Your Guide to Understanding and Working in Visual Arts

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Your Guide to Understanding and Working in Visual Arts

If you get some value from it, drop me a line in the comments section.

Note this is Version two of the book after exhaustive work by a number of Students at RMIT in Melbourne, Peter Biram their Teacher and yours truly, taking on board their comments and thoughts. Many thanks guys.


If you enjoy reading some of the artilcies in my blog on professional practice then this succinct guide will allow you to discover more ways to make your Art work for you. When  you want to develop and or discover art career strategies and more, here is a great place to start.


9 Responses to “Your Guide to Understanding and Working in Visual Arts”

  1. Yu-Hee Ko on August 16th, 2012 9:38 pm

    Many things I agree with in this book
    The way of figuring out being an Artist in the future

  2. Lauren Snowden on August 18th, 2012 7:14 pm

    Confronting and valuable information covering issues I’ve faced, considered or not known where to start from. Practical information re: 9 things to consider; ‘fast loading pictures’ for example is useful info for me keep in mind. I have adopted your suggestion to create my own glossary; among other suggestions. I think this is a useful handbook to metaphorically ‘hold my hand’ as I get started in the Art world. I shall refer to it again and would recommend it to others.

  3. Jesse Bisset on August 19th, 2012 4:15 pm

    I am a Student who was told to read your book. I was worried it was going to be dull and pretentious! But I found I really easy to read and relevant. But I wound also like some more information on “alternative” galleries and collectives. And on how to start the ball rolling on everything like galleries, websites and contacts for an undergraduate. Thanks.

  4. Maddi (RMIT STUDENT) on August 19th, 2012 10:38 pm

    This was a really interesting read. I found it refreshingly honest but highly informative about making it in the Visual Arts world.

  5. Aislinn on August 22nd, 2012 3:18 pm

    For me it was great to have everything explained step by step with short, to the point paragraphs and dot points. I was able to read and take in each piece of information without having to search through pages of writing which would confuse and bore me. It is a good guide that is written clearly and concisely making it easy to read and understand.

  6. Emily on August 22nd, 2012 9:26 pm

    Found it to be very helpful in the sense that you’ve addressed the reader directly, rather than maintaining a monotone take on an informative piece. I found I could easily follow and comprehend what was being said and was pleasantly surprised that there was no real “riff raff” in amongst your phrasing. Could have done with a greater range of visual aid but otherwise a very well written piece.

  7. Louise Tate on August 22nd, 2012 10:32 pm

    The content of the book is useful and interesting to anyone interested in a career as a visual artist. However the book needs to be edited both grammatically and structurally to be more easily readable; there are quite a few misspelt words so a proof read would help a lot! It would also help to be more concise and try not to repeat things. Something I’d find really beneficial would be to have more examples throughout. One place you could do so is when talking about the growing list of successful web-based artists, giving some examples of who these artists are would be great.
    Apart from that, it’s an interesting and helpful read!

  8. Miranda on August 23rd, 2012 1:40 am

    I found the book a very useful and insightful overview of how to get noticed and established as an artist. There are some very practical tips particularly about self-marketing, and a lot of information that seems to be gathered from first-hand experience.

    As a student, however, I tend to find the prospects of marketing, approaching investors and galleries as something quite far off at the moment. Perhaps some more practical advice about what I can do now as a student would be useful. I think some tips about preparing yourself before leaving an educational institution would be helpful.

    A few other subjects I would like to learn more would be finding and entering competitions, writing an artist’s CV and applying for grants and navigating these processes. Covering these topics would make the book a broader reference for young people like me looking to start a career in art.

  9. Amy Gray on August 23rd, 2012 2:05 am

    Dear Steve,

    Initially I liked the approach of your book. It is quite in depth. However, the more I progressed the more difficult it became to continue in some areas. I feel that this is a shame as I did see that this book has some very significant information and the capacity to be of benefit to many.
    Coming from and art and business background I found some of the information to be rather droll but essential.
    Overall, a bit dry yet contains a wealth of knowledge. I can see this book as being ‘handy to have’ to quickly skim through to what is relevant to you at the time.
    I’d like to suggest that you include more diagrams and illustrations to engage the target audience just a bit more.

    I wish you all the best in the future.

    Kind regards,

    Amy Gray

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