Sixteen members of the Pastel Society of Ireland have pledged work for the Bradbury Exhibition so far. Many thanks to those who have done so.
The committee have received feedback from members outlining concerns about the very high gallery commission costs of 50%. The committee have discussed this at length and feel it must be left to individual artists to decide whether to submit work or not, although we remain hopeful that artists in the Society will support this venture which offers an opportunity to showcase their work in a succesful commercial gallery.
It must be borne in mind that the Bradbury Gallery have absorbed all of the costs or producing promotional material, they have not charged the Pastel Society for the exhibition, they will be actively trying to sell our work during the exhibition, paying their staff, rates, electricity etc. The gallery also have to absorb the 20% VAT on any sales of artwork. Normally galleries charge artists anywhere between 35-45% commission to artists. We accepted a higher commission on behalf of our members given that the Gallery are having to “gamble” on successful sales. We are hopeful that if this exhibition proves a successful venture with a commercial gallery we will be in a better position to negotiate better rates in future.
The Pastel Society Committee has agree to waive the “hanging fee” on this occassion given that there will be no costs incurred to the Society in having this exhibition. Those who have submitted cheques already – these will be destroyed.
In order to have as many works as possible available for selection we also would now like to encourage members to submit a third work if available on the theme “Visions of Ireland and Belfast City”