Maker Festival Exhibition
Artsmatrix Member Mary Jane Evans showing at the The Royal Academy
"This body of work has been inspired by the images that we see every day on our television news bulletins. Images of war and destruction in Beirut and other places in the World where there is conflict. These images are shocking but as we see them all the time we almost become used to them and they lose some of their horror.I wanted to create work that captured this horror. The pieces I have created are from images that are stored in my head and so are of no particular place, but are a collection of ideas and thoughts. They are made from porcelain and the firing process itself is part of the destruction as they are multi-fired to high temperatures so the already fragile structures are pushed to their limits" www.mjmceramics.co.uk
Rained out at the Royal Cornwall Show but lots of interest in our members work!
Well, we had to batten down our pop up shop and wade through the water in our wellies but this didn’t dampen the show goers enthusiasm for our Artsmatrix members work. On display was work from Katy Luxton, Samvado, Wendy Allen, Zoe Clarke, Katie Lee, Suzy Sharpe, Paul Biddle, Claire Williams and Leigh Mason. On the day sales reached just over £300 and we did a brisk trade in handing out members business cards to those potentially interested in commissioning work.
It’s fair to say that the weather kept a lot of the usual show goers away and all the sales tents reported this, so we feel pleased with the level of sales achieved in such challenging conditions.
5 tips for business success from Cockpit's Business Development team
Artsmatrix loves receiving the Creative Choices e newsletter. A great interveiw with Vanessa Swann is CEO of Cockpit Arts. Below is the teams five top tips for business success
1. Focus on your product range and your potential customers.
You need to be clear about what business you are really in, what you are selling and who to. Focus on what you are really passionate about and what creates the most value. Don’t try to do everything!
2. Do your market research.
Who are you competitors and what is happening in your market? Analysing how your competitors work will help you define your USP (unique selling proposition) and what makes you special so you can communicate this to your customers.
3. Set goals.
Create an outline business plan with a clear vision, values and set of goals for the coming year. Goal setting provides you with focus, direction and the motivation to achieve success, whatever this may look like to you.
Think about what support you need and who in your existing network of family and friends could help. Joining a studio can provide a vibrant network of advisers, collaborators and peers, all of whom can support you to achieve your goals.
5. Be clear about how you will finance your business and studio.
Create a budget setting out all of your costs. Consider loan finance as well as grants to support your business growth. Incubation fees can be as low as £3,500 a year and the impact on your turnover and profit can be significant. Can you afford not to invest in your business?
To read more from this article written by Jacqui McIntosh please go to www.creativechoices.co.uk
Tribe Magazine Launch
A great turn out for the Tribe Magazine back in March. Artsmatrix sponsored the event with drinks and nibbles. A night of music, games and a presentation from the Tribes guys about the future of the magazine. With over 25'000 hits worldwide check out issue 3 now at www.tribemagazine.org
Artsmatrix Member Abigail Brown showing at the V&A in London
Artsmatrix Member Abigail Brown showing at the V&A in London
'Fit for Purpose: a practical and conceptual exploration of silver' an exhibition by the Contemporary British Silversmiths
at Victoria & Albert Museum, Whiteley Galleries, South Kensington, London SW7 2RL
30th March - 16th September 2012
ART MEETS at Exeter Phoenix
50 artists in two hours!
I had a fabulous time meeting an energetic and diverse bunch of creatives from across the South West at the a-n airtime event at Spacex in Exeter last Wednesday (thanks Ed for inviting us). Thank you to all who attended and asked such interesting questions about your practice and how best to continue to grow a living from it while developing your continuing proefessional development (CPD).
The roundtable sessions had us all on the merry go round and meant we got to meet around 50 artist in two hours (no break though :) Many of you told us you haven't heard enough about Artsmatrix and the opportunities we offer so I'm taking that feedback into a new plan to reach the parts we haven't reached yet.
If you are, or can get together, a group of minimum 10 creatives then I would be happy to discuss running an advice session or a work shop for you as part of our 'Artsmatrix comes to you' initiative. Please email me at email@example.com with your ideas,
Looking forward to hearing from you,
Artsmatrix Development Officer (part-time)
Tribe Magazine First Issue
Tribe magazine is a UK based, international online only creative arts magazine, dedicated to showcasing the best in creative visual arts. Our ethos is "for creativity" and we work with a range of artists across all creative visual mediums, whether local to the South West of England, national or international. If you are a creative artist and would like to submit your work or contribute an article to the magazine, then please visit our contact page to find out more. tribe is primarily a submissions driven publication, so we welcome contributions from all artists and writers at all times. Show the world what you can do!
Check out Tribe's first issue of the magazine is available to read. www.tribemagazine.org
Constructed Textiles Workshop with Alison Willoughby
On the 16th January Artsmatrix and The Print Room at Plymouth College hosted a 'Constructed Textiles' workshop with textile Designer Alison Willoughby. At 33, British established textile designer and author Alison Willoughby is an undoubted star in textile design. For the last 8 years, after graduating from the Royal College of Art in Constructed Textiles Mixed Media, she has made her name in the design world as ‘skirtgirl’, renowned for her highly individual and hand constructed intricate skirts Alison consults to companies, is commissioned, collaborates, sells and exhibits internationally. Clients include, Selfridges, Liberty, The British Council, The Arts Council, Habitat, Replica Projects, The Crafts Council, Urban Outfitters, Club Monaco, Oilily, Tse Cashmere, ZPM, Coco Ribbons-Dubai, Tait and Style Knitwear. The sell out workshop was a great success. Everyone was given a specially designed tote bag by Alison ready to be worked on. After a demostration on print, laser cutting and sewing the group were set off to make their design. A massive thank you to Alison for a great day! www.alisonwilloughby.com
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