5 Affordable Ways to Support Local Artists

Once upon a time, buying their artwork was the only way to support artists. Fast forward to the age of the internet, and voila! We now have many ways to promote local artists’ careers without breaking the bank. Even small actions can make a big difference. 

Plus, by supporting local artists, you celebrate the originality they bring to your community and help an artist become more widely recognised. If you can take small steps to bring more creativity to your community and maybe inspire emerging talents along the way — hey, that sounds like a pretty neat deal to us!

Supporting local artists through social media is simple and tangible. Source: New Art Gallery

1. Interact with Their Social Media

This one’s a no-brainer and super easy to do. Nowadays, most artists have accounts on Instagram and Twitter alongside their websites. If you like someone’s art, even just hitting the “follow” button can boost their career.

Leaving a positive comment is another great way to engage. It’s uplifting for the artist and increases their online visibility. So, if you like what you see, let the artist know with a quick, genuine note, share it on your account, or send it to a friend who would appreciate their art. 

2. Attend Art Events

Show your support by attending art events—exhibitions, studio visits, or art fairs. It’s a great way to appreciate the artist’s work in person and learn more about them through meaningful conversations. You can also meet new artists and explore fresh perspectives,

Check out Art Fervour’s Events Listings for upcoming art events in your city.

Find art exhibitions in your neighbourhood to explore local art. Source: Midday

3. Commission Artwork

If you have a specific idea in mind, why not commission an artwork? Many artists welcome commissions and will create a piece tailored to your needs. Whether it’s a portrait, an abstract painting, or something unique, commissioning is a fantastic way to support your favourite local artist.

4. Take Art Classes Offered by Local Artists

Want to learn a new skill? Many artists offer workshops or classes to share their talents. Look for a local artist who offers courses in a medium you’re interested in. It’s a fun way to support them while learning something new.

Explore artist studios, galleries, and museums near you to find workshops. Source: Kiran Nadar Museum of Art 

5. Buy Local

Think beyond just paintings. Local artists often create a variety of artworks that can find a place in your life. Looking to redecorate? Buy from local sculptors to inject some visual charm in your home. Need a housewarming present? Ceramic pottery can make for stylish dining table centrepieces. Want to be known for your unique gifts? Shop for wall hangings from textile artists or handmade jewellery!

Hopefully, this gives you plenty of ideas on how to engage with the brilliant voices around you. Amidst increasing globalisation, local artists continue to create and contribute their perspectives to the world. Small actions can truly build up to make a tangible positive effect on the careers of artists around you.

Want to discover new and exciting contemporary artists? Check out Artist Spotlights on Art Fervour’s Editorial Page. Happy supporting!