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Fine artist

Fine artists create original works of art using methods like painting, drawing and sculpture.

Potential salary

variable

Employment by 2024

+1.34%

Working hours

39 to 41 irregular

  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • design skills and knowledge
  • knowledge of computer operating systems, hardware and software
  • thinking and reasoning skills
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • to be flexible and open to change
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • knowledge of English language
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

Your day-to-day tasks will be:

  • work from your own ideas, or a commission from an individual or an organisation
  • sell your work through an agent or through galleries, exhibitions, shops or online
  • research subjects, materials and new artistic techniques
  • network with agents, dealers, gallery owners and other artists
  • attend exhibitions and join artists’ groups

You might also:

  • work as ‘artist in residence’ – running classes and workshops in places like schools, prisons or hospitals
  • teach art classes privately, in colleges or through community learning
  • run local art projects

You could work from home, in a creative studio or in a workshop.

You could move into areas like art therapy or art conservation.

You can find out more about becoming a fine artist from:Guild Society of Artists; Artquest; Discover Creative Careers

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