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.