Artist

Artists create artistic works using appropriate techniques, materials and media; design artwork and illustrations; and restore damaged pieces of art.

Tasks

  • Produces works on commission basis for clients.
  • Markets and sells finished work directly to customers.
  • Liaises with writers and publishers to produce book illustrations.
  • Uses artistic skills to restore damaged artworks.
  • Approaches managers of galleries and exhibitions in order to get finished work displayed.
  • Builds up composition into finished work by carving, sculpting, etching, painting, engraving, drawing, etc..
  • Prepares sketches, scale drawings or colour schemes.
  • Selects appropriate materials, medium and method.
  • Onceives and develops ideas and ways of working for artistic composition.

Typical Education Level

Level 4 NVQ; Intermediate, DipHE, DipFE

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

£23,566

Average annual earnings

The current average wage for artist is £23,566

504 positions

Current Employment

The number of jobs in the career for the current year is 504. Job counts include both employed and self-employed persons, and do not distinguish between full- and part-time jobs.

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Job Postings

Over the past year, jobs have been posted for artist roles.

How well does it pay?

Normal pay for this occupation is £23,566 per year. That is about £1,964 per month or £12.09 per hour. New workers generally start on £15,933, while highly experienced workers can earn as much as £45,427

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, 504 people are employed in the region.

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