social networks artistsListed here are 10 social networks for artists. Each of them have unique features for artists, including:

  1. Networking with other creative people around the world.



  2. Connecting with art galleries, curators, and art collectors.



  3. Unconventional Guide to Art & Money Some allow the addition of a personal portfolio, and creation of art blogs.

  4. Most allow attachment of a website link, and in some cases, social networking profiles. This is helpful for encouraging visits to a portfolio website, and good for Google search ranking.

  5. Listings of call for entry, art competitions, art events, exhibitions, art jobs, freelancing, and art licensing opportunities.

  6. Keep up to date with current art news and art happenings.

In case you are wondering, I have a profile at each of these artist social networks, but of course do not have time to visit each regularly. At each, I make sure I have email settings set to accept notifications, so that I will only have to log in to respond to queries. When I need to add artworks, I open up separate tabs in my browser, and add the same titles, tags, and description. This, of course, saves me quite a bit of time.

 

1 - CultureInside Gallery

culture inside gallery Culture Inside Gallery is a gallery run social network, and includes space for artists to add artworks, biography, artist statement, and an art blog. CultureInside Gallery holds a  regular call for entry where winners not only may exhibit online, but at the CI Art Gallery as well.

One innovative thing I saw here is the lightbox. The lightbox can be used to keep track of other artists, and in return, your art will be promoted inside someone else’s lightbox. This seems completely random, but is a great way of meeting other artists with similar interests.


 

 2 - LabforCulture.org

labforculture europe art networkLab for Culture is a European social network for artists and art lovers. Members may create a blog, start an art group, and add links to other profiles and websites.

Read current art news, keep track of art events and exhibitions, and find art jobs in Europe. Here, European artists can find out how to receive funding for a particular art project.

 

3 - Artreview.com

artreview magazine social networkArtreview, popular for Art Review magazine, is another great social network for artists and people who love art. Artreview.com members are curators, art galleries, collectors, and artists. Artists may create their a portfolio, and include audio, video, blogs, and artwork, which can be rated by other Artreview members.

Artists can participate in forums and groups, and even create their own. Keep track of art events from around the world with Artcalendr, a public listing of exhibitions, art shows, and more. Old and recent articles from Artreview magazine may be read directly onsite. 

 

4 - Artslant.com

artslant new yorkThe free membership at Artslant.com is available to all artists. At Artslant, artists can include a profile along with an unlimited artwork slideshow… and a personal blog. Artworks are also showcased at Artshow, to be seen by thousands of daily art buyers. Artists also have the opportunity of adding events and exhibitions to the Artslant calendar.

In setting up a profile, include your artist statement and bio, and a profile photo. Ensure images have proper tags and captions, or they will not be displayed at Artshow exhibitions. Include your best artworks, as this is an exceptional place to receive art world connections.

 

5 - Artbistro

artbistro artists galleriesJoin Artbistro to network with other artists, participate in art groups, and benefit from the many resources for artists. Choose a username, and upload a profile photo. Fill in your profile with an artist website, bio, and other info.

 

Artbistro is filled with resources for artists, which include listings of creative jobs, art schools, and art tools. The article section has tips on art careers, freelancing, art galleries, art marketing, portfolio tips, and art licensing.

 

6 - Artlog.com

artlog magazine contemporaryArtlog is a place for following contemporary fine artists from around the world, as well as museums and galleries. It is a community to oversee current art trends. Click the +Add button to add a certain artwork to your collection. (similar to repinning at Pinterest).

Artlog has a listing of current art events, resources, and articles.  The Artlog Magazine includes regularly updated current art events and contemporary artists. Artists may add a short bio, and an artist website, but no artwork. This site seems to be strictly for keeping up to date with gallery shows and exhibitions.

 

7 - Artists2Artists.net

artists2artists social networkJoin Artists 2 Artists to socialize with artists, art gallery owners, curators, art collectors, and more. Members may exhibit a portfolio of their art, and create forums, blogs, and groups. Portfolios may be shared elsewhere (ie Facebook, Twitter, etc), or embedded in an art website or blog. Artists2Artists also includes recent art news, and listings of artist opportunities.

To become a free member at Artists2Artists, artists must submit proof, in the form of a website link. Simply include a link to your art website, artist statement, or portfolio.

 

8 - Rhizome.org

rhizome artists networkRhizome has an active community of artists. Rhizome.org free members may add a portfolio, and submit artwork to Artbase. The site includes discussion forums, calls for entry listings, an art jobs board, and listings of events and exhibitions. The blog articles feature contemporary art issues and happenings.

In the personal info section, artists may add social media links, rss feed, artist website, and affiliations. Include a bio, and upload artworks to the portfolio as well.


9 - Artrise.com

artrise artist social networkAt Artrise, artists may build their own portfolio site and network with other artists, galleries,  and collectors from around the world. Fill out a personal profile including artist website links, experience, ambitions, awards, projects, and recommendations.

Join art groups, find galleries, apply for calls for entry and art competitions, and search for art jobs and careers directly from Artrise.

 

 

10 - Behance

behance artist portfolioAt Behance, members may create their own personal Behance portfolio and projects, and add social networking services, as well as links to personal art websites and blogs. Behance also includes records of art employment, art competitions, artist organizations, art schools, and groups.

Receive freelance jobs at Behance by filling out work experience. Include a summary of experiences, skills, education, languages, and art awards.

 

Enter information within Career Manager to let companies know you are available for freelancing and consulting work. If you would like to list artworks as for sale, search for instructions in the Sell my Products section.

 

Are you a member of any of these social networks for artists? How would you rate them? Which art social network is your favourite?





21 comments:

  1. I am delighted that I subscribed to your blog as I have learned so much from your posts. This one today is an excellent example, as although I am registered on a few art sites like Wet Canvas, Deviant, Art-Portfolio and Fine Art America which offer similar services, I had not heard of any of the ones you mentioned today. I thank you for this, and I know it is so very time consuming, (enough to have inspired me with the topic for my own blog today,) but the Internet is indispensable in marketing our Art these days and social networking platforms for artists specifically are really helpful in connecting with other creative people and getting our name out there. Thanks for a great post.

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  2. Your very welcome Karen.. I agree wholeheartedly.. the internet has been great for myself in getting my art out there..

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  3. Hi Graham, thank you for this information. Which social networking site for artists have you found to be most successful (most members, most frequently visited, well-known, etc) and why? I am a current art school student and find that very few of my peers are actually using these sites. Why do you think these networking platforms are lacking adoption, and what can they do to improve their following?? Thanks so much for your insights!

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  4. Thanks Angelina... of these I can't really recommend one above another.. they all have their own distinct art communities and purposes. The main reason they are lacking adoption, in my opinion, is that there are so many of these types of sites, hence alot of competition. There are others that are more famous than these, such as Redbubble and Fine Art America. I find that most artists spend more time networking on Facebook and Linkedin (myself included). But, I do login to these when I receive feedback about one of my paintings.

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  5. http://www.deviantart.com/

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  6. @Anonymous
    I was about to say the same thing.

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  7. Why is there never any deviant art?

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  8. Hi Graham, I've never seen most of these art social networks that you have listed. Except for Bethanne and artrise. Thanks. I'm the founder of Artrift.com. Its a small community at the moment but growing quite steadily on a daily basis. Would you mind taking a look at and providing feedback on what you think. You can view it at www.artrift.com

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    1. Hi Landman, I find it very interesting that you are founding one of these sites. I was wondering and maybe you or Graham have an idea. How do these sites make money?
      I know banners and publicity may help, but is it enough to survive? I have seen online galleries that take a percentage of the art they sell, but here, when there is such an easy access to talk to the artist I guess that people would go for outside deals instead of paying a commission to the intermediary or website... don’t know, but I am really interested in the business side of it. Could you share or give me some insight?
      Thanks!!!
      ps. Im an art dealer in México City

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    2. Hi Graham, thanks for the great post!
      Landman, I find it very interesting that you are founding one of these sites. I was wondering and maybe you or Graham has an idea. How do these sites make money?
      I know banners and publicity may help, but is it enough to survive?
      I have seen online galleries that take a percentage out of the art they sell, but here, when there is such an easy access to talk to the artist I would guess people would go for outside deals instead of paying a commission to the intermediary or website... don’t know, but I am really interested in the business side of it. Could you give me some insight?

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  9. @Landman
    Thanks Landman.. I'll take a look soon...

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  10. Great collection of sites. I am looking for something better than Deviantart, which I feel has become woefully crowded.

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  11. The only ones I have heard of before your post are Art Review and Art Bistro. I am always searching for good opportunities to network, learn more and spread the word about my arts and crafts. This seems to be a comprehensive list of places I can check out and spend some time doing my thing.

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  12. www.cgmeetup.net
    Professional Network for Artists
    Portfolio and Job Listing - Art, Visual Effects, Animation, Games, TV & Films Professionals.

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  13. Please consider us for the next selection of Top Artists Networks...
    www.chucoartist.com

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  14. Great listing of resources! I would also add Wetcanvas.com.
    It's 'old school' bulletin board but I find lots of useful information and thousands of friendly artists willing to share advice and feedback. It's also been around since 1998 so it has a loyal following.

    Robin
    http://www.abrushwithhumor.com

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    1. Thank-you Anne! Much appreciated! Love your blog! :)

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  16. www.artgrove.com
    World's Finest Artistic Network

    Dreamers, idealist, stalker of lost worlds, stealer of time, followers of the evolution, awake.
    The mobilisation has now a place –The Grove– the grove of art.

    Let us all creatives unite. Let us all combine our efforts.

    Congratulations Matthiews for your art that moved me almost to tears.
    You have the spirit to join the Grove !
    artgrove.com

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