How to find the Appropriate Artist(s)

Methodologies that could be adopted for selecting an artist if your organisation doesn’t include an experienced member of staff with the expertise and knowledge of how to find an artist.

About How to find the Appropriate Artist(s)

If your organisation doesn’t include an experienced member of staff with the expertise and knowledge of how to find an artist (nor any within partners’ teams), there are organisations and agencies that can assist you.

The following outlines methodologies that could be adopted for selecting an artist:

  • Contract a curator to assist in developing the artistic vision of the project and help select artists
  • Advertise the opportunity through known online arts networks – e.g. Artsjobs, a-n, Axisweb opportunities, Artsadmin’s e-digest, ArtQuest, and local arts organisations’ mailing lists. Bear in mind that an open call for artists could result in many applications
  • Trawl through databases of artists and artworks – Arts Council Collection, Axisweb with the assistance of an arts expert/curator
  • Target a particular artist(s).

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