Making a living from your art when you don't make art to sell !

Updated: Jul 30, 2020

Many artists choose not make saleable art and so earning a living from their art is not possible. Artists who work with performance, installation, sound and digital media may have scant saleable work that they can turn to income generation.

Artists have traditionally made their living in ways other than by selling their art. Teaching in art schools or school art departments can be a rewarding way to do so that means a creative dialogue is ongoing, even if in the support of the output of others. Teaching is not suited to all though, and in any case over the last two decades drastically reduced funding and teaching hours mean that regular teaching jobs have been scaled down or replaced by temporary contracts that are few and far between and offer no security of hours or income.

Many artists earn a living doing work that is unrelated to their art practice, but that hopefully leaves enough mental and physical energy to keep it going in the evenings and at weekends. Many artists have an alternative CV to their professional art career resumé that evidence great resourcefulness and flexibility in taking diverse but often poorly paid work. A straw poll done recently amongst a handful of experienced and able artist colleagues in Oxford and London reveals that there are artists working as herbal practitioners, counsellors, shop assistants, care home carers, carpenters, gardeners, nannies as well as a plethora of other jobs. Serious artists who on any given day would prefer to be making their art, are making a living doing anything they can do in jobs with little security and often poor pay.

Now due to the Covid 19 pandemic lockdown many of these income streams have been cut off with no notice and many artists are struggling financially.

Oolith Press is pleased to be working with artists who do not routinely make art to sell but who during the Covid 19 lockdown are turning their skills to doing so. We will be adding new artists monthly and promoting their works on social media to generate sales for them.

All of the artworks that are sold through Instagram or the Oolith Press website will contribute to the individual artists' participation in the excellent Artist Support Pledge Scheme which has already generated £20 million of income for artists and makers around the globe.

Oolith Press asks just 10% of the sale price of the art it sells to pay for the presentation and promotion of the artists' work.

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