Archive for May 2010

Rare Diamonds - A Beginners Guide To The Art Market by Guyan Porter

I recently went to a talk on artists led initiatives. There ensued a well informed debate about this ‘new’ model for art production, and how the transition is made from grass roots collective, to state funded institution. At a time when artists led initiatives and artist led organisation seem to be more common and widely recognised than ever before, I was interested in how groups, organisations, collectives and loose communities related to the art market, and what engagement there was with the economics of art production. In economic terms, public funding (government) is still a relatively small component in the economy of the visual arts, but one that does support, albeit indirectly, a high proportion of artists within the sector. With local authorities usually spending more than the national executive, and spending by artists on the production of art also far outweighing government funding levels, is the art market where the big money and decision making power lies? Governmental funding towards artists led initiatives in the UK, more and more seems to come with a push towards the market, with participating in art fairs being requisite.

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Release The Muse With

Taken from an article in the Independent titled Portrait of The Artist as a Tortured Soul.  I have extracted what I think is the best part but you can read the rest of the article here, which describes various methods of releasing your creativity from hypnotherapy to gurus.

1. Be sure to choose your parents with care. Studies show creative people come from homes in which intellectual and creative pursuits are valued, and they are encouraged to do well at school.

2. Indulge in hero worship as a child. Creative people read voraciously as children and often model themselves after heroes or heroines from books.

3. Fail miserably at school. Paradoxically, many creative people perform poorly at school. Actor Anthony Hopkins has said: "I was a dummy ... I would sit perplexed, drinking ink."

4. Be unhappy.  Nearly all Nobel Prize-winners have come from troubled homes. As Gore Vidal, writes: "Hatred of one parent or the other can make an Ivan the Terrible or a Hemingway: the protective love, however, of two devoted parents can absolutely destroy an artist."

5. Before you reach adulthood, have a loved one die on you. One study suggests that only adolescent delinquents and suicidal depressives have rates of childhood bereavement as high as those of creative people.

6. Become mentally unstable. It is well documented that creative people are more likely than the general population to suffer from illnesses like manic-depressive disorder. Even those who do not suffer from mental illness tend to be more impulsive, depressed, or angry than other people.

7. At all times, be aloof. Overcoming the difficulties that are likely to have beset their childhood often means that creative people are extremely driven and have developed strong self-belief to mask their inner insecurities; this can make them appear arrogant loners.

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Artists on Show in Prestigious Exhibition


Renowned Aberdeen Society launches latest display at Art Gallery


Published: 30/04/2010

'Nothing Matters Anmore', 2010 by Jane E Porter, mixed media on board

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