Fine Artist

Fine Artist Job Description

Fine Artists Create Original Pieces Of Art Work, Through A Variety Of Mediums. They Often Specialise In A Particular Type Of Art Which May Be Categorised In The Following Ways:

  • two-dimensional Work (drawing, Painting, Collage);
  • three-dimensional Work (sculpture, Installation);
  • four-dimensional Work (moving Images, Performance).

Many Artists Also Specialise In A Subject And May Concentrate On Areas Such As Landscapes, Portraits Or Abstract.

Fine Artists Can Be Commissioned To Produce A Piece Of Work Or They Can Create Their Own Pieces, Which They Then Sell On, Either Directly To The Public Or Through An Intermediary Such As A Gallery Or An Agent. They May Also Run Art Classes Or Be Part Of Community Art Projects.


Fine Artist Duties/Functions/Responsibilities

  • administration, correspondence, creating publicity;
  • writing press releases;
  • maintaining a portfolio which will typically include a website;
  • evaluating a project and feeding back to the main funder or sponsor.
  • project planning, creating and managing a budget, financial planning, calculating expenditure;
  • managing tax and self-employment issues;
  • organisation and administration tasks associated with running a studio;
  • writing project proposals for galleries, competitions or artist residencies;
  • generating ideas, idea development, sketching, making models;
  • creating or developing a piece of work in response to a brief or commission;
  • meeting deadlines;
  • working in a studio or off-site and adhering to health and safety procedures;
  • writing funding applications (public and private);
  • applying for residencies and competitions;
  • liaising with contacts, gallery owners, curators and other artists;
  • sourcing materials and developing relationships with suppliers;
  • researching, visiting locations, interviewing people, using libraries and the internet;
  • curating individual and group shows;
  • negotiating a sale or commission;
  • self-promotion, networking, attending private views and other events;


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