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Artist's FAQ

What do we do and how do we do it?
Is the work insured?

How accessible does my artwork have to be?
What are the risks to my artwork?
What are the advantages to me?
What do I do if I'm interested?

WHAT DO WE DO? HOW DO WE DO IT?

Available Art has extensive contacts within the New York film industry. Set decorators or Production Designers call us when decorating a set. They need artwork for the walls just as any human would need artwork for their walls. The problem is, set decorators can’t just find a piece of art they like and put it on their set, they need written clearance from the artist to do so. That’s when Available Art comes in. We’ve already done the legwork of a) finding the art they need and b) making sure it is cleared for use. By signing the agreement described below, the artist transfers the power to clear his or her art to Available Art, so that we can grant it in turn to the Producer. All deals are relayed to and discussed with the artist. In this way Available Art acts as an exclusive agent for the rental of artworks for use as set dressing in films, television, commercials, theater, etc., and we also act as a non-exclusive agent for sales should they arise within this context.

Artists are required to sign an agreement with Available Art attesting to their sole ownership of all copyrights of artwork. Available Art suggests that artists copyright their work with the United States Copyright Office. While artists are not obliged to do so, it provides them an added layer of protection.

IS THE WORK INSURED? HOW?

All artworks are insured door to door for their full market value by the production company. Available Art will have in it’s possession either a deposit check in the amount of the full market value of the work, or an insurance certificate, made out to Available Art, which covers the works for their full market value before any work is turned over to a production company. Full market value is determined by the artist and Available Art. Artist’s are required to inform Available Art immediately upon return of works should the works be damaged in any way. If possible, damage should be pointed out to whoever returns the work. You do not, however, have to hold them hostage, but you should get a name. Available Art cannot guarantee the collection of damages if you wait to report it. Please note: the works are not insured by Available Art, and the artist is not required to insure them for this purpose.

HOW ACCESSIBLE DOES MY ARTWORK HAVE TO BE?

VERY. The film business operates at lightening speed. On rare occasions, works will be needed on location within 24 hours. Available Art aims to accommodate this pace as an integral part of the service it provides. This means artists have to be in a position to hand over pieces on very short notice. If you do not think you will be able to commit to this, if, say, all your work is in storage in Northern Canada somewhere, this may not be the ideal venue for you.

All artists are required to inform Available Art immediately when a piece is sold or becomes unavailable for any reason. Artists are also required to inform Available Art should their work be inaccessible for extended periods of time, i.e. when you go out of town for the summer, or when pieces get places in a gallery show. Artists should inform Available Art if they go out of town for extended periods, and, ideally, they should make arrangements for their work to be accessible while they are away.

WHAT ARE THE RISKS TO MY ARTWORK?

Film sets are notoriously reckless environments. That said, while under a production's care, your artwork is fully insured, and generally revered a bit more than your average object. That also said, there is no guarantee your artwork will not be damaged. Every precaution is taken to insure it’s safe return, but you must be ready to assume a bit of risk. If you have pieces you would rather die than see damaged, don’t submit them for use.

WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES TO ME?

Money and exposure. You get money for your work, and then you get the work back to do with it what you will.

WHAT DO I DO IF I’M INTERESTED?

To learn more, or to sign on with Available Art, please contact us by sending email to alex@availableart.com.