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Exhibiting and Selling Pictures via This Web Site, and Contributing Information on Artists

If you find this web site interesting or useful, why not contribute your own pictures? We welcome additional pictures whether they are pictures from existing artists already listed on the site, or new artists. All you have to do is send us a photograph of the picture and the name of the artist and we will do the rest. The world will be able to see the art and you will be contributing to educating the public and the art fraternity about the artist. There is no charge for this service.

In addition, if you want you wish to sell a picture you can advise us of this and we will let you know if there are any inquiries concerning a picture and refer the prospective buyers to you. This facility is open to both individual picture owners and professional art dealers.

More information is provided on what you need to do and the conditions attached to these services below.

Exhibiting Pictures

1. We will display any picture you contribute so long as it meets the following criteria:

a - It is "British" art and painted in the period 1850 to the present day (see the Gallery page for our definition of "British" art which is quite wide). 

b - It falls into one of the categories of landscape, seascape or still life or otherwise relates to the general theme of "nature" which is the focus of this gallery. Note that pictures of the following subjects or types will generally be rejected: genre, religious, figure studies, portraits, animals, sporting & country life, architectural, pictures of ships (other than as part of a seascape), automobiles and aircraft, or "chocolate box" images of country cottages.

c - The picture has artistic merit and is of a professional standard (note that the gallery director reserves the right to reject any picture that he feels does not meet the required standard or which is otherwise inappropriate to exhibit on the site).

d - The picture must be signed by the artist, or there is other evidence of a clear, indisputable attribution.

e - Note that the picture should normally be in one of the traditional media of oil, watercolour, pastel, etc. However drawings would be accepted if they are of particular merit. Prints will only be accepted if the artist had a direct hand in their production (e.g. lithographs), and they are limited editions.

f - If you are in any doubt about whether a picture would qualify then contact the gallery director (see Contact information).

2. You need to supply the following to have a picture exhibited:

a - A good quality photograph of the picture (see below for how to produce one). This can be either in conventional printed form or in digital format.

b - The name of the artist.

c - Preferably as much background information on the artist as possible, although we will do any necessary research and write up a suitable background article. See below for the kind of information that is required.

d - The name of the picture, and date painted, where known.

e - How the picture is signed (e.g. full name, initials, logo or whatever).

f - The image size as width times height (ie. the dimensions of the painted area of the picture).

g - The media used, ie. oil, watercolour, gouache, pastel, etc.

h - You need to supply a name and address, plus preferably a telephone number through which you can be traced (email addresses are unreliable unfortunately). If preferred this can be a business address, a post office box or an address of your accountants or lawyers. If you are a picture dealer or gallery, please include your trading name. If you are the artist of the picture, please say so. Note that these details will not be displayed on the gallery web site nor supplied to third parties in any circumstances (unless you are selling the picture - see below). If you wish we can display a statement below the normal picture information of the form "Exhibited by XXXXXXXXX" - if you would like this to be done please advise what should be displayed.

i - If pictures are accepted for display on the site, then they will only be removed in exceptional circumstances. In other words, you must agree that the pictures may remain on display for as long as the gallery wishes to display them, unless specifically agreed otherwise. This applies even if the picture is for sale and is sold via this web site or elsewhere.

j - You warrant that you own the photograph or other appropriate rights in the picture and you are granting us rights to display the picture on the terms herein, and to use the image provided for any reasonable purpose in association with this web site including promoting the site in other media.

Selling Pictures

1. If you not only wish to display a picture, but also offer it for sale, then the only additional information that we absolutely require is the proposed price. This should be provided in either US Dollars, Pounds Sterling or Euros.

2. If you are wishing to sell a picture, any email address you supply would be forwarded to any person who inquires about the picture, and we would likewise provide any contact information they provide to you. THEREAFTER ANY SALE NEGOTIATION, PRICE AGREEMENT, DELIVERY ARRANGEMENTS, CREDIT OR IDENTITY VERIFICATION AND ALL OTHER MATTERS CONCERNING THE SALE ARE YOUR RESPONSIBILITY.  If a sale is concluded as a direct or indirect result of a referral by the gallery to you of an enquiry then you agree to pay the gallery 15% of the sale price, plus UK Value Added Tax (where applicable).  You will notify the gallery of any sale of a picture that you have submitted for exhibit on the web site, whether or not any such commission is relevant.

3. Under the Distance Selling Regulations applicable in the UK, you must give any purchaser the right to return any picture to you within 7 days of delivery and receive a full refund so long as it is returned at their expense and in good condition.

4. All pictures that are for sale should be framed, and it is helpful also to supply information on the type of frame, the frame dimensions and a photograph that shows the frame in case of enquiry on those points.

Picture Photographs

1. The gallery requires a reasonable quality photograph of any pictures you wish to exhibit. This basically means a photograph that is at least 2 inches wide and deep, taken in sufficient light, with reasonable colour reproduction and not excessively over or under exposed. You do not need to be a professional or trained photographer to take such a picture, so long as you follow the tips given below.

2. Note that we can accept a digital version of a photograph sent via email if you already have it in that form (otherwise we will scan it in from any printed photograph you supply). In that case you need to have scanned it in at 150 dpi or higher, or have taken it with a higher resolution digital camera (that generally means a camera with more than 1 megapixels, and note that "camera phones" are generally nowhere near good enough). Any picture file which is less than 200 kbytes in size is not likely to be of sufficient quality for the gallery to use. JPEG (.jpg) format is preferable but other formats may also be acceptable.

3. If you send us a printed photograph, we will not normally return this unless you specifically ask us to do so. It helps us to retain the original photograph for reference purposes.

4. We cannot currently accept film negatives or slides.

5. For a good quality photograph follow the tips below:

a - Use a good quality digital camera, or a 35 mm film camera.

b - Ensure the photograph is taken in good light! If you don't have professional photographic lights to use indoors, then take it outside in bright daylight - preferably on a bright but cloudy day, or if a sunny day then take it in light shade.

c - Avoid any reflections from any glass or varnished surface on the picture (this is a particular problem when using flash so avoid that)!

d - Get as close to the picture as possible without cropping the image. Note: it helps to have one picture without the frame, and one with, so that we get the largest picture of the painting itself but also one showing the frame.

e - Try to stand square to the picture so it's shape is not grossly distorted.

f - If using traditional film, use a slow film preferably (e.g ISO 100 or 200) to ensure good resolution and colour reproduction.

Contributing Information on an Artist

We are always keen to receive additional information concerning artists displayed on this web site, particularly those where the standard reference works only contain minimal data. If you are providing information on an artist, it is helpful to bear in mind that the following information is what is required to enable us to document the artist’s life fully. It also enables us to add some interest to the subject. There is no need to provide the information in a literate form so long as the facts are clear, as we will write the necessary text for the web page.

1.      The full name of the artist, including all first names (not just initials), and what they preferred to be called.

2.      The place of birth and where they lived with rough dates during their life.

3.      Full birth and death dates, or at least the approximate years.

4.      The names of the father and mother, including occupations and any artistic connections.

5.      Whether they had any brothers and sisters and names, plus any artistic connections.

6.      Names of any other relatives who are well known (e.g. famous for other reasons) or have artistic connections.

7.      Whether they got married and date (and married name if female), plus any children (with names if they are also of interest).

8.      Any education or artistic training that the artist received.

9.      Whether the artist made a living from painting or from other occupations (if so what).

10.  If the artist was associated with any particular groups of artists, then their involvement is worth covering.

11.  Details of any exhibitions at which they exhibited, plus any prizes won and copies of catalogues, press reviews or “clippings” referring to such events.

12.  Any other things of interest about the artist, particularly of a personal nature, ie. particular abilities or disabilities, childhood stories, love affairs, tragedies, accomplishments, newspaper coverage, comic stories, military service, membership of associations or clubs, civil or military decorations, books or articles written, etc. Information that reveals their personality and lifestyle is particularly relevant.

13.  Any photographs of the artist and/or friends and relatives are of particular interest (it helps to state the approximate date the photographs were taken if known).

14. Please advise if you know of any relatives or friends of the artist who may be able to provide more information.

Obtaining all the above would be very unusual so if you only have limited information, please contribute whatever you have. Even a small amount of data or what may otherwise seem a trivial fact or story can help to build a portrait of the artist.

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