So I took a short break from my work…… and used the time to take stock of how things had gone over this last year – thinking about how I wanted to move on.
What ensued was the inevitable list. I surprised myself with what the list contained though, as it wasn’t a case of what I will do, but more a case of what I WON’T.
Last year, I made the decision not to enter any open exhibitions in which there was a charge. I stuck to that one and don’t feel that I lost out in any way.
· I did donate my work to one auction this year – it was in aid of a Liverpool artists studio that had been effected by recent cuts. My work sold and I did receive 45% of the sale, but despite now being ‘invited’ to donate to many other art auctions, that’s a ‘No’ from now on.
· I will not invigilate. I used up too much of my precious leave on this and ended up exhausted. If an exhibition needs someone to sit there, I will walk away from it
· The biggy – I will not work for free.
I sent two proposals off in the last month and one of them was a paid opportunity, in which the applicant had to set out their fee. I applied for a similar thing to this last year, and stupidly thinking I would have more of a chance if I gave myself an absolute minimum fee, I sent it off. I didn’t even make the short list.
This time, I used the a-n artist’s fee chart. To be honest, I felt a little fearful of my own demands and I hesitated before pressing ‘send’. It’s done now though and if I don’t get through, at least I will keep my dignity.