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ARTISTS AND DESIGNERS // Setting up a profile
Who can submit their work to art:i:curate?

Artists and product designers from all over the world can submit their work, no matter their chosen medium.

If your gallery does not represent you exclusively, you are eligible for submitting your works to art:i:curate. However, submitting your works for crowd funding legally binds you to share the sale proceeds with your Co-Producers.

Please submit works that you’d like to feature exclusively on art:i:curate and not on any other websites.

Will art:i:curate help me promote and sell my work?

art:i:curate embraces the vision where together, through a community effort and commitment, we can build the future of art and design. Together with our vibrant network of artists and designers, co-producers and collectors, ambassadors and partners, we support and promote emerging art and design, whether online or at our exhibitions and events.

What tools does art:i:curate use to promote my work?

We like to keep our community updated about artists and designers who’ve just joined the platform, new work featured on art:i:curate, new crowd funding campaigns and more in My Updates section and on our social media. We also like to feature interviews with artists and designers in the Journal.

art:i:curate is an online and physical platform. We organise large-scale exhibitions and intimate events, as well as one-to-one studio visits with collectors, art lovers, curators, and more.

How do I submit my work to art:i:curate?

If you are an artist or designer, read more and start your submission here. You will be able to edit your profile, upload your work, submit crowd funding campaigns, keep track of their progress, and set up your payments account.

Is content on art:i:curate curated?

Yes. At art:i:curate, we dedicate time and effort to reviewing each submission we receive. Our aim is to give an in-depth overview on all contemporary practices from the art and design fields internationally.

How can I make my profile stand out?

When submitting your profile, share with us interesting facts about yourself and a detailed insight into your practice and work. This includes but is not limited to your artistic statement, awards and achievements, exhibition history, upcoming projects, and press, if available.

Keep us updated with your news, new work, and other noteworthy information that will keep your followers engaged.

We’ve put together a Guidebook, which we hope you will find useful when editing your profile.

What should the description of my work include?

We ask for a short description (max. 100 words) to accompany your work. The descriptions allow our community to get a better understanding of the context behind each work and a better insight into the practice of the artist or product designer featured.

We’ve put together a Guidebook, which we hope you will find useful when editing your profile.

What are you specification for uploading my work and profile image?

We recommend your artwork and profile image to be 72dpi, 847px wide and in the JPEG or PNG format. The maximum image size is 6 MB.

Why join art:i:curate?

art:i:curate is more than just a platform to showcase contemporary art and design. It lets you build a global, vibrant community of patrons and collectors of your work.

By letting people around the world fund works of art and design, art:i:curate launched a new and exciting way to support creative practice and a sustainable commercial tool for creatives.

art:i:curate merges a virtual and physical platform where emerging artists and designers can engage with a diverse and savvy audience. Since our launch in 2013, we have created 8 shows in London and New York showcasing over 50 artists and designers from 20 countries.

Is my submission subject to approval?

Yes. Our team carefully reviews each submission. If your application is successful, you will be featured as an artist or product designer on art:i:curate. You will be able to give our international network of art and design lovers, collectors, and co-producers an insight into your work and artistic practice.

If you are having trouble with your submission, please get in touch with us.

ARTISTS AND DESIGNERS // Funding my work
How does funding on art:i:curate work?

Funding on art:i:curate works similarly to any other crowd-funding concept: you pick a ready-made work, set a Target Amount and open the funding to your friends, family, and the art:i:curate audience, who, by pledging to your campaign, become the Co-Producers. Co-Producers share profits on sale with you when the work they pledged to is sold.

If your Target Amount is successfully reached, the funds, net of our fees and transaction fees applied by the payments processor, will be transferred to your Stripe account, which you can easily set up in your Creator Profile Settings. You can use these funds to continue your artistic practice and create new work.

Does my work need to be finished before the funding campaign is launched?

If you are an artist working with media such as collage, drawing, mixed media, painting, sculpture, and video, your work needs to be produced before you submit it to art:i:curate.

If you are raising funds for a finished but not yet printed photographic work, then you should arrange for printing once your target has been reached. You need to specify the dimensions, type of photography, edition size and any other artwork details ahead of the campaign launch.

If you are a product designer, you need to showcase a ready-made product or a prototype of your work before the campaign can be launched. Please note that we do not accept design mock-ups created using software.

What happens when a funded work is sold?

Once the Target Amount is successfully reached, the Creator receives the funds, i.e. 40% of the value of the work. 70% of the ownership is passed to the Co-Producers, split pro-rata as against the proportion that each Co-Producer pledged. The Creator owns the remaining 30%.

When the work is sold, sale proceeds, net of art:i:curate and payment processing fees, are distributed to the Creator and Co-Producers accordingly.

Who are the Co-Producers?

A Co-Producer is anyone who decides to pledge to your finished work of art or design product, and therefore invest in your artistic practice. These include your friends & family, your professional network, as well as the art:i:curate community that consists of art and design appreciators, collectors, and anyone and everyone who would like to get involved.

Why would people want to fund my work? What do they get in return?

People who decide to fund your work may have different reasons for choosing to support you.

a) They appreciate and personally like your work

b) They believe in you as an artist or designer and want to support your career

c) They want to take an active part in the crowd-curating movement

Why should I choose art:i:curate to fund my work?

At art:i:curate, we believe in creating value through a collective effort. Our platform directly connects and constantly engages Creators with their audience and gives them an opportunity to fund, sell, and showcase their work in physical exhibitions internationally. Through our passion, we have built a fantastic global network of followers.

What is a Target Amount and how should I set it right?

The Target Amount represents 40% of the value of your work. It is the initial amount that you get paid for your work through pledges received from your Co-Producers.

Here are a few tips for setting your target right:

1. Start on the lower end and build value. If your campaign is successful, you will receive your funds right after the funding campaign ends. These funds can help you to start working on your next work and build value for your practice.

2. Make your work accessible and build your audience. The retail price of your funded work is linked to your Target Amount. As a reward for their support of your work, Co-Producers earn a share of the sale proceeds. If your work is reasonably priced, the Co-Producers can become your ambassadors, introduce your work to their friends, and support you in the future.

3. You get a percentage of sales too. Bear in mind that you will receive an additional 30% of the retail sale price when your funded work is sold.

Will I receive any sale proceeds of my funded work?

Yes. In addition to the funds you raise from the Co-Producers, you will receive 30% of the retail sale price, net of art:i:curate and any transaction fees applied by the payments processors, when your funded work is sold.

How will my work be priced once its Target Amount has been reached?

The Target Amount of your work represents 40% of its value at the time of funding. In other words, the retail price of your work is based on the Target Amount you set and is a 2.5x multiple of the Target Amount. Please note that art:i:curate may change the retail price from time to time, e.g. if it is sold at an art:i:curate auction.

What responsibilities come with opting for crowd funding? Am I legally bound?

Yes. By creating an account with art:i:curate you agree to our User Terms. Please review them carefully before moving ahead with your submission.

Will art:i:curate review my funding campaign before its launch?

Yes. All submitted campaigns are carefully reviewed by our team in order to ensure consistency, adequacy, and quality.

What happens if my funding campaign is rejected?

If your campaign is rejected, one of our team members will contact you to provide feedback. If you don’t hear from us immediately, please bear with us – we receive a high volume of submissions.

When will art:i:curate get back to me after I’ve made a submission for funding?

We aim to process your funding campaign within 2 weeks of your submission date.

Can I fund more than one work at once?

Yes. You can fund more works at once, but we suggest you to run up to 2 funding campaigns simultaneously and launch new campaigns upon successful funding of your previous works.

Which works qualify for funding?

Generally, the more accurate, detailed, and realistic submissions are sent to us, the more likely they are to be accepted. All types of works can potentially qualify for funding as long as they meet the following criteria:

1. Works are commercially viable and have realistic targets.

2. Works have not been commissioned by third parties and do not fall under any exclusivity agreements.

3. Works can be made available for showcase in exhibitions or sale within a reasonable timeframe.

Can I pledge to my own campaign?

No. Pledging to your own funding campaign is not allowed.

Can I edit my campaign once it's up and running?

Yes. You can edit the description, upload new images, and amend shipping details. Any changes you make to your work post submission will be reviewed by the art:i:curate team and will be subject to approval.

Please note that you cannot change details such as your Target Amount, retail price or funding period after your campaign has been launched or finished.

Where can I track the progress of my campaign?

You can follow the status of your campaigns on the dashboard in your Creator profile section.

What is the minimum number of Co-Producers?

There is a minimum of one Co-Producer required per campaign.

What is the funding duration?

A campaign can run for a maximum of 45 days.

Can I cancel my campaign?

No. Once you’ve submitted your work for a funding campaign and it has been approved, funding cannot be cancelled.

What can I do to achieve my Target Amount?

Share your campaign with your friends, family, and extended network. Update them with your progress and give them an insight into your practice via your art:i:curate profile page. With encouragement and their support, they will likely spread the word for you.

We’ve put together a Guidebook, which we hope you will find useful when setting up and running your campaign.

Can I re-try funding the same work, if the first time is unsuccessful?

No. It is our policy not to repeat campaigns of the same works. Therefore, please make sure you do promotional work on your end too and ask your friends, family, and extended network to support your funding campaign.

ARTISTS AND DESIGNERS // Exhibiting my work
Which works do you consider for the exhibitions?

Works are selected depending on the curatorial direction for our exhibitions. We normally consider a mix of works, including works that have been funded or are being funded at the time of the exhibition, as well as non-commercially viable works, e.g. a site-specific non-commercial installation. We may approach you for specific projects, too.

In what cities do you create exhibitions?

We are currently hosting exhibitions in London and New York and, as we grow, are planning shows in other cities around the world.

In what locations do you create exhibitions?

Our exhibition locations always vary from white cube spaces to unexpected, non-traditional contexts such as industrial and retail settings.

If my work reaches its Target Amount, when will it be exhibited?

If your funding is successful and your work has not been exhibited yet, we will contact you in due course to coordinate the inclusion of your work in one of our upcoming shows. Please allow at least 10 months until your work can be exhibited.

What costs will art:i:curate cover?

Don’t worry. We will not charge you an exhibition or participation fee.

To exhibit your work at one of our shows, we will take care of the installation and costs related to organising the private view and any collateral events.

Depending on the location of the exhibition, we will arrange for shipping and insurance in-transit. In some instances, we may ask you to handle logistics yourself. We will cover or reimburse you reasonable transportation expenses agreed in advance. Please note that we will not be able to reimburse you any additional costs incurred as a result of events such as missed collection slots or use of special delivery services.

We do not reimburse for any handling services or packing materials. You can keep your packaging materials at the exhibition premises. However, we will not be responsible for any loss or damage to them.

At the de-installation, we will provide standard packing materials, but advise the Creators to pack their work themselves. Nevertheless, we understand if some Creators are unable to come to the de-installation.

Who is responsible for handling and shipping the work to and from the exhibition venue?

Depending on the location of the exhibition, our team will handle the transportation. In some circumstances, we may ask you to arrange for the necessary logistics.

We advise you to pack your work securely, with packaging protecting it from damage during transit. If the work is not securely packed and is damaged during transit, we will not take any responsibility to cover the cost. In such circumstances, you agree to cover any return shipping costs as well as 70% of the value of the funded work.

If you are shipping the work to us with your own courier or via your local post office, we recommend insuring and sending it recorded.

ARTISTS AND DESIGNERS // Selling on art:i:curate
Will I receive any sale proceeds when one of my funded works is sold?

Yes. In addition to the amount received through crowd funding, you will receive 30% of the retail sale price, net of our fees. You will also be reimbursed for your shipping expenses that you need to indicate on your artwork page before submitting it to us. Please note that payments processors may apply additional transaction fees.

Can I sell on art:i:curate works that have not been funded?

Yes. You can publish works that have not been funded yet and make them available for sale on art:i:curate. Please check our fees applied to sales of non funded works.

We would be happy to feature your work on our platform and social media, publish an interview with you or any other updates you may wish to send us.

What are the next steps after one of my works has been sold?

Once one of your works has been sold, we will get in touch with you to let you know and coordinate shipping, unless your work is exhibited with us.

We advise you to safely pack, insure, and ship the work within the timeframe indicated on the platform, unless the buyer wishes to make their own logistics arrangements.

We will transfer your payment within 30 days after the purchase has been made.

Can I sell a funded work myself?

No. art:i:curate enables Co-Producers to pledge and collectively become owners of your work. Therefore, all transactions can be exclusively made via art:i:curate.

If a potential buyer approached you directly, we would appreciate you putting us in touch with them in order to assist them with the purchase.

A buyer, who is interested in my funded work, approached me directly. How should I proceed?

After a successful funding campaign, your work is collectively owned by you and its Co-Producers. Therefore, your funded work can be exclusively sold via art:i:curate.

We would, therefore, appreciate you directly putting us in touch with the potential buyer.

Does my work need to be exclusively available at art:i:curate?

We kindly ask artists to submit works of art that are not available for sale on any other online channels. We do not apply exclusivity terms to design products.

You must agree to our User Terms before making a submission.

Can I showcase or sell my work on any other websites?

If you are an artist, you can showcase your works on your own or other websites and representative galleries’ websites, if applicable. However, we encourage keeping an overall refined and carefully considered online presence. You should not showcase works of art that you feature on art:i:curate elsewhere, no matter whether they are funded or not.

If you are a product designer, you can showcase and sell your products on your own and other websites. However, we encourage you to keep an overall refined and carefully considered online presence with product placement.

Who owns my work post funding?

If your work successfully reaches its Target Amount, the Co-Producers who pledged to it collectively own 70% and you own the remaining 30% of it.

Who is responsible for my work post funding?

Unless your work is exhibited or stored with art:i:curate, you agree to store your work in a safe and secure place.

In the unfortunate event of damage to or loss of your work, you will be responsible for it and agree to cover 70% of its retails price within 6 months after its loss or damage occurred. Therefore, we recommend you to insure your work, whether it is stored at your premises or in transit.

If my funding campaign is successful, how and when will I receive the funds?

You will receive your Target Amount net of our fees on your Stripe account, which you can easily set up via the link in the Creator Profile Section. Stripe will separately apply transaction fees per each successful charge. Note that you must fully complete this registration to launch your funding campaign.

Please allow up to two weeks to receive the funds on your Stripe account.

If my funded work is sold, will I receive any proceeds on sale?

Yes. In addition to the funds collected from the Co-Producers of your funded work, you will receive 30% of the amount the work is sold for, net of our fees and any transaction fees applied by the payments processors.

If art:i:curate sells my work, when and how will I receive my payment?

If your work has been sold via art:i:curate, we aim to make the payment to you within 30 days of having received the funds.

To make your payment, we currently use PayPal or wire funds to your bank account.

What happens when a Co-Producer’s card is declined?

If a Co-Producer’s card is declined, we will get in touch with them and if required amend their card details. If we are unable to collect a Co-Producer’s payment within 7 days after the Target Amount has been reached, their pledge will be cancelled.

What happens if the Target Amount is not reached during the funding period?

Co-Producers’ cards are only charged if the Target Amount is reached. Therefore, if after 45 days the Target Amount is not achieved, there will be no charges made.

Please note that the same work will not be eligible for funding twice. Hence, we encourage you to spread the word and invite your friends, family, and extended network to support you.

ARTISTS AND DESIGNERS // Managing my Creator profile
Can I edit my profile and works after I have submitted them?

Yes. You can edit your profile and works you’ve submitted in the past, as well as add new works. Once you’ve clicked the “Submit” button, we will receive a notification about your changes. We will then review these and publish, if approved.

Can I delete my profile on art:i:curate at any time?

Creator profiles with funding campaigns, whether launched or ended, must be kept live in order to keep your campaign information.

If you have not funded your works via art:i:curate and your work is not being exhibited or is not in the process of sale, we can remove your profile within 30 days from the receipt of your written notice. Please note that once a profile has been removed, it cannot be recovered.

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