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1.1 All artwork images that you upload to the site must represent your own work
1.2 You must be an artist working in the UK
1.3 All artwork you wish to display on our site must be created using one or more of the following mediums or methods:
(a) Pen / Ink Drawing
(b) Watercolour / Ink Painting
(c) Oil Painting
(d) Acrylic Paint /Gouache
(f) Oil Pastel
(g) Graphite Pencil / Charcoal
(h) Coloured Pencil
(i) Pastel / Pastel Pencil
(k) Sculpture (see 2.4 for exceptions)
(k) Digital Art (see 2.4 for exceptions)
1.4 Please contact us if you would like to nominate a new category or medium for us to consider adding to our website.
2.1 Visitors to our website expect to see original art, not prints. The price that you assign to your artwork must therefore always refer to the value of the original artwork, whether it is for sale or not. Please see 2.3 and 2.4 below for Acquire Art’s definition of original artwork and for exceptions to this rule (such as digital art and cast sculptural work, where no original exists; and hand pulled prints, which are handmade reproductions and retain some originality).
2.2 You can advertise non-handmade prints by mentioning them in the ‘Artwork Description’ box. If you only wish to sell prints of your work you must still enter the main price to reflect the value of the one original artwork. You can then mark the artwork as ‘sold’, which indicates there is no original for sale but mention the availability of prints in the ‘Artwork Description’ box. See 2.4 for exceptions, which include cast sculptures and digital art.
2.3 Acquire Art’s definition of original art is a piece of artwork that has been hand painted, drawn, crafted, or sculpted. The original artwork refers to the one original piece that any non-handmade reproductions may have been created from. The price of the artwork must always refer to the one original piece, although we do allow certain exceptions (see 2.4 below). Non-handmade reproductions, i.e. copies, such as a photographic print, are identical to one another and retain no originality. However, hand made prints, such as linoleum and drypoint printing, are considered originals. Acquire Art requires these to be a limited edition of no more than 50 reproductions.
2.4 The exceptions to our policies above regarding ‘original art’ (2.1 to 2.3) are:
In these cases there may not have ever been an original piece suitable for sale and the final piece is one of several, rather than a single unique piece. In the case of sculptures and ceramics the original piece is often destroyed in the casting process or for whatever reason is not considered the finished item. In the case of Digital Art there is no original or the original is not a complete work. Acquire Art accepts digital art that has been created in a similar freehand fashion to non-digital painting and drawings using computer software tools instead; or has been created using the artist’s original artwork, scanned in and digitally modified into an entirely new artwork. Hand pulled prints are considered to be original because they retain an element of originality, unlike photographic prints (also known as digital prints and giclee prints). All these exceptions, providing they have been created using freehand artistic skill and manipulation, can be displayed on Acquire Art under the proviso that the work for sale is a limited edition or no more than 50 reproductions. You must state the size of the edition in the ‘Artwork Description’ box or the artwork title, making it clear that the artwork is not a one-off original piece. The status of the artwork (whether it is for sale or not) will relate to the availability of any reproductions, unlike our usual rule regarding photographic copies where the status must relate to the one original piece. These are the only exceptions permitted by Acquire Art to the usual rule that the price and status must reflect that of a single original piece.
2.5 Photographic work is not currently permitted on Acquire Art. Artwork with a photographic element may in some circumstances be included in our ‘Digital Art’ category, but only if the photograph has been extensively reworked by the artist using largely non-digital and/or digital painting techniques, which create an entirely new and different work of art displaying freehand skill. If you are at all unsure, you may email us with details and photos of your work so that we can advise before you sign up to our membership and create your artist profile.
3.1 You may sign up for membership to our website via the ‘Membership’ page on our website, or by clicking the ‘Create Profile’ link in the top header bar on the website. Payment will be processed via PayPal. You do not need an existing PayPal account to complete registration. Membership is an annual subscription. Your membership will automatically expire after one year, unless the next year’s membership is paid. Reminders will be sent by email nearing the end of your membership term. If you wish to stop advertising on Acquire Art during a membership year, you must inform us so that we can remove your profile and artwork from the site. No refund will be provided after the first two weeks of a new year’s membership. You may cancel within 14 days after the start of a new membership term for a full refund. See section 5 for our cancellation policy.
3.2 You must notify us in writing immediately if you become aware of any unauthorised use of your Acquire Art account.
3.3 You must not use any other person’s account to access the website, unless you have that person’s express permission to do so.
4.1 If you sign up for membership to our website you will be asked to set up a username and password. Your username will be the name by which you sign your work, trade under or wish to be recognised as an artist and will be displayed publicly on your profile. Your username must refer solely to yourself and not an art collective or any group of artists.
4.2 Your username will be visible to the public. It must comply with the content rules set out in Section 7. It must not be liable to mislead; you must not use your username for or in connection with the impersonation of any person.
4.3 You must keep your password confidential and safe. It should be a strong password, with numbers and characters and no recognisable words or dates. Our password help guide will help you choose a strong but memorable password.
4.4 You must notify us in writing immediately if you become aware of any accidental or unauthorised disclosure of your password.
4.5 You are responsible for any activity on our website arising out of any failure to keep your password confidential and may be held liable for any losses arising out of such a failure.
5.1 We may:
(a) suspend your membership;
(b) cancel your membership;
at any time in our sole discretion without notice, depending on the severity of any breach of our terms and conditions.
5.2 If you no longer wish to be a member of our website you may contact us to request your membership is cancelled. You may do so at any time during your annual membership term. We do not offer refunds for any months remaining of your annual term, unless your cancellation request is within 14 days after the start of a new year’s membership. If you cancel your membership within 14 days of a new annual membership term, you will receive a full refund within 10 days of your request to cancel. While you are a member you are bound by the terms and conditions set out in this document, in particular section 8, which outlines your responsibility to manage your account and respond professionally to genuine enquiries from the public.
5.3 To cancel your membership please contact us in writing via the email address displayed at the end of this contract (See 14.3).
6.1 In these terms and conditions, “your content” means all works and materials (including without limitation text, graphics and images) that you submit for publication on our website.
6.2 You grant to us, and users of our website, non-exclusive, transferable, royalty-free, worldwide license to ‘share’ your content via social media, provided the content is traceable to its source and/or credited to you the originator.
6.3 When you upload your artwork images to our website you agree to licence these images to be shared via social media, where only thumbnails of the image will display. Thumbnails are reduced-size versions of images. They will be hosted and displayed in specific ways as set out in the terms of service of each social media. You will never lose your copyright. The original full-size images that you upload directly to our website will be viewed only on our website. The reproduction of full-size images without your express permission, or the use of any thumbnail images other than for sharing on social media, is in contravention to your rights as the the copyright owner.
6.4 We will not be held liable for the misuse of your content outside of our website and our control.
6.5 You are permitted to use photo editing software to watermark your artwork image with a single line of text stating copyright ownership, to further protect the use of your artwork images.
6.6 You may edit your content to the extent permitted using the editing functionality made available on our website. You will not be able to change font colours and sizes, for example, and this may not be overridden.
6.7 Without prejudice to our other rights under these terms and conditions, if you breach any provision of these terms and conditions in any way, or if we reasonably suspect that you have breached these terms and conditions in any way, we may delete, unpublish or edit parts or all of your content.
7.1 You warrant and represent that your content will comply with these terms and conditions.
7.2 Your content must not be illegal or unlawful, must not infringe any person’s legal rights, and must not be capable of giving rise to legal action against any person (in each case in any jurisdiction and under any applicable law).
7.3 Your content, and the use of your content by us in accordance with these terms and conditions, must not:
(a) be libellous or maliciously false;
(b) infringe any copyright, moral right, database right, trademark right, design right, right in passing off, or other intellectual property right;
(c) infringe any right of confidence, right of privacy or right under data protection legislation;
(d) constitute an incitement to commit a crime;
(e) be in breach of racial or religious hatred or discrimination legislation;
(f) depict violence in an explicit or gratuitous manner;
(g) be pornographic or sexually explicit;
(h) constitute spam;
(i) be obscene, indecent, offensive, deceptive, fraudulent, threatening, abusive, harassing, anti-social, menacing, hateful, discriminatory or inflammatory.
7.4 We appreciate that what constitutes some of the terms mentioned above can be subjective. We reserve the right to remove any artwork image we feel does not comply with these rules. If you have any doubts as to whether your artwork meets these conditions, please contact us and we will be happy to advise.
7.6 To maintain website uniformity, the main ‘Featured Image’ for each artwork should be neatly cropped so that only the artwork image itself is visible, without any mount or frame displayed; or background. Exceptions to this rule are limited to 3D artworks and 2D artworks without a straight edge. In these instances, the artworks should be well staged and fill most of the photo area. In any case, ‘Additional Images’ can be included, which do show or include other aspects of the artwork – such as a mount or frame; the painted edges of a box canvas; or the artwork in the context of an interior or exterior setting.
8.1 You agree to maintain your profile and artwork listings and keep all information up to date and accurate as not to mislead potential customers. Please ensure you pay particular attention to the availability of your artwork, ensuring all artwork that is not for sale is marked as ‘sold’. This can be done by editing the artwork listing and changing the status of the artwork on the last page of the form.
8.2 You agree to respond to genuine enquiries from the public relating to your work in a professional and timely manner.
8.3 If you are unable to respond to enquiries for a short period of time, when away on holiday or for any other reason, you should set an automatic response in your email settings to inform senders that you are away and when you will be able to respond to their enquiry. Details on how to configure this will vary with different email clients so you may need to consult your email client’s help and support pages.
8.4 If you are unable to manage your account and respond to enquiries for an extended period of time, and are unable to find someone else to do so in your stead or absence, you must contact us so that we can advise you on the best course of action.
8.5 Although we do not take part in any transactions relating to the sale of artwork, we expect you to conduct yourself in a polite and professional manner when responding to email from customers and when continuing transactions off-site. Reports of your failure to do so may result in a written warning and potentially your removal from our website.
9.1 You may include URLs (web page addresses) on your profile to create links to your own website and own social media accounts. You are only permitted to link to your own website that relates primarily to your own work as an artist. Links to your socials may only be provided if those socials are used to help you promote your artwork. You must only use the appropriate spaces provided in the socials section on the registration or ‘Edit Profile’ forms. URL Links found anywhere else on your profile or artwork listings will be removed by one of our administrators. Links that are wholly unrelated to your work as an artist will also be removed. If you breach these conditions you will be notified. Failure to heed these conditions a second time may result in the suspension and possible cancellation of your membership. You will not be refunded for any months remaining of your annual membership term.
10.1 Although we do not take part in transactions between the artist and prospective customers, any reports of fraudulent activity received against you will be investigated and may result in your removal from our website if no response is received or satisfactory answers are not provided. If we suspect fraud, then further action may be taken. If you have any dispute with a customer, you must resolve this yourself and contact the relevant authorities if you and the other party are unable to reach a resolution. We strongly advise you to trade as professionally as possible; providing the customer with trading address details and invoices for the sale of any artwork. Never release or send artwork without receiving payment first.
11.1 We may revise these terms and conditions from time to time.
11.2 We will ask for your express agreement to any revision of these terms and conditions; and if you do not give your express agreement to the revised terms and conditions within such period as we may specify, we will cancel your membership. In this instance we will provide a refund for any remaining months of your annual membership term.
12.1 By becoming a member of our website you consent to the above terms and conditions.
13.1 These terms and conditions shall be governed by and construed in accordance with English law.
14.1 This website is owned and operated by Acquire Art, the trading name of Matthew Sheasby, sole trader.
14.2 Our principal place of business is at Apple Tree Cottage, 21 Faringdon Road, Stanford in the Vale, Faringdon, Oxon, SN7 8NN.
14.3 You can contact us by writing to the business address given above or by email to email@example.com.