Archive for February, 2010

It took me a long time to find out who is the owner of the Visual Arts in the United Kingdom. This map presents the result of my search.

There are four major players – governmental bodies located in four regions of the UK:
Arts Council England
Arts Coulcil Northern Ireland
Arts Council Wales
• and Scottish Arts Council


How far will you go when you brainstorm your words? Our task in class was to play with different synonyms and antonyms coming to our minds, brainstorm them and present a logic business idea to create a successful company.

My creativity went far too far from Visual Arts, finding actually other business idea to launch in London – home cat sitting. Well, I think that if I could make it work, it might become first of its kind, quite interesting and  unique business;)

But back to the field of the Arts, finally I came up with :

‘An extraordinarily hypnotic company creating photography masterpieces with the use of magic.’

An image:

Hypnosis – I can’t find a good illustration of hypnosis at the moment, but as far as I’m adding only the pictures taken/created/painted/photoshopped by me to adorn this blog, I will add one when I will get it done.

A sound:

I associate my idea for the company with magic. The sound that best represents the company is the movement of the magic wand with the shimmering stars, known from the tales like for example Cinderella- the moment when the fairy touches the object causing its metamorphose.

A word:

It’s really hard to capture the whole idea what the business is about in one word.


And this is how I created my dream company:

The final result: The projection of my photography business designed by me

This is the logo of my company – a photoshop montage of my pictures with the logo signifying my works.

This assignment made me more creative than I expected. It let me realize that with the skills, tools and knowledge I am able to create my own business. And actually I can make it successful.

The effect of convergence

How does it influence the media? How does it affect the creative and cultural industries? Does it have anything in common with the creativity in London?

Which traditional media do you think are bound to disappear or transform due to convergence? Why?

Nowadays the news is easily accessible from the Internet. There are many magazines being published only online.  Thanks to the technical development we can save the trees.

Paper based media are bound to disappear.

When it comes to data storage, CDs are going to become useless, because of the popularity of the memory sticks and memory cards, which are smaller and can store more information

Will convergence make London an even more multicultural and creative city?

High standard of living in one of the most economically developed city in Europe was visible for me when I took the tube for the first time after arriving to London. What I noticed was that all the people in the underground were using mobiles with touchpads, like iphone, and I couldn’t see a single person using a mobile with a keypad. Such a  multifunctional device like an iphone or ipod and other newest mobiles let people carry more useful or sometimes less useful tools with them daily. 5 megapixel camera allows to take a high quality picture. GPS and googlemaps show us the way easily when we enter the postcode. We can be always in touch with friends via Facebook and other services easily accessible from our mobile.

What is more, nowadays it is unlikely to see a person with such a popular in the 1990s CD player in the street.  It has been replaced by mp3 players and ipods. Also instead of reading a newspaper people read the news online. Due to the effect of convergence we can save the space in the bag and instead of taking map, laptop, camera and newspaper separately we can have one small device.   As the convergence continues, this process definitely makes London an even more creative city. New technologies develop better ways of communication in the company, they also let schools use better solutions and making better resources more accessible lead to the higher level of education. Working conditions together with good education attract more people from different countries and as a result London becomes even more multicultural.

10 the most useful websites

The sources, tools and knowledge

Looking for the sources to your Art research? There you go!

From probably all the existing websites about the Art Industry I selected the best ones evaluating their content in terms of accuracy, authority, currency, objectivity and coverage to create the list of 10 most useful references for the Visual Arts Industry.

1. B B C

This is BBC website with the latest art and culture news. It gives the possibility to catch up all TV arts, culture and media programmes on BBC TV. I found it a very useful website, where all the information is up-to-date.

2. National Gallery/

This is the official website of the National Gallery in London with the information about the most interesting events and exhibitions. It is very helpful when it comes to plan your visit. There is a complete list of paintings by each artist in the collection. You can also find 30 must-see paintings.

3. Arts Council

This website is Arts Council official website. Its aim is to develop, promote and invest in the Arts in England. There are basic information about funding, publications, artforms and also news and press.

4. Arts Industry/

Arts Industry is first with the news and jobs for the culture industry. It contains the latest news and job offers. If you are interested, you can subscribe to Arts Industry Magazine.

5. creative-choices

A service from Creative and Cultural skills presenting Visual Arts Industry as a sector for the career. The articles include the description of the job profile and how to survive as an artist. The service provide the tools, knowledge and networks to support the artists. There is also an option to subscribe to e-Newsletter if you want to get the latest news regularly.

6.  V A G A/

VAGA is the abbreviation standing for the Visual Arts and Galleries Association. This organisation promotes the Visual Arts in the UK with its active network of professionals. The society consists of people with passion for art, working for galleries, museums and art organisations.

7. Arts Award

Arts Award helps artists to get nationally recognized qualification in any area of the arts. It teaches how to develop the skills in the arts industry and to make you believe that you have got the power as a creator. By getting through the stages you create your final portfolio and you get a recognized national qualification.

8. Culture 24

This is the service providing the news about the artists and galleries. Culture24 was listed by the Guardian as one of the essential sites of 2009. Full of different resources, with reviews and previews, divided into sections like: painting and drawing, photography and film, design, architecture, craft, sculpture, live and public art and new media.

9.  Great Britons

Great Britons British talent search is the service created by the British  Airways, directed towards people who have the talent and want to show it off. Everyone who is commited to being the best in his field can apply.


Intute is a huge academic database consisting of the resources that cannot be found in search engines. It covers diverse fields. This particular document is a huge collection of the Internet resources for the visual arts listed by categories. I found this base of links immensely helpful to my research.

Visual Arts UK

London is a perfect place for Visual Artists. Photograph taken by me 14/02/2010

There are some basic facts about the Visual Arts Industry in the United Kingdom.

  • There are 1379 Art Institutions (Art Fairs, Art Journals, Art Schools, Auction Houses, Editions, Prints, Non-profit organizations, Private Galleries, Public Institutions) in the United Kingdom
  • 749 of them is based in London
  • London is the city with the greatest number of private galleries – 588!
    Source: Art Facts
  • There are over 2,300 masterpieces in the National Gallery in London
  • There are 90 listed venues offering Visual Arts in the UK
  • According toArtsAccessUK

  • About 60 percent of artists and related workers are self-employed.
  • Artists usually develop their skills through a bachelor’s degree program or other postsecondary training in art or design.
  • Earnings for self-employed artists vary widely; some well-established artists earn more than salaried artists, while others find it difficult to rely solely on income earned from selling art.