Graduate into Success

Wednesday 03 November at 14.00 GMT

In a new era, how do artists launch their art businesses to successfully create income, gain visibility and recognition, whilst creating lasting momentum? The VAA Graduate & Early Career to Pro Show focuses on spearheading practical conversations to enable artists to identify those important next steps. If you have recently graduated or are early in your art career looking for a refresher, navigating the art world can seem a tricky process. It can be a daunting task know which opportunities are open to you. This micro-learning event will help you gain important clarity so you can be empowered to create your art career on your own terms.

Learn from the art industry’s finest career experts and artists. By providing you with industry expertise our speakers will teach you how to thrive and develop a career from early career graduate to professional artist.

Karen van Hoey-Smith

VAA Panellist & Host

Artist Mentor, Art Broker, BBC Art Advisor 

Dr Jeremy Turner

Key Discussion – Clarity on your next steps, plus the importance of art competitions and open call opportunities

Programme leader in Fine Art at the University of Chester and continues to exhibit nationally and internationally on a regular basis. Jeremy is a lead judge on the Visual Art Open Prize.

Jacob Chan

Key Discussion –  Gaining momentum on Social Media, PR and Mentorship

Ceramist from the Carmarthen School of Art, graduated in 2017 and since seen his career soar to heady successful heights. A finalist on Channel 4’s The Great Pottery Throw Down in 2020, and also an exhibitor at the prestigious Walker National Art Gallery in 2021, Jacob is represented by leading galleries in the UK.

Rosalind Davis

Key Discussion – Creating your network and crafting your Artists Statement

Artist, Curator, Royal College of Art (RCA) Graduate, and Author of ‘What They Didn’t Teach you in Art School’

Jason Hicklin

Key discussion – Getting Gallery Ready

Graduate from St. Martin’s College of Art,  He has been awarded the Hunting Art Prize at the Royal College of Art and the Julian Trevelyan RE Memorial Prize. Hicklin is Head of Printmaking at City & Guilds of London Art School and has a studio in Shropshire

Prize Draw

Everyone who joins this online event will be entered into a prize draw to win a support package with over £1,000 including Artist Mentorship, Social Media Strategy Session, and years Membership to the VAA.

To join the event, simply reserve your space today

Industry Expertise

Learn to Increase Sales

Marketing Advice

Navigate a New Era of Art

‘I wish I had found the VAA earlier, they are simply brilliant!

I have found the VAA absolutely wonderful particularly during the pandemic. It has kept me in contact with the art world and enabled me to virtually meet and get to know other artists and compare notes. In addition to that, they provide excellent support for artists wanting to expand their business knowledge and skills.’ – Caroline Walsh-Waring, Artist

‘I first joined as a regular member, however once I understood how useful their resources are to me, plus how encouraging and supportive they have been, I upped my membership to the full membership. It is an absolute bargain as you can find new information weekly and it is constantly being refreshed.

I feel connected, both with artists and the VAA management alike. The feeling is as if someone has your back in what can sometimes feel like a minefield and a lonely path. Subsequently, this past year, I’ve doubled my productivity and sales, kept my head in a tricky situation and I recommend 1000% VAA to anyone – whatever their stage in the art-making journey.’ – Skye Holland, Artist

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