Art Gallery Agreement (Art Gallery Commission Agreement Template) (A195)

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Who can use this Artist Agreement?

This Art Gallery – Artist Agreement is designed for use by a gallery owner.  For an agreement designed from the artist’s point of view, see our Artist Consignment Agreement A246

What is this Gallery Agreement for?

The agreement sets out the role and duties of both the gallery and the artist when the gallery is going to exhibit an artist’s works.

What are the main issues?

Gallery’s role.  The gallery owner is likely to want control over the display of the works, albeit in discussion with the artist. More mundane matters such as opening hours, length of exhibition and insurance obligations of the owner will also be dealt with.

Artist’s role.  The agreement will identify the number of works to be displayed, and the artist will warrant that all works are original and the artist has copyright in those works. The artist is likely to be responsible for collecting unsold works at the end of the show.

Pricing and payment. The owner and artist will agree on the asking prices and the agreement will say what flexibility the gallery has to negotiate the price with potential buyers. The gallery’s commission will also be set out, together with the invoicing and payment arrangements.

Promotional activities will also be covered brochures, preview reception etc., as well as responsibility for the cost of these items stop.

What detailed terms does the contract contain?

The main points cover:

  • basic agreement
  • role of gallery owner
  • artist’s warranties and obligations
  • pricing, payment and commission
  • confidentiality
  • assignment
  • notices
  • termination
  • partnership
  • the scope of the agreement
  • law and disputes

For more information on each of these sections, see our Explanatory Notes  which you will receive when you download the document from our website.

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When I download the document, can I change it and/or use it more than once?

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