How to Deal with a Private Art Commission
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The Artist’s Toolbox, hosted by art industry experts Imane Bouhlou and Francesca Budini Gattai, is the podcast dedicated to supporting  emerging artists with advice on how to present their work and their images online. This show provides comprehensive solutions to help artists achieve clarity in their artistic research, make the most of the available digital tools and introduce themselves in the art world.


This week on the show Imane and Francesca discuss how to deal with a Private Art Commission.  Art commissions can be an important source of extra income, but the process is not always as straightforward as it seems. In this episode we are going to explain which steps you need to take to always have positive outcomes and avoid misunderstandings and stressful situations. 

In this episode you will hear how to:

  • Understand your client’s preferences - send them previous work, reference material, and ask as many questions as possible.
  • Balance Artistic integrity with career stage - be prepared to compromise if necessary and if beneficial to your career
  • Submit the initial drafts - and many others during the process.
  • Write an agreement and receive an initial deposit equal to 50% of the agreed price.
  • Your client becomes your partner during this journey - involve them in the process as much as possible until the artwork is completed!



The aim of this show is create an honest, fun, educational and inspirational space that delivers high-value advisory content to support talented artists navigating the art and digital worlds; providing professional insights that improves the listener’s knowledge helping them to successfully run their art business and get more exposure for their art.


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