Art On Scotland is a social enterprise, which enables artists and makers to promote and sell their work directly to the public. It is a unique art market led by an artist for artists, based at Royal Exchange Square, Glasgow. For three years the market has been offering an affordable platform for artists to exhibit and sell work, engage with customers in person and connect directly with their audience.
We are crowdfunding for £15000 to improve the market by building specially designed outdoor market stalls that are more artist friendly than the existing rented equipment. Initially we applied for a grant to buy the stalls. Unfortunately our application wasn't successful so Plan B, we raise the money ourselves. To make this happen we need your help. Please support our campaign by donating to benefit the local creative community. Every pledge or share will help us attain our goal! While this will not impact our re-opening in May, it would enable us to provide a service that is tailored to artists and creatives alike.
The new robust stalls will be much larger and taller, with an awning to protect us from the ever-changing Scottish weather. The light coloured walls and roof will be illuminated with LED lighting, complimenting artwork and giving the appearance of an on street gallery. Owning the stalls will contribute to the longevity of the market, help set up an online traders shop, concessionary stalls for students and charities, plus help us to implement a creative mentoring scheme aimed at helping new creative businesses and individuals succeed.
Art On Scotland has always aimed to benefit a wide range of people including artists, young people, disadvantaged individuals, local business owners, customers and the general public. The market has provided a free, easily accessible, inclusive, and non intimidating way to view art. We aim to break down barriers to people's idea of what art is, who can appreciate it, and make it clear that it can be enjoyed by one and all. The market is also a way to improve our city centre, making it a more enjoyable experience for visiting tourists and locals. Handcrafted items are a much needed addition to the average High Street shop offer, and a good contrast to many imported goods. We live up to our tag line, "Handmade on the High Street".
Many artists face barriers to sharing, exhibiting and selling their work. Through our project we plan to change that by providing a specialised yet accessible context for artists to present work at relatively low cost. We currently work alongside Young Enterprise Scotland offering concessionary and free stalls to student groups and individuals. This ensures the budding creatives have a platform to test out there products in a very busy city centre location at next to no cost.
Additional outcomes and benefits for artists and audiences include-
● Work protected in larger purpose built stalls with awning. More space to show off their creativity and goods
● Extended audience reach of the market/artists work through future expansion to other communities
● Opportunity to build a greater customer base and awareness of work/practice
● Opportunity to network with fellow makers/artists
● Unique opportunity to sell work and pilot ideas in a prime city centre location
● Concessionary stalls and mentoring for creative students and local charities
● Improving the public image/appearance of the market and urban environment
● Creating an improved experience for local customers and visitors to the city
● Opportunity to meet some of Scotland’s professional artists and discover their practice
● Opportunity to buy unique work in person supporting handmade on the High Street
Crowdfunding Rewards by Michelle Cohen, Cohen - Art and director of Art On Scotland
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