Career outlook for fine artist
Average UK salary
Currently employed in Scotland
What's it like?
You would create original works of art for people to buy and enjoy in their homes, workplaces and public spaces.
You could use a variety of artistic methods such as:
- Media like film or computer graphics
You would work from your own ideas or receive commissions from individuals or organisations to create a piece of art.
You’d spend time researching subjects, materials and new artistic techniques like creating ceramics using 3D printing. You’ll need a good appreciation of colour and shape. It’s important that you are self-motivated and determined.
To promote your work you would arrange displays in galleries and exhibitions and online.
You could sell your work yourself, through an agent or through galleries, exhibitions, shops, craft markets and fairs.
You’d need to build up contacts with agents, dealers and gallery owners to help market your work. You also attend exhibitions and join artists’ groups.
You might also do other work such as:
- Be an ‘artist in residence’ and run classes and workshops in places like schools, prisons or hospitals
- Offer private art classes, or teach in colleges and community education courses
- Run local art projects
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