Cole Projects is a curator/dealer hybrid that financially supports artists while also providing new exhibition platforms for their work, often outside of a traditional gallery context.
There are three aspects of the business:
Featured artists: artworks for sale where 80% of the profits go directly to the artists
Curatorial projects: typically thematic group exhibitions in innovative locations.
Consultancy: exhibition production, collection management, acquisitions.
We reverse the traditional model of producing exhibitions to sell work. Instead, we sell work to curate exhibitions, creating a flexible and sustainable model that has responded to our new socio-economic enviroment. Cole Projects draws on a over a decade of experience in the industry, organising contemporary art exhibitions for commercial galleries and advising private collections, combined with academic knowledge gained from having studied History of Art at UCL and Curation at Goldsmiths.
We discover the most exciting artists working today so you can acquire artwork directly from the studio. We have reduced our commission from the typical 50/50 split so that you know that your purchase goes further to support the artist you love. We also recognise that people become wary when prices are not visible - so where possible we will make this information available with a view to full transparency. Instead of separating artist from collector, we build relationships. If you want to see the work physically before buying it, we can arrange studio visits to see the work and meet the artist to hear more about their practice. Finally, there is sometimes a misconception that contemporary art is too abstract, making the viewer feel like they 'just don’t get it'. We are here to help contextualise the work if you want to find out more about the artist and the piece's history. Or, just go with your instinct - feel free to love it or hate it, but we hope the work we curate at least opens up an interesting discourse, even if you don’t want to display it on your walls. Once the work has been paid for, we will assist you with getting the work home by putting you in touch with the most competitively priced art handlers who will handle all the logistics, wherever you and the artist are based
There are three ways we can offer support: 1) Inclusion in an exhibition 2) Become a featured artist and sell art through our website 3) Promoted on social media platforms. To be considered please submit up to 5 images and some information about your practice - please include your CV and an artwork statement about the piece you are submitting. We will do our very best to get back to you but due to demand this might not always be possible. Benefits include: No fees, non - exclusive policy, you will receive 80% on any artwork sold, we handle shipping, but you handle packing and condition reports when sending the work.
We are conscious that landlords have faced challenges in adapting to changes on the high street. By inviting Cole Projects to create an exhibition in your empty property, you can bring it back into use at no cost, as well as supporting emerging and established artists. It will also provide further financial benefits – landlords will no longer have to pay empty rates on the properties as they will be in use; insurance costs will likely come down as the property will be occupied; and occupation will help guard against squatting and unauthorised entry. It also provides landlords with an opportunity to make a real difference to the wellbeing of the local community, and we hope this will be of interest to a range of landlords both from the public and private sector. By directly and voluntarily helping the local community the reputation of the landlord will be enhanced locally, and perhaps regionally/nationally.