For quite a while now as you all know, I have been doing my Artists Feature Friday blog post, and basically just posting nice images of other artists work from my Flickr list. That’s all very well, but leaves me rather dissatisfied. I have come to the conclusion that there is too little support for emerging artists, and those who do not have a ‘name’. There are some great art & design mags out there, but very few that feature artists that are not already established and/or commercially successful. Now, I get it. They need to make a buck, and that’s fine, but is an unsatisfactory state of affairs. It also smacks somewhat of elitism and snobbery, of which the art world is rife as it is. So, I have decided to start featuring artists, designers, photographers etc, that will include an interview and selection of work.
Now, my site is ten years old next year. It gets a LOT of traffic. I get between 800 and over 1000 unique visitors a day. That’s not ‘hits’ (which number thousands I might add) that is unique and individual IP addresses. In November last year, one feature alone received over 1,400 individual views in one day. For a personal website that is a lot of traffic, even my hosting company has been surprised. So, I have decided to make that work not just for me, but for others too.
I am going to approach artists and creatives I like and ask them to do a short interview, answer some questions, include some images and feature their work. So, look out for that soon…and spread the word.