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Artists taking part in Art Trek Open Studios welcome visitors into their homes, studios and workspaces to view their artwork, see work in progress and to chat about their creative processes.

There is no pressure put on visitors to buy from the artists, but, should you wish to buy anything, due to the very nature of an open studios event, some artists will only be able to accept cash or cheques on the day and may be miles from the nearest cash machines.

Some of the Art Trek artists will be open to taking on commissions, so here are a few ideas and ground rules if you want to commission a piece of art from the artists or makers.

  • Discuss the time logistics with the artist.
  • Discuss a fee, which should include artist time/materials/delivery etc.
  • Pay a deposit (a percentage to be agreed between you and artist).
  • Agree a timeline to liaise during making of the commissioned piece, on it's progress etc.
  • Perhaps agree staged payments, or a final payment on invoice, on completion of piece.
  • Include all the above discussion points and the fee into a contract document, which both artist and commissioner should agree and sign. Print two copies, so each party has a copy to refer to in case of changes.

Taking this structured approach in a professional manner helps both parties.

Art Trek can take no responsibility for any financial transactions between artists and visitors, we are merely the vehicle to promote the artists to the visitors.

Visiting artists studios and workspaces can involve coming into contact with the tools of their trade, so please treat with respect as there may be items such as; sharp tools, scattered items restricting floorspace, fragile ceramics and hot kilns and other unexpected obstacles. If visiting with children, please check that the venue is child friendly prior to your visit.

Visitors are asked to take due care whilst visiting any of the artists venues, as Art Trek cannot be held responsible for any accidents that may occur.

Finally, if you're coming a long way to visit any of the Art Trek artists, it may be worth contacting the venues first just in case their opening days and times have changed due to personal reasons.

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