Commissioning Religious Artworks
This simple guide is for those who have an interest in commissioning religious artwork and would like to know a little more about the process.
Most commissions follow the pattern given below;
- Client Enquiry, accompanied by images and requirements.
- Artist and Client discuss needs and possibilities.
- Signed agreement of works is exchanged and deposit paid
- Works commence and is developed through to actual completion.
- Payment and delivery
Below are some practical considerations for the client and artist, understanding each others requirements, helps to foster good relationships and effective results.
- The size of the work
- If the artwork for a particular occasion or location
- How and where might it be displayed
- What is the required date for the completion of the proposed artwork
Works Agreement or Contract
Once the works are agreed upon, both parties must sign a contract or works agreement, this contains practical matters such as named key-holders, for access to the building for works created " In Situ" (On site).
Payments are usually broken into installments;
- 25% Deposit - Research and preparatory drawings, materials.(non-refundable)
- 45% Interim - Work is at a mid-term stage for client approval
- 30% Completion - Work is completed
It is accepted practice that should the client decide to withdraw from the project at any time; payment due for works undertaken by the artist to that date, must be honoured.