One of ten studio spaces
The studio spaces have been set up for a number of reasons:
The studio spaces are open to people in the visual arts including artists and graphic designers. The letting of studio spaces will be on a 6 or 12 month basis. Studio space letting can be terminated at any time for unprofessional conduct, continuing unsafe work practice and for failure to work as part of a supportive team. The studio spaces will not be suitable for everyone - people who need certain types of specialist equipment and large spaces.
of having a studio space
There will be 24 hr access to the studio spaces by Studio Artists via a swipe keypad. All entrances are alarmed and monitored by remote TV and an external security system. The galleries and printmaking areas are on a separate system to the studio spaces. Visitors are welcome but Studio Artists will need to make the appropriate arrangements for their access to the building. Studio Artists will be responsible for their visitors while they are in the building and Studio Artists will need to escort their visitors both to and from the building - to ensure that the building is properly secured. If you plan on using common spaces such as the kitchen and meeting room with your visitors, please check that this does not interfere with bookings in the diary at the front desk. You will need to book the meeting room and kitchen if you wish to use them with visitors to The Art Vault as booked functions have priority for use. No parties or functions are to be held at The Art Vault without prior approval of the director.
Common spaces for Studio Artists include the kitchen, meeting room, toilets, sinks in the corridors and the enclosed external areas on the ground and first floor. The cleanliness of common areas is the responsibility of each person. If you make a mess then you are responsible for cleaning it up. In consideration of other Studio Artists this should be done immediately after use. If you would like to use the meeting room with people other than fellow Studio Artists then a booking system applies. Please contact gallery staff to ensure the meeting room is not being used on the date that you require it.
No individual at The Art Vault will divulge any sensitive information outside the premises. This includes personal or business information related to any individual working within the building.
The artist will allow The Art Vault to photograph work produced by them for insurance purposes and for the promotion of their work for sale in the gallery and on the website. The Art Vault will obtain permission to use the artistís work in any other form of media advertising or for the reproduction of their work on, for instance, postcards.
Cost of studio spaces
Studios are $60 per week with a $200 refundable bond which is returned if the artist leaves the studio in the same condition it was received. Rent can be waived or reduced if the studio artist is willing to undertake one of the following three positions:
All damage, loss or repair to the building or equipment needs to be reported to the Director as soon as it is noticed. Artists will need to fill out an incident report form, which is located in the Director's office, and give it to the Director. If the damage is caused through the artist not following The Art Vault policy or is not accidental then the person responsible for the damage must pay for the building's restoration.
If any dispute or grievance arises it is to be dealt with in the following manner:
Documentation of Artwork
All artwork that enters the gallery or stockroom must be documented by the artist (300 dpi jpeg). The artist is to provide the gallery with a disc containing images ready for publication on the website and for provenance reports. They will also provide the gallery with all information regarding the artwork including size, title, medium, pricing and the date the artwork was completed. No work can enter the gallery without this documentation.
Studio Artists are not required to pay for gas or electricity at this stage. This may change if the gas and electricity bills are substantial. This will be looked at again after the first financial quarter. When an artist leaves their studio they must ensure that they turn off all electrical appliances including lights and airconditioning.
Studio artists will be given preference in the exhibition program. Studio artist are encouraged to apply for an exhibition in the small gallery at least bi-annually. The cost of an exhibition for a studio artist is $420 which is a reduction of $100 of the normal fee. Studio artists will need to apply using the same guide lines as indicated on the website for exhibitions and their work will be presented to the selection committee and will undergo the same process as that of an external artist. Artists will be notified of an exhibition by mail. The selection committee will comprise of external and impartial members with experience in the arts industry.
Expenses will only be reimbursed where there was prior authorization of the expenditure and a receipt is given to the director.
It is expected that Studio Artists will be loyal to The Art Vault. This means providing The Art Vault with consistently high quality work on a regular basis to be sold through The Art Vault and its website. The Art Vault must be their primary responsibility and focus for the sale of their work in Mildura. If a Studio Artist wishes to hold an exhibition or sell their work outside The Art Vault in Mildura then they are required to state clearly on all promotional and informational material that they are an Art Vault artist. Studio Artists must inform the Director of The Art Vault if they are selling work in another venue other than The Art Vault in Mildura. Work must not be sold in other situations for a lesser amount than the amount that would have been charged at The Art Vault.
Studio Artists need to be considerate of their neighbours and co-tenants in relation to noise levels both day and night. Work which requires ongoing, considerable noise should be carried out off the premises. Unless your co-tenants enjoy your music it is recommended that you wear headphones or keep your door closed and the music at a low level.
All Studio Artists are required to know where folders containing safety data sheets are kept and to read data safety sheets. All artists are required to take note and obey all OH&S signage within the building. If an accident occurs then an Accident Report Form must be completed and handed to the elected OH&S officer who will inform the Director.
Open and other promotional days
It is expected that studio artists will be available of the duration of open and promotional days. These days are important for the promotion of The Art Vault within the community and nationally. These days enable visitors to tour the galleries, print workshops, studios and apartments (when they are free) and are crucial for the promotion of local studio artists. It is the artists interaction with the community that is valuable for the promotion and publicity of The Art Vault.
There will be phones available in the corridor outside of the studio spaces. Artists will be able to receive outside calls but will not be able to use The Art Vault's phones to phone out unless it is a business call. Personal external phone calls will need to be made on a mobile phone.
Studio Artists will have access to the printmaking facilities. All people who use the equipment will need to satisfy the requirements on the use of the equipment and the protocol for the room. The facilities will be available during the day only and on a booking system. This is so that printers will have unhampered access to the equipment and so that an assistant is available to be with you if required. It is a requisite that the gallery staff be notified by you when printing and that you complete the application form for the use of the print area. Each day is broken up into two half day sessions and all studio artists are required to pay a fee of $15 per session. Payment must be completed prior to using the area to the gallery staff. This is a fee to cover wear and tear of equipment, soap, paper towel, electricity costs etc. An additional fee of $20 per session is charged for the use of inks, tarlatan and chemicals unless you supply all of your own materials. Large sheets of printmaking editioning paper are $15 and small paper is $10 per sheet. You must ask staff prior to the use of any of our paper so that you can be allocated the correct paper as we have an assortment. A fee will be charged for the use of butchers and tissue paper. Studio Artists who edition prints must provide The Art Vault with two sets of the editioned prints.
Promotion of studio artists by The Art Vault
All Studio Artists will be included on the website for The Art Vault. The Art Vault management team will include works by Studio Artists in one of the Galleries or display spaces throughout the year. Studio Artists will be expected to provide a selection of work for this purpose. Works by the Studio Artists may be used in promotional activities by The Art Vault. Studio Artists are expected to display work openly in their studios for tours and other visitors to The Art Vault.
No rubbish is to be left inside or outside the studios. Bins are located on the ground floor at the rear of the building. A measure of reasonable cleanliness is to be observed at all times for occupational health and safety reasons. Please be aware of the comfort of other studio tenants and regularly dispose of rubbish which may smell or be potentially hazardous. Artists must use discretion as the plumbing system is delicate. Artists must use chemicals that are environmentally friendly whenever possible. Dispose of material and liquid waste appropriately and do not use residential sinks for disposal of pollutants.
Artists will properly use all safety and protective clothing and equipment provided and strictly observe all instructions in relation to working safely.
There is a no illegal drug and no smoking policy within the building.
The lease for the studio space can be terminated by the Director for any of the following:
Visitors and visiting Artists in Residence
It will be expected that all studio artists are helpful and friendly towards all visitors to The Art Vault and visiting Artists in Residence. Studio artists must not hinder or monopolise the thinking and working time of visiting Artists in Residence as their time outside of working hours is often the only chance they get to develop ideas. It would be expected that although visiting artists are often a valueable resource, it is impolite and unprofessional to use them for your own career promotion.
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