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Heather and Ivan Morison, LookLookLook!, a temporary pavilion created in response to the eighteenth century walled garden at Berrington Hall, a neo-classical mansion in Herefordshire managed by the National Trust. Photo: Ivan Morison
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Artist commissions outside of the gallery

Contemporary Arts Programme Manager at the National Trust Grace Davies explores the benefits to non-arts organisations of Commissioning artists outside of traditional gallery spaces, and offers some top tips for artists to consider when making an application.

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Lucy Harvey, Mutual Improvement Society. Created following Harvey's residency at Quarry Bank, a National Trust property in Cheshire. Photo: Stephen Iles
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Making a residency proposal to a non-arts organisation

Hannah Pierce, who has held curatorial and programming roles with organisations including The National Trust and Jerwood Visual Arts, offers advice and explores the key issues to consider when applying for a residency with non-arts organisations.

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Reflecting on The Professional Bursary Scheme

The process of mentoring has been extremely rewarding and has allowed me to develop my work significantly. It has opened me to a wider understanding of my own work and how others read it. Firstly, how an artist presents themselves […]

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September 2016: A portfolio of work

At the end of the 3 months, I presented the work I had completed to my mentor. My current body of work is based upon still lives of Ball-Jointed-Dolls. These are fully articulated Asian dolls that can be painted and […]

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David Hancock – Professional Development Bursary

As a recipient of the Professional Development Bursary, I asked for support to investigate the potential of identify potential galleries with whom I could develop a relationship and possibly gain gallery representation. My mentor worked with me over 9 months to realise this.

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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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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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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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Professional practice in art schools: preparing students for life after graduation

How do fine art courses prepare their students for life after art school? How is professional practice shaped by factors such as location, course philosophy, and the cultural and political climate? Sarah Rowles unpacks the findings of Q-Art’s new publication, Professional Practice: 20 Questions – Interviews with UK undergraduate Fine Art staff exploring how students are prepared for life after art school.

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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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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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Becoming self-employed

If you are an artist or arts organisers who earns income from a variety of sources, self-employment is usually a good option as it enables you to work for many different people and perform more than one type of work. This guide by financial services experts Counterculture explains what self-employment means, how to register as self-employed, and how and when you will need to pay tax.

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The artist’s fees toolkit

Enables artists to calculate an individual daily rate for services they supply based upon their unique circumstances and overheads and to prepare quotes when pitching for freelance work.

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