Giving artists an opportunity to show their work, particularly those, like me, who have limited funds, seems like an awesome idea, and a great way to use what I learned over the last year in a positive way. If, like me, you can't afford endless entry costs for shows and competitions (which rarely benefit the artist) then this may be for you. It also works for those who don't want to part with large commission fees, you probably worked really hard and don't want to give half away every time you part with a piece! I don't want to charge commission fees at all, and there are ways of making it work while allowing you to keep the money from your sales. The simplest is this : You have your own artist page, with all your artwork and information in one place and a contact form so that people can get in touch with you directly through this website. You would have total control over sales, be responsible for replying to messages and delivering the goods.
You arrange the sale and you keep the money ... simple!
I will create your page, and once you are happy, the page goes public and you can share it to your hearts content. Put the link in your bio and people can view your work and contact you directly through the site. You have official representation, and our website visitors have more beautiful art to choose from. You can pitch for commissions on there, have plenty of photos, as many contact details as you're happy with, share info about galleries and shows you have coming up and I can even add a map for you, if you like! People will be added on a first come first served basis, so if this appeals please register your interest below, and I'll keep you updated on the process, and send some guides on artwork images and writing a good bio too. More info on what type of art qualifies, coming soon - the good news is - most art! And if you have any other ideas or feedback, just let me know, I'd really love to hear from you!
Croydon was cemented with the dystopian crown yesterday with the launch of Banksy's 'Gross Domestic Product" TM store opening on Surrey Street. Much to the delight of us locals it is totally free, and really impressive. Passers by awed at the new store in the long vacant Ponden Home space, and as the word spread, so did the curiosity. The main mood seemed to be, YES! Something good happening in Croydon - we need all the encouragement we can get!
Cool was the concensus, and all the ideas are just that, powerful symobolism hitting right at the heart of issues that run through the veins of this town, through this country even. Croydon is a centre for immigration, with an eclectic mix of awesome vibrant cultures and a police presence which is mostly well meaning, but not always well informed or welcomed. Stormsy's stab vest sits perfectly as the jewel in this curious crown. I was grateful for the rain, because a little boo was completely necessary. It's a very visceral message about all those desperate stranded asylum seekers we are sending away, and all those poor black boys getting hammered by poverty and racism. The theme captured the mood of croydon's tragic retail scene to perfection too, it's no surprise people didn't see the irony immediately, from a distance it looks shiny and new, all the promise of theWestfield that never was. I realise there's another purpose for this store, a defence of the Banksy brand against poachers, but that doesn't leesen the power of each statement, and it has certainly been put together with care in my opinion. But, you decide, go see it for yourself, and yeah, instagram it too, but please take a minute to soak in the meaning first - or you might totally miss something really powerful.
Get your butts on down there : https://goo.gl/maps/aJvx7hm53N5GP5rXA
16- 20 Church Street, Croydon, CR0 1RZ. Paid parking & accessible by tram, bus & rail too.