If you are an Artist Member of Arts Connect Inc., we will publish an online Member profile to showcase you and your work.
All you need to do is fill in the Member Profile Form, telling us information about you and your arts practice, include some photos, and we will take care of the rest.
Click here to join now and get involved with our engaged, creative and dynamic Sunshine Coast arts community. We’d love to have you join Arts Connect Inc.
We unfortunately lost a small number of online profiles when we migrated from the old to the new website. There were inherent problems with the previous membership system that were beyond our control.
So, if you had an online profile in the old site, but you can’t see it now in the new Artist Members directory, please take a few moments to create a new profile. Have a quick read of the information below, complete the form on this page, then WE will create your profile for you.
We encourage all members to keep their online profiles up-to-date. If you want up add new images, remove old images or update your story or contact details, head over to the Member Profile Form and follow the questions from there. We will update your profile for you, then send an email so you know it’s done and you can check it over.
The Information We Need From You
The more you can tell us about you and your arts practice, the better. People want to know! And we want to share the talents of our members with everyone who visits our website.
Have a read of the information below to help understand the information we want from you to publish to your online Member profile. We also recommend that you have a read through different profiles in the online Member’s directory to get a feel for the different ways people share their artist stories.
Your Arts Category
What area do you work in? Are you a painter, sculptor, printmaker? You can select more than one category here. Visitors to the website will be able to search for artists in each listed caterory. If your nominated category isn’t listed, click the ‘Other’ checkbox and tell us what it is, we may be able to add your ‘other’ category to the list.
An introduction about you
This should be brief – the idea here is that this is a quick introduction to who you are as an artist. Aim for a minimum of 50-ish and maximum of 150-ish words
What are media do you work with? If you are a painter, do you paint in oil or acrylic, or both? If you are a sculptor, do you work with wood or metal or clay? This is a brief listing of the different media that you work with in your nominated art category/s.
More About Me
This is where you tell us more about you and your work. In effect your, an artist biography or artist statement. Tell us what motivates and inspires you. Include awards and your exhibitions history, if this is relevant to you. Tell us if you run regular workshops or sell your artwork online, tell us and include a link here.
Some artists write their details to read like a CV, others tell a story. How you want to present the information is up to you – but tell us about you and your arts practice! Again, have a look at a few different profiles in the online Member’s directory to get a feel for the different ways people share their stories.
How much do you write? Some people have written 100 words, others 500 words. 300 words is a good word count to aim for. More is ok. And so is less.
How do you want people to find out more about you, and/or contact you. You can include as much or as little information as you are comfortable with.’
Where is your studio?
Not everyone wants to include their address, and that’s ok.
Some people include a general address, other people cshare their complete address.
If you do include your complete address, with street number, we will add a Google map to the bottom of your online profile.
Do you want people to phone you? If yes, include your best contact number here.
Not everyone wants to include their phone number, and that’s ok.
If you have a website – tell us! If you don’t have a dedicated website, but you sell work on an online gallery (eg Art Lovers Australia or Bluethumb), include a link to your profile in this field.
We will include a direct link to each of your social media accounts. We cover Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Twitter, YouTube and Vimeo. If you have another type of social media account, tell us what it is and we’ll see if we can include it for you.
We will also include an email link here, if you share your email address in the Social Media email field.
All online profiles MUST include images. And there are two types of images we need:
Your Feature Image
- The best size for your Feature image is 1200 pixels wide x 400 pixels high – that is a ratio of 3:1
- Images uploaded outside of those dimensions will be cropped and/or resized to fit.
Images of you and your work
- You can include up to 10 photos in your online gallery
- We recommend including a photo of you as one of those 10 photos
- Recommended maximum width or height is 1200 pixels
- Recommended minimum width or height is 300 pixels
Click here for some tips on resizing your images, including links to free online resources that will help you with that task.
We know that writing about yourself comes easy to some people and not to others. Some people have had lots of practice, and some people are new to the practice of self-promotion. A great place to start is to ask artist friends for help. Read what other artists write. Do a Google search for “how to write an artist statement” – you may be surprised at how many online resources you’ll find.
We found this article on the Flying Arts Alliance Inc website that we think will help – How to write an artist statement.
Different arts associations offer in-person and short online courses on how to write Artist Statements. NAVA (National Association of Visual Artists) runs an annual online learning program that often includes topics around self-promotion tips and advice. Flying Arts Alliance Inc runs different in-person and online programs throughout the year. And the regional galleries have run workshops with the gallery curators in the past – keep an eye on their Facebook pages.
If you have any tips to share, please do, in the comments below. We’d love to hear, and we would love to share the wisdom and knowledge.
If you are already a member, we encourage you to review your profile and update any content you think appropriate, and include images of new work. Click through to the Member Profile Form and start updating now.