FAQs & Rules
We invite applications from all artists aged 18 years or older on 3 June 2016.
Who is eligible to receive the Emerging Artist award?
Students and early career artists. By early career we mean an artist who has, to date, not had a solo exhibition or any specific gallery representation
What are the membership application dates?
Membership application opens on 1 May and closes at midnight on 3 July annually.
What are the dates of the 2016 PURE Autumn Art Fair?
22 October – 30 October 2016
What to submit with my application:
Artists are required to submit images of 3 pieces of work completed since 1 Jan 2014. Works submitted can be in a variety of media: paintings, sculptures, ceramics, original prints, drawings, glass, fine art jewellery, textiles & photography. Painted work can be in a variety of media, including oil, tempera, acrylic, ink, vinyl, watercolour and other dry mediums and can be on any form of support (canvas, paper, wood, plastic etc). Images of installations and mixed media constructions can be submitted as part of the selection application, to demonstrate style and quality across a body of work, but, will only be accepted for event exhibitions if they contain elements for sale and by prior agreement with Pure. All expenses associated with exhibiting Installation artwork must be met by the artist.
Please note: For the purposes of the PURE ARTS GROUP, the definition of original print is as follows: works generated by the artist as an original limited edition artist’s print.
Reproduction giclee prints are not admissible, however, we do accept original digital art.
Is photography and video eligible?
Yes, however it should be noted video and film artists will be required to supply all relevant equipment in order to exhibit their artwork; Projectors, DVD players etc. PURE do not supply these.
How many pieces should I submit as part of my membership application?
Images of three works, completed since 1 January 2014, must be submitted.
Is there a restriction on size of work submitted?
There is no size restriction on work submitted as part of the membership application, however, there is a size restriction on work subsequently submitted for the annual showcase exhibition. The maximum size for the showcase exhibition is 1m x 1m for hung artwork and for sculpture, ceramics etc.; 1 plinth or cabinet per artist measuring max 55cm square, to take maximum 4 artworks.
Does my artwork need to be for sale?
Work submitted as part of the membership application does not need to be for sale, however, subsequently, yes, all work submitted/presented for exhibition must contain an element which is for sale, unless otherwise agreed in advance. PURE ARTS GROUP take 35% commission on all sales made by them. This must be included in any price notified to PURE ARTS GROUP. If you are registered for VAT, then the VAT due on the selling price of the work should also be included in the notified price. We settle all artist accounts on a monthly basis. Sales confirmation invoices will be sent by email and Bank details requested for automated payment.
How much does it cost to apply for annual membership?
£55 per artist (non-refundable)
Full-time students pay a reduced membership fee of £35 per artist.
Please note: Payment will be taken via PayPal as part of the online application process
What are the fixed additional costs if I am selected to exhibit at the annual showcase exhibition?
• £100 per artist selected
Please Note: invoices will be payable by 1 August. Failure to settle by the due date will be taken as automatic de-selection from the exhibition and the place will be offered to another member.
What is included in the fixed additional cost for showcase exhibition selected artists?
• The opportunity to present up to 4 works for exhibition. Please note, hanging is subject to curation however and therefore not guaranteed.
• A single page bespoke entry in the PURE annual printed artists directory.
What is the cost of the additional optional extras?
• Showcase selected artists will be given the option to upgrade to a double page entry in the PURE annual printed artist directory + £75
• Directory Listing (open to all members) – Name, contact email, website - £15 per listing. These listings will be located at the back of the PURE annual printed directory.
• Cost for 1 to 1 professional development support (open to all members) £40 per session (min 3 session booking requirement)
If I am selected to exhibit at the showcase exhibition, can I bring extra unframed browser artwork? Artists books? Cards etc.
All selected artists are welcome to bring additional works for the browser and artists books; we will do our best to display these for sale in the context of a fine art fair environment. Standard sales commission of 35% will be payable on these items. We do not display or offer greetings cards for sale.
Can I appeal if I am not selected to exhibit at the Autumn Art Fair?
No, the decision of the selection panel is final
Do I retain copyright?
Yes, the copyright in all work submitted to and exhibited by PURE ARTS GROUP will remain the property of the artist. It is, however, a condition of submission that works submitted throughout the year may be photographed and filmed for publicity purposes. PURE ARTS GROUP shall have the right of free reproduction of all submitted and exhibited works for all catalogues, posters, postcards, DVDs, exhibition website and other promotional and educational material.
How do you use my personal data?
PURE ARTS GROUP will hold the personal data supplied on the submission form and any subsequent forms securely, in accordance with the Data Protection Act, 1998.
Do I need to insure my artwork?
Artists are responsible for insuring their own work. All works accepted for exhibition will be displayed entirely at the artists’ own risk and PURE ARTS GROUP will not accept liability for any loss or damage.
What happens in the event of a dispute?
Artists who submit work to PURE ARTS GROUP shall indemnify and keep indemnified PURE ARTS GROUP against any actions, claims, proceedings, losses, liabilities, charges, costs and expenses which may be incurred arising out of or in connection with any actual or alleged financial or contractual arrangements between such artist and any agent (other than PURE ARTS GROUP) or any other third party.
Who can join Friends of PURE, how much does it cost and what benefits are their in becoming a Friend?
Anyone can become a Friend of Pure. It costs just £35 p.a. and you can join at anytime. Click here for more information about benefits and discounts.