Visual Arts


66 Industry insights in total for Visual Arts


A key challenge is to keep audiences engaged and interested and wanting to come. Image © Chatsworth House Trust.

Working in a stately home

Employees at the Chatsworth stately home describe the challenges of working at a heritage site, and how their modern art collections brings in new audiences.


Identify the types of galleries you want to approach and why you are approaching them.

How to approach art galleries

Approaching galleries takes time and research. Different types of spaces require slightly different approaches.


Cellist Li Lu played the ''Summer House' glass project for the Manchester Royal Infirmary.

Architectural glass business

Lauren Sagar is a practising glass artist. She spoke about the various projects, insights and experiences of her creative business Sagar and Campbell.


Alison is the author of 'How to Get a Job in a Museum or Gallery' and co-author of 'How to Get a Job in Publishing'.

10 tips for a creative career

Alison Baverstock has written books on being a writer and how to find a job in both publishing and heritage. Having worked in a variety of creative jobs, she shared 10 pieces of advice for any creative career.


Jon Burgerman is a professional doodler for big-name brands like Coke, Pepsi and Nike.

Doodling in a digital world

Jon Burgerman is a professional doodler for big-name brands like Coke, Pepsi and Nike. He describes slowly getting noticed and the importance of embracing the digital world even if you work in traditional media.


Julia's work as Learning Manager helps Birmingham Museums deliver a programme of learning activities for a range of ages.

4 tips for heritage education

What is it like to work in a museum, planning the programme of activities, talks and educational events? Julia Kirby, Learning Manager for Birmingham Museums Trust, shared four pieces of advice for getting into heritage education.


Henry Wyndham has worked at Sotheby's art auction house for 15 years, and has been in the art world for 35 years.

Art auction career

Henry Wyndham has worked at Sotheby's art auction house for 15 years, and has been in the art world for 35 years.


Images © Tim Bradford 2009 www.timbradford.com

From artist to entrepreneur

Making the transition from being a student to establishing an arts practice, business, or career within the creative and cultural industries is a challenging but exciting journey.


Colour after Klein, The Barbican, 2005

Senior curator at The Barbican

Jane Alison is Senior Curator at The Barbican, where she has worked for 25 years. Her work includes organising exhibitions and events, editing catalogues and managing a core exhibitions team of 12.


Ross Chalmers has works at Hannah Barry Gallery, a gallery located in Peckham’s Copeland Cultural Quarter

How to be a gallery technician

Gallery technicians work behind the scenes to move artworks and ensure exhibitions are installed according to the artist or curator's brief. Find out the skills needed to pursue this career.


Claire's voluntary work, study of relevant subjects, and commitment enabled her to build a career as a conservator.

3 tips for conservation work

After a period of volunteering, Claire Armstrong secured a paid internship at a gallery and was able to build a career as a conservator. She spoke about her work and shared three tips for getting into conservation.


Nikki works freehand and direct with the wire mesh, with no moulding or casting.

A career in figure sculpture

Nikki Taylor is a sculptor, creating beautiful and expressive sculptures of the human form. She works mostly with woven wire mesh, and also in bronze, from her Surrey-based studio.


The Creative & Cultural Industries Team, Barking & Dagenham College

The Creative & Cultural Industries Team at Barking & Dagenham College won the 2018 Creative & Cultural Skills Training Provider of the Year Award. We spoke to Games, Art & Animation Course Leader and Creative Skills Project Co-ordinator, Katie Morgan, about their work and success.


Bridget Nicholls is the Director of Pestival.

Organising Pestival arts event

Bridget Nicholls was awarded the first Zoo Arts Fellowship at ZSL London Zoo. Her large-scale science arts festival, 'Pestival', was recently awarded Conservation Project of the Year by the Observer Ethical Awards.


Interning in the arts

Amy Powell is an intern at Unlimited, a programme delivered by Shape and Artsadmin that celebrates the work of disabled artists. In this video she discusses how the internship has opened her eyes to the value of the arts and reflects on what it means to be part of a workplace.


Building networks for artists

Chris Brown, Development Officer at Cardiff's g39 gallery, spoke about how their drop-in sessions for artists are helping creatives to find work and develop business skills.


On a crowded day, the help front of house staff offer can be a key influence on visitors' experience. Image © Peter Cook.

5 tips for gallery staff

Working ‘front of house’ in a gallery covers everything visitors see. Louise Emberson, Visitor Services Manager at Woking's Lightbox gallery, shared five tips for creating great visitor experiences.


Image: 2014. Photographer: James Mollison

Yinka Shonibare MBE on working in art

Yinka Shonibare MBE uses mixed media to explore ideas such as class, colonialism and culture. A prolific conceptual artist, he is perhaps most commonly known for his ship in a bottle, which occupied Trafalgar Square's fourth plinth. He spoke to us about life as an artist and the challenges facing the next generation.


Peckham Space moved into a purpose-built gallery in central Peckham in 2010.

Working in community arts

Peckham Space is a public gallery in South East London. Dedicated to commissioning artworks made in partnership with local residents, community groups and schools, it aims to increase public access and participation in contemporary art.


Calligraphy work can involve illumination with gold.

A career in calligraphy

Cherrell Avery is a calligrapher who is passionate about the visual expression of words. She combines teaching, from beginner to expert, with producing private commissions.


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