Artist studio worker

 22 March 2011

Artist studio workers generally occupy a junior position in a studio working for an established artist, although they are often trained or experienced artists in their own right. The job provides experience and contacts in the art world.

The work varies according to the type of work the art studio in involved in, but could include painting, sculpture, drawings, prints, 3D design, textiles or digital art.

The work may include:

  • Working under the guidance of the artist(s) to produce and finish art-work, which might be anything from one-off paintings to large and complex installations
  • Priming, preparing and stretching of canvasses
  • Using a variety of techniques to produce different art-forms including  3D models
  • Working quickly and accurately under pressure to assist the artist
  • Administrative duties such as using documentation systems on computer for art-work and installations
  • Dealing with phone enquiries, post and other routine tasks
  • Helping with setting up exhibitions, including hanging pictures and assembling installations
  • Dealing with packaging and transportation of art, and acting as a courier at times
  • Working as part of a team with other artist studio workers and experienced artists

Artist studio workers may work normal office hours, although flexibility is important as longer hours may be required at certain times, such as before an exhibition or an important deadline.

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