Despite a bachelor’s or master’s degree in fine arts, it seems like most artists still struggle to make money out of their craft. Not a lot of people can appreciate art, especially the fine arts, so the market is limited. The kind of art that people normally consume is that found in online memes, comics in newspapers, and animation in films. In this way, the belief that there is no money in art is born. A lot of people, despite their talents and passion for the visual or performing arts, choose to study a more profitable degree. But for those brave enough who continue with their artistic desires, but struggle to sell and profit from their creations, here is a list of platforms through which you can promote your art and get commissioned.
Despite the mellow acceptance of the market towards fine arts, there still exist several businesses which deal with artworks: buying and selling them. These businesses usually hire an art critique to check the quality of an art piece. So apart from selling your art piece, companies can also give feedback on your work and promote it more through their online art listings. You can find such lists provided by well-trusted art dealing enterprises. A lot of artists have shared their work with such businesses, for example, the thousands of artist prints available on Printed Editions.
With the ease of communication that the internet continuously gives, millions of people have already used this platform to sell products or do trade. Just on Facebook, thousands of groups have the name “marketplace” noting that the groups allow buying and selling of goods. So as a struggling artist, you can try your luck by posting your artworks online, specifically in art communities. Particular features are also on the networking site that will help you decide on the price of your work and help promote your craft more. Some even get hired on the spot by famous animation companies just after getting their art posts viral on the internet.
Exhibits serve as a gathering of art enthusiasts who have enough money to attend one and buy art pieces. By joining these, you can promote your art and sell it. Exhibits also allow you to build your social network for future partnerships that offer pay. Now, artists can just rent a place and set up their exhibits with the help of their friends. Some galleries call for proposals so artists can pitch their exhibit ideas. Typically, these opportunities are for a limited time, so you should look out for postings.
Artists struggle to make money because not everyone appreciates their creations. Despite the seeming normalisation of this struggle, this is not a hopeless case. Thankfully with the advent of the internet, people have more means to share their artwork. From online groups to art dealers, people can still sell art; hence, successful and bankable artists exist.
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