NB: These notes are provided, and any sizes or weights are given, as a guide only.
The notes generally apply to sculpture sold to customers who reside on the UK mainland.
Overseas purchasers MUST negotiate individual arrangements related to their location.
Most exhibitions adopt the common practice that “The Artist is responsible for the delivery of the purchased work, directly to the customer”. Please note that this does not mean that the artist is necessarily responsible for the cost of delivery.
In most cases, work seen at an exhibition is not normally available for delivery until the end of the exhibition. Exceptions must be agreed by the Exhibition Manager.
For a customer it is important to determine delivery terms & conditions before purchase to avoid any misunderstanding.
Any special agreement to purchase the plinth must also be negotiated at the time of purchase.
Stewards at an exhibition may not have the ability to make delivery arrangements and will contact the artist to clarify the position on behalf of the customer.
Payment should normally be made before delivery. If a substantial deposit has been paid then this condition can be negotiated with the artist.
In many cases, the most convenient arrangement for all parties for work purchased at an exhibition is for the customer to collect it from the exhibition venue at the end of the exhibition - arrangements for this should be initiated at time of purchase.
Large Pieces [over 2M or 20 kg]
Sculpture in this category often necessitates special transport. This will sometimes involve additional cost for transport and/or installation. An agreement between the artist and customer as to the costs, date, time and any special unloading requirements is very important at the time of purchase.
Medium Pieces [over 1M or 10 kg]
For medium sized pieces, delivery is normally accommodated by the artist with his own transport (e.g. estate car or small van). An agreement with the customer as to the costs, date, time and any special unloading requirements, must be clearly made before delivery takes place. In some cases the customer will be able to collect work at the end of the exhibition; this must be clearly agreed between the artist and the customer.
Small Pieces [under 1M or 10 kg]
Small pieces can vary considerably. Some can be quite heavy [e.g. Bronzes].
An agreement with the customer as to the costs, date and time of the delivery must be agreed.
Some artists use couriers for some work, and this normally involves the artist being responsible for the packing and direct cost of courier/carrier services, and advising the customer of the date of delivery, to receive and sign for the package. Any damage caused by this method must be reported immediately to the artist and/or courier immediately.