Resources and tools for artists and creatives

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Arts and culture prove to be essential in challenging times, providing things to look at, things to listen, things to talk about, things to watch, things to read… that inspire and uplift us.  Below are some information and resources than we hope will help you, artists and creatives, keep offering just that.

Remember the lock down is not going to last for ever. This “quiet” – although stressful –  time may be an opportunity to prepare our practices/organisations for when things do get back to normal. Working on websites, taking quality photographs of work, setting up an online shop or gallery, sorting out mailing lists, etc… will get us ready to go again!

 

INFO & SUPPORT

Funding

 

Jobs

Calls to artists and commissions


ONLINE TOOLS 

Organisation

  • Airtable. A database that works like a spreadsheet to organize projects, share and to collaborate.
  • Scapple. Mindmap. The most flexible we’ve tried. Good value for money with a £17 one-off fee. 
  • Hubpsot. A platform uniting software, education, and community to help businesses grow better every day. With useful contents in their blog.
  • Trello. Trello’s boards, lists, and cards enable you to organize and prioritize your projects. It works like sticky notes.
  • Wrike. Project management tools. We used it before signing up for Zoho One.
  • Zoho One . We use it at Kent Creative for our Database/CRM, calendar, project management, email marketing & newsletters, social media, surveys, online meetings. It also has apps for  webinars & online training, online document signing, payment tool, e-commerce, websites, and more… Cost is around £300 a year. However, keep in mind that you will need help at first to set it up. It is not instant. It will take some time and you’ll need to get an “expert” (we can recommend someone) to do it for you. That will lead to an additional expense, but once it’s set up, it really is super and saves huge amount of time. So, definitely one to consider in the medium/long term.

Collaboration

  • Airtable. A database that works like a spreadsheet to organize projects, share and to collaborate.
  • Calendly. To schedule meetings without the back-and-forth emails.
  • Google Drive. 
  • Google Slides. 
  • Slack. A collaboration hub for people to work together.
  • Wakelet. Save, organize and share content

Online meetings, webinars, conferences

  • Crowdcast. Interactive live conversations at scale.
  • Google Hangouts.
  • Hopin. To run online events. It includes many useful features.
  • Skype. For individual video calls.
  • TeachFromHome. A temporary platform by Google for teachers using different Google tools such as using Hangouts and Slides.
  • Zoho Meeting. For online meetings. A beta version is currently testing multifeed screens. That’s what we use at Kent Creative.
  • Zoho Show time. For webinars.
  • Zoom. Video and audio conferencing, chat, and webinars.

Making online presentations, delivering and teaching online 

  • Google Slides. To create and edit presentations in your browser. And you can work on a presentation online in real-time, with other people.
  • Kahoot. Free access to all features to support distance learning in schools affected by the coronavirus outbreak
  • Prezi Presentation. Much more engaging and fun than Powerpoint. The free version is excellent.
  • Prezi Video. Included in the Standard package of Prezi for £7 a month. Free trial for 14 days.
  • Screencast-omatic: to record computer screen and audio. $15 a year.
  • Udemy. Create an online video courses.
  • Create a Youtube private channel.

Websites

  • Wix
  • Weebly
  • WordPress

Selling online

Although this looks like an obvious option during this crisis, remember that sending out and monitoring parcels out is going to be subjected to many restrictions. It may be that you make of the most of the time you have to prepare your images and set up your online presence for the future. This way, you’ll be ready when things get back to normal.

  • Artmarketdirect. Online art gallery.
  • Artnet. Online resource for the international art market and a platform to buy, sell, and research art online. 
  • Artfinder. Online art gallery.
  • Etsy. Online marketplace for vintage and handmade items.
  • Riseart. Online art gallery
  • Saatchi online. Online art gallery.
  • Shopify. Tools and services you need to start, run, and grow your business. (Guide to sell online).

Virtual exhibitions

Licensing

Licensing allows you to sell your work digitally, so you don’t need to send anything physical. It is all done online.
Note: the The Cultural Enterprises Academy  offers courses in Licensing.

Products / Merchandising

  • Bags of Love. Print onto a range of products. 
  • Countryside Art. Screen printing onto tea towels, bags, cushions, aprons, kitchen textiles and giftware. Everything is created in-house in the UK, from design through print to final manufacture.
  • Red Bubble
  • Spoonflower. Print on fabric, wall paper and home decor products. Eco-friendly process, sustainable operational practices, water-based pigment inks and dyes, initiatives that continue to lower waste byproducts
  • Superfastpod.com.

Whether you want to sell or license your work online, you will need high quality photographs and/or scans. You could perhaps get this done as soon as you can…


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