How to Apply to Consign Your Artwork in the Gift Shop
Thank you for your interest in becoming part of the Red Wing Arts Gift Shop. The Shop’s goal is to provide a unique shopping experience for our customers by highlighting and selling quality and affordable local artists’ work. Our gift shop is for the work of member only. To become a member there is an annual fee of $50, we do offer member assistance if need be.
What type of work are you looking for?
The Gift Shop Selection Committee is looking for unique items that are made by area artists and artisans. These items should be made with a high standard of craftsmanship, design and composition. Some of the items that sell best in our shop are jewelry; pottery; scarves and other fiber work; wooden bowls, cutting boards and related items; glass; and metal items made from re-purposed materials. Our target audience typically spends $10-50 on an item in the gift shop although we sell items up to $500 during our peak season(April-October). We are looking for work in this price range to ensure that the items sell quickly and are marketable to our audience.
How do I apply?
Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Include a brief statement about your artwork, a link to your website or social media site that showcases your work (if available), and 3 images of your artwork. Include in this email information about the type of media (how it’s made) and the price of your items. When giving us your price, please factor in that the Gift Shop takes a 40% commission. Please do not bring your artwork into the shop and try to leave it with our volunteers unless you have contacted us and we have asked you to bring it in. You need to send an email and wait for the Selection Committee response.
Who decides if my artwork is accepted?
The Gift Shop Selection Committee is comprised of the Gallery staff and local art enthusiasts. They will look at your email images and website and decide whether to consider your artwork for sale in the shop or not. Based on this information, the committee will decide whether they want to see several pieces of your actual work to make a final decision. If they do not, the committee chair will send you an email stating this. If the committee wants to see your actual physical work, they will send a follow-up email telling you what they want to see and/or how many pieces of actual work to bring in.
What are the selection criteria?
The consideration process involves both objective and subjective standards. Design, craftsmanship and marketability will all be considered. This committee is aware of what kinds of artwork our target audience is inclined to buy and will make decisions based on this knowledge. Our objective is to sell reasonably priced artwork to our audience. If items do not sell they will either be returned to the artist or the artist will be given the opportunity to rethink the price point or to submit new items to replace the old stock.
What happens if my artwork is accepted for consignment?
If your artwork is accepted, you will meet with a gallery assistant and bring in your first group of artwork to consign. You will be required to complete and sign a consignment agreement. You will also need to provide a resume or artist statement and business cards and fill out inventory sheets. At that time the gallery assistant will discuss our inventory and barcoding procedures, the restocking process and the payment policy and schedule.