Getting It In Writing (Curious Monday)

Pastel Portrait by Gillian Lee Smith

Doing business on a handshake seems to be the easiest and best way to do things – until we realize it was a really, really, really bad idea.

Putting terms and conditions on paper will save your butt.

And … I know that artists don’t always go to the trouble to get things in writing.

So, here’s what I want to know.

What situations/projects/venues do you have contracts for?

When do you do without contracts?

Have you ever been in a situation in which you would have been better served with a contract? (You kicked yourself by not having a signed agreement.)

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How Do You Know When to Trust?

Felicity O'Connor, Treble and Bass

Deep Thought Thursday: When looking to do business with someone – be it a venue, consultant, or collector – how do you know to trust? What is your criteria for trust? What has to happen in order for you to trust someone? What kinds of questions do they have to respond to?

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Delivering Your Art to an Exhibit Venue: What to Expect

One of the most exciting times in a young art career is delivering your art to an exhibition venue for the first time. You comply with all of the preparation rules, but don’t really know what to expect when you arrive at the venue. Here’s how this scene should go down.

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Artist Contracts: She Broke the Rules

Next time you run into a difficult situation, don’t be afraid to take action and be the “maverick.” Use your best judgment along with carefully justified reasoning to determine your course. And always live up to your agreements while continuing to communicate all the way.

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When you’re not getting paid after the sale of your art

If you’re not being paid by a gallery you know is making sales, your reaction should depend on the answers you give for the five questions in this article. While consignment contracts are vital, they won’t help you if the gallery doesn’t have the money to pay you. Think about the relationship you have with the gallery right now and what you want that to look like in the future.

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