Occupation | Weston College

Artist

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

Tasks

  • 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

Level 4-6

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

£23,010

Average annual earnings

The current average wage for artist is £23,010

560 positions

Current Employment

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.

183 jobs

Job Postings

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.

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