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    The Ships2Shores’ Canadian Coastlines Colouring Book is looking to feature 30-60 artworks from..
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    Location: North Vancouver, BC

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    Location: Ancaster, ON

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    Location: Laval, QC

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  • “Portraits” International Call - Art & Literature Journal - Deadline December 31, 2020

    Location: Toronto, ON

    | Theme: Portraits of people and animals tell such great stories. They evoke..
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  • Positively Petite Annual Miniature Exhibition

    Location: Coquitlam, BC

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    Location: Palm Springs, CA

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    Location: Calgary, AB

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    Location: New York, NY

    The Asian Contemporary Fine Art Competition aims to discover and celebrate talented Asian,..
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  • $550.00 Innovate Grants — Call for Artists + Photographers

    Location: , BC

    Innovate Grant is now accepting submissions for the Fall 2020 Cycle. Innovate Grant..
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    Location: Edmonton, AB

    Ukraine’s history and contemporary reality are marked by conflict; targeting artists and intellectuals..
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    Location: LADYSMITH, BC

    Call to Fabric and Textile Artists. If there are fabric or textile artists who..
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Artists, how's your ROI?

By January 19, 2020

                                                                          Along the North Saskatchewan, watercolour, 4"x7.6"
 

Why is it important for an Artist to make a profit?

'Return On Investment' is a business acronym that questions expenditures to ensure a profit after all costs are accounted for. As an artist this task can be daunting and near impossible to figure. You can tear up this piece of paper after doing it if it scares you, but everyone should give it your best effort to establish your selling price.
 
What is considered an ROI?
Anything you put time or money into to produce your art that returns a profit. So buying framing, stretchers, paper or art materials at a saving is a good tangible example. As long as you mark it up when you sell it. Remember, if you sell your work through an Art Gallery they take charge (40-50%), so consider this when you consign work. If you paid someone to frame your art, you will have to double the cost of the framing to break even. Packaging and shipping is a hard cost. Public art Galleries sometimes pay this cost; commercial galleries, you usually have to deliver, so an expense that comes out of your 50%. Remember, you will be the last to be paid.
 
If you do a retreat or residency? Did it provide time away to produce a body of work that will be presented in a show you have booked? Did you apply for a grant, use it wisely as you have to pay tax on it. Put it into something that fulfills your dream, but consider where the income is going to come from?
 
If you participate in an art show and purchase a table or booth space, this is a short term investment. What are you going to do to ensure you have enough visitor traffic and right artwork to sell to them? Do you have a variety of sizes, media, framed or unframed works, cards and advertising materials?
 
Social Media, Insurance and Memberships?
Working your (Free) social media platforms can can use up a lot of your valuable time, but can also open doors and make sales. Have you evaluated the best of them and discontinued the others?
 
Insurance for your art protects your investment while in your studio and transporting. It is a cost that should be factored into the art being sold and stored.
 
Memberships can have great value to move your career forward, but don’t necessarily return a dollar as most were never intended to this. Supporting local art associations, guilds and public galleries create environments that can nurture and give back to you. Support by the art community ensures these programs and facilities are around for you and your community.

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Keep all your receipts as investment costs can usually be deducted as a business expense.


Paul Constable
Director