Interview with Michael from Kumst.art
This post originally appeared on blog.up.co
Hey Michael, how are the things? I noticed you got your startup - kumst.art on the wheels, where have you been so far and how did you get this idea to host the events?
Hi Martin, I’m doing great. Pretty busy attending all the art vernissages, festivals and also working on Kumšt.art, which is finally up and running.
Well, we knew, that we will have to focus not only on online marketing but also on the offline activities, as we wanted to meet the art lovers and artists personally, established connections with them and also got feedback straight away. Our first exhibition was part of Design Piknik, that is the biggest (and probably the only :-) ) event of its kind at Vysočina, combining design, food and music festival so it was an ideal opportunity to meet interesting artists and show potential customers what Kumšt is.
Right now we are preparing our first exhibition in Prague so hold tight and follow us for the news about the upcoming events.
What has been the biggest challenges you have to face?
Definitely time. Time is our greatest opponent, as we are all having full-time jobs and Kumšt.art is still a side project. Therefore we have to work in our free time. Sometimes it is also quite difficult to communicate with the artists, but we are providing them 24/7 support and we are also trying to do our best to make our platform as user-friendly and intuitive as possible.
Is the team still the same as it was at startupweekend in Prague?
At the beginning of the startupweekend there was 6 of us, but one of our members had to quit after the first day and later we had to say goodbye to another Kumštýř, so at the moment we are 4 Kumštýř.
What do you want to personally achieve through Kumst.art?
I believe that if you want to achieve something, you have to dream big, that’s why I believe that we can not only help young people to become independent and successful, but also make a revolution in a way art market is perceived by the general public.
We want to show people, that everyone can afford original artwork without having to be an expert, investor or millionaire. We want people to buy art, because they like it, not because someone said it’s good or bad.
How did you come up with the idea? Was it difficult to pitch it and get people during a weekend on board?
The essence of the idea comes back to the time when I was working part time jobs during my studies where I met with some art students. They usually had to do tiring and dull jobs that had nothing to do with art because it was impossible for them to make living by selling their art as no galleries wanted to exhibit artworks of unknown artists and most of them didn’t know how to promote themselves on the internet.
That’s when I get this idea to help these people in a way, that could also change a way general public perceives the art market.
The pitching was a huge adrenalin as I was not used to speaking in front of so many people and I didn’t really prepare any exact speech, so it turned out to be quite an improvisation. But at the end of the day, more important than the form of the pitch was the idea itself, because that was the only thing that most of the people managed to remember after watching 40 pitches in a row.
Is there anything you would like to add? Feel free to do it now :)
If the things don’t come as expected and you don’t succeed, don’t give up or break down. Rise above it, don’t take it too seriously. For me the most important thing is to enjoy what I am doing, it doesn’t make sense to be successful at something if you don’t enjoy what you do.
And also important, self-promotional part: don’t forget to check our website www.kumst.art,, follow us on Facebook and Instagram at @umenijeKumst and if you know anyone who might be interested in our Kumšt, tell them about us!
(kumst.art on the wheels)