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Jo Atherton

This September, we bring you a digest of some of the most popular and thought provoking Facebook Pages offering daily inspiration and advice.

Remember that if you are still mastering the world of Facebook, you can find our extensive support pages over on the HVA website. Be sure to read our Hints & Tips for advice on joining Facebook if you feel slightly lost!

Here follow a selection of Facebook Pages which provide a daily dose of inspirational links, images and practical support. Being an artist can be a solitary pursuit at times, and knowing there is a network of people out there in a similar situation is a comforting thought. These Pages offer more than simple images to look at – they enable like-minded creative to make connections and engage with one another.

Exhibition-Ismwww.facebook.com/exhibitionism.magazine?ref=profile

Exhibition-ism is a cultural project founded by Spoke Art in San Francisco. Their Mission is ‘to not only showcase the works of artists we represent and exhibit, but also to broaden the cultural dialogue by promoting the works of our friends, family and contemporaries.’

Colossal - www.facebook.com/thisiscolossal?fref=ts

Colossal launched in 2010 as a blog exploring art and other aspects of visual culture. Every week they will share 15-25 posts on photography, design, animation, painting, installation art, architecture, drawing, and street art making it a great place to learn about the intersection of art and science as well as the beauty of the natural world.

Fiber Art Nowwww.facebook.com/FiberArtNow/info

Fiber Art Now is an exciting print and digital magazine for contemporary textiles and fibre arts. Their aim is to ‘inspire and connect our worldwide community of fibre and textile artists, collectors, curators, learners, educators, and arts professionals.’ They do this by sharing daily pages and links to an international community of artists working in fibre, which is far reaching, including quilting, hand dyeing, felting, basketry, tapestries and weaving, needle arts, book & paper arts, felting and mixed media. Upcoming exhibitions, calls for entry, and quick takes on various topics from fiber artists, educators and enthusiasts are also featured.

Creative Boomwww.facebook.com/CreativeBoom/timeline

Creative Boom is an online magazine offering inspiration and ideas for creatives. They share posts on architecture, art and design, interiors, photography, travel and lifestyle. If you’re stuck for inspiration, a daily dose of Creative Boom should start you thinking about new avenues to explore after these interesting posts.

Blacksburg Belle - www.facebook.com/BlacksburgBelle/info

Blacksburg Belle offers lots of free content on leading a successful, creative life. Her mission is to empower creative women to lead the lives they've always wanted. Following this page will provide a great source of creative inspiration alongside sound, practical business advice.

London ArtQuest - www.facebook.com/londonartquest

This Page will provide UK visual artists with free professional and legal advice. They pride themselves on ‘providing everything a visual artist needs to know.’
ArtQuest helps artists to make work, sell work, find work and network. Liking this Page will provide you with the information to drive creative practice and thrive on some of the lowest incomes in the creative sector. Run by artists, for artists, they ‘build a bridge from student experience to sustainable working life, and throughout your professional career.’

Don’t forget that we have a wealth of advice and information for you on how you can use the internet creatively to promote your work, source opportunities and meet other like-minded individuals. Be sure to visit our Web Wizardry Hints & Tips section for more information, how to guides and inspiration to conducting your creative life online.

BY JO ATHERTON

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