Presentation and documentation Websites


More and more independent, unrepresented and some represented practitioners have their own website to showcase their work and allow an enormous potential online audience to find information about them more easily.

Websites are increasingly affordable, with many DIY design packages available to help create a simple but effective online presence.

A website can:

* Increase your visibility, making you and your work easier to find
* Increase your audience
* Help people subscribe to an email mailing list to get regular updates on you and your work
* Help sell your work, depending on the suitability of your practice
* Be a useful tool for applying for opportunities by allowing you to email applications and refer to your website with a link
* Help organise all the documentation of your work and provide a complete catalogue of your activity

The layout and presentation of your website should be appropriate to your practice and best represent your work within the limitations of the internet. Consider appropriate documentation of your work, backed up with information on the rest of your career:

* Well-photographed images of your work, or short film clips
* Installation shots of exhibitions and projects
* Artist statement
* Artist CV
* Contact details, or details of the gallery that represents your work
* Scans of press articles or reviews
* A news section, with information about upcoming exhibitions and projects
* An online shop or details on how people can purchase your work

Alternatively you can easily build yourself a Blog. This useful guide to social media, co-produced by Charlotte Frost and Jared Schiller for a-n The Artists Information Company, introduces benefits of using a blog for artists.

Web building

A list of web designers and affordable web packages are listed below.
indexhibit

Website: www.indexhibit.org

A web application used to build and maintain an archetypal, invisible website format that combines text, image, movie and sound.
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ArtSites Design

Isabel Albiol Estrada
Mother Studios, Studio 5, 9D Queens Yard, London E9 5EN. — Google Maps
Mobile: 07886 337440
Mobile: 07886 337440
Email: info@artsitesdesign.co.uk
Website: www.artsitesdesign.co.uk

ArtSites Design specialise in designing and constructing affordable portfolio websites for artists, designers and art galleries.
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Studio Website Design

Liz Wilkinson
Tel: 01903 879362
Email: studiowebsites@googlemail.com
Website: www.websitedesignforartists.com

Design for artists and the creative industries, suitable for all budgets. Either ‘bespoke’ websites built exactly to your specifications, or, for a quicker and cheaper solution, they can produce you a website based on one of their templates.
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Red Leader

Katherine Green
18-20 Scrutton St, London EC2A 4RX — Google Maps
Tel: 020 7655 4555
Email: studio@redleaderindustries.com
Website: www.redleader.co.uk

Red Leader Industries is a multimedia design and production company who specialise in working with artists and arts related organisations to design and produce websites, web projects, DVDs, CD-Roms, education and outreach projects, plus video shooting and post-production.
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The Artists Web

Chris Kirkland
1 Brunswick Terrace, Hove East Sussex, BN3 1HN — Google Maps
Email: support@theartistsweb.co.uk
Website: www.theartistsweb.co.uk

Website services for artists allowing them to build their own gallery website without any prior web design experience.
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Artlook Software

100 Millford Avenue, Stony Stratford, Milton Keynes MK11 1HE — Google Maps
Tel: 01908 567 398
Fax: 01908 566 930
Email: info@artlooksoftware.com
Website: www.artlooksoftware.com

Tailored to the needs of the individual artist Artlook for Artists is an affordable cataloguing and management solution for any artist or craftsperson. Using the software, you can create a detailed catalogue of your work, past and present, with multiple images attached to each item;track each item’s current location and generate detailed consignment notes; calculate commissions due and record any expenses you incur relative to an individual item; manage the sale of works to dealers and individual clients with automatically generated invoices and client statements. System now includes Artlook Sitebuilder web site creation tool.
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electronic marketsquares

Business Development Centre, 7-15 Greatorex Street, London E1 5NF — Google Maps
Email: info@marketsquares.co.uk
Website: www.marketsquares.co.uk

electronic marketsquares are a not-for-profit company that provides cost-effective digital photography, digital image editing, web site planning & analysis, training, advice and support for small businesses who want to make the most out of their marketing activities on the Internet.
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Clikpic

Email: support@clikpic.com
Website: www.clikpic.com

Clikpic is a web service for professional and amateur photographers and artists. Using an admin system and a choice of stylish and purpose-built template designs, you can create and edit your own web site quickly and easily.
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design by flux

Email: info@designbyflux.com
Website: www.designbyflux.com

Creative agency run by two artists. For all websites they install an extremely easy to use Content Management System, which means that you can add or change content – images, videos, audio files, blog entries – yourself after your site has been completed.
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Mr Site

Email: sales@mrsite.co.uk
Website: www.mrsite.com

Easy to use template to create your own professional dot com website. Starter pack at £19.99.
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Dan is a designer

Dan Bissonnet
Email: contact@danisadesigner.com
Website: danisadesigner.com

Dan specialises in making affordable sites for small businesses and creative individuals.
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Forgot to Shave

Tel: 020 8806 2090
Email: pau@blueyonder.co.uk
Website: www.forgottoshave.net

Forgot to Shave is a web design company that provides more than just good corporate branding. Their philosophy is to match an artist’s imagination with dynamic web applications and open source technology.
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Stockashop websites

Sue Orton-Flynn
Adur Business Centre, Shoreham by Sea, West Sussex, BN435EG, UK — Google Maps
Tel: 01273 453430
Tel: 01273 700412
Tel: 0845 8387515
Email: sue@stockashop.co.uk
Website: www.stockashop.co.uk

Sensable Media team allows you to spent one day in their offices to produce your own Content Managed website, together with an expert. Simply book your day and bring your images and information on a CD or DVD; learn how to edit the pages, add pages, text, and images and optimise your site for search engines.
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Platform Web Design

Rosy Naylor
37 Springvalley Terrace, Edinburgh, EH10 4PZ — Google Maps
Tel: 0131 446 0833
Email: rosy@platformdesigns.co.uk
Website: www.platformdesigns.co.uk

Platform provides creative and individual approaches to web design for artists, designer-makers and the creative industries.
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Coates Designs

Simon Coates
Email: info@coatesdesigns.co.uk
Website: www.coatesdesigns.co.uk

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Artworkbook.co.uk

Rebecca Bramwell
Tel: 020 7263 0421
Email: rebecca@artworkbook.co.uk
Website: artworkbook.co.uk

Artworkbook make websites for artists. The style is clean, minimal and easy-to-use, simply choose an artist-designed layout and send them your images and text. Friendly service. No password required. Prices start at just £290 for a nine page portfolio.
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Group Of

Email: art@groupof.co.uk
Website: groupof.co.uk

GROUP OF is a collective of graphic designers, web designers and artists. Their area of expertise is working with artists, galleries and cultural organisations, whose priorities are less “corporateâ€.
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