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Women in the arts gives us advice


Sid Motion trained as an artist at Chelsea School of Art and Design and London College of Communications. She held positions at Max Wigram Gallery, David Zwirner and Photo London before opening her gallery in early June 2016. Sid Motion has contributed to panel discussions, workshops and crits at various institutions including Tate Modern and Royal College of Art and she is a dear friend of ours… If you are ever in London make sure to visit her wonderful gallery in Kings Cross.


Here are her 5 tips on starting an art collection: 


Buy things you truly love.

Buy work because you fall in love with it, and because it makes you feel and think something. Forget about the pressure of buying things for investment – be bold! If it speaks to you, take the risk and live with something that you have a connection with.


Be open-minded to new artists working in new mediums.

This is the work of our time – get involved in it. Find out about the artist; follow them on social media, meet with them if you can, know how they made the work and consider at what stage of their practice it was made.


Ask for advice 

Dealers, gallerists, agents and advisors are all there to be asked about the works they show you. They have committed to showing that artist, so should know everything about their practice. Your relationship with them should be open, no question is too small.


Work can be more affordable than you think

Prints or works on paper can be a great place to start. Non-profit organisations sell work by some amazing artists, and there are also schemes like ‘Own Art’ which make collecting bigger pieces more achievable.


See exhibitions 

We’re lucky to be in a city with some of the best art in the world. Find out what you love and what excites you by visiting lots of galleries. Don’t forget to see upcoming artists at the degree shows of our art schools too.

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