Everything You Need to Know About Selling Your Artwork at an Art Gallery

You’ve grown as an artist and you’ve started to build up a reputation in your local community. You may now be thinking of selling your artwork at a local art gallery. But how do you do so? Read on to learn more:

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There are two ways an art gallery can pay you for your work: through commissions and through outright sales. The majority of art galleries take work on commission, in which the gallery  pay you a percent if the work sells. Typically, they can take up to 50% of the sale. Of course, each gallery is different, and the higher figures are usually from larger galleries.

How many pieces can you sell?

Once again, this will depend on the gallery. Some galleries are strict and will require you to provide them with a certain number of new pieces over a particular time period. Others are more relaxed and will simply take as many pieces as their space allows.

How to approach an art gallery

There is a right way and a wrong way to approach an art gallery. Here’s a quick step-by-step:

Find a gallery where your work would fit

As wonderful as your art may be, it likely won’t be the perfect fit for every art gallery out there. Your work needs to go with the general theme of the gallery without looking like another artist who’s already there.

Make an appointment

Gallery owners do not appreciate it when artists simply drop in. Instead, make an appointment. You can call or email a gallery to set up an initial appointment. If you choose to email them, attach photos of your work to the email. Don’t send them to your website as owners are busy and get inundated with requests all the time.

In order to sell your artwork at a gallery, you have to first improve your talents at an artist. Creative Ventures Gallery can help. Look through our available classes to find one that’s right for you!