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Startup of the Week – Art Pistol

We are all familiar with the traditional concept of the “starving artist “ who sacrifices all material well-being for the sake of their art. Finding a route to market and a location to showcase their work can be one of the most difficult issues that they face.

One recent Glasgow School of Art graduate though has come up with an idea however which is making that route to market and success a whole lot easier. In June of this year, Ali Smith and his business partner Suzie Carter founded Art PistolBased out of the Digital Enterprise Glasgow hub at City of Glasgow College, they have developed a concept which provides :

– an “uncomplicated online gallery” and platform for artists to sell their work – both undiscovered and established artists from all disciplines
– a bespoke consultancy service to commercial businesses such as hotels, restaurants who may be looking for art for their interiors either on a purchase, rental or commission basis
– the organisation of pop-up exhibitions and displays

Due to its web base, there are no restrictions on the numbers of artists that Art Pistol can profile. The
 internet and hence global reach of the business means that the potential customer base is much greater than with any traditional retailer or local art gallery. Also, the fact that there are no overheads for premises means that the commission costs to the buyer are much lower than with traditional galleries and retailers.

Having won a monthly Shell Livewire Innovation award earlier in the year, they have just been told they are on the shortlist for the Shell Livewire Hot 40 award, due to be announced in November. More details can be found here http://www.shell-livewire.org/

So it does seem to be true when they say that recessions actually stimulate creativity.
And in the world of art, we should look no further than to the recession of the late 80’s when a certain Damien Hirst was graduating from Goldsmiths .  The lack of opportunities certainly didn’t  stop his creativity and entrepreneurial spirit….

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3 Responses to “Startup of the Week – Art Pistol”

  1. It’s a very simple way for artists or creatives to make money, and we plan to play an increasing part in providing a genuine opportunity for all those involved. Submissions of work invited at http://www.artpistol.co.uk/sign-up/seller.

    If you’re not an artist have a look too… you’ll hopefully be surprised by what you can get from £20 up!

    Posted by Ali from Art Pistol | October 20, 2011, 1:09 pm
    • Hi there Ali

      Cheers for your kind words earlier and no worries in giving you Start up of the Week. @ TheEmployable we are passionate about promoting innovation and ideas and you def have that.

      Keep up the good work and if we can help in anyway in the future – happy days – please feel free to follow us via our site or alternatively on facebook or twitter and keep in touch



      Posted by theemployable | October 20, 2011, 1:12 pm


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