When exhibiting at a gallery I was asked if I could give them a tip about some interesting artist. I gave them the name and website of a friend and colleague (who I consider to be a very good artist). He got a separate exhibition.
Some years ago someone who had been on the board of an artist organization with me asked, “You do screen print on paper, don’t you? I’m putting together a new program for an art school; could I suggest you as a possible screen printing teacher?” I thus became a guest teacher at Formakademin where I teach since 2008.
Never underestimate knowing other artists; they can warn you about bad galleries and help you with good ones, recommend you for jobs, give you inside information, share technical knowledge, become collaborative partners and supportive friends. But this is a sensitive subject to write about and that is the reason why I got stuck last year when I tried to write about networking with other artists - you don't want anyone to suspect you could be a calculating bastard, would you? Something to keep in mind; you should never do things just to get to a good network, to get things for yourself – you should do it mainly by other reasons. The contacts you gain are just bonus. Dale Carneige said “You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you”
|The kitchen at KKV, artist run collective workshops, where I've been doing soooo much voluntary work|
Let's stop beating around the bush: how/where do you network with other artists?
- Art School
- Shared studio space, studio with neighbour artists
- Art Organizations
- collective workshops
- artist run galleries
- Take a course for artists
- Participate in group-shows
- Give workshops for fellow artists
- Just approach some artist you would like to know
Ah, that helped a lot.
Did it? Wouldn't you like yo know some more? To not just get a list, but some personal REAL experience and stories?
Thought so. Next Sunday I will share with you what I've done myself + some dos and don'ts