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: Selling art though donation - new project!

08-23-2015, 11:23 AM
Hi community!

We'd like your point of view on a subject: we are a group of friends - some artists and art lovers - who'd like to launch a disruptive project to sell art. The idea behind it is that art today is mostly reserved to an elite - the ones who goes to galleries and museums, the ones who can buy a $1M art piece, the artist ones who can live from their sales... But, as the Pareto law states, those people might represent a maximum of 20% of the population - while dealing with 80% of the money in the arts. What about the left 80% who share the remaining 20%?

So we thought about it and would like to raise awareness from the public for the arts and help people (the rich and the less rich) becoming patrons of artists they admire. It would be a new kind of online art marketplace. Artists would sell their artworks through donation (with a minimum to pay for the medium: paper, canvas,...) or through auction for numbered editions or original copies. We think of it as a way to restore balance in the art world: pay for what you love, not what somebody think of it.

What do you think about it? We are afraid of the art world still being too traditional to welcome this kind of idea, but we'd love to see if some artists would be interested in taking part in it.

Feel free to give your feedback on this forum, or feel a quick survey on our website.

Thanks so much for your help and continue doing great art!

Artspher team

08-23-2015, 12:02 PM
This is a very interesting idea. I'm afraid we can not allow the web site of your business to be posted because it would not be fair to our paying advertisers, but the discussion of the concept is certainly something that could be interesting.

I personally think it would work just fine, even better than traditional selling sites. The reason I say this is because the last year I have had two "cleaning house" events where I posted pictures that I would give away just for the cost of the postage. All the paintings got taken and when I received the checks most all of them were for way over the amount of postage plus materials. I'm an armature artists and don't expect much for my pictures. I don't know how it would work for finer arts.

08-23-2015, 12:20 PM
Thank you so much Terry!

The removal act would be understandable - also we are not a company or whatever for now, just a project.

Thanks for your example! We are actually quite sure of the same: people will feel more responsible for what they would give to artists. It might not be for the finest of the arts but art is still art, right? We would love to see some artists rising from the platform and sell maybe very expensive piece some years later with Sotheby's... Or we dream of the art world being totally shaken up and having artists selling art only through this way... So many opportunities!

Thank you for your support!

08-24-2015, 05:28 PM
That's a very good statement in fact.So many good artists are left behind because of the now days strategies.It's all about nepotism,luck and money.I always said that no matter what genius artist is out there selling 1M/piece there are at least other 100 around the world better than him and maybe they lack the opportunities the other artist is having in the 1st place.

08-26-2015, 09:21 AM
Thanks for your message Asancta!

This is something we are thinking of a lot: how to bring the right artists in front of the right art lovers - I think it is very important in any art marketplace.

If you have any ideas, I would be happy to know them.


08-26-2015, 03:27 PM
Well,I don't know what/how you want to invest in your project but my idea would be that part of the money that come from the sellings to go to a "free store" where young/poor artists would get some of their supplies for free(on a coupon maybe lol)-something like the stores where people can get their free clothes.Now,is very hard to change the entire world but you could start with your own community and others might follow your example.Why I think this would help artists is that when I was younger(general school/highschool/college) I was never supported by my parents and never had the money to buy many things.I had to save for months in order to buy some very cheap colors for ex.This is one of the reasons why many artists quit...because life defeats them.There might be a Leonardo that doesn't has the money to buy a brush for ex.

08-28-2015, 01:25 PM
Thanks Asancta, that's a lot of great ideas!

08-29-2015, 03:38 PM
So,may I ask how will you launch your project?And when?

08-31-2015, 07:20 AM
Of course! For now, we are a small team trying to gather ideas, contact artists, and find people interested in the project. As soon as we found enough people to be sure the project has an interest for the artist community, we will develop a platform and begin to launch in California where most of us are based. We just want to make sure that we do something useful to the arts community, that"s why we are trying to contact as many artists as possible to get their point of view... What are their main concerns, what does they need, etc.

If some of you would like, we also prepare a short online survey to gather all those info:

Note to our members: I checked out this website and it is safe to visit. No advertising, no request for personal information. Terry Curley

08-31-2015, 09:34 AM
Well here's my idea.If you want to do something like this and contact as many artists as you can then you NEED a website not just a survey;you need to promote the website everywhere you can.You also need a FB/Twitter/G+/etc/etc page(S) and if possible in several languages(not everyone speaks English even here in the US). You really want feedback from artists?then you need much as possible.Spread the word on FB groups,on forums,on Twitter,on artists sites(like DA or OAC). You want more?Go to college campus(es) go to galleries...Right now you only have a thread on here and a survey...honestly I'm not sure if people takes you serious at all.

08-31-2015, 09:56 AM
Thanks for that! We will do all of that for sure. This is the really beginning and we do have a website (I don't want to promote on this forum in respect to the forum rules) and we also contact other artists as well. We will get more and more exposure soon, you'll see!

Thanks again for your feedback!

08-31-2015, 10:29 AM
Put your website in your signature. That is allowed, just don't be advertising it.