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The ‘Edit your Profile’ form includes several fields – some where you select from a list of options and others where you are prompted to type something. Some fields are required and are marked with an asterisk. But you may still be curious as to why you are being asked to complete these fields. Equally, you may wonder why you should fill out the other fields if they are not ‘required’. We explain here what purposes those fields serve. We also provide tips on how to complete the fields which prompt you to type your own text.
The county you selected during registration is the county in which you predominantly work as an artist. This informs potential customers of the artists in their local area. This serves many purposes. In part, some people simply like to own art from local artists. People may also want to enquire about commissions from a local artist who they can arrange to meet face-to-face.
The county you select will display on your profile page and it will also be used in our artist search. You will appear in any search results for that county. If you move to a different area, you can easily select a different county. Remember to click the ‘Update Profile’ button at the end of the form to save any changes.
This is optional but you may like to include your nearest town so that potential customers have more detail of where you are based. We feel that including this information about yourself will make you appear more personable. It is therefore more likely that people will feel comfortable contacting you. A nearest town, or village if your prefer, is enough information for someone to know how local you are to them without giving too much away straight away. We recommend that you only provide your full address during communication with the customer and only if it is required for arranging collections or discussing commissions in person.
This is optional. Uploading a profile image will make your profile page more personable and more eye-catching. Your profile image can be a photo of yourself; either just a portrait or perhaps a picture of you creating your art. It could be a self-portrait, if this is within your artistic skill set. Alternatively, you may choose a picture of your studio or workspace or use a favourite image of your own artwork. We recommend a photo of yourself, as many customers will like to be able to put a name to a face. You can change your profile image whenever you wish. Remember to click the ‘Update Profile’ button at the end of the form to save any changes.
Your profile photo must be a maximum of 1mb (1000kb) and you won’t be able to upload a profile image that is any larger than this. The image will also be automatically cropped on your profile page as a square image that’s 350 x 350 pixels. If you want to ensure your photo crops exactly where you want it to you may want to crop the image yourself using photo editing software on your computer, tablet or phone, before uploading it to your profile. Crop it as a perfect square and if you are able to specify the size you should select 350 x 350 pixels (px) and a maximum file size of 1mb (1000kb). The reason we impose a size limit on profile images is to help your profile page load quicker, especially for visitors to the site that may have a slow internet connection. It is also intended to optimise the website’s storage space and not take up more space than is necessary for a photo to display clearly.
This is where you can write about yourself as an artist. You could describe how long you’ve been an artist, why you became an artist and what influences and inspires your work. You can write about more practical things as well, such as if you’re happy to accept commissions or if prints or reproductions of your artwork are available. Although any artworks you list must relate to the original piece, you can still mention that reproductions are available. The customer can then contact you to discuss further.
Another reason to include a biography, is that it may help your Acquire Art profile page appear in search engine listings and attract more visitors to your profile page. Try to include certain keywords and phrases about you as an artist, that people are likely to search for in search engines (e.g. pet portrait artist based in Oxfordshire). This may help you appear in search engine results (such as Google and Bing). There is never a certainty of this as it depends on the competition for that particular key phrase and may take several weeks or months regardless for any changes in your biography text to even be discovered by search engines.
You can list or write about previous exhibitions or upcoming exhibitions. Customers may be interested to know where you’ve previously exhibited your artwork or where they will be able to view your artworks presently or in the near future. You are not permitted to include website addresses (URLs) in this section, due to internet safety considerations. However, you may still mention the name of the exhibition and the exhibition address, which should provide enough detail for people to find out more online. You may wish to suggest they contact you for more details (you can then provide a website address for the exhibition in your reply email if you wish).
If you have your own website that primarily showcases your work as an artist, you may enter the URL for it here so that customers can click through to visit. We offer this as a free service at present, under these strict rules. Linking to your website from Acquire Art could help to boost the search engine ranking of your own website which may help it appear more easily in search engine results.
If you use Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Instagram to help promote your work as an artist, you can include your social URLs in the appropriate field entry boxes provided. Learn more about how social media can help promote your art in our guide to promoting your Acquire Art profile.