July 13, 2016

Frequently Asked Questions

Colour Musings

Hello! And thank you for your interest in ColourSpace. We understand you might have a few questions for us, what we do, and how we’ll look after your artwork. Here’s some of the most common questions we’ve been asked by artists. If there’s anything missing, let us know! We look forward to sharing your artwork with the world.

1) What does ColourSpace actually do?

Have you ever been in dull workspace that hasn’t seen change in years? We’re out to change that with your art. We transform offices and corporate environments into pseudo galleries by bringing in fresh artwork every 3-6 months. All the artwork is sourced from you – our local artists – and curated for each environment.

For artists, we manage the rotation and display of your artwork through several environments with a view to selling your art.

2) Why are you doing this?

Glad you asked! We want to change how people access and engage with art and usher in a new age of art appreciation, one that everyone can be a part of. Why? Because art is about feeling and experience, not just ‘knowing’, and it can have such a profound impact on people. Art shouldn’t be limited to galleries – we want everyone to engage with it wherever they go. We’re transforming the entire city into a gallery!

To do that, we need your art. We want to show people just how much diversity there can be in all forms of art.

3) How long will my artwork be on display?

On average 3 months. Our rotations occur in line with the seasons. However, there may be some cases where a rotation is longer or shorter than this, depending on the client.

Following a rotation, we then continue to manage your artwork for up to 12 months, in which our job is to try to display your works across 3 or 4 different locations. If your artwork is not being displayed, it will be stored in a secure storage temporarily as we continue to find other clients where we can showcase your work.

4) Will my artwork be for sale?

Absolutely. All artwork is displayed alongside a plaque that explains who you are, your inspirations, your medium, and the price. We also reinforce the message through the Curator Notes we share with all of our clients in each 3 month rotation. If your artwork sells, we charge a flat 20% commission on the displayed price.

Buyers pay a 10% deposit upfront. At the end of the rotation, the balance is paid in full, we deliver the artwork to the buyer, and transfer of balance to you. We are also affiliated with Art Money, meaning buyers can choose to buy artwork in instalments, though you will still be paid in full on purchase of artwork.

5) So aside from the commission, this is all free?

That is correct! We pick up the artwork, transport it, display it, insure it, and then deliver it to a buyer (if sold) or return it to you after our management period has ended. We also promote your artwork online and across all our social media channels.

Free pickup is offered to anyone living within 30km of the CBD. If you live outside this distance, you will be asked to drop off your artwork at a central location, or you can pay for a courier to pick up your artwork.

6) Do I get paid at all if my art doesn’t sell?

Actually yes, you do. We have a straightforward royalty system for all artwork on display. For any art that is on display (i.e. not in temporary storage), we pay artists royalties which represent over 20% of ColourSpace revenue from subscription fees. This applies to all work 50cm or larger on its longest edge (including the frame) and valued at minimum $250. Why? Because smaller and more affordable pieces tend to be harder to display in corporate environments, however they tend to have a higher sell rate.

Royalties are paid at the end of each 3 month rotation. If your artwork sells in any subsequent display, ColourSpace will charge our standard 20% commission and recoup the cost of any royalties paid on that artwork to date.

Basically, the idea is that you will either sell an artwork (and receive 80% of your listed price) or be paid royalties, but not both.

7) Can I still sell my art through other platforms?

Sure – we don’t hold any exclusivity on you or your artwork, you are even free to sell pieces currently on display. There are a couple of limitations however. First, it is your responsibility to let us know immediately if you have sold your artwork through other avenues so we can tag it as ‘Sold’ in our systems. If you don’t notify us and we happen to find a buyer at the same time, we reserve the right to take priority in sales. Many artists have taken the approach of simply listing that their artwork is ‘On exhibition, unavailable for 3 months’ to be flexible around for this requirement.

8) I have a show coming up / I sold my artwork. Can I get my art back?

If your work is in temporary storage between rotations, absolutely. Let us know and we’ll happily return your artwork. However, once your artwork is on display, we would like to keep it on display for the entirety of the rotation. This is because your works form part our curated selection for each environment, but also because we want to minimise disruptions for our clients.

If it is an urgent situation and you want your artwork back whilst it’s on display, you will need to supply us with a replacement piece of similar style and size, and there will be a once-off fee of $100 (GST not applicable) to cover the cost of priority couriers.

Otherwise, if you can wait until the end of the display or if your work is in temporary storage, we’ll facilitate the return of your artwork to you free of charge.

9) What happens after my work has been on display?

We know that the best place for art is on display being enjoyed and we do our best to have your work out as much as possible. However, sometimes we aren’t able to find another suitable venue straight away. In these instances we move your work to a secure, light-protected and temperature controlled environment. This lets us continue to look for new venues and opportunities for you while cutting down on excess transportation costs.

Work in our temporary storage facility is prioritised for display in each new rotation, as well as any other opportunities that come up (such as short term leases, sales enquiries etc).

When the 12 month management period ends, if your work has not been sold, it will be returned to you along with any royalties you have accrued.

10) How will my artwork be hung?

At each of our client sites, heavy duty hooks that can hold a weight of 15kg in plasterboard are installed. Hooks are installed typically between 180 to 230cm high, depending on the environment. We also have a couple of sites where we have installed a gallery hanging system, with steel locators and hooks.

11) Framed or unframed?

This depends on the medium you work in. All pieces must be ready to hang, we can add wires with your permission, but it is preferable that you do this yourself. Works on paper must be framed and ready to hang.

12) Prints or originals?

Because we are first and foremost a provider of artwork, our preference is always to display originals. There are aspects of original art that are much more difficult to convey than prints, such as texture, depth, and depending on the artwork, touch. However, we are happy to display prints as well if that is your personal preference. In such situations, we can display alongside your works the option for buyers to inquire about the original if they are interested in purchasing it.

Unfortunately we are not able to display prints on canvas.

13) How do you promote my work while on display?

We publish photos of your work across our social media, website and other relevant channels including print. In some instances we may also produce videos and vlogs which show or feature your work. These are also published across all of our channels. In each instance you are fully acknowledged along with sales details.

14) Can I have photos of my work when it’s up for display?

Absolutely! By default, we will be promoting your works across all social media, and will be tagging you as well. If you want the original photos, just let us know.

15) Insurance and damages

Coverage for your artwork begins the moment we pick up your artwork, to the moment it is delivered back to yourself or a buyer. Should your artwork be stolen or damaged (save fair wear and tear), you will be compensated to 100% of the agreed value of your artwork. Wear and tear is defined as minor scuff marks to the back of the frame, or marks made due to the installation of new wires. Damage is defined as any visible marks to the front and sides incurred whilst your artwork is in our care. In these cases, will result in full compensation to 100% of agreed value of the artwork in question.

16) Can you recommend any good framers or printers?

Yes! The following framers are recommended by our current artists:

  • Frames Readymade (352 Lygon St East Brunswick 8388 7631) offer 25% off all frames to artists planning an exhibition. And yes – by displaying your work with ColourSpace, you are exhibiting your work! So make sure to let them know you’re exhibiting through us and you’ll get the 25% off. The discount doesn’t apply to matte boards or framing, just the frames themselves.
  • F81 (10 A Taparoo Road Templestowe 9842 9842) is a home studio framer who has been recommended for good prices, Michael can be contacted on mchan.f81@gmail.com.
  • For printing needs, Thirds at 613 Brunswick St North Fitzroy, come highly recommended for their service and value. Ph: 9489 5615

4 Replies to “Frequently Asked Questions”

    1. Hi Ric, thanks so much for your question. At present, ColourSpace only operates in Melbourne. Our goal is to set up a sustainable hub here in Melbourne first before we expand to other cities. Perth is on the roadmap however, so keep checking in with us on social media to be notified when we have expanded!

  1. Hi,
    I am a local photographic artist and am keen to know a little more about the artwork you are seeking. What process do you follow in relation to reviewing an artists work in relation to subject matter, quality and presentation of images?
    The images on your website appear to be predominately contemporary, abstract and presented on canvas. What image size and subject matter are most popular?

    I look forward to your reply..

    Mark Bramble

    1. Hi Mark, thanks for reaching out! We’re happy to represent all styles of art, though ultimately our job is to also match it up to what clients prefer. If a client doesn’t want portraiture, then we won’t curate that through. As you’ve noted, many clients do tend to prefer contemporary abstract on canvas, though we are starting to find more clients who want to display different styles (such as photography).

      Size-wise, we find that anything smaller than A3 can be challenging to display as they don’t sit well on large walls. A2 is a happy mid-point, however. Subject matter-wise, it really depends on the client! From a photography perspective, we do find traditional landscapes / travel type photos are less preferred, compared to more contemporary, artistic subject matter.

      The best process however is simply to get in touch with our curator via the Share Your Art link, and we can look at your portfolio in more detail.

      Hope that answers your question!

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