Looking for partner(s) to help build and maintain an online arts community website…?

I am going to purchase the domain and hosting… For anyone who has free time and is interested in art and web design.An online community hub for beginner artists/digital artists.
I want its main light to be a forum/message board, but potentially could feature anything – artist features/tutorials/news. The forum would have many categories including sketchbooks, portfolios, general forums… to give you an idea of the style/feel of the website look at these examples:

http://www.fecalface.com/SF/

http://www.conceptart.org/

http://www.whokilledbambi.co.uk

http://www.boonika.com/

I don’t follow any particular art movement solidly, but I am very interested in my art. I like a range of contemporaries ranging from mad meg to the stuckists. I do dabble abit myself in photoshop but I am nowhere near accomplished. This is why I want to make this website, a fresh start for myself to meet new people and enhance my art and my knowledge of it. Comment on the idea and leave your email. thanks…
to the first person to respond…

I don’t expect this project to be as commercial as anything you’ve suggested. and I also dont expect it to take off into something as massive as that. Certainly not within the near future anyway. It will certainly be something light/easy to manage and not mainstream. Bandwidth is not a problem, i dont think, certainly not at the start. I need help with html coding and such, i am no expert…
I belong to several aswell. Some are so very tightly knit communities I would like to launch something basic and new for beginners and the like… thank you for your advice and insight…

Chosen Answer:

As an artist I belong to several art websites. . . and let me tell you it appears to be a huge undertaking. It requires lots of bandwidth as the image requirements take a lot of space, and every major message board or forum I belong to has huge corporate sponsorship.

I suggest you begin by asking what the current operating requirements are of those sites you are familiar with. I know that WetCanvas! was recently acquired by F+W, the folks who publish Artist’s Magazine and other arts magazines and publications . . . and it has been undergoing massive work to update and keep abreast of the needs of thousands of artists who belong from all over the world!

Good luck.
by: tlw-artist
on: 13th July 08

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2 Responses to “Looking for partner(s) to help build and maintain an online arts community website…?”

  1. tlw-artist says:

    As an artist I belong to several art websites. . . and let me tell you it appears to be a huge undertaking. It requires lots of bandwidth as the image requirements take a lot of space, and every major message board or forum I belong to has huge corporate sponsorship.

    I suggest you begin by asking what the current operating requirements are of those sites you are familiar with. I know that WetCanvas! was recently acquired by F+W, the folks who publish Artist’s Magazine and other arts magazines and publications . . . and it has been undergoing massive work to update and keep abreast of the needs of thousands of artists who belong from all over the world!

    Good luck.

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