One of the biggest challenges facing the arts industry is the number of artists successfully transitioning from student to professional artist.
After speaking with a range of successful artists, the following issues were highlighted as barriers to entry:
Through the DMU Art Network and the “Aspiring Artist Fund” the above challenges will be tackled by our alumni community and friends of the university and the Arts.
The DMU Art Network will bring together students, alumni and friends
of the university and Arts community.
The network will promote DMU aspiring artists across the local and national art community, and will offer continued support throughout their professional careers. With help from local and national galleries, alumni, DMU staff, and experienced artists, we will use the ‘DMU Art Network’ to provide professional and personal support to recently graduated artists so they are can commit to a career in the industry.A key issue for young artists is that once they graduate they do not have the financial nor technical resources required to be successful. The DMU Art Network would address this issue.
The network will be support artists at every level and work together to promote the industry and the challenges it faces today. As the network develops, we plan to add industry events, discounts, and much more to continue to support artists globally.
If you wish to find out more or join our network, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
What is the Aspiring Artist Fund?
A fund for recent alumni artists, the ‘‘Aspiring Artist Fund’’, will form a vital component of the DMU Art Network.
This fund will provide financial support to a select number of recent graduate artists allowing them to purchase the required materials, and enable them to focus on developing their portfolio.
Studio space and access to gallery network will also form a key component of the support provided.
The Advancement Office will provide commercial support and e-commerce expertise to the artists. We will host regular exhibitions around the country, displaying the recipient’s completed portfolios. They will also be able to sell their artwork through our online store where alumni, student, and ambassador artwork will be sold, with the proceeds split between the artist and the Aspiring Artist Fund.
“The School of Art is a centre of excellence that plays a vital role in the development of young artists Art Network provides a continuing opportunity to keep in touch, to be part of a vibrant group and to give support to the future artists.”
Brendan Neiland, DMU Art Network Ambassador
“As artists graduate from university they face a host of challenges surviving and establishing themselves within the arts. A network that is able to signpost opportunity, support through access to national expertise, and build a community to share their experiences, will be an invaluable tool for the graduates lucky enough to be able to access it.”
Hugo Worthy, DMU Arts Curator
“One of the best things I’ve done for the progress of my career as an artist is to build a strong, reliable list of arts based contacts and connections. I think access to an alumni network list, based on a person’s background and interests, is a really strong tool to have for established and new artists’
Jonjo Elliot, DMU Arts & Culture Project Co-Ordinator & Local Artist