Creative Business & Entrepreneurship

This section lists newly added articles focused on creative business & entrepreneurship— and those in our archive.


London calling? Exploring the overseas MFA option - A conversation with...

Sometimes cheaper is better. With the skyrocketing cost of university tuition in the United States, as with anything else, perhaps it’s time to do some comparative international shopping. Cynthia...

Deutsche Bank: A best practice for corporate art engagement?...

The Deutsche Bank art collection, started over 30 years ago, has grown to around 60,000 artworks. Many of the works are installed in [800-900] offices in 45 of the 78 countries where the bank...

Sleepwalking into a North American media storm (2014) (automated music and...

Legendary "music-journalist" Stephen Mallinder offers his take on the Sleepwalker statue controversy at Wellesley College earlier this year, with ADP editor Kim Min Su. The following song is...

Art in the age of creative entrepreneurship (2014)

With changing economies, shifting funding sources and government initiatives, many spaces and artists over recent years have had to shift strategies and embrace more of a creative...

Can artists and arts organisations leverage a media frenzy to their...

The former and current directors of Manchester’s Castlefield Gallery discuss. In February this year, a Tony Matelli sculpture called Sleepwalker appeared on a snow-covered roadside at Wellesley...

"Wellesley and Matelli hit a grand slam": A media coverage evaluation...

PR researcher/practitioner Les Roka bravely assesses the full-on media coverage of Tony Matelli’s Sleepwalker sculpture at Wellesley College (2014), which resulted in 5000+ articles and 800 TV...

"Wellesley and Matelli hit a grand slam" - Endnotes (2014)

Endnotes [1] Methodologically, this article refers to: Earned media hub strategy. Shift Communications website. Bialik, Carl. (25 June 2011). Publicists pump up value of buzz; Don’t believe the...

Media Push and Pull: Tony Matelli’s Sleepwalker and the "Creepy Statue"...

In my research, I specialize in art and artists interfacing with mass media. Artists like Hirst, Emin, Quinn, Koons, Tunick, and Gregor Schneider offer recognizable stories with mass media...

Over 5000 articles in 96+ countries report on Tony Matelli’s Sleepwalker at...

The following is an international media/Internet coverage compilation— 16 web pages (navigation at the bottom of this page)— concerning Tony Matelli’s discussion-generating Sleepwalker sculpture...

Tony Matelli interview: Sleepwalker and massive media coverage...

I had just published an interview of Tony Matelli in the January / February issue of Sculpture, focusing mainly on the work he presented the previous year at ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum in Denmark....

800 TV broadcasts, over 5000 articles, in over 96 countries: Interview of...

Imagine being the PR officer of an art exhibition that resulted in about 800 TV broadcasts and over 5000 articles in over 96 countries. For most of us, yes, we can only imagine this. But for Nina...

Tony Matelli’s Sleepwalker at Wellesley: Media coverage in Central &...

More, more news coverage as we move east. CENTRAL & EASTERN EUROPE and TURKEY For rough foreign language translations, see Google translate. Albania (06 February 2014). Një statujë e...

Learning from Spencer Tunick + Greenpeace - 2007 (2013)

Learning from Spencer Tunick + Greenpeace Sometimes doing arts marketing and media/communications research is fruitful for brainstorming, and such is the case with the Spencer Tunick +...

Press release writing tips for art exhibitions: Back to basics I...

Press release writing tips: Back to basics I When it comes to the media / communications for an art exhibition, the press release is the starting point: an essential document that informs media...

Julie White enters the UK further and higher education debate (interview)...

For those who support educational reform to better prepare graduates for the competitive workplace— and to bring in much needed entrepreneurship skills— we need more business decision-makers like...

Sarah Thornton on art auctions (2012)

The author of the influential book Seven days in the art world presents three articles spotlighting recent developments that are must-reads for those outside the system. Sarah Thornton on the art...

Top 10 media/communications tips for artists, Part II (2012)

Top 10 media/communications tips for artists, Part II Click to see Top 10 media/communications tips for artists, Part I Tip #6: Follow this simple rule: “Nothing is really ‘off the record’”....

Top 10 media/communications tips for artists, Part I (2012)

Top 10 media/communications tips for artists, Part I Imagine an artist five years out of an MFA gets a solo that unexpectedly attracts not only art sector media coverage but spills into the...

London 2012 Olympics: Copyright / Trademark crackdown vs. M. Contraband,...

Our punk legal advisor offers her thoughts on the London 2012 copyright / trademark crackdown as part of artdesigncafe.com’s "opening ceremony". It’s the London 2012 Olympics opening day. M....

Slammin for fine art professional practice: Interview of Hope London / M....

Sometimes “punk” centers only on music, and other times it applies to art production and even professional practice. A native New Yorker, Hope London received a not so in-your-face BA in fine art,...

On music & entrepreneurship (2012)

Composer, conductor, singer, pianist and university educator Dawn Sonntag offers her views on the topic. Musicians— whether “classical” or “pop”— have always had to be entrepreneurial, especially...

Albright-Knox Art Gallery Future Curators program (2011)

We asked four students-turned-critics who participated in the program what they thought... In May 2011, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, New York (USA) held an exhibition curated by area...

Mid-career artist needs €1.1 million in sales over 10 years to average...

Wake-up call for contemporary artists and fine arts students: is the business of being an "artist that sells" financially sustainable? Putting some basic numbers on paper, especially for...

Dubai business venture: ’Dear K, Just say No!’ (2011)

This summer, a person in the Art Design Publicity sphere, "K", was vaguely contemplating doing visual arts business in Dubai and the UAE. This absolutely freaked everyone out who knew about it in...

Martin Creed shares his copyright angst (2011)

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Martin Creed shares his copyright angst (2011)

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Martin Creed shares his copyright angst (2011)

M. Contraband, Esq. asks the Turner Prize-winning conceptual artist to spill the beans... Martin Creed on copyright: 1 | 2 | 3

Sarah Thornton wins historic malicious falsehood and libel battle against...

ADP staff; DJ: Billie Ray Martin; Text by Taylor Hampton solicitors, London; M. Contraband, Esq. (interpretive dance) Art Design Publicity at ADC | 27 July 2011 An Art Design Publicity musical,...

DJ Jez & videographer Kieron talk shop (2010)

After the creative discussion of their Crackdown remix and protest video for Billie Ray Martin’s cover versions of Cabaret Voltaire’s classic Crackdown, Jez and Kieron talk about copyright and the...

Writers copyright: Lawyer / artist M. Contraband slaps down the law...

But will art / design writers ever organize— and collectively take their power back? The following is a little story about writer copyrights and the law by M. Contraband, Esq... Writer...

Writers copyright: M. Contraband, Esq. and the law

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Writing copyright: Lawyer/artist M. Contraband, Esq.

Writer copyright: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 This comic strip is general in nature and does not constitute legal advice. Please contact a qualified lawyer to discuss your particular situation....

Writers copyright: M. Contraband, Esq slaps down the law

Writer copyright: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 This comic strip is general in nature and does not constitute legal advice. Please contact a qualified lawyer to discuss your particular situation....

Writing copyright: The Awakening

Writer copyright: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 This comic strip is general in nature and does not constitute legal advice. Please contact a qualified lawyer to discuss your particular situation....

The Brand Artist: On the other side (2010)

He secretly sells artwork under six artist names across the globe. He blasts university art education—even the top schools. Read below to find out why. The Brand Artist: On the other side So...

drupa Prize 2010 to art and marketing dissertation writer (2010)

drupa Prize 2010 awarded to Nadine Müller Press Release text by drupa organisation In focus: The “marketing concepts” of Düsseldorf artists in the 19th century Thanks to her excellent...

Andy Warhol as artist & entrepreneur (2010)

Andy Warhol as an Artist and Entrepreneur Indianapolis Museum of Art Indianapolis, Indiana 10 October 2010 - 2 January 2011 Press release text by Indianapolis Museum of Art Featuring more...

Metropolis Records’ Dave Heckman: The dark interview (2010)

He’s the entrepreneur behind the music label specializing in post-industrial music. In a frank, revealing and dark interview, Dave Heckman talks about his achievements—and also how the Internet is...

Michael Landy’s Art Bin— inspiration or appropriation?

Michael Landy’s Art Bin - 1 | 2 | 3 Michael Landy’s Art Bin - 1 | Page 2: Art Bin - legal context | Page 3: Art Bin as inspiration > Click here to see a BBC News video report of the Art Bin, 29...

Michael Landy’s Art Bin - legal context

Michael Landy’s Art Bin - 1 | 2 | 3 This comic strip is general in nature and does not constitute legal advice. Please contact a qualified lawyer to discuss your particular situation....

Michael Landy’s Art Bin at South London Gallery (2010)

M. Contraband, Esq., who offers pitbull legal advice to artdesigncafe, is also a comic artist utilising legal content. Here she offers her take. Michael Landy’s Art Bin, page 1 | Page 2: Art Bin -...

Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation: Interview of Nicole Chevalier, Program...

This foundation based in Meriden, Connecticut is funding professional practice training via its Marketplace Empowerment for Artists (MEA) Program in the US on a national scale. Professional...

Creative industries: Setting the research agenda (2009)

Creative industries - research agenda: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 Rene Kooyman received a Master’s degree in Music Education from the State Conservatory of Music in Utrecht, and a Master’s degree in...

Creative industries: Setting the research agenda (2009)

Creative industries - research agenda: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 7. These indicators will be used to build different clusters of countries, depending on the indicators selected and their relative...

Creative industries: Setting the research agenda (2009)

Creative industries - research agenda: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 Research in the Netherlands Research into participation in culture, media use and leisure pursuits has a long-standing tradition in...

Creative industries: Setting the research agenda (2009)

Creative industries - research agenda: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 The European debate Throughout Europe, studies about creative industries have been carried out with the aim of pinpointing the...

Creative industries: Setting the research agenda (2009)

Creative industries - research agenda: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 1. UK DCMS model. This model derives from the impetus in the late 1990s in the United Kingdom to reposition the British economy as...

Creative industries: Setting the research agenda (2009)

Abstract: The cultural and creative industries have gained momentum, both at the international and national arena. The United Nations have published their first world-spanning report on the...

Jackie Battenfield’s The Artist’s Guide: How to make a living doing what you...

Seven years after receiving a BFA, a skeptical Louis Cook reviews Battenfield’s book, concluding our series of three reviews. We asked each reviewer to speak directly and honestly from their...

The Artist’s Guide: How to make a living doing what you love: Recent grad...

Our reviewer describes herself feeling as unfamiliar as a "Martian" when it comes to transitioning from graduate-level education to the art world. But how helpful is this book, especially as an...

Jackie Battenfield’s The Artist’s Guide: How to make a living doing what you...

What does it really take to sustain a professional practice as an artist when the big money is not thrown your way? How to do it when many university programs still don’t offer enough training?...

Pat Magnarella, Green Day manager (interview): Why not a rock ’n’ roll art...

Pat Magnarella represents bands such as Green Day, the Goo-Goo Dolls, and Broadway Calls. Now he’s repping artists. Is this a breakthrough? Pat Magnarella interview The following is my interview...

Seven Days in the Art World drama: First one critic had ’amnesia’, now The...

A second high-profile retraction by a commentator of Sarah Thornton’s book has been announced. But why didn’t they clarify the matter with Thornton before putting it into print for readers? Well...

Slammin with Jeff Koons & Damien Hirst (2009)

Dear Jeff and Damien: our stiletto-wearing legal correspondent, M. Contraband, Esq., is watching your moves in the mosh pit... Slammin with Jeff Koons & Damien Hirst PUNK is about shock and...

Pop Life at Tate Modern, London (2009)

"Good business is the best art"— Andy Warhol. Pop Life at Tate Modern, London 1 October 2009 – 17 January 2010 Press release text by Tate Modern Pop Life: Art in a Material World proposes a...

Julian Stallabrass: Permission to reproduce denied (2009)

Three cheers to the High Art Lite author for taking a stand, but why is it standard practice to hide image reproduction refusals from readers? Sometimes you find certain inspiration for topics in...

White Cube’s PR guru: Now it’s Honey Luard’s turn (interview) - 2002...

She’s part of future art history, and public relations history too. The following is an interview I published of Honey Luard of White Cube gallery with the support of then-Make editor Patricia...

Patricia Bickers interview: London, PR and journalism (2009)

What happens when PR, art journalism, mainstream coverage and the art world collide? Patricia Bickers interview About two years ago, I contacted Patricia Bickers, editor of Art Monthly to ask...

Sarah Thornton on Artforum: Brady Bunch or Manson family?* (2008)

* On page 161 in The Magazine chapter of Sarah Thornton’s Seven Days in the Art World, Bookforum editor Eric Banks is quoted as saying the following about the psychological dynamics of Artforum,...

Marcus Field, design mag editor: The architect is a wanker - 2000...

Sometimes an interviewee tells you a lot more than expected... The following is one of my favorite interviews on the art, design and publicity front. It took place around the New Year of 2000,...

Surfaces of art/design world media/ communications (2009)

On this website, we take a look underneath some of the many surfaces in the world of Art Design Publicity...

Selling art work under six artist names (2009)

Why should artists sell under just one brand, when they don’t have to? Selling art work under six different names The challenges for all artists are as multifarious as the strategies for...

Sarah Thornton & Seven Days in the Art World (interview)...

Is this the most important book on art of our time? Sarah Thornton & Seven Days in the Art World Now and again, there are writings about the art world that shake things up a bit. Seven days...

The lawyer/critic: When appropriation becomes copyright infringement...

What started out as a general interview of a copyright lawyer to advise artists, quickly turned into a unique, specific compare / contrast— with examples of works by Damien Hirst, John LeKay,...

Cartrain & Damien Hirst: Appropriation vs copyright infringement...

Cartrain and Damien Hirst R.J. Preece: Please take a look at two photos of artworks in the Daily Mail. One photograph, above, is of Damien Hirst’s diamond-encrusted skull; the other is of a...

Vincent van Gogh & John A. Walker: Appropriation vs copyright...

Vincent van Gogh and John A. Walker R.J. Preece: I see. Now take a look at two images below, a drawing by Vincent van Gogh and a painting by John A. Walker. John states, "I am producing a series...

Damien Hirst & John LeKay: Appropriation vs copyright infringement...

Damien Hirst and John LeKay R.J. Preece: Now take a look at Hymn (1999) below by Damien Hirst. In Julian Stallabrass’s book, High Art Lite (1999/2006), Stallabrass writes, “Hymn, a 20-foot-high...

Appropriation / copyright infringement: Practical advice & further...

R.J. Preece: Then what is your practical advice on protecting copyright? Paul Tackaberry: The first piece of advice is to keep your eyes open. Keep in mind that you are responsible for policing...

Artists: How to Earn and Manage Money, Part II (2009)

The following is an excerpt from Jackie Battenfield’s The Artist’s Guide: How to make a living doing what you love. What can you do (or what skill can you develop) that will provide the most money...

Artists: How to Earn and Manage Money, Part I (2009)

The following is an excerpt from Jackie Battenfield’s The Artist’s Guide: How to make a living doing what you love. Artists: How to Earn and Manage Money Let’s face it, no one chooses to be an...

Artwork samples & artist statements

The following is advice from Jackie Battenfield’s The Artist’s Guide: How to make a living doing what you love (2009). Your work sample and artist statement represent a vital line of communication...

Minus Space & entrepreneurial art practice (2009)

The following is a “best practice” on Internet-based communications from Jackie Battenfield’s The Artist’s Guide: How to make a living doing what you love. Minus Space & entrepreneurial art...

Artist promotion: How to introduce your work to the professional community...

Excerpt from The Artist’s Guide: How to make a living doing what you love (2009) by Jackie Battenfield. Artist promotion If you want to be a part of the art world, you need to survey the...

Artist professional practice: How to build long-term relationships...

The following is an excerpt from Jackie Battenfield’s The Artist’s Guide: How to make a living doing what you love. Artist professional practice: How to build long-term relationships Introducing...

Damien Hirst’s skull at the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam (2008)

Damien Hirst at the Rijksmuseum For just over a month (November 1 - December 15, 2008), Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum acquired a new art chapel, an almost pitch-black, 30-square-meter room housing...

Transforming Communities: Stranraer, Scotland (2008)

Transforming Communities: Stranraer, Scotland The past few months have been some of the most rewarding of my career, thanks to working with young people in rural South West Scotland. Stranraer...

Shirley Trusty Corey & Mary Len Costa: Learning from New Orleans...

Shirley Trusty Corey & Mary Len Costa: Learning from New Orleans While images of Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath are well known, other behind-the-scenes aspects of the devastation have...

Damien Hirst: Hype, buzz, glamour and art— Interview with Patricia Ellis...

While preparing [the article “Why I love Damien Hirst’s skull”, R.J. Preece contacted Patricia Ellis to inform her— and ask approval— about the footnotes mentioning her words and actions. This...

Why I love Damien Hirst’s skull (2008)

Why I love Damien Hirst’s skull A diamond-encrusted skull…worth £50m (US $100m)…said to be the most expensive piece of contemporary art…entirely covered in 8,601 jewels… skull of a 35-year-old man...

Into the Night-Time Economy: Work, Leisure, Urbanity and the Creative...

Abstract The goal of this paper is to investigate the shape and challenges of urban and economic development. We continue the analysis of Paul Chatterton and Robert Hollands in Urban...

Louisiana ArtWorks, New Orleans (2003)

Officially [scheduled for launch] in New Orleans in September 2004, [1] the five-story, 90,000-square-foot, $26 million Louisiana Artworks is a unique art-production and visitor center. On the...

Getting the art shipping and handling right (2004)

A conversation with Chris Kneale, Managing Director of Martinspeed, London. The phone rings— twice. Galleries in London and Tokyo want to include one of your sculptures in important group...

Eddie Berg interview: FACT, Liverpool (2004)

An interview with the new technologies art entrepreneur in Liverpool. Any history of the mutating developments in ’90s new media art must include Eddie Berg. Born and raised in Liverpool, England,...

Arts administrators: Hiring employees (2003)

Arts administrator and recruitment consultant Hope London offers advice. There is an old saying that you’d better watch out what you ask for, because you might get it. Although this bit of wisdom...

Arts administrators: How to negotiate contracts and win friends...

Written specifically for arts managers, this article offers good advice for any contract negotiations. Much of the life of an arts administrator is spent negotiating contracts. Whether you are...

Castlefield Gallery, Manchester: Jumping hurdles (2002)

Jumping hurdles, spinning plates and chasing moving goalposts are vivid metaphors for the skills demanded of arts managers. They all apply when it comes to managing a new building or major...

The entrepreneurial artist: Case study results (Part III) (2001)

Entrepreneurial artist (intro) | Entrepreneurial artist (framework) | Entrepreneurial artist (results) So, the artist and I banded together, and within the space of 14 months, this is what the...

The entrepreneurial artist: A conceptual target-marketing framework (Part...

Entrepreneurial artist (intro) | Entrepreneurial artist (framework): 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | Entrepreneurial artist (results) It’s not my job to say, “Nothing is really off the record when an artist...

The entrepreneurial artist: A conceptual target-marketing framework (Part...

Entrepreneurial artist (intro) | Entrepreneurial artist (framework): 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | Entrepreneurial artist (results) With this approach, for me, I think it communicates with the reader far...

The entrepreneurial artist: A conceptual target-marketing framework (Part...

Entrepreneurial artist (intro) | Entrepreneurial artist (framework): 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | Entrepreneurial artist (results) [3] To raise awareness that people function on different levels— and have...

The entrepreneurial artist: A conceptual target-marketing framework (Part...

Entrepreneurial artist (intro) | Entrepreneurial artist (framework): 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | Entrepreneurial artist (results) While the “Guardian media guide” doesn’t include art magazines, it lists...

The entrepreneurial artist: A conceptual target-marketing framework (Part...

So, we agreed to work together, and conduct a mutual experiment, a working, flexible, three-year plan, and seeing whether media and communications strategies that I will outline in this...

The entrepreneurial artist: Marketing & media / communications context...

Entrepreneurial artist (intro): 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | Entrepreneurial artist (framework) | Entrepreneurial artist (results) For some artists, communications comes naturally, or the art world comes to...

The entrepreneurial artist: Marketing & media / communications context...

Entrepreneurial artist (intro): 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | Entrepreneurial artist (framework) | Entrepreneurial artist (results) Once the artist shows their artwork to someone else, or has even talked...

The entrepreneurial artist: Marketing & media / communications context...

Entrepreneurial artist (intro): 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | Entrepreneurial artist (framework) | Entrepreneurial artist (results) I’m someone who admires the independent-thinking artist. Certainly after...

The entrepreneurial artist: Marketing & media / communications context...

In this presentation, I’m going to present a sort of position paper, drawing on what turned into a case study. I will talk about my ideas of combining media and communications strategies, within...

Groninger Museum copyright controversy (2000)

Instead of touring the tulip fields, travelers in Holland have a new option— riding on the art-filled Mendini Train. Launched by the Dutch Railway Company and Groningen’s Groninger Museum, the...

Chatchai Puipia on Bangkok art: It’s quite a pretentious scene...

Imagine what art magazines could be like if we all published stories about what we talk about away from the media gaze. R.J. Preece & Gridthiya Gaweewong: What do you think about the art...

The Problematic Discourse on ’Philippe Starck’s’ Delano Hotel (1999) - Focus...

V. The Problematic Discourse on "Philippe Starck’s" Delano Hotel (1999) - Focus on Content: The Cumulative Content of the Writings When examining the "content" of the writings, the claims,...

The problematic discourse on Philippe Starck’s Delano hotel - abstract...

The following is the abstract of a 134-page academic study on the publicity concerning the design-led Delano Hotel in Miami Beach, Florida, USA. Abstract—In this dissertation, the author examines...

Indonesia: Why the art market needs art history (1997)

Astri Wright offers her thoughts about how the art market can combat against thefts of artwork and forgeries in Indonesia. "Crime does not pay," the old saying goes. That is a truth, however,...

Sensation exhibition merchandising (1997)

Check out the merchandising accompanying the landmark exhibition Sensation (18 September - 28 December 1997). Merchandise accompanying Sensation: Young British Artists from the Saatchi Collection...

Artist marketing plan (1994)

YOU: Being clear about what you want to achieve. On seizing opportunities “Sometimes your excitement covers any fear, like finding this rare opportunity of a 3500 foot studio— in an old mill...

The Problematic Discourse on ’Philippe Starck’s’ Delano Hotel (1999) -...

VI. Discussion: The Problematic Questions and Implications In this discussion section, a summary of the dissertation is provided tying together the form-to-content-orientated strands of Chapters...

Alternative exhibition spaces, alternative futures (1992)

Alternative exhibition spaces, alternative futures Alternative spaces were born and have survived because of the need felt by artists to take control of their own work, their own lives. In the...