APPLICATION TO JOIN THE BANBURY ARTISTS' CO-OPERATIVE
The Church Lane Gallery is run by the members of Banbury Artists’ Co-operative. The Gallery was set up in 2017 and now has
many local followers who visit regularly as well as passing tourists. Regular new displays attract more visits. We participate in Oxfordshire Artweeks and have a presence in ArtFest (June), Fairport Convention Fringe Festival (August) and other local events. We are always looking for new Members to add to our breadth of art forms. If you are considering joining us please read the rest of this information setting out the rights and obligations of membership.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
Membership is annual and runs from April to March. Artists can join the Co-operative at any time but will be unable to leave until the following March. Membership fees can be paid annually or monthly. Fees and commission rates are reviewed quarterly and currently stand at £22 per month. Commission is currently 20% (March 2020).
Being a Member of the Co-operative entitles artists to display new artworks each month.
It is the responsibility of each Member to promote the gallery through social media, mailing lists, etc.. Members are expected to work for one day per month in the Gallery, either a whole day, or two half day shifts on different days, 10am to 12.30pm or 12.30pm to 3pm (4pm on Saturdays). Extra shifts are much appreciated. Please note that artists who do not meet their stewarding obligations will not be allowed to exhibit in that month. Artists are encouraged, where possible, to produce art while stewarding as this creates extra interest and draws customers into the Gallery.
The Co-operative meets once a month to discuss organisational and operational matters. Whilst attendance is not obligatory artists are expected to respond to the requirements and decisions that are made at that meeting. It is a friendly meeting and a great opportunity to keep in touch with other local artists and benefit from their wide experiences.
Members are mentored when joining and encouraged to help one or more of our teams in the areas of finance, administration, marketing and publicity, refurbishment and maintenance to ensure the smooth running of the Gallery.
The Gallery runs on a monthly cycle and at the end of each month there is a Refurbishment when the displays are refreshed with new work. Some artists will typically change a good proportion of their work at this time as it is most important to keep the gallery looking fresh and interesting for the public. New work must be supplied labelled and wrapped for its safety and so that the packaging can be re-used if it is packed away afterwards at the end of the month. For the monthly Refurb to work well, new work must be delivered to the Gallery before 12am on the Tuesday of the Refurb. Work to be collected will be stored and must be removed as soon as possible.
Artists must have their own public liability insurance and are responsible for insurance for their work.
Sales are calculated at the end of the month and Members are notified by email of what they are owed (sales less commission). Payment follows by Bankers Automated Clearing Service.
Artists must provide photographs or online access to a website displaying their work before being accepted to join the Co-operative, which will be at the sole discretion of the Membership Panel. This ensures that the Gallery continues to have a wide range of art forms and that the work is of a standard and type that is suitable for public display.
To apply, either use the form below, write to us at CHURCH LANE GALLERY, 3 Victory Buildings, Church Lane, Banbury, OX16 5LT, or email picasso@churchlanegallery with details of your name, address and a contact phone number, plus a brief description of your art medium and a statement of the aims of your artistic practice. Please include or attach photographs of your art.