Job Description

Artists create original pieces of art work, through a variety of mediums. They often specialise in a particular type of art which may be categorised in the following ways:

  • two-dimensional work (drawing, painting, collage);
  • three-dimensional work (sculpture, installation);
  • four-dimensional work (moving images, performance).

Many Artists also specialise in a subject and may concentrate on areas such as landscapes, portraits or abstract.

Artists can be commissioned to produce a piece of work or they can create their own pieces, which they then sell on, either directly to the public or through an intermediary such as a gallery or an agent. They may also run art classes or be part of community art projects.

Job Duties/Responsibilities

  • generating ideas, idea development, sketching, making models;
  • creating or developing a piece of work in response to a brief or commission;
  • meeting deadlines;
  • working in a studio or off-site and adhering to health and safety procedures;
  • writing funding applications (public and private);
  • applying for residencies and competitions;
  • liaising with contacts, gallery owners, curators and other artists;
  • curating individual and group shows;
  • negotiating a sale or commission;
  • self-promotion, networking, attending private views and other events;
  • sourcing materials and developing relationships with suppliers;
  • researching, visiting locations, interviewing people, using libraries and the internet;
  • administration, correspondence, creating publicity;
  • project planning, creating and managing a budget, financial planning, calculating expenditure;
  • managing tax and self-employment issues;
  • organisation and administration tasks associated with running a studio;
  • writing project proposals for galleries, competitions or artist residencies;
  • writing press releases;
  • maintaining a portfolio which will typically include a website;
  • evaluating a project and feeding back to the main funder or sponsor.



1 Trans-Amadi Road, Port Harcourt.