- What do we mean by 'social circumstance'?
A person’s social circumstance is the result of, or influenced by, criteria or activities associated with their social environment. We use the term to refer to people with experience of homelessness, the Criminal Justice System, substance misuse issues, or isolation and people who have experienced financial or relationship difficulties. If you would like more information on this term and how we use it here at Outside In, please contact us.
- How do I submit a piece of work to be included in the online shop?
If you have an online gallery on the Outside In website, you can now select one piece of your work to appear in the online shop. We hope the shop will be a brilliant way to get your art work out to a wider audience, and as well as a huge number of works by artists who wish to be included, the shop will also feature a regular rotation of six featured pieces selected by invited individuals. Although you can only choose one piece to appear in the shop, when a viewer (or buyer!) clicks on your work in the shop, there will be a link to your online gallery.
If you already have an online gallery, you just need to follow the below points to select a work from your gallery to be for sale through our online shop:
1) Log onto your page on the Outside In website (www.outsidein.org.uk) via the 'artists log in' at the top right of the website. If you have forgotten your email address or password please get in touch with us and we can remind you or change your password for you.
2) Once you are logged in to your gallery, hover over the image you would like to sell through the online shop.
3) At the bottom of the image, there will be an option in the edit section to 'Add to Shop' - click on this.
4) Once you've clicked on this, you will be taken to a form that you need to complete in order to sell the work through the shop.
5) Make sure you tick the 'For Sale' box and complete all the fields marked with an asterix (*). When entering the dimensions of the work, please do this in centimetres (width first and then height).
6) When completing the price box, enter the amount you would like to receive for the work, and we will add our commission on top of this. Before your work appears in the online shop, we will contact you to go over the price with you and make any amendments if necessary. If someone is interested in buying your work, we will get in touch.
If you are having any problems with the above process, or have any questions, please contact Hannah Whitlock by emailing email@example.com or calling 01243 770845.
- What is Pallant House Gallery's role in the sale of art work?
Outside In recognises the benefits that selling work has on many of the artists it supports both in terms of the financial benefit and the sense of validation it provides. In order for the project to sell work there are certain conditions that have to be in place, as set out below. If you feel that you need some help or support understanding these new terms and conditions please contact Hannah Whitlock, at Outside In, who will be able to provide you with advice. Her number is 01243 770 845.
If you choose to sell your work through Outside In, either online or during an exhibition, Pallant House Gallery has no responsibility for the impact any payment for sales could have on your benefits or liability to pay tax. If you are self-employed you are responsible for your own Taxation and NI class 2 & 4 contributions.
If you happen to be VAT registered, it is your responsibility to declare this too.
Outside In will be unable to:
- Pay for the sale of an art work in instalments
- Pay another person on the artists behalf for the sale of an artwork (This can only be allowed if the artist does not have a bank account, so please contact us if this is the case)
- Pay the artist in art materials/books or other items for the sale of an artwork
- Pay the artist in cash for the sale of an artwork
- What is a Surgery Day?
Outside In hosts Surgery Days across the country for artists who would like to have an online gallery on the website, but lack the skills or facilities in order to do this.
You can call or email to book a place on a Surgery Day of your choice. On the day you can bring along up to five pieces of work to be photographed. (NB: If you submit work for selection for exhibitions it all happens digitally so having a good quality photograph of your work is of utmost importance.) You can either bring along an artist's statement or we can help you write a short statement on the day. All of this including titles, sizes and mediums, will be uploaded to a gallery page on the website for you.
Having an online gallery means that not only can you have a digital presence, you can share this gallery page with others, audiences can comment on your works, and you can then submit the work to be up for selection for competitions and exhibitions that arise across the year.
If wanted, a fake name or pseudonym name can be used on your gallery page if this makes you feel more comfortable. You actual name would then be listed on the back end of the website so that the Outside In team can contact you, but this would never be shown or used publicly.
- On my artist page how do I add links to my personal Facebook and Twitter accounts and/or my website?
You are now able to log into your Outside In account and add your social media links (Twitter, Facebook etc.) to your profile. To do this, log in as normal and click the link which says 'Add your social media links', which appears right next to your artist statement.
- Is there a step-by-step guide on how to create an online gallery?
Yes. If you go to the 'Sign Up' page you will find the step-by-step guide as a downloadable PDF (this document is called 'help sheet'). If you are still having difficulties, then please email Hannah Whitlock on: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone her on: 01243 770 845
- How do I take photos of my artwork?
To submit your artwork to Outside In, your photos of your work don't need to be perfect, just good enough that we can clearly see what you've done. Then we can make a well-informed judgement during the selection process.
However, here are some tips for taking photos of artwork will help you get a good image:
- Try to use an even natural light is possible - taking pictures outside on a cloudy day can be the best. Avoid taking photos in direct sun or in rooms with strip lights or low-energy bulbs on.
- If your work is framed under glass, take the picture out of the frame. This will reduce the reflections on it.
- Avoid using a flash if your work is at all shiny - for example, acrylic or oil paint will reflect the flash back into your photo
- If you have access to a tripod for your camera, then use that. Otherwise putting the camera on a fixed surface such as a table can help make the picture sharper.
- Another good tip is to take lots of photos of each piece you wish to submit. Then you can pick the best shot.
For more advice please call Hannah Whitlock on 01243 770 845 or visit this site for more helpful tips
If you do not have access to a camera we are running a number of Surgery Days across the Country that you can bring your artwork along to (or get someone to bring it on your behalf) and we can help you to photograph your work. Please follow this link to see more information about where these will be held:
- How do I edit my photos?
Once you've taken your photos of your artwork, download them onto your computer. From there you can edit the photos to make them look more like the original artwork.
For example you might want to:
- Crop the picture to get rid of unnecessary background
- Adjust the colours to match the original
- Stretch the photo to make the proportions match the original
- To do this, you can use photo-editing software, much of which is free and some are even online.
You can find options for this just by searching for "photo editors" on the internet
- What format should my photos be in so that I can upload them to the website?
Our website will let you upload the following formats:
If you cannot put your work into any of these formats please get in touch with Hannah Whitlock by emailing: email@example.com or by calling: 01243 770 845
- How do I add more pictures to my online gallery?
Once logged in to your online gallery, on the bottom right of the screen should be a large red box stating 'add another image.' Click this and follow the instructions to add another image as you will have done for all the previous images. Remember to press save and this will automatically be uploaded to your online gallery without having to be submitted to Outside In first.
- How do I watermark my artwork?
It is not necessary to watermark your artwork, but if you feel that you would like to, then here are some ideas.
There's some free dedicated software available to watermark images:
http://www.star-watermark.com/ for Macs
It can also be done online: http://watermark-images.com/
Also almost any image editing program will let you add a semi-transparent image over a layer and then resave it.
NB: Watermarks can act as a deterrent for potential infringers, but we feel that they spoil the experience of viewing the work for the majority.