Join the Thames Art Gallery
What is the Thames Society of Arts?
Our main function is to provide exhibition facilities of the highest standard to as many members as we can. We believe that art is diverse in its application but our selection process is to strive for quality. The Thames Society of Arts (now the Thames Art Gallery) has existed for over 40 years and has exhibited all aspects of pure and applied art and the present administration continues with this philosophy. We have seasonal and often themed exhibitions to create interest for our members and for the publicity it creates. Last summer it was “The Lazy Hazy Days of Summer” with a prize for the People’s Choice. The current winter exhibition has asked for “Strong and Vibrant Colour” to brighten us up through the gloom of winter as shown on the website.
There is a fully equipped studio for potters with wheel, kiln, stocks of materials to purchase and moulds for slip casting, plaster slabs for slab work not to mention a huge array of tools. Many of our senior potters are available for advice and encouragement, and periodic workshops are available.
Water-colourists meet socially in our smaller Edward Gallery every Wednesday from 10 till noon whilst a working group meets every Wednesday from 1 - 4 pm off-site where there is more space. The coordinator for this group is Jeanne-Marie CANTEREAU or 07 868 7066. Periodic workshops in other media occur from time to time.
Retail Sales - Exhibit and sell your work
Members are from a wide area, not confined to Thames. We are open daily for sales, we have at any particular time, a selection of sculpture, jewellery, wood, fibre, pottery, ceramics for visitors to choose. We have EFTPOS and Visa facilities to make purchasing simple. Commission for members is set at 25% and as we have recently invested in a new accounting system we strive to pay our members promptly as well as advising when a sale has occurred.
To keep our costs low and our benefits to members as high as possible, we staff the Gallery with Volunteers on the desk. Give your time and efforts for the benefit of others and you will be surprised at the generosity of your fellow artists. Please contact us at: ThamesArtGalleryNZ@gmail.com
We strive to do regular newsletters and these are now posted on the website as well as being sent to you directly by email. We also offer an opportunity for members to be listed on our website for a small fee. This will give a much wider exposure and we will promote this website at every opportunity.
Should an exhibition of significance occur in Auckland or a regional centre, visits are often organised as a “DAY OUT” and can be dangerously hilarious.
*Rules and Procedures of the Thames Society of Arts
Signing and dating the membership form (above) means you agree to these terms
· Member’s works for exhibition will be submitted to the Curation Committee for acceptance before being displayed in the Gallery.
· Each exhibition will have conditions of entry which need to be adhered to by the exhibitor.
· Exhibitors are required to be paid up financial members of the Society for the duration of the exhibition of their works. Exhibition pieces will be displayed for a maximum of 3 months from the date of submission and if not sold, will be returned to the exhibitor.
Exhibitors shall promptly collect their exhibits when notified.
· Should your membership lapse for 6 months, your exhibit becomes the property of the Society for disposal as the Society deems fit.
· You are required to insure your exhibits against any damage, loss or theft of the exhibit and you agree that the Society is not liable for such damage, loss or theft whilst it is in the Society’s care.
· Please see the Curation Procedures for more information on the exhibition of your exhibits.
SALES OF EXHIBITS
· By submitting an exhibit for sale in the Thames Art Gallery you are appointing the Thames Society of Arts Inc as your agent to sell the exhibit on your behalf.
· You agree to pay a commission on all sales of your exhibits. The present commission rate is 35% of the listed price. However this will be reduced to 25% if you volunteer to do desk duties.
· All sales are GST inclusive. The Society is not registered for GST. If you are registered for GST you alone are accountable to the IRD for payment of GST. Not the Society.
YOUR BANK DETAILS FOR PAYMENT OF SALES (less commission) OF YOUR EXHIBIT
For Exhibitors ONLY. Please provide your bank account details in the membership form with
- Name of the account
- Bank account number
Payments will be made to your account by bank transfer in the first week of the following month after the sale of the exhibit. The Society does not pay in cash or by cheque.
TSA CURATION PROCEDURES
· All exhibitors must be financial members.
· Paintings are expected to arrive complete with D-rings or another system evenly positioned on the work that can be comfortably attached to the display system.
· The Curator will usually be first to see the work of a new exhibitor but should not hang the work without giving fellow-curators 48 hours to express an opinion. If the work is accepted, it will be exhibited as space allows.
· It is in the best interests of all, that works are moved around the gallery regularly. No member has a right to any particular position in the gallery.
· All work will be displayed for 3 months (or longer only at the discretion of the Curator). When that period expires the work may be taken down by the curator and returned to the exhibitor.
· Members whose work sells regularly will be encouraged to exhibit multiple works but no guarantee is given that all works will be displayed prominently.
· Artists with a good turnover are permitted to refresh their own display without reference to the Curator but no guarantee is given that all works will be displayed prominently.
· No other member or volunteer should hang, change or move their work except to sign it out.