Back in the early days of my career, when art inventory software and other online tools weren’t yet common, I learned a very important lesson about being organised.
A gallery owner saw my work displayed at a gallery in Brisbane, and I was offered a solo exhibition. Sadly, and to my great embarrassment, I had to decline. I wasn’t organised enough to lunge at the opportunity, talk about regret! That incident taught me the importance of artist management for my business, and here are some best practices on the subject that I’d like to share with you.
Make no mistake: Organising an artist business takes time AND commitment! But once you know what the essential elements of your art business are, you can start putting together a strong artist management process in place.
The essential things that you should implement include:
Look for a program that will help you stay on top of your accomplishments, and build a full history of your work. Most art inventory tools offer more than just inventories.
2. Allow you to organise your art presentation ideas in a central location
3. Keep track of prospective clients and exhibitors
4. Track upcoming exhibitions so you can get organised for them
There are a lot of good art inventory software programs available out there, such as: Artworks Archives, GYST-Ink, Artsala, Masterpiece manager, eArtist etc. They vary in price and platform (Operating system, hardware supported etc.). Check them out first, to ensure they offer what you are looking for. Many of these art inventory tools also offer free trial versions, which you should download and use before you buy the one you like.
If clients and prospective clients see different prices in various places and at different times, you will not only damage your image, but clients will lose credibility in your business.
Organising an artist business is the first step to business success. Luckily, there are a number of steps you can take to get yourself on the right track. From art inventory tools, to updated CV’s and Artists Statements, every little step takes you further along the path to good organisation.
ART INVENTORY SOFTWARE
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