June 9-15, 2024
Advised by Yellow Door
When installing artwork or creating a project with or for a small business, as an artist, there should be consensus and transparency around the project, expectations, timing, and space with the owner/proprietor.
Talking through the below points will ensure a business owner, their staff, and the artist are on the same page. Using this as a checklist or guide is recommended!
THINGS TO DISCUSS
- What is the business or space’s audience/patron-base?
- What does a successful project look like and feel like to the business/space and to the artist?
- Who will make sure the art is kept safe?
- What if something needs to be fixed or repaired within the installation due to damage? Who would cover that?
- Is there a budget available for my time/work?
- Is there a split of commission/proceeds from the work?
- What signage will the space or artist be responsible for?
SPACE: Identify what space(s) is ideal for activation.
- What areas and existing things (electrical, walls, wifi, ceiling, etc) can be accessed and used?
- What is off limits?
- What can or cannot be added, altered or removed?
- How does the space look in day vs. night?
- How do guests interact with the space?
- Are there sun, temperature, or other exposure issues near the space?
- What merchandise or theme could be highlighted?
- Are any business-specific materials available that can be integrated into the design?
- Does the space provide any materials, a stipend for materials or tools for use (ladder, garbage, Wi-Fi while installing, lights, extension cords, etc.)?
- How long are things expected to stay in place? For example, direct sunlight will fade a lot of colors and materials and may need to be replaced.
- When are you available to complete this project and how long do you think it will take to create and install?
- Will the space be available for installation/access outside of normal operating hours?