What, why, where and how to commission a work of art

What is commissioning?

Commissioning an artist involves asking them to create something specifically for you. This might involve a brief that you give them, for example a house portrait, a still life using objects special to you or perhaps a response to a something, somewhere or someone you love.

Why commission?

Commissioning is a special experience: a meeting of minds between client and artist. The process allows you to really engage with an artist, begin a conversation with them and discuss the painting or sculpture for you. The unique result is not only a bespoke work of art that you will treasure for years, it also holds the memories of the creative process that went into making it.

How do I commission a work of art?

We can guide you right through the process. The first step is to pick an artist, and there are many to choose from. If you have an idea that you would like to explore with an artist then we can help you find the right one. If for example the view from your window in spring is one you would like to immortalise in paint, we will send you the portfolios of artists who have often explored this popular interior/exterior subject in their work.

Alternatively, you can start by looking through the Artist Explorer on our website or visiting our exhibitions to get an idea of who you would like to know more about. We will then connect you with your chosen artist who will discuss your brief with you and respond to it in their signature style. We stay in touch as mediators throughout the process, making sure communication is fluid and resolving any issues that may arise along the way.

On the practical side we oversee quotes, agreements and invoicing for you. We make sure prices are fair, both for you and the artist, and all fees are quoted transparently in advance.  Payment is usually in two instalments: a deposit towards production costs and the balance on approval of the artwork which makes sure everyone's interests are protected. We can also organise and advise on framing and delivery.

Where do I go from here?

Peter Graham ROI, Red Still Life (detail)

Book a consultation with our consultants

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