Exhibit woes and how to address them
This one's an extended post I made on my Facebook page. Just thought to share it here as it seems the topic is relevant to the theme of this blog.
I find it disheartening that some people here in Cebu don’t understand art at all, nor do they respect artists and exhibit organizers. :(
I've seen many people haggle on prices of artworks like it were just some random kitchen item in Colon they’re buying. Others deliberately bypass exhibit organizers' fee by refusing to talk to organizers, opting to contact artists themselves directly for a much cheaper price. This is really unprofessional.
But I'm not mad. Perhaps we all just need some education.
Let me explain a few things to those who might be unfamiliar with how art exhibits work.
There is this thing called organizers’ fee, which goes in the range of 30%-35% of sales price per artwork.
In the case of ArtCebu, this money goes to the following:
Now what constitutes organizing costs? Any or all of the below:
What happens if no one buys?
The team at Artcebu is not paid for all these work. In fact, we shell out our own money for this. We all have dayjobs and work at ArtCebu is just what we do on top of our other responsibilities.
This post is not intended to be a rant, so I will not elaborate any further.
Anyways, all I want is for everyone to be objective and to see things clearly. You can research online if you’re unsure of what I just said above. If you want more elaboration, PM me so we can talk.
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