- Conceives and develops ideas and ways of working for artistic composition.
- Selects appropriate materials, medium and method.
- Prepares sketches, scale drawings or colour schemes.
- Builds up composition into finished work by carving, sculpting, etching, painting, engraving, drawing, etc.
- Approaches managers of galleries and exhibitions in order to get finished work displayed.
- Uses artistic skills to restore damaged artworks.
- Liaises with writers and publishers to produce book illustrations.
- Markets and sells finished work directly to customers.
- Produces works on commission basis for clients.
Typical Education Level
No specific academic qualifications are required although a variety of vocational qualifications, degrees and postgraduate courses are available. Entry can be based upon portfolio work.
Will retirement created job openings
In the UK, 27% in this profession are aged 55 or above.* They will likely retire in the next 10 years, creating a demand for new workers
*This is based on national data
Average annual earnings
The current average wage for artist is £23,010
The number of jobs in the career for the current year is 560. Job counts include both employed and self-employed persons, and do not distinguish between full- and part-time jobs.
Over the past year, 183 jobs have been posted for artist roles.
How well does it pay?
Normal pay for this occupation is £23,010 per year. That is about £1,918 per month or £11.80 per hour. New workers generally start on £15,717, while highly experienced workers can earn as much as £44,265
Is it growing or declining?
This career has remained the same over the last 2 years, and is expected to remain the same over the next 4 years. Currently, 560 people are employed in the region.