I wanted to pass this on … another well-argued look at the whole constellation of issues around the fair payment of artists for their work. I’d love to hear comments, thoughts, ideas about these ideas … what do YOU think?

Behind the Hedge

Imagine you were planning a party.  Imagine you rented a hall for your party, paying the landlord the going rate for renting a hall of that size.  Imagine you then sent letters to every caterer in town, inviting them to send “submissions” for the meal, which read like this:

Please provide a list of menu items, with pictures in jpeg format, a list of ingredients for each item, and a brief chef’s statement about your work and a bio with relevant training and previous catered events listed.

And then imagine that you selected the menu items you thought might appeal to your guests and sent an acceptance to the successful caterers along with a contract like this:

You will deliver the menu items selected on the date of the party, ready to be served by 5:30 pm.  You will be responsible for all costs of transport and preparation of your…

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2 thoughts on “Art on Consignment

  1. It’s a tough thing, for some reason: getting people to recognize that what artists do is WORK, and that the “product” of their labour is worth treating with respect – and paying for! I think it boils down to “Artist, Be Aware” … so important to understand the differences between a genuine opportunity and the “free art” scenario, to be sure. Funnily enough, I have a great relationship with a local cafe owner (he “gets” it in every way possible) – so I do actually show my work there on occasion. He supports my practice by taking great care of my work, sending his regulars to me and my website, and he and his family (and some of his staff) have all purchased work from me over the years. That particular case was a win-win, and continues to be so … but it’s not often like that.


  2. I have been banging on about this for years – my other favourite is when cafes are ‘generous’ to offer you ‘free’ wall space!! More like free art for their walls!! But yes a new business model is definitely needed – and this article explains it really effectively…. :-) reblogging as well


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