Artists: How to fill calmer periods of time productively

Posted in Uncategorized by Scott @ Rise Art on September 8, 2010

As artist, work is generally rather project-based, often involving stressful periods of work followed by a calmer period of time.

Whatever the reason might be, during these calmer times, artists find themselves with extra time on their hands. At Rise Art, we have compiled a list of little projects to fill this time productively.

  1. Look online for opportunities. With the Internet, a great amount of opportunities for artists is published online and who knows, you might find a competition or group show you wish to apply for. Among the great amount of sites listing opportunities, at Rise Art, we particularly like the following: Artquest Opportunties, London Artist Quarter, Workhound, Saatchi Forum.
  2. Create a list of galleries. Just keep in mind your work needs to fit into the concept of the galleries, hence the galleries should be showing work similar to your own. Once you have a list:
  3. Update your Portfolio and CV before contacting the gallery. It is crucial to keep your portfolio up-to-date, as you will develop your style over time. Once this is done, you can:
  4. Approach the Galleries of which you have made a list.
  5. Update your website or blog. If you have not got online presence, we suggest you start creating an online presence – see this blog entry for further information.
  6. Attend or host a workshop. Is there a medium you have always wanted to play around with but never got around to do so? Or you are confident enough about teaching and would enjoy giving lessons or a week-end workshop?
  7. Clean out and organise your studio. Like clearing out a wardrobe, throw out or give away old brushes, paint and other gadgets you have not used for a long time. If needs be, put your paperwork in order, too.
  8. Do your taxes. No one enjoys doing them, but we all have to do them at some point – so why not start now? Did you know you could do it online? Click here for HRMC homepage
  9. Visit museums and galleries. Visits to cultural institutions might not only be inspiring, but also great networking opportunities.

As artists, you surely have experienced calmer periods of time – how have you made the most out of them? Please share your experiences and advice with the Rise Art community!

Recent Art Graduate – Now What?

Posted in Uncategorized by Scott @ Rise Art on July 20, 2010

As the recent degree shows wind down, many recent graduates of MA and MFA programs may be asking themselves, now what? Whether or not your recent degree and open shows were everything you expected, now is the time to get pro-active in establishing yourself as an artist. Many people will have your work fresh in their mind, and this is your chance to leave a lasting impression. At Rise Art, we came up with five easy but helpful steps you can take to expand your visibility as an artist. While you are enjoying the fleeting summer months, we hope that this can aid you in your career development:

1. Create online presence

It is increasingly important to have an online presence, be it your own website, an online portfolio or gallery. It do not have be pricey and there are sites offering uploading a portfolio for free. If you consider committing to an online gallery, research it first. At Rise Art we have previously committed an entire blog entry on this subject, to read Why artists need to be online click here.

2. Subscribe to email newsletters

Newsletters are a great way of staying up-tot-date on what’s going on in the art world. There is a huge variety of free email newsletters available online, informing you not only about the latest news and exhibitions, but also artist-opportunities.

Some of our favorite industry newsletters are:

Artsjobs and Artnews, both from the arts council in England, Artsadmin, and e-flux, as well as Artquest.

3. Get connected

Collect contacts and start building a network. Go to openings and other events were you will be among peers and other people from the art world. We suggest if you have not done so already, create a simple address book or database with the contacts of all relevant people you meet, such as fellow artists, curators, journalists, gallery owners, potential collectors or buyers. Try to update this list on a regular basis and don’t be shy to ask people for their contacts. The list you create now will be a huge asset the next time you are looking to drive people to an exhibit or show you are hosting.

4. Exhibit your work

As recent graduate, it might be hard to find exhibition spaces at first, but there are a number of opportunities out there.  We suggest to apply for group exhibitions, if you are in the early stages of your career, as it is more likely to be accepted into such – plus, it can be a great way to meet fellow artists and young curators! Newsletters, forums and blogs can also be a great resource for artist opportunities.

Another idea would be to organize your own solo show or a group show with fellow students, for instance as a pop-up exhibition. Rise Art has the following recommendations for hosting pop-up exhibitions – See our blog post on Pop-Up Retail Opportunies.

5. Other opportunities

Art prizes and artist residencies are just some of the options available to emerging artists. Explore some of the art prizes open to young artists (further reading here).

Let us know what else we missed. How are you promoting yourself following the degree show season?

UK Art Prizes, Part I

Posted in Uncategorized by Scott @ Rise Art on June 10, 2010

The art world in London and beyond is full of various awards and prizes aimed at helping artists raise their profile and support the production of their artwork. Given that Rise Art has been developed to help showcase and endorse emerging artists, we are naturally supportive of art awards that showcase & support emerging talent. Over the next few months, we will explore some of the better know art prizes around town & beyond, five at a time. In no particular order, here are five we like around the UK.

Catlin Art Prize

This is a prize one cannot register for, but you need to be an art student and recommended by a course leader or curator – so ask your course leader to recommend you! Of all artists recommended, 40 are featured in the Catlin Art Guide, 8 of which will be commissioned to do work for an exhibition in London. This provides artists with time to create a new body of work and to explore ideas. One of the artists is finally awarded with the Catlin Art Prize a prize of £3,000.

Taylor Wessing Photography Prize

This prize aims to present the best works in contemporary portrait photography. The show is held at the National Portrait Gallery and then tours the country. Taylor Wessing Photography Prize is open to anyone over 18 from amateur photographers to professionals. First prize is £ 12,000. Submission deadline 18 July 2010 and there is no submission fee.

Threadneedle Prize

The Threadneedle Prize is one of the largest art prizes in the UK. It aims to uncover the best new figurative and representational art in Britain. There are two separate registration deadlines: one for paintings and two-dimensional work and one for sculptures and other three-dimensional work. Registration is £ 15 per work submitted and artists must be over 18 years old. The winner receives £ 25,000, runner-ups £ 1,000. New is the visitor choice award, which is worth £ 10,000.

Jerwood Visual Arts

Jerwood Visual Arts is a major initiative of Jerwood Charitable Foundation. It is a programme of awards, exhibitions and events for talented emerging artist across a variety of disciplines: drawing, painting, photography, moving image and sculpture. Works are displayed in group-shows and several artists of each discipline will be selected. The deadline for the drawing prize is on 21 June.

Brighton Photo Fringe

Brighton Photo Fringe represents an opportunity for emerging and mid-career artists working in lens-based media. Selected artists will receive a fee, a solo exhibition as part of Brighton Photo Fringe and a production budget. Submission fee is £ 15.

Have any questions? Have we got it wrong? Let us know in the comments!