OK – we’re brand new, so we can’t honestly say that these are all actually questions we are asked frequently, so let us know if there’s anything we can help you with.
Is the gallery space available for rent?
We’ve created Split Gallery as a way to provide a fine art gallery setting for all kinds of events that people would like to host. If you’re interested in renting the gallery and hosting your own event, art sale, performance, class, or anything else, check out the Art Gallery Rental page or contact us.
If I rent the gallery for my own event, is someone from the gallery going to be around during my event?
We can help staff/manage your event if you would like. Let us know your needs and we can let you know what the options and costs would be. Standard rental rates do not include staffing.
Does Split Gallery take a commission on sales?
We offer services with simple, flat-fee pricing. We believe this puts the advantage in the artist’s favor and lets them better manage their own pricing and margins.
We’re trying a different approach to the traditional commission-based art gallery model. Instead of taking a commission on sales, we’re charging a flat fee for services. We believe this approach is more advantageous to the artist, although it may not be of interest to every artist depending on average sales volumes and price points.
For those who rent the gallery for their own event, the only cost is gallery rental and any additional services that are requested.
Why is there a monthly service fee for selling online? What’s it for?
The monthly service fee for artists selling with Split Gallery helps cover the time and expenses involved in what we do to help sell the work. Part of it is for management and maintenance of the online store and the customer service associated with online sales. We also continuously work to market and promote the artists selling with us and make connections between the artists and the buyers.
When we can pay our bills and stay in business, we can also help artists sell their artwork. It’s a big incentive for us to do our job well so that artists can sell enough work to keep paying for gallery services. We see this as a win-win, as both parties have an incentive to do what they’re supposed to do in the relationship. Artists make art, we help sell art, everybody gets paid. How nice is that?
What does “Sales Fulfillment” mean?
Even before a piece of art sells, there can be multiple inquiries from interested buyers. We handle all of those for the artist. If somebody wants to view artwork in person at the gallery before buying, we provide them a personalized showing.
Once a piece has sold, we also handle all of the customer service and logistics with the buyer. For local customers, work can be picked up at the gallery at no additional charge, or delivered for a fee paid by the buyer. If a piece needs to be shipped, we work with the buyer to select an appropriate shipping method for the work, which they pay for directly.
Do you photograph 3D artwork?
Since we’re just getting started, we’re focusing on what we know we can do well. We’re currently equipped to shoot 2D work, so we’re ready to offer that service at this time.
If you have 3D work that you’d like to have photographed, please let us know. As we expand our capabilities and learn more, we’d love to be able to help.
Is photography included in the price for listing artwork for sale online?
Can you explain how the Online Sales pricing works a bit more?
It’s a bit of a different model, but we thought having a flat-fee, service-based option when selling work could be a good choice for some artists. Figuring out if it’s a good deal or not is the first step.
Use this table to compare costs between Split Gallery and a commission-based gallery with a 50% sales commission. Our current fees are based on work priced under $2,500.
|Gallery w/Commission||Split Gallery|
|List New Work:||$0||$25|
So, is Split Gallery a good deal for you? That all depends on how well your work sells, how often, and at what price. Use the calculator below to compare net sales when selling with a commission-based gallery and with Split Gallery.
How do you market and promote artists and events?
Our primary vehicle for marketing and advertising at this time is online and through existing relationships.
Through our social media presence on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and other channels, we reach a diverse audience. We also promote artists and events in our weekly email newsletter and on our website. Events are listed in local online event calendars. We can also assist with paid advertising for anyone interested in running an online ad campaign or offline advertising and promotion.
Events are another way in which we connect with the community. Holding events in the gallery gives us an opportunity to connect with the artwork and each other.
We also value the relationships we have with artists, buyers, and collectors, and are continuously developing new relationships along the way. If you know anyone we should talk to, please let us know.
Do I have to sign a contract or sell exclusively with Split Gallery?
No – we have no exclusivity clause or commitment contracts. We want to see artists sell as much work as possible, and we want to help them do it efficiently. If it’s good for the artist, it’s good for us.