We originally came across the artistic commission marketplace MyArtBrief when we negotiated to give their registered artists a 10% discount on their art materials at Jackson’s. More recently we have become aware of a Kickstarter campaign which they are running to try to expand their business by crowd-funding a commission from each of their artists. In this post, we explain both how MyArtBrief works and what the aims of their Kickstarter campaign are.
What is MyArtBrief?
MyArtBrief matches the customer’s requirements to artists with matching skills. The entire commissioning process is managed online: users can request work from different artists, giving examples and suggesting changes. Registered artists can also list their existing artwork for sale at a low commission rate compared to other more established art-sales websites. If you are an artist that takes commissions this site could be a godsend.
Sign up to the MyArtBrief site is free. The website and services are funded from a 9% commission of the artist fee in a ‘Quote for Bespoke Artwork’ (only if quote is accepted) and a 18% commission for a sale of existing artwork. Bespoke artwork has a lower percentage because they charge a 9% service fee to the creator of the brief to use the service to find an artist and manage the brief.
If you accept commissions then we see no reason not to sign up and use the MyArtBrief services. If you have avoided working to commission due to issues of managing the process and the customer’s requirements, then this service might cause you to reconsider and build your own online art practice.
The MyArtBrief Kickstarter Campaign
MyArtBrief are looking to raise £60,000 in 30 days. The money will be used to commission a painting from 40 artists, which will be exhibited in Durham and used to help those artists win commissions in future. Pledges will only be charged if the full £60,000 is raised.
The campaign page can be found here. A pledge of more than £20 will entitle the supporter to a high-quality A4 Giclee print, whereas a pledge of more than £40 will entitle the supporter to an A3 High Quality Giclee print. Supporters can sellect which of the commissioned paintings they wish to have a print of.
The total cost of the commissioned art will be around £20,000. The cost of prints and box canvas, (based on estimated pledges) will be around £15,000 with delivery of those prints and box canvas an additional £12,000. After deduction of Kickstarter fees and the artist prize of £750 for the most selected artwork, the final £5000 will be used to frame the artwork and run an exhibition in the city of Durham.