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When you register as a member you will complete a registration form, which includes general account details and information required for your profile page. These can later be edited in your Account Dashboard by either selecting the menu option ‘Account Details’ or ‘Edit Your Profile’. The forms include several fields – some where you select from a list of options and others where you are prompted to type something. Some form 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’. Below we explain what purposes those fields serve. We also provide tips on how to complete the fields which prompt you to type your own text.
The email address serves several purposes. Firstly, it will be used for logging in to your account dashboard area. Your account dashboard area is where you’ll be able to edit your profile, add or edit artworks, view your subscription and read recent notices that we’ve posted for our artist members. Secondly, it will also be the email used for receiving enquiries through the website. Your email will not be displayed publicly on the website. Customers can contact you through a contact form where your email will remain unknown to the customer until you reply. You can change your email address at anytime by logging into your account dashboard area.
This is required for logging in, along with either your email address or username. You should choose a password that others will find difficult to guess. Read our tips on choosing a secure password.
This is necessary for our own accounts and could be necessary for your accounts too. We will use this information to create an invoice receipt for your subscription payment. You will receive a copy of the invoice by email within a few days after your registration has been completed.
This is not a required field. If there was an issue we needed to contact you about then we would do so by email. If you prefer communication by phone you can enter a phone number here for us to use instead. Your phone number will not be displayed on the website. The first contact a customer makes with you will be by email, through your contact form on the website. After the initial contact has been made, should you wish to provide your phone number to the customer you may do so in your email reply.
Your username is the name you want to be displayed on your Acquire Art profile page. Typically this would be your trading name, which for many artists is their real, full name. Some artists trade under another name so this can be used instead. Simply write it exactly as a name should appear – in lower case but with capital letters at the beginning of each word and a space between words. Your username can also be used for logging in to your account dashboard, instead of your email address.
Once you have selected your username and completed registration, you will not be able to change this. Your username is the only information that you can’t later change yourself. If you need to change your username, simply contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can arrange this for you.
The county you select 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.
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.
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 you website, meaning it will more easily appear 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.