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Next-up on our online cultural entrepreneur series, the Forum d’Avignon would like to introduce: Rise Art, a curated art marketplace for talented artists and casual collectors...

What is your company’s objective?

Rise Art is the curated art marketplace for talented artists and casual collectors. Each week the Rise Art Insiders showcase top new emerging and established artists to our member community. We help anyone looking for great art for their home or office discover fantastic artwork on any budget. And with our unique art rentals model, our clients can try art in their home before they buy for a low monthly rate. Art rentals can be returned anytime free of charged, or purchased using credits from the rental. Best of all, with every order on the platform, we donate an art kit to hospital as part of our charity,

What challenges do you face in your development? 

Buying artwork is a personal decision. For most customers its a considered purchase, and many people lack the confidence to buy online based on a JPEG of the work alone. By offering the art rentals, we help our clients discover and own work without the risk. They can see it in their home, in the flesh before they commit to buying, and they can return the work at anytime, free of charge.

What does it mean to be a cultural entrepreneur?

We're in business to help artists focus on what they do best - Create art.

We help talented artists market and sell their works to a broad array of casual collectors worldwide. If we can help talented artists increase their earnings and enable them to focus on their work, we feel we have done our job!

Scott Phillips - Founder, Meelimari Arro - Head of corporate and trade services, Rebecca Gordon - Lead Curator.

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The web series : we’re interviewing cultural start-ups – Contact us!

As part of its web series on cultural entrepreneurship, the Forum d’Avignon is proud to present each week exciting stories on cultural start-ups.

This project is part of the Forum d’Avignon’s on-going work, in line with its 2015 agenda, on the ‘hybridization of economic models in cultural and on the manifesto on cultural entrepreneurship in creative industries (to be published soon).

To participate and promote your cultural start-up on the Forum d’Avignon’s website: please send to the address

  • A photo (website/founders/logo) in HD
  • A video link presenting your project
  • A short answer (2-3 lines, in English and French) to the following three questions:

                        - What is your project/idea/start-up?

                        - What is your current challenge?

                        - For you, what does it mean to be a cultural entrepreneur?