Art can be a business
“It was the first time funders had taken me seriously.” Successful artist Susan Faux had started exhibiting at major exhibitions and doing bespoke commissions, when she lost her sight for a year. Although she’d been running art workshops since she was 19, it was the start of a new business offering programmes for toddlers, teens and the mature! Covering everything from fine art, ceramics and other media.
The business has been run from the local leisure centre, a portacabin and finally a shop in Pewsey. However, the lease on the shop proved problematic, and coincided with the business expanding. With very little time, they had to find a suitable place, organize the move, and importantly, organize the finances. And that’s where Freddies helped.
The business, which was originally started with just £10, was a proven and successful business model, and Susan’s drive and talent had got Faux Arts to the point where they had no choice but to expand if they were to keep up with client demand. But despite all this, the banks did not want to know, and Susan felt very much that they saw an arts business as a “labour of love” rather than a sound business. “I have four kids and a family to support,” says Susan, “it has always needed to be more than that!”
Fredericks were happy to help and Susan was delighted. It meant that she didn’t have to take the first three months rent of the new premises out of the first month’s takings. She has been able to develop the services, and the business is more secure – in fact, the numbers have increased by around 25% in the very first month, with numbers continuing to increase. She employs 2 part-time staff and a Saturday assistant, and is now considering taking on an apprentice. She has plans to expand and would like to offer licensed Faux Arts projects for other practitioners.
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