Creative Work, That Works © ONLY UP
1911 second st, livermore Ca, 94568
We aim to bridge the gap between the brilliance, courage, talent, and drive of artists, and the needs of communities, companies, cities, and more.
Simply put, we connect artists to paid work opportunities, and we help clients connect the dots in how to leverage art to benefit their mission. We are one part artist management and one part creative agency — OnlyUp is run by artist to make creative work, that works… for both our creatives and for our clients.
We strive to build trust with both artists and clients, allowing for long-term beneficial relationships and opportunities to meet the needs of developers, brands, city planners, designers, and more. We set ourselves apart by combining creative curiosity with our expertise in logistics, practical solutions, and impeccable followthrough. We take the burden of the back-office off your hands, and let you do what you were made for: creating.
From murals and public art installations to innovative marketing and space curation, your creativity drives us -- only up.
Driven to raise the bar and diversify the playing field, we utilize the best of our experience both as artists and entrepreneurs to do the heavy-lifting of client-acquisition as well as all the logistics, contracts, and financial negotiations so that it is easy for you to show up and create.
What We Do For Creatives
Art Consulting | Artist Management | Curation | Branding | Events | Social Entrepreneurship | Career Strategy | Portfolio Reviews | Art-tre-preneur Coaching
We are not your standard creative agency. Led by artists, we are creative to our core. We aim only up -- to launch your work to the next level and create your next best work. In the battle to cut through the noise and secure opportunities that allow you and your work to flourish, we are your secret weapon.
Our goal is to take the necessary, but uncreative grunt-work off your plate. Our expertise in operations, project management, and business allow us to focus on sales, curation, client acquisition, community outreach, fundraising, marketing, permits, insurance, contracts, invoicing, and all that other un-fun stuff. And allows you to focus on what you are: an artist, a visionary, a creative, a maker.
OnlyUp elevates art in public and private spaces. With our network of partners, innovative artists, fabricators, and behind-the-scenes experience, we are a one-stop shop to help you create bigger, better, and more impactful work. Work that matters, work that gets seen, work that takes you and your art career to the next level.
WHAT CREATORS SAY
Artist + Muralist
Working with OnlyUp on many different projects as an artist has been amazing. I have to date participated in a mural festival, an art show, a gallery show, and a private home commission as well as lending assistance on several of their projects. Trent and team take the grunt work out of the process for me, allowing me to flex creatively and do what I do best- show up and paint! Really can’t say enough good things.
Working with Only up has been a first class experience. I have done a private commissions and also have participated in a pop-up art exhibit. Everything from conceptualizing to 3d renderings to installation, everything ran seamlessly and flawlessly. I am excited to work with them again!
Artist + Designer
As an artist, working with only up has been a pleasure. The supportive, encouraging, and collaborative network has inspired me to push out of my comfort zone as an artist, by being offered a variety of art-making opportunities that I would not have sought out on my own. I’ve worked with only up on murals - both assisting and painting my own; graphic design projects; and illustration work. I also appreciate the payment has always been prompt and competitive. Being involved with an organization that supports artists is a rare and special opportunity.
Mural Festivals - Pop-Up Events
In 2020, we kicked off our first OnlyUp Mural Fest in Downtown Livermore, CA, featuring large scale murals painted by 9 artist teams. It was a smashing success, despite Covid-19, with sold-out walking tours, as well as multiple successful art sales pop-up events that were connected to the Fest.
Going forward, we have plans to repeat some version of this in Livermore annually, and we are developing future plans for additional Festivals in other cities. The festivals and connected pop-up events provide muralists an opportunity to go BIG, and flex your skills. We handle all the logistics: from grant applications and fundraising, to permits and city approvals, to facilitation of supplies and rentals, to marketing and outreach for events and tours.
We are currently accepting applications for an upcoming Mural Festival. Apply here.
We run a rotating Gallery at Pennyweight in Livermore, CA where we produce art shows, release limited edition print runs, host charity events, and more.
In 2021, we are launching a large installation Gallery at Artthaus Studios in Oakland where artist work will be featured and for sale, as well as limited edition prints made (profits benefitting artists). More information on this soon.
Internships + Assistant Opportunities
Are you interested in a career in the arts? Want to hone your skills while growing your network of artists? We have a need for a pool of willing, flexible, eager-to-learn individuals who would like to be paid to assist on OnlyUp mural paintings and art installations.
This is a perfect opportunity for anyone trying to get your foot in the door. When one of our professional network artists, referred to as the OnlyUp Team, needs some extra hands for a big project — we will send out your info, availability, and skill set
Our Goal is to help artists reach their creative goals. We are looking to support creatives who have taken the leap and are doing or pursuing their craft full-time. Our dream is to be in it for the long haul, to grow with you, and support modern and innovative art careers. While we are currently developing our artpreneur coaching, portfolio development/review opportunities, and the OnlyUp Team only content, we are actively looking for artists — established or up-and-coming — as our clients’ project needs grow.
Being a part of the OnlyUp Team means you have the opportunity to be pitched for our Development Project Bids, our OnlyUp Solo Shows, highlighted in Mural Festivals or PopUp Events, receive Career Coaching and networking opportunities, etc. Currently, joining the OnlyUp Team is by invitation only, but we are actively working on additional avenues for creatives to get connected and go: only up.
Let us know a bit about you, your goals, and your artwork by filling out this form & we will be in contact as opportunities arise.
Pop Up Events
Case Study | OUTBREAK Art Show
OnlyUp strives to be an incubator of vibrant cultural experiences and our Pop-Up Events are one way to create meaningful and diverse art engagement opportunities.
In 2019, OnlyUp curated a group art show in a vacant lot which sat empty for 8 years in Downtown Livermore, CA. Presented to business stakeholders as an opportunity to revitalize and draw increased retail traffic, OnlyUp managed all building permits and project planning, and installed a permanent large-scale mural at the site which was dovetailed with a temporary installation event, including over 130 paintings and sculptures.
The one-night event, OUTBREAK, included 10 artists, live concerts, drinks, a red carpet photo booth, and live podcast interviews. The event was a tremendous success and has since led to other pop-ups inside the space.