Website Design For Art Groups

The Website Design Studio (Studio Websites) designs websites for art groups and societies ranging from small groups consisting of three or four members to large groups with over twenty plus members. Managing a large group of artists can be quite challenging as members need to submit work by certain deadlines and send images to us for inclusion on the site and feedback comments of the various design phases. But we think we are quite good at it now! Below is some information that you might find helpful if you are thinking of opening up a website for your art group.

Why does our art group need a website?

The web is coming more and more significant as an information resource and communication tool. Individuals, groups and small businesses are using the internet to advertise their presence to a world wide audience.

For an art group, the main benefits of having a website are:

1. Helps create group identity
2. Can be used to assist communication within the group
3. Helps promote group exhibitions and events to a wide audience
3. Can provides an opportunity to sell art
4. Individuals in the group can use the address of their web page as a showcase for their work instead of a personal website

What pages should we have on our art group website?

Typically, an art group’s website has the following pages:

1. A home page – includes a text introduction to the group, contact details and links to the events page and list of members pages.

2. An events/exhibitions page – lists planned, current and previous events.

3. Individual artist showcase pages – presents the artist’s biography and source of inspiration, and about four signature pieces with links to enlargements of each of the pieces (each of these enlargement pages counts as a separate page), contact details.

4. Contact – displays the group contact details.

Optional pages can include:

A links page – links to other art groups, suppliers, magazines etc.
Blog
Programme of events page
Press release page
News page

How much will our art group website cost?

Each website is different. The cost of a website depends on the number of pages and the complexity of the design. Once we have received a full, brief, we can give you a full written estimate. However, to give you some idea, a fairly simple site for say ten members would cost in the region of £500, depending on your needs.

On-going costs

You also need to take into account on-going costs which are:

  • Hosting and support £95 per year
  • The cost of renewing your domain name each year – anything between £10 and £30 depending on the name.

Optional extras

Any optional extras can be added to the site specification (visitor statistics, contact forms etc) for an additional charge.

Updates

Typically, art groups need to update the site once or twice a year. Updates are charged on an ad hoc basis of £60 per hour. So the cost depends on how much needs changing (images, text and so on). An average update (update of events page, replacement text and images for say 2 showcase pages) will take about an hour to implement, so the charge is about £35. We will ask you to provide an update brief and will give you a quote before we do any work. 

Managing an art group website

Dealing with a group of ten people or so has obvious logistical problems. We recommend that each art group appoints a website coordinator who will be the main contact. Typically, the website coordinator will:

1. Liaise with us on all matters relating to the website
2. Liaise with members on matters concerning up dates and provide update briefs when appropriate

Individual members should be responsible for providing us with text and images needed for their showcase pages.

What happens if an art group member leaves or a new member joins?

There is no charge for deleting a member. Additional members can be added. We will require a brief, blurb and the images. It will usually cost about £45 to add a new member.

Managing the finances of an art group website

Different art groups fund their websites in different ways:

1. The art group pays for the site – membership fees cover the cost of the website
2. The group funds the basic set up costs, and asks individuals for contributions to showcase pages (either the full cost, or a %)

THE NEXT STEPS – CONTACT US NOW

Send us an email outlining your requirements
studiowebsites@googlemail.com
Tel: 01903 879362

Or fill out our online enquiry form

 

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Send us an email outlining your requirements
studiowebsites@googlemail.com
Tel: 01903 879362

Or fill out our online enquiry form

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