Finding local artists?

Hi Everyone

I am looking to get in touch with some local artists, painting, drawing that kind of thing.

I don't want to have to keep going via the retail outlets in PP because generally you can be sure that the shop takes the lions share of the commission money and the artist likely gets a pittance. I'd prefer to support the artists directly.

Is there anywhere I should be looking? Any artist collectives, or somewhere were original artists put out their artworks?

Any pointers would be greatly appreciated thanks :)

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