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Assessing the notion of art as a product: entrepreneurial marketing insights from the visual arts

Fillis, I, Lehman, K and Wickham, M (2023) Assessing the notion of art as a product: entrepreneurial marketing insights from the visual arts. Journal of Research in Marketing and Entrepreneurship. ISSN 1471-5201

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Purpose: This paper assesses the notion of art as a product. We develop a detailed understanding of how established visual artists engage with the notion in their art making and market interactions, drawing insight from the longitudinal debate on the essence of art, including its connection with entrepreneurial marketing.
Design/methodology/approach: We use a conceptual framework involving artists’ and other stakeholder’ philosophical positions, artists’ career stages, reputation (including branding), market associations, and the forms of value generated by artists and consumers to help shape our qualitative research design involving in-depth interviews with sixteen established Australian artists. NVivo software aided data analysis in order to improve theory building.
Findings: Market orientation, entrepreneurial market creation, co-creation, co-production activities and sharing value among interested stakeholders are important factors in viewing art as a commercial product. Sustainable value creation is also crucial. Key emergent themes were motivation to create, engagement with the market, and artists’ attitudes towards art as a product. We identify a fluidity in the relationship between an artist and their art.
Practical implications: Established artists have made a conscious decision to engage, or otherwise with the marketplace. This research uncovers the merits of adopting a product approach in engaging with the market and artist centred creation which avoids marketplace interaction.
Originality/value: This research has the potential to contribute to policy decision making in the sector and in stimulating future comparative research. There are wider implications for the cultural and creative industries where entrepreneurial market creation can stimulate creativity and innovation.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This author accepted manuscript is deposited under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC) licence. This means that anyone may distribute, adapt, and build upon the work for non-commercial purposes, subject to full attribution. If you wish to use this manuscript for commercial purposes, please contact permissions@emerald.com
Uncontrolled Keywords: artist, product, market, entrepreneurship, branding, value; 1503 Business and Management; 1505 Marketing
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HF Commerce > HF5001 Business
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
Divisions: Doctoral Management Studies (from Sep 19)
Publisher: Emerald
SWORD Depositor: A Symplectic
Date Deposited: 09 Jan 2023 14:21
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2023 10:00
DOI or ID number: 10.1108/JRME-09-2020-0132
Editors: Jones, Rosalind
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/18564
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