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Accepted a Commission? Points to consider

Posted in Uncategorized by Scott @ Rise Art on September 28, 2010

Working on commissions can be a very enriching experience for both, the commissioner and the artist. In order to ensure a smooth collaboration, we have come up with a little list of issues that need to be taken into consideration and agreed on, in order to avoid misunderstandings on both sides.

But first and foremost, it is crucial for you as artist to gain a detailed understanding of what the commissioned piece requires. Thus, communication and discussion are highly important.

As artist, you might want to ask for certain specifications in written form. To avoid misunderstandings, we believe that it is best to set out several details in a written brief,  of which both parties receive a copy.

This agreement should include the following points:

  • It should state details about the commission, such as: Where will it be displayed? Does it serve a particular purpose?
  • Determine the materials to be used.
  • Agree a timescale for the completion of the commission.
  • Payment structure needs to be set. Often, payment is divided in three thirds: the first third is paid upon agreeing on the commission, the second-third is paid half way through the work and the last third once the artwork is finished. However, you may want to structure it differently based on other criteria and milestones.
  • Outline clearly who pays for material as well as productions undertaken by a third party.
  • Define who is responsible for the delivery  and insurance of the artwork? Are there any special transport requirements? Determine the costs and who pays for the delivery.
  • Will the artwork you are creating require installing? If so, who will do this? You as artist? A technician? Can the commissioner install it by himself?
  • Does the artwork need specific requirements for conservation and maintenance? If so, inform your client about it!
  • Ownership & moral rights – you have to come to an agreement of ownership. Some basic texts about copyright can be found here.
  • Finally, it should state the names of the involved parties, and a date.

Here a few examples of agreements/contracts used between a commissioner and artist:

Did you find this post helpful? What are your experience? Share your thoughts with us!


Our team’s 10 favourite books on Art, it’s History and Market

Posted in Uncategorized by Scott @ Rise Art on September 21, 2010

With the great amount of books and publications on art available, it might at first seem hard to navigate around and find a good entry point into the subject. Thus, the Rise Art Team has decided to share our top 10 books on art, art history and the art market with you. We would love for everyone to add their favourite book to the post, in order to generate an extensive collection of titles.

Our top 10, in no particular order:

  1. The Story of Art – E. H. Gombrich. This highly regarded work provides a comprehensive overview of the history of Western art; it is a great classic by one of the most significant art historians Sir Ernst Gombrich.
  2. Seven Days in the Art World – Sarah Thornton. The author illustrates the contemporary art world with seven important events at the high end of the realm. Informative and entertaining.
  3. The Intrepid Art Collector – Lisa Hunter. This informative guide represents a great starter reference for the novice, giving confidence on starting a very on little collection.
  4. From Manet to Manhattan – Peter Watson. An excellent book providing a good overview of the development of the current art market. However, having been written in 1992, at the time the art market started to boom, it would be great to get an update on today’s status.
  5. The $12 Million Stuffed Shark – Don Thompson. If there is an update on the contemporary art market, it is this one.
  6. Davenport’s Art Reference and Price Guide – Book and CD-ROM. This is the standard artist directory containing information on over 320,000 international artists, including their biography and pricing information.
  7. The Art of the Steal – Christopher Mason. An account of the big price-fixing scandal by two major auction houses: Christie’s and Sotheby’s. If involved in the art world, you should know about it; further, it really helps understanding the auction business.
  8. The Power of Art – Simon Schama Originally a TV series of the BBC, it was later turned into a book and is an incredibly accessible read; the author’s passion for the subject comes through, making it a very enjoyable read.
  9. The Art Crowd – Sophy Burnham. Illustrates the art scene very well; it might have been written a while ago, but is still accurate.
  10. Styles, schools and Movements – Amy Dempsey. An encyclopaedic guide to modern art. With all the styles and media currently around, this proves very insightful.

That’s it, those are our favourite 10 books. Get started, add your favourite read!

Research Resources: Top 10 London Libraries

Posted in Uncategorized by Scott @ Rise Art on September 15, 2010

For many artists research is a crucial starting point to the creation of new work. At Rise Art, we compiled a list of London Libraries our team enjoys, maybe there are some among them that you have not heard of yet?

  1. Courtauld Institute of Art Book Library The Art Book Library collection covers the history of art in the western tradition from classical antiquity to date.
  2. Witt Library is an image Library, consisting of a collection of reproductions of western art, after paintings, drawings and prints from 1200 to the present day. It is situated in the Courtauld Institute.
  3. The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art is an educational charity aiming to promote and support the study of British history of art and architecture. Apart from a library, the centre offers a range of activities, such as lectures, and also grants!
  4. Tate – Archive Journeys is the beginning of the aim to provide online access to parts of its remarkable Archive. These journeys through three themes from the Tate Archive provide a fascinating insight into Tate’s Historythe Bloomsbury Group and the art world of the 1960s and 70s as seen through the eyes of the art critic Barbara Reise. We are looking forward to the further development of these archives!
  5. St Bride Library is also referred to as ‘printing’ library, as its collections cover printing and related subjects, such as paper and binding, graphic design and typography, illustration and printmaking, as well as publishing, book-selling and the social and economic aspects of printing.
  6. National Art Library located at the Victoria & Albert Museum is a major public reference library. Its strength lies in the range and depth of its holdings of documentary material
    concerning the fine and decorative arts of many countries and periods.
  7. The Woman’s Art Library (MAKE) in the Goldsmiths College main purpose is to provide a place for woman artists to deposit unique documentation of their work, thereby facilitating the study of work by women artists.
  8. The World Wide Web Virtual Library: History of Art is a collection of links relating to Art History and computer applications in Art History. The site is sponsored by CHArt, the Computers and History of Art Group. This site is especially focused on the academic study of Art History.
  9. ARLIS UK & Ireland is the professional organisation for people involved in providing library and information services and documenting resources in the visual arts.
  10. The British Library is the most extensive Library in this country.

Which libraries in London or the UK do you enjoy doing your research in? Go ahead, add them to the list and share your experiences!

For Artists: How to fill calmer periods of time productively

Posted in Uncategorized by Scott @ Rise Art on September 8, 2010

As artist, work is generally rather project-based, often involving stressful periods of work followed by a calmer period of time.

Whatever the reason might be, during these calmer times, artists find themselves with extra time on their hands. At Rise Art, we have compiled a list of little projects to fill this time productively.

  1. Look online for opportunities. With the Internet, a great amount of opportunities for artists is published online and who knows, you might find a competition or group show you wish to apply for. Among the great amount of sites listing opportunities, at Rise Art, we particularly like the following: Artquest Opportunties, London Artist Quarter, Workhound, Saatchi Forum.
  2. Create a list of galleries. Just keep in mind your work needs to fit into the concept of the galleries, hence the galleries should be showing work similar to your own. Once you have a list:
  3. Update your Portfolio and CV before contacting the gallery. It is crucial to keep your portfolio up-to-date, as you will develop your style over time. Once this is done, you can:
  4. Approach the Galleries of which you have made a list.
  5. Update your website or blog. If you have not got online presence, we suggest you start creating an online presence – see this blog entry for further information.
  6. Attend or host a workshop. Is there a medium you have always wanted to play around with but never got around to do so? Or you are confident enough about teaching and would enjoy giving lessons or a week-end workshop?
  7. Clean out and organise your studio. Like clearing out a wardrobe, throw out or give away old brushes, paint and other gadgets you have not used for a long time. If needs be, put your paperwork in order, too.
  8. Do your taxes. No one enjoys doing them, but we all have to do them at some point – so why not start now? Did you know you could do it online? Click here for HRMC homepage
  9. Visit museums and galleries. Visits to cultural institutions might not only be inspiring, but also great networking opportunities.

As artists, you surely have experienced calmer periods of time – how have you made the most out of them? Please share your experiences and advice with the Rise Art community!

Upcoming Print and Multiple Art Fairs

Posted in Uncategorized by Scott @ Rise Art on September 3, 2010

After relaxing during August, the Art World makes a come back in September and October hosting a wide variety of events, exhibitions, shows, auctions and fairs; at Rise Art, we have compiled a little list of fairs selling multiples and prints for you during these two upcoming month, which might be interesting for you as artist and enthusiasts or collector alike.

  1. Piccadilly Self Publishing Fair is going to take place in Manchester on 3rd October 2010, followed by an exhibition until 8th October 2010. The fair is going to show around 40 stalls selling multiples, artists books and zines; these stalls are available for individuals and small presses alike. Artists can submit by  sending images of your work, some information about your work and your website – contact caitlinandsophielee@live.co.uk
  2. 20|21 British Art Fair, now in it’s 23rd year, is specialising exclusively in modern and contemporary British art. It is going to take place at the Royal College of Art from 15th to 19th of September 2010.
  3. 6by4 Secret Postcard Exhibition is going to take place from 12th to 14th November 2010 in Art Space Portsmouth. 6by4 is an exhibition and sale of original, postcard-sized artworks, created and donated by a variety of individuals: from established and emerging artists to amateurs originating from all corners of the world. All artists are invited to send submissions. The brief is simple: all entries (max three works per person) must be on card, 6 inches by four inches (15 x 10 cm) in any medium including drawing, painting, photography and collage. There is no entry fee, all funds raised through card sales will support Art Space Portsmouth 30th Anniversary initiatives.
  4. Multiplied is a new Fair initiated by the auction house Christie’s to be held during Frieze Art Fair from 14th to 17th October 2010 in London. We are curious to see what this fair, focusing on prints and multiples, will be like!
  5. Frieze Art Fair also has a section for multiples and prints.
  6. Affordable Art Fair from 21rst to 24th October in London. This Fair has approx. 120 stalls from artists and galleries; works are not allowed to be sold for more than £ 3,000.- It is a fun day out and maybe you find a work you want to take home.

Have you heard of other fairs or initiatives? Let us know and share it with our community!