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07-31-2007, 09:02 PM
I've been invited to display some of my work on a consignment basis. I'm sure there are considerations which should probably be laid out in writing but not having done this before, I don't trust myself to remember everything. Are there samples of consignment agreements available somewhere on wc or elsewhere online that I could revise to fit my situation?
Thanks for any assistance and/or words of wisdom,
08-01-2007, 12:42 AM
Get a copy of Tad Crawford's 'Business and Legal Forms for Fine Artists'. It has consignment agreements and about every other agreement an artist would need.
08-07-2007, 01:31 AM
One particular area that you need to be aware of is copyright. You need to decide whether you want to retain copyright for the work or whether you will assign copyright to the person commissioning the work.
08-07-2007, 04:15 AM
He didn't ask about commissioning.
The Crawford book is good, and I also had Art Office by Constance Smith which I'm sure had a consignment form in it. :)
08-07-2007, 02:43 PM
Below is my basic consignment form. Note that this isnt a contract, but mostly for my own inventory purposes. If a contract is necessary (detailing commission rates, length of display, etc.) that should probably be a separate document. Actually, the main purpose of a consignment agreement is not to "protect" you from shenanigans by the gallery owner, but to show proof to a third party that the pieces are still owned by you, and not by the gallery owner. This is important to prove if someone wants to seize the gallery owner's assets, or if an insurance claim is necessary.
If anyone sees glaring ommissions in this, or other comments, please speak up.
Note that it also says nothing about copyrights, child custody or the gallery's right to pull the plug if I'm on a respirator... those are all issues having nothing to do with consignment and require their own unique documents as well.
Consigned to (Gallery Name)
(Gallery contact name)
“Piece 1 Name” - Dimensions - Medium - Price (thumbnail pic optional)
"Piece 2.... etc.
Consigned by artist (my name)
Received for potential consignment sale
08-07-2007, 11:29 PM
That looks more like a record of receiving goods. An absolute must when leaving work you are consigning with but you need a consignment agreement in place first.
08-10-2007, 12:52 PM
Thanks Jeff. That was very helpful to see.
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