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Today we reach 600 Likes on the Curator Facebook Page and we thought it’s in order to say a really big THANK YOU to all of our regular visitors who’ve added us on there and who make the extra special effort to comment on artwork and our written articles.
Thanks folks, we really appreciate it! Looking forward to speaking to you all soon…
June 1, 2012 in Curator HQ
As you will have probably noticed already, we’ve put a lot of effort into redeveloping the Curator homepage over the past couple of weeks to include a huge array of content. We’ve squeezed the most out of every inch of space to best showcase your creative work, so now every member of Curator HQ gets a chance to have their work displayed to visitors the first time they visit the site.
We hope you agree that it’s a big improvement from the holding page we’d been using since launching HQ, and we appreciate your patience bearing with us while we’ve been continuing development on the site.
There’s still lots of new features coming up, so watch out for announcements over the coming weeks.
If you have any suggestions or are experiencing problems in the meantime, then do feel free to get in touch and we’ll do our absolute best to get back to you as soon as we can.
May 28, 2012 in Curator HQ
Whether you are already a successful professional artist, or an artist trying to break through the malaise and be seen, Curator HQ is for you. If you really believe that art is for everyone to enjoy and should be much more accessible then you share the Curator vision.
At Curator we don’t just talk about these things – we get on and try to do something about them. That’s why, for example we take art right into huge footfall spaces like major shopping centres – it doesn’t get much more accessible than that. And there are many other ways in which we proactively take art out there and put it in front of people to engage with.
By joining us at Curator HQ you will not only be making your art accessible to the ever growing number of visitors to our site, you will be helping us in our own small way to bring about positive change in an industry we all love, and want to prosper.
We invest a lot in marketing Curator and in providing good quality editorial, features and interviews so that our visitors enjoy the experience, stay on the site for good periods of time and as importantly, come back. And we like to keep our site clean and tidy so we don’t allow advertisers to mess things up!
At the moment we are offering everyone a month’s membership free. This is to allow artists time to get involved and see if they want to stay with us. After this initial month an artist can join us from as little as the equivalent of £6.99 a month, based on a one-off annual payment of £83.88 or £9.99 a month on a simple month by month basis.
We feel this membership payment is a relatively modest investment and goes directly to fund further site development, marketing and a range of other benefits that will filter through as the months progress.
So join us at Curator HQ now, get involved and see where it takes you. It’s an exciting journey, we’d love to have you along for the ride!
Today we ask Curator founder, David Norris about the new service for artists, Curator HQ launching soon.
So why have you created Curator HQ?
Well currently at Curator we work closely with a very small number of artists, just 10 in fact at the moment and we physically have all of the work we show in our Store, in our possession so that we can take it out to the events and exhibitions we organise, and to Home View appointments. So we sell the art ourselves directly to customers. And we’re going to continue to do this, and grow the number of artists slowly.
Thing is though since we launched we’ve received literally 100’s of requests from artists wanting to join us, asking for advice and feedback.
How is Curator HQ different then?
The fundamental difference is that customers will view the artists’ work on our site and contact them directly to buy it. That way we can work with a large number of artists who want to be associated with Curator, share what we stand for and what we offer.
And what are you offering with Curator HQ?
I have to admit I’m extremely excited about this and I could talk for most of the day about plans I have for Curator HQ, but I’ll stick to a couple of the main ones!!
Each artist will have a detailed personal profile which will give them a host of options and make sure they can project themselves in the very best way for them. It will be easy for customers to contact them directly via email, their web site or phone and the artist specifies which they prefer. If a customer wants to buy a piece of work they do so directly with the artist. We are not involved and we do not charge any commission whatsoever.
But that’s really just the start. From launch we will be providing about 20,000 words of really tangible, practical help and advice that will be extremely useful to artists wanting to improve and sell more. Each artist will have a Dashboard where they can access the various services.
In addition to the services, by being on our site artists will benefit from our constant, 24/7 marketing drive. We invest heavily in marketing Curator and traffic to the site increases daily.
I assume this is not a free service so what does it cost?
No it’s not free. There are plenty of free listing web sites out there and artists should not confuse Curator HQ with them. Monthly membership is £9.99 but we are currently offering a 50% discount to those who pre-register, so they will pay £4.99 for each of their first 3 months. There’s no catch here, it’s just that when we launch on 22nd March we want to have artists live on the site rather than launching with an empty page!!
So what should artists do next, and what if they don’t like the service when it’s live?
Firstly they can cancel at any time. If they choose to pay one month at a time and they don’t want to continue, they just cancel. By pre-registering they are only securing their option to join at the discounted rate of £4.99. There is nothing to pay at the point of pre-registering. We will contact them nearer the time to see if they want to join.
You can pre-register for Curator HQ here, enabling your discount.