Portfolio Review

A Portfolio Review is an important step for artists in their professional development.


It is a way for an artist to have their artwork impartially measured against other artists The VAA offers a dedicated Portfolio Review Service to its Members which gives artists the opportunity to engage in valuable dialogue to receive constructive feedback from art experts, with significant experience as curators, gallerists and art consultants

A Portfolio Review offers a professional evaluation, with guidance and ideas on how artists can effectively market their art. The session is designed to be highly supportive so artists can speak in an unguarded way about their ideas, a recent body of work or key concerns, and frustrations, including creative blocks 

The session will typically cover any of the following areas: 


  • Offer objective critical feedback on your work and creative journey to date 
  • Advise on challenges you are facing in your work 
  • Support with finding or clarifying your ideal customer and niche  
  • Insights into marketing your art – website, social media, artist brand 
  • Portfolio selection for Art Fairs, Exhibitions or open-call competitions  
  • Getting ‘Artwork Ready’ to gain gallery representation or get your art published  
  • Provide concise and clear recommendations for you to take away and implement 

Portfolio Reviews are led by Karen van Hoey Smith, Artist Mentor Manager. Karen’s experience in the art industry is extensive, including roles such as Art Agent & Manager, Gallerist, Auctioneer, and Consultant Expert. Karen holds a degree in Fine Art Evaluation and leads the VAA Mentorship Programme.

See bottom of page for pricing information and the form to book your session.

Please note this service is only available for Members of the Visual Artists Association.

This has led me to better understanding of my work, proposals, and market. Today, I´m a better artist, entrepreneur, person. All the crew is really willing to support you during your personal process.

I joined the VAA about a month ago and I’m so glad I did! A great resource of useful information and opportunities for artists. I’m looking forward to seeing what’s in the Vault and making the most of everything else that’s on offer.

Joining the VAA is the best thing I’ve ever done. I very much feel that I’m among friends, and for an artist that’s pretty important.

As an emerging artist I have found their help invaluable. They offer helpful advice and guidance. As an artist who prefers the creative process, to the somewhat less inspiring but essential processes of marketing myself I found the VAA have always been there for me to help push and promote my talent in a business respect also.

I always leave with more good ideas than I will be able to put into place. The group keeps my art business moving forward.

Once you have booked and payment has been processed a member of our team will be in touch to confirm a date for your Portfolio Review to take place.


Book your place using the form below: