Artquest provides the professional information, advice and projects that visual artists need to understand the art world in which they operate
We work with professional working artists, at any stage in their careers, working in any medium.
Our projects gather intelligence about how and why artists work to create new resources and insight. We use this to build new programmes with our partners, as well as gaining a better understanding of how we can help artists meet their ambition.
Our core programme includes hand-picked opportunity listings, resources covering all aspects of an artists career, internships and residencies, seed funding for peer mentoring groups, monthly advisory studio visits, discounts on workshop facilities, free online legal advice, a free online studio exchange service, and various resources for new graduates and art school tutors.
We do not charge membership fees, our core services are provided free of charge, and many of our projects provide funding for artists development. The whole programme is delivered by three artists working part-time for Artquest, alongside around 80 freelance artists each year.
Recent projects have focussed on the needs of artist-parents, the impact of urban regeneration, the motivation to pursue a career as an artist in the face of very low incomes, the place of higher education as both employer and trainer of artists, and the opportunities and threats created by increased technological change. All of our projects tell us how artists work and the barriers they face: we use this insight to generate new supportive projects, and share our research with policymakers and advocacy campaigns so they can better support artists too. We work with dozens of partner organisations to eliminate duplication and promote joint projects.
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