Artist FAQs: How To Sell Art Online

If you're an emerging or graduate visual artist looking for gallery representation, perhaps you should consider StateoftheART Gallery.

Take a look at the FAQs below if you're still unsure whether representation by StateoftheART Gallery is right for you.

StateoftheART Gallery is a selective online gallery that represents early career artists. It's easy to enter work and there is no charge to have a professional portfolio on the website. We have tried to make the artist application process as simple as possible.

Artist Frequently Asked Questions

What are the requirements to sell my artwork on StateoftheART Gallery?
StateoftheART Gallery invites all emerging artists living in Australia to apply. You do not need any previous gallery experience. In fact, we are excited to offer artists their first gallery exposure.

How do I exhibit my artwork at StateoftheART Gallery?
Applying for StateoftheART Gallery representation is a simple process. Login and complete the simple online application form and upload high quality images of 3 available artworks that you intend to sell via StateoftheART. These will be reviewed and we will notify you within 1-3 weeks with a decision.

Does it cost money to exhibit my work for sale at StateoftheART Gallery?
No. StateoftheART Gallery covers the cost of displaying your art. It is our goal to provide promising emerging artists with a platform on which to build their art careers.

Is there a commission on the sale of my artwork?
It is free to exhibit your artwork at We take a 30% commission on the sale of each piece of art. The commission is put into our PR campaigns, SEO and promotional activities such as corporate consultation, print and online advertising. This is an essential part of promoting you.

Who holds the artworks exhibited at StateoftheART Gallery?
You remain in possession of your artworks until they are sold, at which point they will be shipped directly to the customer.

How is my art priced?
The decision is completely YOURS. However, if you advertise works using several platforms it is important that prices align. When you submit digital images of your work for your portfolio you will be asked your desired prices for each piece.

How do I know when my artwork is sold? What do I do once it is sold?
Once your art is sold, you will receive an email notifying you of the sale. If the artwork is on paper, we will ask you to post yourself and refund you your shipping costs. Alternatively, we will arrange for a courier to collect the sold artwork from you and we will ask you to package the work ready for shipping. That is all you have to do! You do not have to pay for shipping.

What happens if my artwork is damaged in transit?
Courier companies will not insure artwork against damage, and it is the responsibility of the Artist to package their work sufficiently to avoid damage whilst in transit. We encourage you to refer to our Guide To Packaging Artwork For Shipping. StateoftheART Australia will not compensate the Artist for artwork that arrives at its destination damaged. The buyer will be fully refunded and the artwork will be returned to the Artist.

How do I get paid once my art is sold?
We will do a bank transfer to your account for the sale of your artwork. We wait 7 days after the customer receives the artwork to send payment. This is because we offer a seven-day money back guarantee and we wait seven days to make sure that they are not going to return it.
What type of artwork do you exhibit?
StateoftheART Gallery accepts applications for all two-dimensional mediums.

How do I submit my art once my application has been accepted by StateoftheART Gallery?
You can submit art as often as you like - simply login and select the Submit Art menu item under My Account. Upload quality images that are in focus, true to the color of the art, and at least 1000 pixels wide. Our team will review each artwork submission for image and content quality.

Do I need to sign my artwork?
All art should be signed. It is important in identifying you as the creator. In addition, many collectors prefer to purchase signed artwork.

Who owns the rights to my artwork once it is sold?
You retain the rights to your art after it is sold.

May I sell the same photograph more than once?
Yes. Each copy should be signed in a location that will be visible once the piece is matted and framed.

If I exhibit my work at StateoftheART Gallery, may I seek other gallery representation?
Whilst we encourage artwork exclusivity, we understand that artists may need to trial several platforms in order to assess what best suits their needs. However, it is critical that our artists remove sold artwork from their portfolio immediately after the transaction to eliminate the risk of selling the same piece of art to two different parties.

What happens if a piece of art is damaged while it is currently being marketed at StateoftheART Gallery?
Contact us immediately so that we can perform the necessary actions to protect your patrons.

What happens if I sell a piece of art that I currently have exhibited at StateoftheART Gallery?
You MUST login to your account and mark the work as sold immediately or you will be in breach of contract and your affiliation with StateoftheART Gallery will be terminated. This action is potentially damaging to your reputation and to StateoftheART Gallery. Our ability to successfully promote emerging artists relies heavily on your integrity.