Emerging Artists Programme FAQ’s

Emerging Artists Programme FAQ’s

<p>Image credit: Residue by Anna Blom and Pía Ortuño  </p>

Image credit: Residue by Anna Blom and Pía Ortuño  

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)  


Can I apply for this artist opportunity at the same time as another opportunity you have live?    


Can I apply if I live outside the borough?    

Yes, this opportunity is open to all artists.    

Can I apply if I live abroad?    

Yes, however the judging panel will consider the achievability of your proposed project given the budget, timeline and any potential ongoing maintenance required during the run of the exhibition. Artist travel and accommodation and the transportation of artwork must fit within the project budget and not be an additional expense to the artist(s).   

Can I visit the gallery?    

Yes, but this will need to happen independently. We’re unable to accommodate site visits with a member of the team at this stage of the application. Orleans House Gallery is open Tue-Sun 10am – 5pm.    

What file-format should media be sent in?    

Please send the application document as a Word document or PDF. We are not able to accept Pages documents.    

For images, audio or video, we accept the following formats: PDF (.pdf); Windows Media formats (.asf, .wma, .wmv, .wm); Audio Visual Interleave (.avi); Moving Pictures Experts Group (.mpg, .mpeg, .m1v, .mp2, .mp3, .mpa, .mpe, .m3u); Musical Instrument Digital Interface (.mid, .midi, .rmi); Audio Interchange File Format (.aif, .aifc, .aiff); Audio for Windows (.wav); QuickTime Movie file (.mov); MP4 Audio file (.m4a); MP4 Video file (.mp4, .m4v, .mp4v, .3g2, .3gp2, .3gp, .3gpp)    

How do I send images/audio/video without exceeding the attachment size limitations?    

We recommend media is compressed before sending. This can be achieved using specific media editing software (e.g. Photoshop, Final Cut etc). Free equivalents such as Audacity audio editor, G.I.M.P image editor and Handbrake video compressor are available to download online with corresponding tutorials available on YouTube to guide you. The optimum file size for images should be roughly 1 Mb. Video and audio will depend on the length of the file. Alternatively, there are several free compression services available online, and work by uploading the files you wish to be compressed and clicking the download link which shortly follows.     

Can I apply via video or audio recording instead of written text?    

Yes! If you prefer, you can submit your proposal in video or audio format, using the same question outline as the application document. Please keep 100-word limit responses to a 1-minute recording, 200-word limit responses to a 2-minute recording, etc.   

When do I find out if my proposal has been accepted?    

Applicants will be notified by email from the week beginning 6 May 2024  

The Exhibition    

If I am accepted for an exhibition, what happens next?    

Once a date is confirmed for the exhibition, you will be sent an exhibitions contract and invited to meet with the gallery team to discuss associated logistics in more detail.     

Before install, the Arts Service will require:    

  • Images and copy for publicity use    
  • Floor plan    
  • Press release (to be signed off by the Arts Service before distribution)   
  • Interpretation texts (to be signed off by the Arts Service before the artist organises printing) and printed interpretation materials    
  • A completed pricelist (with images) if works are for sale. (Template will be sent)    
  • A signed Vendor Agency Agreement if works are for sale. (Will be sent)    
  • A complete risk assessment and method statement. (Template will be sent)    
  • Confirmation of opening event    
  • Confirmation of volunteer tour    
  • Pack for volunteers (Template will be sent)    
  • Proof of public liability insurance    

Can I have an opening celebration event?     

This can be arranged according to the gallery availability. If agreed, all costs (including physical publicity material) would be the responsibility of the exhibitor(s). We recommend that this takes place during gallery opening hours to reduce any costs associated and maximise engagement from the public.    

How much commission does the Orleans House Gallery take on exhibition sales?    

Orleans House Gallery adds a 40% commission plus VAT to the original price of your artwork. This money supports our work across Orleans House Gallery programmes. Below is an example pricing for a Non-VAT registered exhibitor’s work.  

If you want a collector to purchase your work for £100 and you are not VAT registered, the breakdown is: 

£67.57 = the artist’s share 

£27.03 = Orleans House Gallery’s 40% commission on the artist’s share 

£5.40 = 20% VAT on Orleans House Gallery’s £27.03 commission 

67.57 + 27.03 + 5.40 = £100, the total the purchaser pays 

If my work is chosen, will I be able to also sell a print run or postcards in the gallery shop?   

Unfortunately, you will only be able to sell the artwork itself, as there isn’t capacity to be able to process additional sales.    

Can I submit work requiring a power supply?   

Yes, however any items requiring mains power will need to be PAT tested privately (if selected), and a certificate of completion delivered to the gallery when artwork is dropped off.    

Can I sell work with the option to sell framed or unframed?   

Works that are presented in a frame must be sold as such.    

How big is the exhibition space?   

Here is the floorplan of the Stables Gallery. The gallery is an irregular rectangle with the four walls measuring approximately 6.5m, 19m, 3m and 9m of hangable space. There are windows along the same wall as the entrance door, represented by rectangles on the floorplan, and support beams represented by small square outlines on the floorplan.