Standing out as an artist

International Artist Day is October 25th

Paint being mixed on a palette


If you see yourself working as an artist, the chances are you’re already making art. But how could you turn this into a career or part of your working life? Here are three resources that will help you to explore, or begin this journey…

  1. Artquest ( offers information, advice, and opportunities for visual artists. Unsure what kind of funding you need and how to find it? Looking for advice on how to approach galleries or find ways to exhibit your work? Artquest has it covered. They also have an extensive database of opportunities including funding projects, prizes, and commissions.
  2. A-n – the Artists’ Information Company ( is the largest artists’ membership organisation in the UK, with over 22,000 members. As well as an opportunity to connect with, and learn from, other practising artists, you can access a wide range of research and toolkits, including and Artists Fees Toolkit.
  3. NESTA’s Creative enterprise toolkit is a free resource packed with useful information and practical tips for anyone contemplating setting up a creative enterprise. Worksheets help you to explore everything from your personal values and business case for your idea, through to your marketing mix. The guide takes a clear, step-by-step approach and has concrete examples and case studies to illustrate concepts.


If you found these useful, why not download our Creative Enterprise Guide from Careers 24/7 on Blackboard (under Career guides). If you’d like to talk to someone about developing or beginning your career as an artist, our Careers Consultants are on hand to help – book an appointment here.

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