Author Archive for Jack Smurthwaite

Interview: Manolo Ty’s Unique World View

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Manolo Ty is a tireless traveller and photographer, based in Berlin. After working in television and film, hospitality, and ending up on a boat full of passengers trying to escape society, he travelled to Pakistan with a camera and single…

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‘Clear Drinks Only’: Home Galleries and Open Houses

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A friend invited me to Sigmund Freud’s house recently. House museums are a passion of mine, as they are for many people, and I love the art programme the Freud Museum has put in place. Contemporary artists, responding to a…

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What to Consider When Photographing Your Work for the Smaller Screen

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photographing your work for the smaller screen

Every tube, train and tram in every city (…and town, village and hamlet) is stuffed full of commuters as they drag themselves to work each morning. The time of inside-pocket paperbacks and broadsheets has been replaced by tablets and smart…

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The Art Of The Steal: Appropriation

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Joseph Cornell had a huge exhibition displaying 80 pieces of his work in 2015 at the Royal Academy in London. Within the art world he won the admiration of Marcel Duchamp and Robert Motherwell. Among art collectors, his assemblage boxes…

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Artists Take Note: Online Courses And Career-Driven Professionals

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In an age when everything has moved online, MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) are becoming increasingly popular educational models. Distance learning and online resources are now part of some more formal and traditional qualifications. But, as a creative professional, where…

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ArtWeb vs WordPress: The Artist Website of Choice

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Website providers, coding, domains, designers, themes, blogs, portfolios, shops. The options for someone wanting to branch out online are limitless and it is even more difficult if you are an artist. Your work is unique in that it is not…

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Now You Are Just Showing Off: How To Personalise Your Artist Portfolio

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Whether you are applying for your foundation degree or whether your group show application merely makes you feel like you are, a portfolio plays a huge role in your professional artistic life. With a few simple pointers, this post will…

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In The Frame: What To Consider When Framing Artwork

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Framing artwork is incredibly important and many artists consider it part of their final outcome – Francis Bacon demanded his canvases were framed behind glass, for instance. Despite the cost that framing can add to production costs, it might be…

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How To Be A Sell Out: Benefits of Using Your Own Artist Website

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You are an artist in a competitive market, you want and you need to sell work. Do not rely on others to do this for you; third party web-shop options, middle men, may not be the most efficient ways for…

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Social Media Success: How To Balance Your Online Presence Part 2

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Part two of this post looks at newsletters (are they right for you, should you send them out, who to and how often?) before moving onto a final stage of wrapping everything we have looked at together. Balance is the…

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