ArtWorld Invites Artists to add their Banner Art to the Changing Online Billboard Space

A few days ago, we announced our take-over and re-opening of ArtWorld.

We’ve had a great response, already adding over a dozen artists and an artist collective to our list of Contributing Editors. Facebook says that there is no limit to the number of people we can add in roles on our page!  So we’d like to add hundreds of artists as Contributing Editors to share their art and art news.

Now we want to open up and enliven the ArtWorld banner/header space for artists to add their art banners there, as well. Our vision is a changing billboard of your art banners at the top of ArtWorld.

As a Contributing Editor, artists simply click on the CHANGE COVER button at the upper left corner of the banner header space to add their own banner–such as to announce a studio sale, online shop sale, exhibition, new work added to online portfolio, and art group or art collective events. The banner will also appear in the main page feed where the artist can then add their link and text description in a comment. Ideally, our artists will be adding new banners frequently!

Artists are also invited to create banners to brand ArtWorld and to inform visitors and label the overall space, such as, a banner with the text of your choice, or a clever aphorism or saying about art. We’d also like to see banners with the text:

ART WORLD

And perhaps some phrases such as:

SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL ARTISTS

Art Direct From Artists

Artists are welcome to change the cover art to any banner they create at any time! (Use your own art, your own photos with text, or art and photos by permission. We don’t want copyright infringements.)

ArtWorld is lightly curated. That means if we know you and like what you do you will be accepted. If we meet you and like what you do you will be accepted. Very few may not fit and we may have other specialized platforms for their work.  If you are a visual artist, sound artist, video or photographic artist, or handmade maker of any sort, and you’d like to find out more about becoming an ArtWorld Contributing Editor, *Like* the ArtWorld on Facebook and send a message there. Replies to messages made daily.

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ArtWorld is Ours!

The Artworld Facebook page is now owned by Artist Marketing Resources!

As of November 2018 Artist Marketing Resources has taken-over the ArtWorld Facebook page in order to revive it into an active arts community where artists can share images of their work, exhibition news and articles.

CALL TO ARTISTS

Artist Marketing Resources is seeking visual artists/ sound artists/ photographic artists/ handmade makers or all kinds to contribute news about their work to the ArtWorld.

If you are an artist and would like to contribute your own art, articles, or artworks of your friends and connections, then send ArtWorld a message on Facebook to receive an automated response containing the email address for Artist Marketing Resources owner, Marie Kazalia. Send Marie an email and be sure to include a link to your online portfolio, blog or website where she can view your work. Tell her what you would like to contribute to ArtWorld and how often you can contribute. She will reply to your direct email and give you access to post to the ArtWorld page.

The ArtWorld currently has over 8,400 followers. The main goal of ArtWorld, now under ownership management of Artist Marketing Resources, is to help bring visibility to artists! 

Visit the ArtWorld Facebook page here.

Pop: People of Pax portrait of Marie Kazalia by artist Metrov

If you have any questions feel free to contact Marie Kazalia via email: MarieKazalia@gmail.com

African Print Services: A New Sales Opportunity for African Artists

I  invite you to take part in a new joint initiative with the newly launched EN1 Prints of London, England. EN1 Prints are a brand new print-on-demand service offering and very good deals to contemporary artists ready and willing to sell limited edition prints of their original work.

 I have negotiated a special deal with EN1 for Artworld’s African Fine Artists that will market fine-art prints (A1, A2 or A3 sized) from your original work. (Initially the agreement is for African artists, perhaps later this will be extended worldwide). The bare bones of the arrangement are as follows.
 (i) There are no fees or charges up-front. You pay nothing, now or ever for the print-service.
 (ii) If a print is sold, the printer get 20% of the selling-price, APS gets 5% (ploughed back into the Artworld service) and you, the artist, get 75%. Payment will be made within 7 days from the sale, less any bank & currency conversion charges.
 (iii) You are free to set your own prices for prints offered from your original work. I recommend an edition of 100, and (in consultation with EN1 Prints) a selling price of USD 75. For each print sold you will receive about USD 56 (75%) less bank costs, EN1 Prints gets about USD 15 (to cover the service, materials and printing) and APS gets USD 4 (or 5%).
 I URGE YOU TO TAKE PART UNDER THE RECOMMENDED TERMS! To do so just reply to this email with the single word YES. I will then contact you with further information (I will need a print quality digital master for each print sold through EN1 Prints. If you want to set special prices or a different edition size then email me with your proposal. I strongly recommend that to reduce costs to a minimum you accept the standard deal! 
 If you want to look at the offer in detail you can read the detailed prospectus, African Print Services: A New Sales Opportunity for African Artists . This also describes what you need to know about the digital images required by the printers. The bigger the digital image, the better: but they can manage with relatively low resolutions, the minimum being some 1600 x 1200 pixels.
 I LOOK FORWARD TO HEARING FROM YOU! If you have any questions, just reply to this email, or drop me a line at editor@negativeentropy.net .
 Best Wishes,
 Keith
FROM: Keith McFarlane
Editor, Artworld
Nicolaas Witsenkade 47-B
1017 ZV Amsterdam
The Netherlands / NL

Startling New Faces From the African Portrait Project Artists

"The Initiation", 100 cm x 70 cm. 2014, Acrylic on Paper, Lynette Swanepoel, Thabo Mofutsanyane, South Africa.

The Initiation, Lynette Swanepoel, Thabo Mofutsanyane, South Africa, 100 cm x 70 cm, 2014, acrylic paints on paper

In February, we announced the launch of African Portrait Project and you can read that article here. We also published an article on unconventional portraits and included work by African artists. Read the article, The Unconventional Portrait: Moving Away From the Literal Likeness here.

The African Portrait Project has grown to include even more accomplished artists from several African countries. Many have fewer resources than most of us are accustomed to, such as cell phones only to photograph their art and to connect with the rest of the world via social media. Therefore these African artists have elected to join together in a group on Facebook to share images of their work and offer portrait commissions with the assistance of Dr. Keith McFarlane. View the Facebook page and more art here.

Dr. McFarlane’s African Portrait Project seeks to provide these African artists with an income from patrons in more affluent nations, by offering art lovers outside of Africa opportunities to commission portraits at extremely affordable prices. A win-win for all and when you participate by commissioning an artist, gives you an original fine art portrait of yourself or your family members.

Portrait III, Elias Mung'ora, Naibobi,Kenya

Portrait III, Elias Mung’ora, Naibobi, Kenya

 

These commissioned portraits are real fine art, one-of-kind, and may be hyper-realistic pencil drawings on paper, an oil painting, or expressive painting in other fine art materials.

Portrait artists in Kenya, South Africa, Nigeria, Ghana, and other African countries will be happy to consult with you one-on-one to determine the best options for your portrait.

You can also read more details on commissioning a portrait here.

 

"The wrinkled woman" by Theopencil ( Theophilus Boateng Kwaku Sarpong ) of Accra, Ghana,  Pencil on paper, without frame. 41cm x 51cm

The wrinkled woman, Theopencil ( Theophilus Boateng Kwaku Sarpong ) of Accra, Ghana, Pencil on paper, 41cm x 51cm

 

If you have questions, or wish to find out how you can commission your first portrait, contact Dr. Keith McFarlane via email: editor@negativeentropy.com  Please remember that Dr. McFarlane is based in Amsterdam, and asks you to keep in mind that Amsterdam time is about hours ahead of your time zone in the USA. Here is Dr. McFarlane’s phone number: +31 20 89 32 791

Commissioning a foreign artist for a portrait, and the artist accepting foreign commissions involves a high level of trust on both sides. Recognizing this, Dr. Keith McFarlane, scientist and owner of the Amsterdam based company Negative Entropy and the owner and creator of the ArtWorld app available on iTunes, created this commission service. He will safeguard the payment while assuring quality and delivery of the commissioned artwork, and will only take a 5% commission to cover international transaction fees, currency exchange rates, bank transfer fees and like expenses.

 

"Africana III" by Elias Mung'ora of Nairobi, Kenya, Charcoal and watercolours on ivory paper, 60cm x 84cm

Africana III,  Elias Mung’ora of Nairobi, Kenya, Charcoal and watercolours on ivory paper, 60cm x 84cm

 

 

 

 

Our New Visual Artist Promotions Scholarship Fund Campaign

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Artist Promotions Scholarship Fund–let’s give artists what they need–time, funding, visibility–

Normally, we spring fully developed programs on our readers. But with this one, we are letting you in on the project and getting feedback as the project develops.

There is no shortage of artists around the world who would love to receive funding for exhibitions. There are many exhibition spaces who want to work with us, as well, so that we can assist artists to successfully show in their programs. The need is clear and present and made apparent to us daily.

There is much to be done. Guidelines and procedures need to be discusses, drafted and put into place within our project plan.

The first action phase of this new scholarship program is fundraising. We need donors, supporters and backers to create the scholarship fund. To  support our scholarship campaign click here.

Help us get the ball rolling!

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We’re using the Megafounder platform that takes 0% of funds raised and allows for an ongoing campaign with no all-or-nothing goal amount to set and reach, and no ending deadline date. We expect such lack of restrictions to allow our project to evolve, change and mature. Your web and mobile donations to our scholarship fund are processed via Stripe, which accepts payments from users globally in 139 currencies.

Artists around the world need support. Our new scholarship has no geographic restrictions. We understand, that in the Bahamas, where one Bahamian dollar equals one US dollar, there may be less need. But in Argentina, where it takes $8.52 Argentine Pesos to equal one US dollar– ( The currency symbol for the Argentine Peso is the dollar sign the same as it is for the US dollar)–the un-equal currency exchange rate my cause hardships. If an artist in Argentina wishes to participate in an online US-based exhibition opportunity that requires a submission fee of say $35.00 US dollars, the artist will have to pay $298.20 Pesos to participate.  In the Czech republic it takes $22.34 CZK or Kruna to equal one US dollar. So that $35.00 fee comes to $781.90 CZK. Both relatively large amounts of money in those countries. Perhaps you’ve never consider this before, but now you get the idea of how even paying a relatively small amount in US dollars can be a huge limiting factor to artists outside the US wishing to gain more international visibility.

The goal of our scholarship fund is to remove limiting fee obstacles for artists. With this new scholarship fund we will use monies raised to pay the exhibition fee for a select number of international artists, as well assist artists with promotional and other expenses.

Artist Marketing Resources will be administrating this new scholarship fund for visual artists, working in conjunction with ArtWorld and Exhibitions Without Walls.  We will offer a portion of our scholarship fund to cover the submission fees for a limited number of photographers and digital artists wishing to submit their art for online exhibitions with Exhibitions Without Walls. The scholarship fund also seeks to assist artists working in all media to exhibit in a physical gallery space in Amsterdam, New York City, and other locations via the ArtWorld exhibition projects. There are no fees to exhibit with the ArtWorld exhibition program.

We understand that some artists may be unable to participate due to the expenses to ship their artwork to gallery spaces and to travel to attend the exhibition to meet with gallerists and collectors. The goal of the scholarship fund is to provide needed assistance to artists.

As we said, the first phase of this new scholarship program is to raise funds. Help support artists here.

Once a balance of funds is available we will begin administering payments for artists as these funds allow. Follow this blog for updates and calls to artists for future funding opportunities.

Artist Promotions Scholarship Fund.

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How ArtWorld and Artist Marketing Resources Work Jointly With Artists in Mexico, the Netherlands, USA and Internationally

 

Keith McFarlane, creator and developer of the ArtWorld app, and Marie Kazalia, Artist Agent and owner of Artist Marketing Resources are making joint efforts to connect artists with curators and collectors using both the app and e-postcard marketing plans to bring more visibility for artists internationally.

McFarlane recently met three artists who are represented on the ArtWorld app at the Window Gallery in Amsterdam, an exhibition space made available by the well-known arts patron and Amsterdam gallerist Ella Arps.  McFarlane met Mexican artist Xavier Yarto there and took home a painting on paper by Yarto, which now hangs framed in McFarlane’s space, as shown in the photos below.

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Artist Marketing Resources and the ArtWorld continue to make efforts to connect with more artists in Mexico, such as Mexico City sculptor Luz Zaga Vaca whose two sculptural works are depicted on e-postcards here.

 

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As part of this joint effort, when artists participate in either E-Postcard Marketing Plan A  or E-Postcard Marketing Plan B  they will also gain visibility with a free ArtWorld app account and are welcomed on the Artworld community page on Facebook.

All artists, art lovers and collectors are invited to download the Artworld app in the iTunes App Store.

 

For further details on the E-postcard marketing plans contact Marie Kazalia, Artist Marketing Resources, email: MarieKazalia@gmail.com

 

Header image credit: Maša Gala, SPACES 8, 120cm x 130 cm. Acrylic and oil pastel on canvas. 2010.

Left: Roman Kirn, Slovenian Ambassador to The Netherlands. — with Roman Kirn at Overdekunst.

Read The Daily Krasowitz Print-a-Day Artist Blog on Your iPad/iPhone in the ArtWorld App Newsfeed

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Keith McFarlane, owner and developer of the Artworld app, recently configured the Daily Krasowitz blog posts to appear in Artworld app newsfeed on recommendation of Artist Marketing Resources. Artist Michael Krasowitz is a prolific artist and equally prolific social media sharer and blogger and so we felt his print a day blog a good choice for the Artworld app newsfeed. Get the newest version of the ArtWorld app on iTunes here.

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Call for Contributions of Articles w/ Art Images For ArtWorld Community Magazine

 

by Keith McFarlane, Editor, Artworld Community Magazine!

Artworld is pleased to announce the birth of our Community Magazine. The magazine is open to artists, art-marketeers, art-lovers, gallerists, critics, academics, and public institutions. Articles are invited on any topic related to contemporary art. Artworld is very much a broad church, and, besides fine art, we welcome sculpture, illustration, photography, artisanal crafts, wood carving, metal-working, textiles, mixed and digital media–anything in short that can be represented by an image and that exhibits exceptional quality and skill.

We aim to showcase the range and quality of contemporary art, whatever the medium, style, or school. It’s an extraordinary success story that we aim to celebrate! Contrast this with the so often negative image of the auction house and “the shock of the new”. The magazine represents, we believe, a chance for emerging and talented artists to gain a sympathetic audience and, in time perhaps, a wider recognition.

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blogArtWorldimageA high standard is expected: curation and an editorial voice being essential to any serious magazine. The following criteria, interpreted broadly, will apply to everything that is published.

1. The articles should interest a wide audience, be well founded, critically aware and well written, written that is in English and polished to a literary standard.

2. The articles should be supportive in tone, supportive, that is, of the arts and artists–particularly those deserving of wider recognition.

3. Critical articles are acceptable, indeed they are welcome as a vehicle for encouraging correspondence and debate. Critical work should expect to justify itself with evidence, not with rhetoric, and should address individuals,

movements or institutions well able to mount a defence. Such essays should never be vitriolic, never argue ad hominem. Neither should they shout, nor whisper, to undermine or to attack.

4. The subject of articles is open, and the literary forms various, including but not limited to letters, announcements, essays, philosophical or genre pieces, and, not least, the literary appreciation. By appreciation, is intended a short

essay illustrating, interpreting and yes praising the best work from emerging and undervalued artists.

5. Articles should be succinct, perhaps 500 to 1,000 words. Illustrations should be limited to one, two or three. Much can be included via hyperlinks, the artist’s web-site, social media, perhaps a video. Longer articles will be

accepted (or not) weighing their length against their merit.

6. Articles should be thoughtful and thought-provoking. The magazine is not a conveyor belt of images to be liked, or not: ephemera, mere fodder, for the social media. Artworld aims to build a serious community, seriously

committed to contemporary artists and to their art. We are, moreover, strongly supportive of good writing, and the maintenance of a critical discipline almost as important to art and to literature as the artists themselves.

 

The magazine will launch with two editors, one a poet, the other an artist. These are Keith McFarlane, the originator of Artworld and maker of the Artworld app, and Marie

Kazalia, well-known as an artist and proprietor of the respected web resource, Artists Marketing Resources. Contact Marie Kazalia via email: MarieKazalia@gmail.com  and send Keith McFarlane a message via his ArtWorld app Facebook page.

Artists Ask For Low Cost Marketing Options: 2 Plans For E-postcard Campaign + Exhibition in Amsterdam

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The Artworld app and Artist Marketing Resources connects artists with art collectors and art buyers. Plus we have new ways of getting artists visibility! As part of a new campaign, we are offering 3 new e-postcard marketing plans to the artists who use the ArtWorld app. Artists not yet using the app can get it on iTunes, at no cost, and add their art images.  As part of the launch to get the app and the new e-postcard feature in greater use, we’re going to help artists send out lots of e-postcards in 3 marketing plans! Artworld e-postcards are beautifully presented, contain your site link and contact details, artist copyright and can be digitally watermarked.

Here’s what you do–

Like us on Facebook–Like ArtWorld and Like Artist Marketing Resources here.
Add your art images to the ArtWorld app -or- if you already have your art images on ArtWorld app then simply select 1 of the 2 E-Postcard Marketing Plans–Plan A, Plan B, or the Exhibition in Amsterdam– here.
Once you have selected an E-postcard Marketing Plan*, we will contact you to find out which of your art images you wish sent out as an e-postcard and get your details (your site link and other info that will go on the e-postcard).
*Description of our 3 E-Postcard Marketing Plans–
  1. E-Postcard Marketing Plan-A: For $105USD –we will send out any image of your artwork that your select–yes, you let us know which one of your artworks in your ArtWorld portfolio you want sent in as an e-postcard–and we’ll get it out to 1000 gallerists in New York City and other top art-centers internationally. Plus we will post the e-postcard image to our very popular Pinterest page, and share on Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, Google+, LinkedIN groups and LinkedIN Pulse. Artworld e-postcards are beautifully presented, contain all your contact details, artist copyright and can be digitally watermarked.
  2. E-Postcard Marketing Plan-B: For 25 Euros or $155USD — A selection of 3 of your e-postcards sent out to the Artist Marketing Resources extensive list of buyers and gallerists. We send only your best works, photographed and succinctly described, out to 1,500 galleries in New York City and other top art centers internationally, post to our popular Pinterest page (which many people tell us they love!), plus share on Twitter to over 40,000 follows, post to our Facebook pages and on Google+, Tumblr, and LinkedIN groups and LinkedIN pulse. We will be offering an option on Facebook for others to select and send out your e-postcards too!
  3. Exhibition in Amsterdam: CANCELLED –We plan to show a set of 5 printed copies of two of your Artworld art images as postcards at the Art in Redlight Exhibition in Amsterdam. We will project a slide-show of contributors’ work in an eye-catching manner. The exhibition will take place in December 2014.  This is subject to the terms of the Exhibition as yet unpublished. We also have alternate plans for sharing printed postcards in other Amsterdam venues.

If you have an questions, or would like to discuss these options, feel free to email Marie Kazalia at email: MarieKazalia@gmail.com  or Keith McFarlane at email: keith.mcfarlane@me.com

Join ArtWorld’s Board of Advisors + Get a Week in Amsterdam

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Views of ArtWorld Headquarters in the heart of Amsterdam along a main canal.

 

Artworld CEO, Keith McFarlane takes a personal interest in all those who support his Artworld crowd-funding campaign on Indiegogo (https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/artworld–2). The perk he offers to his top supporters includes a meeting with McFarlane at the ArtWorld Headquarters in Amsterdam, a weeks accommodation, a party in your honor, and a planned program of events hosted by Artworld.

Another campaign perk categories puts you on the Artworld board of advisors.

McFarlane has launched the first ArtWorld print competition in conjunction with his IndieGoGo fundraising campaign. The print competition is open to fine art printmakers working in the traditional printmaking processes, including stone lithography, etching, aquatint, woodcut, linocut, serigraph, engraving, or any other intaglio or relief technique from which artisanal-quality original prints can be produced.

The print competition cash prize is €1,500  Euros  or approximately $2,079USD or £1,236 UK Pounds. The winning artist will design, print and distribute a limited edition of 50 original hand-made prints. The prints will be distributed to individual art-lovers and artists pledging €100 or more to Artworld’s 2014 crowd-funding campaign. ArtWorld pays the shipping fees and other expenses for the artist to send prints as perks to donors.

The complete competition details, rules, terms and conditions are set out in the Competition Prospectus.

The competition has an international panel of judges based in the UK, USA and the Netherlands.

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Keith McFarlane via email at: artworld@negativeentropy.net

Keith McFarlane, CEO
Artworld
Amsterdam
The Netherlands

Artworld’s Open Offer for You to Join Their Board of Advisors  http://voices.yahoo.com/artworlds-open-offer-join-their-board-of-12621043.html

Support Artworld for 1 Euro to Get Thank you Tweet

Want a super low-cost marketing option?

Amsterdam based ArtWorld has launched their IndieGoGo campaign with a $1 / 1 Euro option that will get your link tweeted to many thousands on Twitter. Click here to support Indiegogo and get your perk. Included in the tweet will be one or more appropriate hashtag, such as #ArtMarket #SellArtOnline #ArtCollectors #BuyArtOnline and others.

 

 

Update: ArtWorld Print Competition Cash Prize Increased + More Support

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The Artworld has increased the cash prize of their print competition from €1,000 to €1,500., and additionally, updated the competition terms to cover payment for postage and packing for distribution of prints.

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Dear Artist,

Artworld is pleased to announce its very first Open International Art Competition. The cash prize is €1,500 (approximately $2,079USD or £1,236.) The winning artist will design, print and distribute a limited edition of 50 original hand-made prints. The prints will be distributed to individual art-lovers and artists pledging €100 or more to Artworld’s 2014 crowd-funding campaign.

Submissions (digital and by email) are invited from today. The closing date is Friday, May 16th 2014, and the winner will be notified by Friday, June 13th. The competition details, rules, terms and conditions are as below, and also as set out in the Competition Prospectus.

This is a great opportunity for emerging artists and skilled practitioners of an often undervalued art. If you yourself are not a print-maker, please pass this email to those that are. Alternatively you might share the Competition Notice on Facebook. Should you, or they, have questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at artworld@negativeentropy.net.

Yours sincerely. Keith McFarlane Artworld Negative Entropy BV Amsterdam The Netherlands

Week in Review: Artist Opportunities, Art Collector and Tech Opportunities to Support new ArtWorld App

The Artist Marketing Resources blog shared the news of the ArtWorld app IndieGoGo campaign. Artists are always free to sign-up to use the ArtWorld app to connect with art collectors. Art Collectors and app developers may wish to join in supporting the ArtWorld on IndieGoGo.

The Artist Marketing Resources blog also provided artists with a resource for purchasing fine art acrylic paint direct from the manufacturers at Nova Color , for substantial savings over retail prices.

The following day, we posted an article on art sales sites and art licensing sites, and the day after that we provided artists with news of a magazine seeking art from artists for publication on the cover of their next issue.

At the end of the week, we shared news of a Call to Artists for an opportunity for a July Solo Gallery show at the Napoleon Gallery in Philadelphia.

Week in review: News and Ops for #Artists, April 1-7, 2014

 

This week on the Artist Marketing Resources blog, we shared news of the ArtWorld apps IndieGoGo crowd funding campaign and the first ArtWorld Print Competition with a cash prize! Read the details here.

Also this week, we let artists know about the First Street Gallery’s Call for Artist Submissions Extended Deadline–and there is still time to submit–here is the link to the prospectus.

 

Artists and artist assistants continue to contact us for e-copies of our International Art Gallery list PDF

Photographic Artists and their assistants like our new 2014 Photographers Resources to International Photography Reps and agents + much more-find it here.

 

We also received an email inquiry regarding our numbers of followers–

The Artist Marketing Resources blog has over 44,000 followers, our LinkedIN group also named Artist Marketing Resources has over 3,000 members.

We are at the maximum number of followers on Google+, and our Twitter accounts have 8,000-12,000 followers per account–@TransArtGuide  @Artozon @MarieKazalia @Transmediartist and other Twitter accounts that we manage.

An assistant to one artist wrote and asked “if you are so popular why do you have so few likes on your Facebook page?”

That’s a good question. The reason is that I started The Artist Marketing Resources Facebook page back in the days when Facebook made many FB formatting changes, destroying my layouts and work!  I became disenchanted with FB and did nothing for the page for a couple of years, instead concentrating on interactions on my blog and in my LinkedIN group. So now, I am working to re-active The Artist Marketing Resources Facebook page–Please follow and LIKE!

 

Support the ArtWorld App on IndieGoGo For Great Perks!

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Artworld is Crowd-Funding on Indiegogo and Offering Great Perks!

Dear Artist,

I am contacting you on behalf of Artworld, the online community for artists, art enthusiasts and buyers. I have your email-address as you have registered with us. A good proportion of you will have uploaded work (about half of all who registered). And many of you will know me personally through our correspondence.

As users and often supporters of Artworld, I ask you to help Artworld raise some €10,000 via crowd-funding (roughly $14,000 or £8,300). I invite you to take a close look at our proposal, and at the imaginative, perks we offer in return for your contribution. Here is our campaign-page. The campaign, on Indiegogo, will run for the next 45 days.

Artworld has been growing steadily since its launch. We have around 500 artists, some 5,000 app users, and a regular Facebook audience of around 1000 (there being some 8,000 likes). That’s an excellent result for a one-man pro-bonoinitiative with a tiny promotion and marketing budget. Artworld has spread almost exclusively through personal recommendation: by “word of mouth”.

The number of participants is now enough that additional development work is needed. To support this we have decided on crowd-funding. For a pro bono project such as Artworld, venture capital is not an option. Equally, my personal resources are not so large that I can raise the required investment from a bank. That leaves crowd-funding as the natural and indeed only practicable choice.

Spread the Word!

Other than, or in addition to, a cash contribution, you can support Artworld by sharing our Campaign Page on Facebook, or by copying this email to your own supporters, family and friends. And why not post it on your web-site or blog, or other social media, perhaps even tweet it? Help our campaign go viral! With full funding I can do even more to help Artworld’s artists and the community they represent.

Yours sincerely. Keith McFarlane Artworld Negative Entropy BV Amsterdam The Netherlands


References

  1. Artworld App: Get the app in the Apple iTunes Store here.
  2. Community: Artworld Facebook Page here.
  3. Crowd-Funding: Artworld IndieGoGO Campaign here.
  4. Competition: Artworld Arts Artisanal Print Competition details here.

Artworld Artisanal Print Competition

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Dear Artist,

Artworld is pleased to announce its very first Open International Art Competition. The cash prize is €1,000: approximately $1,375 or £825. The winning artist will design, print and distribute a limited edition of 50 original hand-made prints. The prints will be distributed to individual art-lovers and artists pledging €100 or more to Artworld’s 2014 crowd-funding campaign.

Submissions (digital and by email) are invited from today. The closing date is Friday, May 16th 2014, and the winner will be notified by Friday, June 13th. The competition details, rules, terms and conditions are as below, and also as set out in the Competition Prospectus.

This is a great opportunity for emerging artists and skilled practitioners of an often undervalued art. If you yourself are not a print-maker, please pass this email to those that are. Alternatively you might share the Competition Notice on Facebook. Should you, or they, have questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at artworld@negativeentropy.net

Yours sincerely. Keith McFarlane Artworld Negative Entropy BV Amsterdam The Netherlands


Competition Rules

  1. How to Enter. Submit a high-quality digital image taken from the first print. Do not submit the original plate, screen or cut. The image should be at least 1024 pixels and preferably 2048 pixels on the longer side. Submission is by email to artworld@negativeentropy.net. Give your full name and postal-address. The language of the completion is English.
  2. Publicity. The winning artist will take part in Artworld app, and feature prominently on Facebook. Selected competition entries, completion milestones and highlights will also be featured.
  3. Eligibility. The competition is international and open to all. Work submitted, one entry per artist, must be the artist’s own, original work.
  4. Subject. The subject is unrestricted.
  5. Production. Lithography, woodcut, linocut, serigraph, engraving, etching, or any other intaglio or relief technique from which artisanal-quality original prints can be produced. Digital or giclée prints are not acceptable.
  6. Printing. The edition will be printed on high-quality plain-white paper. The paper-size should be between 25cm and 30cm on a side, depending on availability. The paper size should reflect the proportions of the image to be printed and should allow adequate margins.
  7. Judging. A panel of four artists (all of them print specialists) will judge all entries. Selected entries, together with their title and attribution may be posted on Facebook both throughout the competition and after its end. This will certainly apply to shortlisted pieces.
  8. Notification The competition result will be notified via Facebook. The winning and shortlisted artists will be notified via email.
  9. Distribution. The winning artist is responsible for sending individual prints to addresses notified by Artworld. This includes postage and packing The prize includes an allowance to that end.

Terms & Conditions

  1. The decision of the judges is final. In the event of a tie among the judges, the editor of Artworld will have the casting vote.
  2. Submissions must be suitable for a general audience including children over the age of fourteen. The appropriateness or otherwise of the subject is a matter for the editor in consultation with the judges.
  3. The judges are (in Holland) Wim van der Meij and (in England) Geri Waddington and Louise Stebbing. Geri is secretary of the (UK) Society of Wood Engravers. The final judge (for the USA) is Michael Dal Cerro of New York.
  4. The judges must be satisfied that the artist can produce prints to the required high standard. Shortlisted candidates will be expected to send a sample print and ideally four prints, one per judge, for a final decision.
  5. Prints will be shipped to addresses notified by Artworld. While recipients might be anywhere, the majority are expected to be in Europe or North America.
  6. Prints will be dispatched individually. They may be rolled for shipment. Surface mail is acceptable. Neither insurance nor tracking is expected.
  7. Best efforts will be made to understand submissions and communications in languages other than English (there is after all Google Translate). What counts most is the quality of the work produced.
  8. The competition closing date is Friday, 16th May 2014. The winner will be notified no later than the Friday, June 13th. All prints will be dispatched by the winning artist no later than Friday, June 27th.

References

  1. Artworld App: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/artworld/id543591554?mt=8
  2. Community: https://www.facebook.com/ArtworldApp
  3. Indiegogo: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/artworld–2
  4. Pre-Launch: https://www.indiegogo.com/project/preview/7daf5b17