Sites

Here's a selection of external professional development sites we really rate, though we're not responsible for their content.

a-n the artists information company
a-n stimulates and supports contemporary visual arts practice and affirms artists’ value in society. With over 19,000 members, a-n focus on conversations around the critical and professional environment for the visual arts, bringing together artists, art students, producers, arts professionals, researchers, arts organisations and universities. You can log-on free at the RCA, or join at modest cost as an individual.
http://www.a-n.co.uk

Artquest
They say, "Artquest provides everything visual artists need to know by encouraging critical engagement and providing practical support". We particularly like the ArtLaw pages compiled by ace arts lawyer Henry Lydiate.
http://www.artquest.org.uk/

British Library Business & IP Centre
The Centre helps businesses, entrepreneurs and inventors grow their organisations across a range of industries. Providing small business advice, support and resources near Kings Cross station, London, it has been used by more than 350,000 individuals.
http://www.bl.uk/bipc/index.html

Design Trust
The Design Trust is an online business school for designers and makers, offering practical, honest, inspirational, expert training & support to entrepreneurial creatives. From uncovering your niche to setting juicy business goals, from improving your marketing and selling skills to juggling your time, from answering your finance questions to getting you into action.
http://www.thedesigntrust.co.uk

HMRC
The official source for up-to-date info on UK tax and self-employment regulations, including free webinars and advice lines.
https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/hm-revenue-customs

Intellectual Property Office
The official UK government body responsible for intellectual property (IP) rights including patents, designs, trade marks and copyright.
https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/intellectual-property-office

Own-it
Intellectual property advice for the creative sector - access FAQs, factsheets, articles, podcasts and videos about IP and the creative industries.
http://www.own-it.org/

Prospects
Careers advice and job opportunities for students and graduates across all disciplines - aims to help you make informed choices about your career options.
http://www.prospects.ac.uk

The Eye Doesn't Lie
Inspirational blog by Fuel mentor and curator Janice Blackburn - a great way of keeping up to date with applied art & design shows and developments around the world.
http://theeyedoesntlie.com

UKCISA
The UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) is the UK’s national advisory body serving the interests of international students and those who work with them. Includes guidance on visas and working in the UK.
http://ukcisa.org.uk/

Zeitgeist Art Projects
ZAP was founded by artists Rosalind Davis (RCA Painting 2005) and Annabel Tilley and offers talks, seminars, art tours, peer critique, tutorials and workshops that encourage artists to learn from other artists, engage, thrive and raise their profiles. ZAP is based in New Cross, London.
http://www.zeitgeistartsprojects.com