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Keys to Design for Singles

Posted by The Art Ministry Team on March 31, 2007

In this week’s article from the Art & Design Zone – “Keys to Design for Singles” we bring you an altogether unique voice. Our guest contributor Maxine Mangat is based in Canada. Maxine is a teacher and academic by profession in addition to regularly writing for various magazines.

In this article, Maxine explores the options faced by young people when starting up in their own independent home and how to make it comfortable and pleasing to the eye; a place which signifies a sanctuary. Maxine effectively explores great ideas on how to maximise on budgetary constraints by focusing on accessories and the use of art work of various styles and genres.

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Who Collects Art

Posted by The Art Ministry Team on March 14, 2007

This week in the Art & Design Zone we’re delighted to be able to publish the first interview from our much anticipated series “Who Collects Art”.

Who Collects Art is an insight into Private Art Collections, from the bizarre to the more traditional, and their Collectors. In this series of articles, we talk to collectors from the Forbes 100 list, celebrities to everyday people, with an aim to demystify who collects art, why and how they bring it into their everyday lives. In this, the first article of the series, Shakila Taranum Maan; screenwriter, film director and co-founder of The Art Ministry; talks about her private art collection.

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Creative Studies Exhibition

Posted by The Art Ministry Team on March 6, 2007

Creative Studies Exhibition

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NEC 2007 Success

Posted by The Art Ministry Team on February 15, 2007

Phew!  What a week we had at the Spring Fair.  Although it was a quiet trade show compared to previous events, it produced incredible results for us.  At the end of the 5 days we walked away with several pending orders and 53 new contacts who love our products; including 11 galleries, several charitable foundations, numerous furniture and home accessory stores, several interior designers and an art agent in Japan.  The true results generated from the show will become evident to you over the next 8 weeks as relationships are built and orders come in. 

It was hard to predict how your work would be received by trade buyers as their buying decisions are often governed by what they are sure will sell in large numbers.  This usually means neutral, earth tones of popular subject matter which are massed produced and therefore relatively cheap.  Approximately 80% of the work on sale at the show was repeated throughout (same print different frame).  The prints are supplied from 4 -5 art publishers (who were also present).  Amazingly only 20% of the stands were carrying exclusive artwork.   Not only were we one of the few stands with exclusive work, we were the only stand in our Hall which carried complete collections of ceramics and fabrics.  To boot we were the only stand in the entire show that was carrying wallpaper. 

However, the fantastic response to these products as well as the art prints proved we were in the right market with the right products at the right price, and it finally confirmed the validity of The Art Ministry’s concept and direction.  We can therefore proudly announce the show and our trade launch was an outstanding success.  

We will be in touch soon to give you more detail on the response to your work and where it came from.  In the meantime we are focusing on some changes which we believe will boost trade sales further, of which we will keep you informed.  Now the trade launch has happened all you need to do is relax and perhaps start thinking about your next collection. 

Anita & Shakila

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Style and Design through the Ages

Posted by The Art Ministry Team on January 24, 2007

This week in the Art & Design Zone we look at ‘Style and Design through the Ages’. Eclectic by social evolution, British taste has absorbed much of what has been encountered over centuries from many cultures.

Style and Design through the Ages looks at influences that have shaped modern Britain, covering the period from the Roman invasion culminating with the decline of the British Empire. In Britain alone there are countless groups or clans that have informed our creative processes from the Celts, Romans, Byzantines, Arabs, Indians, Chinese and even the Japanese.

“With the American colonies and the wealth accumulated from the slave trade, the Georgian era saw a boom in its architecture and style. Between 1730-1800 during the reigns of four kings sharing the same name, the presence of Georgian art and architecture evolved. The city of Bath is a prime example of the manifestation of this cumulative wealth.”

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