Practical Guides - a-n The Artists Information Company

Mapping what a guide for artist parents could be: workshop as part of Assembly Bristol, June 2017. Photo: Rich Broomhall
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Top tips for artist parents

A motivational list of practical ‘to-dos’: artist parents share their top tips and ‘survival’ strategies on raising children whilst maintaining and developing an art practice.

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Workshop with children, 2017. Courtesy: Sarah Blaszczok
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A guide to DBS checks

As an artist or freelancer working (on a paid or voluntary basis) in certain environments – such as running workshops in schools or with vulnerable adults – requires you to undertake a check by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). Educator Sarah Blaszczok explains why a DBS check is needed, how to get one, and the costs involved.

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Tony Heaton: Great Britain from a wheelchair, 1994, constructed from two ex-ministry Vessa wheelchairs. Courtesy: Colin Hambrook
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Disability arts as practice

Colin Hambrook provides an introduction to the history of, and current practices in the field of disability arts, including an overview of key organisations that support disabled visual artists.

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Juan Bolivar: 'Geometry Wars', solo exhibition at John Hansard gallery, 2008. Photograph: Steve Shrimpton. Courtesy: Juan Bolivar
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A guide for new curators 

Juan Bolivar, an artist and curator, explores the history and practice of curating, and provides ten key questions for independent curators and artists to help guide you in developing your first exhibitions. Bolivar’s painting practice runs parallel to his curating practice; first initiating TRAILER (2001-05) – an artist collective utilising temporary locations to stage exhibitions – and since, going on to curate over 40 exhibitions as an independent curator.

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a-n Crowdfunding for the arts workshop – at FYCreatives Blackpool, November 2016, led by Hen Norton. Organised in partnership with LeftCoast. Courtesy: Hen Norton
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Funding your work: crowdfunding and patronage platforms

Hen Norton explores the use of fundraising platforms online and offers her top ten tips to help you build a sustainable creative business or project, and reach a wider and more engaged network of supporters through crowdfunding. 

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Emily Speed, The Committee, 2015. Courtesy: Emily Speed
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Assessing opportunities

Artists and advisers identify key questions to ask to help sift the good opportunities from the mediocre, and the downright mendacious.

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Mass: Lotti V Closs, installation view, SYSON gallery, 2015
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Approaching galleries

Jennie Syson, director of the commercial gallery Syson in Nottingham, offers some advice on approaching galleries, through setting out the different research routes and methods you might use.

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Proposals: exhibitions in galleries

Proactively seeking out opportunities to realise exhibitions and projects is an important strategy in the arts. Adam Smythe, Curator at the Bluecoat in Liverpool, gives some advice on the best methods of approaching galleries with exhibition proposals for your own work or for curatorial projects.

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Exhibition contract checklist

A best practice reference guide to use when creating an agreement for a solo or group exhibition with a gallery or organisation presenting visual arts. You can also use the a-n Contracts Toolkit to build a contract to the specific exhibition context, and this checklist will support you with this.

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Paying Artists Artist-Led Manifesto
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Paying Artists: Artist-Led Manifesto

Created specially for the Paying Artists Campaign by artist Dan Thompson, the Artist-Led Manifesto sets out the principles of fair payment for artist-led groups and collectives who may be in receipt of public funds, but who may also operate without funds at the directive of the artists involved.

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Quick guide to negotiation

Negotiation is one of the four core principles of a-n/AIR’s Exhibition Payment Guide. This quick guide offers 10 tips for better negotiation.

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Quick guide to exhibition agreement

a-n/AIR’s Exhibition Payment Guide calls for written confirmation of exhibition and financial details in the form of a contract or letter of agreement. This quick guide offers 12 key points an agreement should cover.

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Quick guide to contracts

a-n/AIR’s Exhibition Payment Guide calls for written confirmation in the form of a contract or letter of agreement. This quick guide outlines the essential ingredients of a contract, gives guidance on what form a contract should take, and offers tips on negotiating and agreeing contractual arrangements.

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Quick guide to proposals

a-n/AIR’s Exhibition Payment Guide says artists should make sure they provide clear evidence of their work and experience when approaching a gallery with a proposal. This quick guide offers advice on the main areas to consider when developing a proposal, and includes tips on what to include when responding to an approach from a gallery or making a speculative pitch.

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Budgets

A budget is an essential tool for any artist planning a new project, making a funding application or drawing up a business plan, while a-n/AIR’s Exhibition Payment Guide asks artists to provide a clear exhibition proposal and budget in advance of negotiation. This guide by the Cultural Enterprise Office in Glasgow offers straightforward advice on how to construct and manage a simple budget.

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Pensions for artists

Primarily aimed at self-employed artists, this guide sets out why people should be considering a pension or retirement plan and offers advice on a number of different choices that are available.

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Tax Credit

Artists on low incomes may be able to apply for Child Tax Credit or Working Tax Credit. This guide offers advice on eligibility and how to apply.

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Getting paid

As a professional artist you may spend a good part of your time sending out invoices, chasing payments and generally worrying about your cashflow. This guide considers different payment options and offers practical advice on managing debtors.

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How to deal with VAT on sales

When selling work through a gallery, how does an artist deal with VAT on sales commission? This guide by financial services experts Counterculture and VAT advisory service SOC VAT explains the two principle methods.

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