Networking tips for artists

Networking tips for artists

Here are some tips on how to network in the art world



1 - Attend art events. This is a great way to meet other artists, curators and collectors. Look for art openings, receptions, gallery talks and other events in your area.


2 - Join online art communities. There are many online forums and groups where artists can connect with each other and share their work. This is a great way to meet artists from all over the world. Head over to Facebook - there’s a ton!


3 - Take art classes or workshops. This is a great way to meet other artists and learn new skills. It's also a good way to get feedback on your work and try out different methods.


4 - Reach out to artists you admire. Don't be afraid to send an email or direct message to an artist whose work you admire. You might be surprised at how many artists are willing to connect with emerging artists. I’ve done it several times and they always respond with gratitude and useful advice. Introduce yourself, let them know that you enjoy their work and ask if they have any advice that they can share with you.


5 - Be genuine and authentic. People can spot a fake from a mile away, so be yourself. If they love you great, if they don’t WHO CARES - next!


6 - Show interest in others. Don’t just talk about yourself the entire time. Networking is about spreading your wings and making connections so be sure to ask questions and get to know the people you meet. 


7 - Follow up. After you meet someone, be sure to send them a follow-up email or text message. This will help you to stay in touch and build a relationship.


8 - Last but not least if you still find the thought of networking daunting…bring a friend! I literally did that last night. I went to my first ever networking event and of course was nervous to talk to a bunch of strangers. So what did I do? I brought along 2 friends for back up and guess what...I ended up having a successful evening and making some great connections with other business owners. Having a friend with you will help loosen you up a little and also takes the pressure off of you seems as there's two of you to bounce off of.

Don’t let your fears stop your from growing!

Networking is an important part of building a successful career as an artist. By following these tips, you can make connections with other artists, curators, collectors, and art enthusiasts who can help you to achieve your goals.

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