Artquest encourages critical engagement and provides practical support to visual artists at any stage in their careers. Artquest launched in 2001, a project of the visual arts department of the London office of Arts Council England (then London Arts) and University of the Arts London (then The London Institute). A piece of research commissioned by London Arts found that artists in the capital wanted a central service where they could go at any time, and at any stage of their career, to find up to date advice and information. London Arts entered a partnership with The London Institute to create Artquest to fill this gap and co-fund and support us to this day.
Artistic practice can feel quite isolated, even in a large city with lots of arts infrastructure like London. Artquest, which is staffed by professional artists, can help to encourage artists to seek critical feedback and networking around their practice. We encourage the setting up of peer mentoring groups and artists networks, provide practical advice on exhibiting your work, have articles and tips about building and sustaining a network that can help you take control of your career and move where you want to go.
Every artist, at some stage in their careers, needs to know something pretty mundane but vital piece of information to get along. How so I find an accountant? Where can I buy art materials? How much should I charge for my services? How do I claim housing benefit? Where can I find a list of UK arts residencies? All of these questions, and many, many more, can be answered on the listings and articles pages of this website. Use the search option and sitemap page for a full overview of the information available.