How to Write the Perfect Artist Statement


When you are pursuing an art career, artist statement might easily be as important as your work itself. This is the first clue your audience will have about your art, the first sentences they will read in your portfolio, this statement represents your first handshake with a potential buyer or a gallery. To avoid falling into the sea of many artists who describe themselves in words no-one understands, here are some tips on how to write, or how to change the existing, art statement.

 

Keep it simple

 

Introduce yourself to the audience as if you were there in person. Write the statement in the same way you would actually talk to someone - bearing in mind that your conversation partner is neither completely uninformed, neither an academic you need to impress. Write your artist statement to reach a wide audience with your art and its meaning.

 

Explain why

 

Be personal. Explain why is creating this type of art important to you - what drives you, what inspires you, what moves you. Think about who is your influence or what is the cause your art serves to, what motivated you to create art in the first place.

 

The artist statement should also say HOW

 

Briefly explain the artistic process, the materials you used, and why were those your choice. If there are any special or innovative techniques you are using, you should also highlight how did you get that idea.

 

What does it mean to you

 

To write about yourself is a challenge, as you should expose a part of your intimate, personal life. However, by being confidential, you are inviting the audience in, and thus creating an open space for dialogue. People will feel like they know you and can connect to you better. With this, you are letting them experience your art as a part of you, which gets you long term engagement. Writing about yourself in a short frame is for sure difficult, so try to make it fit into two, three sentences tops - as if you were writing a post on Twitter.

 

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Try to make it short

 

You will not keep anybody's attention with a long, complicated artist statement. People nowadays take information in small cups, and so you should give them everything you want them to know about you in a short, concise text. Don't use long, complex words, which make your sentences difficult to understand - if a reader needs a few goes before he/she can understand you, they won't bother to read it.  Be clear for a very broad audience.

 

Essential

 

When writing your statement, you will have many versions in the process. Explain what you are doing to yourself, and then cut your text to remove all the unnecessary moments. For example, instead of saying "I intend to..." or "I am trying to...", just say the essence of what it is about. It will make your statement shorter, and much clearer and focused.

 

Have different statements for different projects

 

One artist statement is often not sufficient to explain your work as a whole. For one, you are always changing and transforming, innovating and addressing different challenges. Make an artist statement for every project, exhibition, performance, sculpture. Let each statement explain what was the purpose of the art piece, and focus on your position as an artist in the moment of creation. Someday, a historian could analyze your work by tracking your statements connected to the projects you did over the years.

 

Don't navigate

 

There is no need to point out what is the highlight of your work. The viewer will have the chance to experience your art in his/her own way, not the way you want them to. That is the whole beauty of experiencing art - your statement should intrigue them, and then give them the freedom to have their own interpretations.

 

It's about your work

 

The artist statement is not your biography, so don't get carried away to write about yourself too much. The focus should be your work, and your vision.

 

Review

 

When you are done with your statement, send it to your friends! Let other people read it, and give you their comments and feedback. They will tell you if the language was clear, and if it describes your art well. Have other fellow artists review your writing, and tell you their impressions. Pay attention not to make any careless mistakes - your spelling and grammar have to be perfect, the context clear and precise, understandable for everyone. Sometimes it's also good to write your statement, and then leave it be for a few days. Later on, you might have a different insight into how your sentences are structured. Rome isn't built in a day.

 

Do you have any struggles writing your artist statement? What is the biggest challenge for you? Tell us in the comment section below.

 

 

About the author:

Nina Petrov is an activist, poet, performer and mathematician. She communicates with the world mostly through words, movement and equations, but sometimes also by speaking very loudly. The only truth she could say about herself is that she keeps changing every day, never stops learning and interacting with her surroundings.

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A Color Palette For Every Vibe


Deciding on a color palette which fits your mood is like choosing the right playlist for the day. Colourlovers are explorers who discover new palettes for every occasion, matching perfect shades with perfect tones, for the blues and the jazz of a perfect day.

 

We came across a list of palettes by Reux Design Co, their top picks for five different ambiances.

 

  1. Soft, Romantic, Organic

 

If you are feeling poetic, full of care and tenderness, this delicate flower which is created with this choice of colors can make your day even more romantic. This palette fits vagabond souls, nature-loving and free spirits, it is a spontaneous yet gentle combination. Every shade is a soft pick, but put together they are a perfect fit for dreamers and love birds.

 

#c6d8cf | #dfbbb6 | #e7c9b1 | #f6e3c4 | #dc7863

 

2. Strong, Masculine, Clean

 

Black and white are always giving a strong impression, like a good cup of coffee in the morning. This combination is exuding simplicity and clear rationalist view. Strong blue and green are empowering this simple base and giving the "muscles" to your combination.

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#5c5ba7 | #43a472 | #f0f0f0 | #000000

3. Bright, Cheerful, Fun

 

Now, this palette is like riding a roller coaster. It has everything you need for a bright sunny day - the gray is a firm base for the cheery shades of blue and red, not too strong but not subtle either. Smooth shades of orange and yellow are adding the sweetness, playfulness, and goofiness to the combination. Almost if you can taste the lollypop, sugar melting in your mouth, just from looking at these shades full of flavor.

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#40979b | #acb0ad | #f06134 | #ffd2aa | #faf6a7

 

4. Luxurious, Thoughtful, Mature

 

Sophisticated color palettes never get old. Everybody has a moment when they need one - like a royal outfit combination to make us come across as more mature and serious. This choice, however, doesn't have any haughty statements but offers a wiser point of view, full of understanding.  These colors remind us to appreciate life and the knowledge that comes with time.

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#adc9c7 | #254a45 | #d9b9a9

 

5. Girly, Rich, Bold

 

This brave color composition is contained of very strong, juicy shades, on a dirty white base. Even though it appears playful, nothing about this palette is innocent. The purple shade is the most tricky one - one thing is to be brave, and another not to know if we can pull something off. This blend is both feminine and masculine at the same time, which is its true wealth.

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About the author:

Nina Petrov is an activist, poet, performer and mathematician. She communicates with the world mostly through words, movement and equations, but sometimes also by speaking very loudly. The only truth she could say about herself is that she keeps changing every day, never stops learning and interacting with her surroundings.

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Interview questions every artist should be prepared for


Important jumps in every artist's career are being featured in art magazines. These opportunities are always both amazing and scary, which is why it is important to prepare for the interview properly. You will want to make sure that you leave a good impression and that your art statement comes across. To get ready and become more confident, we suggest that you answer these questions yourselves before you get a chance to talk about your art with a journalist. These are some of the most common questions artists get asked in an interview, and they can also help you have a better and clearer statement for your art.

What does your work aim to say?

 

Now, even though you have a full grasp on what is your work about, it is very important for others to have the wide context as well. In answering this question, think not only about what inspires you but how are you personally reflecting on the matter, thus why does it bring a burning urge to create your work. Think about the materials you are using and how do they fit in the concept of your artwork, and then the narrative of your work and what kind of dialogue it should inspire. Formulate your answer in a clear manner, but leave it open for additional interests and further questions on the topic.

Who are your biggest influences?

 

Whether it is one particular artist whose work inspired you to become an artist yourself, or if there is a variety of artists which influenced your style, your theme, your expression - your answer to this question is important because it will help the audience locate you on the big canvas of different creators. Most importantly, this will help curators, critics and collectors recognize you as an artist they should pay attention to. If your influences are your current colleagues from the world of art, you can also show your respect for their work, and elaborate on what aspect of that work you are inspired by, and why.

How does your work comment on current issues on a national/global level?

 

Throughout history, art has played a valuable role in shaping our societies. If your work is making a comment on current political/ social/ ecological happenings, then you have a chance to enter a worldwide artistic dialogue and be recognized on a large scale. Think about how your artwork fits into the great puzzle and how are your pieces expressing your personal viewpoints. Smart and prepared answer to this question can ensure you high rates in the art world and help you grow your network.

What is your background?

 

The purpose of this question is not to highlight your education and achievements in your career. Although this is a part of your answer, the main focus of your story should be reflecting on your personal growth, your cultural heritage and those life events which inspired your work. Readers would like to know more about you as a person behind your art, what set of events shaped you and played an important role in your artistic development, how is your cultural identity tied with the work you've shown so far. This question also opens a possibility for a short glimpse into your future plans and what is your current work in progress inspired by.

Which current art world trends are you following?

 

To be a respected artist, with good sale rates, you'll have to keep track of the hot topics on the current art scene on a local, national and international level. During your interview, you will have the chance to show your awareness of the waves and flows of the market, the trends in the art that is being made by your colleagues, as well as art-buying trends. You can express your deep, philosophical understanding of the phenomena in today's art, your clever predictions on the further interests of the market and reflect on famous contemporary artists and the public interest in their work.

 

By coming prepared to an interview, you are showing your respect towards the time of the person on the receiving end. Knowing what you will talk about in advance, means that you will appear more confident and avoid reckless mistakes which can hurt your career in the long run.

 

Art interview doesn't need to be a date in your calendar which you dread, it can be an awesome opportunity to share your calling with the world. This way, the audience is given the chance to meet the person behind the canvas, and relate to your art on a deeper, intimate level, with a better understanding of the statement you are expressing.

 

Are you prepared for your next interview? We hope this helped you prepare and lose the jitters. Fingers crossed!

 

About the author:

Nina Petrov is an activist, poet, performer and mathematician. She communicates with the world mostly through words, movement and equations, but sometimes also by speaking very loudly. The only truth she could say about herself is that she keeps changing every day, never stops learning and interacting with her surroundings.

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Did The Simpsons Predicts Pantone’s Color of the Year?


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The Pantone Color of the Year is a calendar event that every designer keeps an eye on. Starting in 2000, the Color of the Year is as straightforward as it sounds. However, are there more nefarious forces at play? The team at Aspire Doors noticed something that may have just blown Pantone’s cover wide open. Kind of…

Before we get into their discovery, let’s discuss the Pantone Color of the Year and its significance…

What is the Pantone Color of the Year?

Pantone was founded in 1962 for the purpose of creating colour cards that would be used by cosmetics companies. The following year they changed course with their colour matching system otherwise known as PMS (Pantone Matching System). What this does is create a catalogue of all colours that can then be used around the world with consistency.

Having consistent colours is crucial for your branding or any other design project and with so many possible colours out there, it became necessary to standardise and quantify colour. Without being able to find and use a colour consistently, design projects would increase massively in logistics and time wasted.

In 2000, they launched the Colour of the Year and it has since made Pantone the global authority on colour. They have moved with the times as well. Before the internet, Pantone would provide solid colour ink printed on paper. They now work in CMYK as well as RGB and have documented and numbered thousands of solid colours for you to use in your web design projects.

How is the Pantone Colour of the Year Decided?

This is where Aspire Door’s discovery comes in. The COTY is supposed to represent the socio-economic conditions of the time and is decided by a number of different colour representatives around the world. They meet in secret to discuss and debate what it should be.

Taking pointers from fashion, art, politics, packaging, branding, film, travel destinations and more, they decide on a hue that best represents that year. Or do they?

The Simpsons-Pantone Connection

Here’s where the truth may lie. Since 2010, the Pantone Color of the Year can be observed in the living room of one of TV’s most famous families, The Simpsons.

As this post from Aspire Doors demonstrates, the 2019 Color of the Year ‘Living Coral’ matches the Simpsons’ skirting boards and thus completes the set from 2010 to 2019. 2013’s COTY ‘Emerald’ matches the carpet, the walls match the 2016 COTY, every part from the magazine rack to the rug can be linked to the Pantone Color of the Year.

Is this proof that Pantone gave up in 2010 and are just pointing to a different part of the Simpsons living room each year? We doubt it, but the coincidence definitely raises an eyebrow.

The Simpsons Future Predictions

This can be categorised as one of many future predictions that The Simpsons have got right. When Donald Trump ascended to the presidency in 2016, viewers remembered the 1998 episode ‘Bart to the Future’ where Donald Trump becomes president. Even the campaign posters were almost identical apart from the slogan. The Simpsons thought he’d opt for ‘America, you can be my ex-wife!’ instead of ‘Make America Great Again’.

This is just one prediction in a long list, from Las Vegas circus tiger attacks to the mass hysteria of the Higgs Boson particle; The Simpsons have had an uncanny ability to see into the future. So, are the writers time travellers?

Probably not.

The truth is, the Simpsons have been going for so long and the world around them has always informed their jokes. In 30 years of writing jokes based on current affairs, some of those scenarios are bound to come true. After all, Donald Trump expressed interest in running for the presidency as early as 1988, a whole decade before the ‘Bart to the Future’ episode and a year before the Simpsons’ first episode in 1989.

‘The Simpsons Did It Already’ is an online meme that is testament to this fact. In 30 years of the Simpsons, they’ve covered so much ground that so many hypothetical situations have already been explored by their writers. It’s made it really hard to come up with ideas for your own TV show, because pretty much anything you can think of has already been done by Matt Groening et al. So, there’s no need to believe in time travel just yet.

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Vintage Jewelry - The Ultimate Present for Your Wife’s Birthday


So, it’s that time of the year again – your wife’s birthday is coming up and you are looking for the best way to express your love for her. A million ideas run through your mind and you just can’t decide on the perfect gift to sweep her off her feet.

For any man out there, this can be a stressful situation – wanting so hard to make your woman feel special on her day but not knowing what to get her. You may have considered jewelry as an option because well, which woman doesn’t love jewelry? But not just any jewelry; we are talking about something different and unique – vintage jewelry. Just like many other past fashion trends, vintage jewelry is making a major comeback.

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Rich in style and history, vintage jewelry is timeless.  Not only does it look stunning, but it also has the power to take you back in time. Every vintage piece is a powerful style statement with a story behind it.

Vintage Style: What’s the Appeal

Since vintage jewelry comes in a variety of styles and shapes belonging to different eras, there is plenty to choose from. Whether you are looking for a beautifully hand-crafted bracelet or an elegant set of crystal earrings, you are sure to surprise your lady love with your choice. There are so many reasons why you can never go wrong with a vintage piece.

Vintage Is Unique

In today’s era of mass production and standardization, it becomes difficult to find jewelry that is unique in its design and appearance. With contemporary jewelry, you are likely to find the same or very similar designs wherever you look.

In the past, jewelry making was a different affair – each piece was beautifully handcrafted providing a lot of attention to detail. You will find each piece of vintage jewelry different from the other.

If your wife is someone who loves originality and standing out from the crowd, a vintage piece is sure to be a valuable addition to her jewelry collection!

Vintage is of Better Quality

If we carefully inspect a vintage piece, we often find that it looks as good as new despite being made years ago. This is because vintage jewelry is often handmade, with each piece carefully crafted to last for years to come.

You can see the amount of time and effort that has gone into getting every tiny detail just right. With a decline in the quality of materials available and a change in crafting techniques, very few manufacturers today can match the quality of an antique piece.

Vintage Jewelry Has a Story to Tell  

If your wife is someone with an interest for everything historical, she is going to love owning vintage jewelry. Every vintage piece takes you back in time to a different era and tells stories of the past. This is what makes this jewelry a lot more valuable than modern varieties.

Vintage Doesn’t Cost an Arm and A Leg

Some people may have the misconception that vintage jewelry costs more than its contemporary counterparts. Despite its growing popularity, there are many affordable options and with a bit of research, it is possible to find good value for money.

Buying online is a great option as you can take your time going over the options and find excellent deals by comparing prices of different vendors. So no more sleepless nights when deciding to buy your queen an exquisite birthday present.

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Vintage is Trendy

In the hustle and bustle of the world that we live in today, we are gradually finding ourselves returning to our roots and cherishing the beauty and simplicity of the good old days. This applies to jewelry too!

Vintage never goes out of style; it is always eye-catching and helps one stand out from the crowd whether it is worn at a party or on the red carpet. Your lady is sure to turn a few heads while flaunting her vintage jewelry and she will love you for it!

There’s Plenty of Choice

When buying vintage jewelry, there is so much choice that you are sure to find a piece that your wife will instantly fall in love with. A beautiful vintage ring featuring diamonds or stones is something that any woman would love to wear on a daily basis as a symbol of her man’s love.

Choose from designs of the Georgian era that come with simple yet elegant floral designs or if you are after something more artsy, perhaps something from the Art Deco era will be more suitable.

If your wife loves pearls, the classic pearl necklace – Pearls of Joy – is a fashion staple any woman would love to own as it’s the perfect accessory to add a touch of class and elegance to any outfit.

Pendants are another great option – they are simple yet chic and definitely very much in style. A beautiful pair of earrings or a bracelet can also be bought depending on your wife’s preferences. Pay special attention to the kind of jewelry she usually wears so that you can buy something in line with her personal style.

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At the end of the day, a good birthday present for your lady is one she will remember and cherish for years to come. It is for this very reason that vintage jewelry is the ultimate present for the most special woman in your life on her birthday.

No woman will be disappointed receiving a stunning piece of jewelry carefully selected by the man she loves. It is timeless – a good piece of jewelry will be of value now and forever. And the best thing is, there is a style to suit every personality. Whether your wife is a minimalist or someone who loves making bold fashion statements, you are sure to find a piece that will make her feel loved on her big day!

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How to Plan a Fairy Tale Wedding


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Once Upon A Time…

A little girl dreams of meeting prince charming, being whisked away on a white horse (or unicorn), and having the perfect fairy tale wedding. As she grows older, the reality of adult life can make her more cynical about these golden fantasies. Fortunately, with careful consideration, a healthy dose of planning, and a sprinkle of fairy dust, the bride-to-be can still have the fairy tale wedding that she deserves…

 

What Does Magic Mean to You?

When we think of fairy tale weddings, perhaps the first image that comes to mind is of a Disney prince and princess being wed in a grandiose castle. That’s all well and good; however, people of royalty aren’t the only characters in Disney films to get married. Consider Robin Hood & Maid Marian in Robin Hood, Carl & Ellie in Up, Mulan & Shang in Mulan, or even Pongo & Perdita in One Hundred and One Dalmatians. The point is: you don’t need to come from a royal family, or possess kingly amounts of wealth, to have a fairy tale wedding.

The concept of a fairy tale wedding was introduced to the world by Disney films, where we also find talking furniture, singing animals, and impromptu musicals. This concept has since gone on to make crazy amounts of money for the wedding industry. So, you have to ask, what does it mean to you to have a fairy tale wedding?

It’s not so much the surface level things that make your big day magical; its how you feel about everything that’s important, which is determined by the people who help you celebrate this momentous occasion, and the vibe you create, whatever your budget is. Forget about what someone else’s vision of a fairy tale wedding is – what’s yours? What would make your day magical?

Identify what would truly make for a fulfilling wedding, and then you can plan your perfect day accordingly, whether that’s with white horses and a multi-tiered cake in a castle, or a disco and a BBQ in your back garden.

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Castles in the Sky

Not everyone can afford to hire a castle or a palace to get married in. However, there are plenty of more affordable venues, like stately homes, hotels, or ballrooms that can just as powerfully evoke your inner princess. Ballrooms tend to possess impressive architecture, complete with chandeliers and beautiful curtains.

Then there’s the option of foregoing buildings altogether; how about getting married in a forest? Outdoor weddings can be a beautiful alternative, and tying the knot in a natural landscape full of trees creates a different kind of fairy tale magic. This can be coupled with large marquees for the wedding reception and portable food stalls for the catering to create a unique and memorable alfresco wedding experience.

You can also save money by booking cheap or free venues for your wedding reception, such as having it at the house of a relative or close friend, in a local park, or on the beach.

 

An Invitation to the Magic

With personalised wedding invitations you can ensure the magic begins long before your guests reach the venue. Entice guests into your fairy tale fantasy with a beautiful design that reflects your unique style and gives them an insight into the kind of vibe to expect on the day. Just imagine how delighted you’d be to receive such a lovely invitation delivered through your letterbox.

 

Sprinkle a Little Magic

Wherever the ceremony is held, it’s the small details that can transform your normal wedding venue into a fairy tale-come-true, as if by magic. Using inexpensive fabrics as drapery is a beautiful way to decorate your venue, and can be used to cover tables, walls, and any other surface that feels too bare. The use of ribbons is another great way to add a visual touch of class.

The lighting is also important. Having the place decorated in fairy lights looks beautiful and doesn’t cost much. When night falls, using candles in candelabras is a classier alternative to electronic lighting and creates a more romantic atmosphere. Then you have the centrepieces on the tables, which can be elaborate and beautiful without breaking the bank.

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Fairy Tale Flowers

Of course, flower arrangements are an absolute must, and add a touch of natural magic to any room. Typical fairy tale flowers are roses, peonies or hydrangeas, which can be arranged in colourful bouquets. Alternatively, using just one kind and colour of flower can be visually striking, and white flowers in particular evoke a sense of purity and magic. Using trees to adorn the aisle adds a sense of the fantastical as the bride walks among them on her way to tie the knot.

 

Dressed for the Part

No fairy tale wedding would be complete without the dress. What constitutes a magical look will of course differ between each bride-to-be. It could be an incredibly sparkly and attention-grabbing affair, along with velvet gloves and loud jewellery, or something much more understated, perhaps adorned with a tiara and a choker. It all depends on your tastes.

Once the bride’s outfit has been meticulously designed, then all the royal subjects need to look the part too. The outfits of your bridesmaids and pageboys all deserve careful consideration, and the style of their clothing should complement the style of the overall event.

 

Here Comes the Bride

One of the most important parts of the whole day that should be injected with fairy tale magic is the bride’s entrance. There are many ways you can make it stand out; the use of dramatic music, or even better, live music, can make this special moment all the more emotional, as well as having bridesmaids scatter rose petals around the bride as she enters.

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And They Lived Happily Ever After…

A fairy tale wedding may seem like something that’s exclusive to your most cherished dreams, but with planning and action, you can turn those dreams a beautiful reality.

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TOP Art Residencies in 2019


If you made it this year's resolution to travel and improve your skills, meet artists worldwide, exhibit your artwork, engage your audience and create without limitations, then an art residency might be your perfect move in 2019!

 

For Colourlovers community, we distinguish some awesome opportunities for designers and artists!

 

1. Inspiring Change Training Course & Art Residency

 

Inspiring Change training course & residency is about professionalizing your creative ideas and supporting your entrepreneurial initiatives. They offer education within the fields of project management, design thinking, visual identity & branding, marketing & social media, and public speaking & pitching project ideas.

All you need is a good idea - and the team will help you do the rest! By the end of the two-week programme, you are equipped with skills to develop a kick-ass project, inspire your community and grow your network on a global level. In short, Inspiring Change mission is to help you emerge and overcome the obstacles you weren't thinking about during your art school. The workshops are facilitated by appropriate experts in these fields, with wide experience in developing creative projects.

 

This residency takes place in Belgrade, Serbia, from 21st of July till 2nd of August 2019, and the deadline for applying is 22nd of April.

www.residency.inspiringchange.rs

2. Antropical

 

For those who love nature, Kolla Festival offers a unique experience for artists from all over Europe. The whole residency takes place in a forest, at a camp spot, with late night talks under the stars.

Antropical is a multidisciplinary practical research residency within a festival setting, merging the performing arts (dance, theatre, circus, conceptual art, video, audiovisual art, etc.) with theory (philosophy, [art] history, curating, political science, etc.), design (landscape design, graphic design, architecture), education (art therapy, teaching, etc.) and any other discipline interested in partaking in the debate on the relation between art and festival culture.

 

This residency takes place in Steinfort, Luxembourg, from 2nd till 22nd of August 2019, and the deadline for applying is 26th of April.

www.antropical.com

 

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3. Cold Bench - "The Rejects"

 

If you are not really in the position to travel to a far place to meet fellow artists and exhibit your work, you can always do so online!

Cold Bench is an online community with a gallery that exhibits arts on a rolling basis and creates an online art residency experience. Their open call "The Rejects" is looking for two things:

  1. Artistic expressions concerning the theme in the body of work

or

  1. Unsuccessful entries and works that have not been selected in other curated shows.

 

The call is open until 20th of May 2019. Look up their online residency opportunities and previous showreels.

www.coldbench.com/callforart

 

4. Artnoise Residence

 

The Artnoise Artist in Residence in Karen Village, Kenya, is a fully funded residency program which provides time and space for visual artists, curators, and arts professionals to create, research, experiment, cultivate new directions in their work as well as execute new projects. In addition to a shared studio space and living facilities, artists are surrounded by a community of artistic peers and have the opportunity to learn from their peers in a tranquil cultural environment.

Their call is open to visual artists, designers, curators, art writers, cultural students, applied artists researchers, and other arts professionals who are interested in drawing inspiration from African arts and cultures whether they speak English, French, Arabic, Spanish, Portuguese or German.

 

The residence takes place from 26th of May till 15th of June 2019, and the deadline for applying is 19th of April.

artnoiseng.com/artresidency2019

 

5. Paradise Air

 

This residence in Japan offers a long stay and a short stay program. In the Long Stay Program, they provide lodging for a foreign artist for a period of up to 60 consecutive days. During artists'stay, the host not only support the artist financially, but also help to provide him or her access to the local community, particularly in terms of overcoming language barriers.

In the Short Stay Program, they offer a free, short-term residence for artists in return for an artistic donation in the form of a public event, performance, installation, etc. They aspire to make the residence a new artistic point of transit so that it may continue to attract artists to Matsudo – and Japan – from around the world.

 

The residence is located in between central Tokyo and Narita, the deadline for applying is 30th of April (for long stay) and ongoing for short stay.

paradiseair.info/opencall

 

Where are you going to spend your summer and what will your focus be? What will you choose to learn, who will you meet and what will you create?

What are your experiences with art residencies so far?

 

Tell us more in the comment section bellow!

 

About the author:

Nina Petrov is an activist, poet, performer and mathematician. She communicates with the world mostly through words, movement and equations, but sometimes also by speaking very loudly. The only truth she could say about herself is that she keeps changing every day, never stops learning and interacting with her surroundings.

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Tips to Start a Freelance Business


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How to start a successful freelance business?

One of the widely popular types of employment nowadays is freelance because it allows organizing one’s schedule and simply being your own boss. Those who are willing to start such business, probably already know about all the perks of this carrier. Here are simple steps to take for launching an impressive carrier.

  1. Know What to Achieve

It is better to see and visualize a final goal first of all. You need to be sure in what you want to achieve, whether it is a full-time freelancing or using it as a tool to get to another goal. You can even make a plan of the nearest steps and conduct research regarding the industry you are interested in. it is also extremely essential to find what sphere is interesting for you and focus on it. Do you like writing? Maybe you are into graphic design? Plan out what can you do and what services can you deliver.

  1. Find your Place and Audience

There is always competition and people willing to charge less. It is more efficient to narrow down your specialty to one particular sphere and become an incredible professional in it. Find the right niche for your talents and try to define your target customers. Who are these people or companies? Why do you want to work with them? How can you interest them?

  1. Choose your Path

There are many ideas and opportunities for freelancers. Some of them choose to work for companies as writers or put their information on a platform providing freelancers with clients. However, if you want to build a successful freelance business it is better to work on your own, create a website promoting your services and invest in marketing.

  1. Learn about Taxes

Depending on the governmental requirements there are several things you need to do. First of all, get a license or permit to provide services regarding the legal requirements of your place of residence. Prepare yourself to separate business and private expenses and pay tax quarterly. It is better to know all the legal details and consult on what exactly should you do.

  1. Make an Inspiring Portfolio

When launching a website it is necessary to have examples of what you can do, whether it is article or pieces of design. You need to promote yourself and interest clients in what you can deliver. It might also be necessary to give a word about yourself, create a resume. You can use resume services or look at the examples online. Put an emphasis on the actual experience and the innovations you’ve made.

  1. Set reasonable price

Do not go for the lowest rate, there will always be someone charging lower. Base the price for your services on a quality. And do not too much exposure projects.

 

Freelancing might seem challenging at first, but with reasonable planning and organization, you can achieve all your goals.

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Best Ways To Start Business When You Are A Teen


teenage business

Teenage business

Teens are often considered to be little children. Parents treat them as dependents. However, there are things that teens can do to ensure that they save enough money for themselves. College is certainly not cheap. A student needs to make sure that they have enough money to cater to their needs while at college. With a job, a teen can make enough money to help them survive their first year in college. Remember that just because you are a teen it does not mean that the taxes and other rules of business operation do not apply. This article will ensure that you understand what it takes to start a teenage business and the ways to start your own business.

Etsy

For teens with a creative mind, it is easy for them to take advantage of these characteristics and create something that can be sold. One can make jewelry, candles, edible goods, jam, swag, and even paper goods. These are great because the payment-processing fee at Esty is small and it requires a small listing. The best part is that they offer you payment collection and a complete storefront. To ensure you make maximum profit from the teenage business, you need to find a source of low-cost materials so that the price you charge will cover the production costs and time spent.

Tutor

Instead of looking for speedypaper review, do the essay yourself. That will help you learn as much as you can about the dos and don’ts of essay writing. It will be easier for you to tutor other high school students and help them succeed in their education, at a fee. This is also an excellent way for you to study enough to pass all your exams. Actually, you do not just have to tutor them on their academics, you can teach computer, piano and other instruments or SATs.

Social media consultant

All teenagers today have grown in the internet age. This gives them some serious advantage over the adults. When it comes to understanding the web, search engines, networking and blogging, no one understands it better than teenagers. There are companies who pay good money for people who have expertise in this area. You can make good money as a social media consultant.  If you are unsure about what you need to do, you can always read a blog or a book about it. You can also sign up for a course with Udemy. It is a job you can also do while in college because it is flexible and can be done from anywhere.

Baby sitting

This is one of the great ways to start earning money, especially if you have younger siblings. If you are good at it, you can earn money. The best part about this job is that you do not need to have any start capital. To have an added advantage, you can get some CPR training and a certificate in childcare so you can get all the calls.

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60 Things to Check Before Launching Your Site


designing a website

From a sleek design to functional navigation, a lot goes into crafting a visually appealing, user-friendly website. The work doesn’t finish there, either. The site needs to rank high on search engines, engage users and entice a reaction – whether through conversations or sales.
With so many aspects to consider, the pressure is on to deliver a high-quality website. Fortunately for you, this checklist highlights 60 of the most important things to check before the site’s launch.

page content

Page Content

1. Remove generic content

Website templates usually come pre-packaged with lorem ipsum-type content. Ensure this is removed completely before launch.

2. Proofread the content

Spelling mistakes and incorrect grammar hurt the professionalism of a website. Check all text and correct any errors.

3. All text formatting is correct

From paragraphs to lists, all text should be correctly formatted.

4. Optimise your images

Image optimisation on all devices is an important step, as is making certain all pictures are inserted in the correct areas of the website.

5. Engaging video setup

Video content has to be placed in the right area of the website, while other aspects to consider include setting up a playlist or an auto play function.

6. Audio accessibility and functionality

If your website utilises audio, make sure it’s at the correct volume, plays in the right place and works on all devices.

7. All premium content is stored in the correct places

When premium content like eBooks and case studies are offered, these items need to be stored in the right databases/libraries to work properly.

8. Provide contact information

If users want to get in touch, all company contact details should be up-to-date and present throughout the website.

9. Provide an author’s page

When running a news website, it is essential to supply transparent author information for inclusion onto the Google News Publisher platform.

10. Ensure fonts are user-friendly

Choose fonts which are familiar, easy to read and seamlessly blend together with the rest of the website’s design.

11. Integrate social media accounts

If your website has any associated social media accounts such as Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, integrate them within the site.

12. Feature up-to-date copyright

The copyright date, which is often found in the footer, should always display the current year.

13. All rights are property attributed

Using any fonts, images or other content which needs to be attributed or licensed from the owner? Make sure you have the rights to use such assets.

14. Logo is in place

The logo should be clear, optimised and easy to recognise for all screen sizes.

SEO

SEO

15. Use unique page titles

Eye-catching page titles, which incorporate keywords and have fewer than 70 characters, will grab the attention of users (and the search engines).

16. Implement keywords whenever possible

All pages should boast relevant keywords, and each targeted word should appear in the page copy.

17. Don’t forget meta descriptions

For added SEO effectiveness, include a meta description with every page. This description should feature keywords and fewer than 156 characters.

18. Optimise every image title

When uploading any image, its title shouldn’t be wasted. Use keywords to describe the image.

19. Use alt tags for each image

For additional image optimisation and visibility, alt tags should be used. This provides an additional text alternative for the likes of Google, guaranteeing more chance of showing up prominently in search results.

20. Optimise every URL

Webpage URL’s are a key area for SEO. Instead of a URL which includes the date or a generic collection of numbers, it needs to boast the page title – and its keywords – clearly.

21. Have the URL’s display site architecture

URL’s should also display the website’s information architecture. This produces a greater level of organisation, which ultimately improves the crawl efficiency of search engines.

22. Create an XML sitemap

An XML sitemap is essentially a roadmap to all of your website’s important pages. It can be used to incorporate additional information for each URL, which also ultimately helps with SEO.

23. Submit the XML sitemap

The XML sitemap needs to be submitted to search engines like Google and Bing.

24. Have the metadata in place

When content goes through an RSS feed, the metadata needs to be in place. This should display compelling copy, effective keywords and be succinct in character length. Regarding the latter, page titles should sit at less than 65 characters, whereas page descriptions typically fall between 150-170 characters.

25. Metadata is setup for social media

The metadata should also be in place properly for sharing content on any social media.

26. All metadata is grammatically correct

As with all other content on the website, the metadata should always supply correct grammar and spelling.

27. Use rel=”nofollow” tags

These need to be used if your website displays any untrusted content, paid links, or any other pages with content you don’t want search engines to crawl.

28. Utilise 301 redirects

If your website has any old URL’s, these should navigate to new pages via 301 redirects.

design

Design

29. Make the webpages compatible across every browser

Whether it’s Google Chrome, Firefox or any other web browser, your website needs to work across all platforms.

30. Compatibility on all devices

Whether it’s a desktop or mobile, the website has to work on every device.

31. Optimised scripts

To assist with site speeds, optimise the scripts across all web pages.

32. Validate CSS and HTML

This ensures the validity of your web content, and helps towards freeing it of any errors.

33. CSS is optimised

The CSS should be optimised on every web page. This can be done via methods such as using image sprites, reducing unnecessary code and splitting CSS files.

34. Have functional paragraph styles

Lists, block quotes, headers – these styles need to work properly across the site.

35. Apply a favicon icon

The favicon, which is a small image which represents your website, needs to be in place and rendering correctly. The more distinctive, the better it stands out among other bookmarked websites.

functionality

Functionality

36. Have fully-functioning forms

If your website makes use of forms, these need to be formatted and correctly submit data.

37. Say thank you

When a form is submitted, a ‘thank you’ message should be displayed. Every courtesy counts!

38. Have autoresponders in place

If your website needs to provide programmed responses to users, any applicable autoresponders need to work properly.

39. Make use of form data

All form data needs to be correctly stored in a database and/or emailed to a recipient.

40. Working internal links

If these are hyperlinks embedded within page content or links via the navigation menu, these all need to work across the website.

41. Working external links

Have any external links going to other websites? These also need to work and preferably open in a new tab.

42. Check all feeds are functioning

News, RSS and social media feeds need to function correctly.

43. Check all social media functionality

When using social media share icons on your web pages, it’s important to ensure these are functioning as expected.

44. Link the logo

Instead of being a simple static image, the logo should link to the website’s homepage.

45. Implement redirect pages

404 redirect pages are needed for users that turn down the wrong road on your website.

46. Integrate third-party tools

If using e-commerce software, CRM and other third-party tools, these need to be integrated and running smoothly.

47. Optimising page speed

It goes without saying that website load speeds need to be as fast as possible. Optimising can cover everything from minimising HTTP requests to deferring JavaScript loading.

security and compliance

Security and compliance

48. Enable 24/7 monitoring

To ensure round-the-clock surveillance, install monitoring scripts which work 24/7.

49. Get a backup copy

Once the final website is complete, make a copy. This is for backup purposes in case the site encounters any significant issues.

50. Get regular copies made

Due to the continuous threat of malicious activity, copies of the website should be created and stored on an ongoing basis.

51. Have secure password storage

Website credentials and passwords need to be stored in a protected database.

52. Announce those cookies

When websites use cookies – aka those harmless files that track a user’s preferences – it has to be announced publicly to visitors.

53. Comply with usage rights

If code, images or other assets are borrowed/purchased, ensure this is compliant with any usage rights.

54. Have visible terms and privacy policies

Any applicable terms and privacy policies should be easily visible to visitors.

55. Be PCI compliant

If the website is processing and storing credit card details, it needs to be PCI compliant.

56. Consider disabilities

The website should be easily accessible and useable for those with disabilities.

analytics

Analytics

57. Insert analytics codes

To get analytic figures, the relevant codes need to be properly inserted in the right area of your website.

58. Excluding IP addresses

In some cases, certain IP addresses should be omitted from analytics tracking.

59. Using funnels and goals

When using analytics, funnels and goals should be setup. These provide greater visualisation of analytic results.

60. Sync accounts

Google Analytics and Google Webmaster accounts need to be synced, as do Google Analytics and Google Adwords (if applicable).

--- Note: All images were downloaded from Pixabay.com. Free for commercial use. No attribution required.

 

Itamar is a digital marketer who specialises in SEO and video optimisation, and has experience in running various social media channels.

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