It doesn’t require a rocket scientist to establish that few industries have defied the digital revolution quite like the primary art market.
While new technology and digital innovations have forced the television, film, music and media industries to rethink their business models, the art market seems immune to climb onto the digital opportunities. The online space has also changed the way we experience, exchange ideas and talk about things. No longer is public discussion limited to the artist, the curator or the newspaper critic; there is now a vast array of voices engaged in the debate around art and the public audience has an active part in this discussion.
We realised that many people felt the same way and just didn’t know where to turn to find information about art and art events that did not relate to browsing the local newspapers, Google or tips from friends and family.
So Artworks was born.
We have two functions:
Artworks is owned by Henrik Kanekrans and supported by a small group of private investors.
We are a registered limited company in Sweden (org nr. 559032-8133). Our mission is a positive one - and we believe that making a profit at the same time is no bad thing.
We take a sales commission for work sold via, or through Artworks. For venues who do not sell art but rather exhibit it, such as a museum, we charge a monthly listing fee.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with your comments.
Let’s face it, the art world is opaque. There is no one-stop source to find all the information you might want on an art venue, an artist, or an artwork. So we truly appreciate your help in helping us shape an accurate and up to date platform.
To request removal of your profile, please contact us at email@example.com or use the chat function in the portal.
Anyone can use our site or mobile app. To use certain functions we have to ask you to create an account free of charge.
Click the “Contact for info” or “Reserve” button on the artwork page to initiate a conversation with the seller. Personalise your message to help respond quicker and better.
Some of the artworks have a “Add to cart” button, which means that you can purchase the artwork and organise a delivery straight to your door, alternatively choose to pick it up yourself. In case you have additional questions, contact the artist or venue through their profile page.
Buying with Artworks is exactly like any other online marketplace or webshop.
If your choice of delivery is straight to your door, we will notify you as soon as your order is ready to be dispatched.
You can change or add any art to your cart at any time. Just update the shopping cart, and then click on checkout again.
In you have any questions in the meantime, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
You choose whether to pay by credit card or invoice (invoice only within Sweden). Payment are managed by Stripe.
Delivery within Sweden costs 600 SEK inclusive of VAT (assuming your artworks does not require special needs). We work with companies that specialise in art shipping which means that the art is handled very carefully and that you must be present on delivery. There is also the option for you to collect the artwork - free of charge.
Prices include value added tax (VAT), if otherwise not stated.
Our attitude is: you can always do better. And quite frankly, we know there is an audience out there that could fall in love with your work, if they knew that you existed. Artworks helps you to reach an audience that the industry does not reach out to.
So, we are not trying to compete with your gallery or local venue, we are merely a supplement and someone who wish to make great, quality, art accessible to more.
No, we welcome any professional artist to Artworks but cannot guarantee everyone access.
We know that there are people out there who are interested in what you create and would like to know more about you. Unfortunately, today, they don’t know where to look and how to find you. Artworks would like to to fill that gap.
No, not at all, rather the contrary. It’s just that we are confident that they need to adapt to the behaviours and needs of the modern everyday life.
Nothing, not even great art, is wiped off the walls by chance. And today, the primary art market rely too much on the twist of fate.
We do not represent anyone. What we can give you is personal advice: find a gallery that fits you, and vice versa. For instance, take a look at the artists that are already represented. If you see parallels to your work, reach out to the gallery or – even better – go and see them or connect with one of the already-represented artists to see if they have any suggestions. If they like your work, you have a better chance of a response from the venue than by sending a “to whom it may concern” email.
Do be aware that not all galleries are looking to represent additional artists.
If a profile for you already exists on Artworks and you want to claim it, please contact us at email@example.com
No. We only charge a commission for work sold via or through Artworks.
All types of contemporary art, e.g. sculpture, paintings, installations, photography belongs on Artworks as long as it’s unique.
Buyers come here to purchase art that they might not find anywhere else. We check all the art that comes to us, so naturally we would get back to you if we had any thoughts as to what is uploaded.
At the heart of Artworks is transparency. To us, it means that you represent yourself and your art and that we take for granted that you provide honest and accurate information.
No. We don’t want to keep you a hostage if you don’t want to be with us. Just ping us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Naturally, we would love to hear why in order to improve the product and maybe convince you to stay.
You will soon be able to do it yourself but until we have the functionality in place, ping us an email and we will help you, email@example.com
Very little to be honest. The time it takes to keep your page up-to-date but that doesn’t take much energy. Once you make a sale, Artworks’ transaction fee is 25% which includes shipment, transaction charges and post sales.
If you are represented by a gallery, we insist in liaising with them, and don’t involve with invoicing, shipping, returns and so on. In the case of a sale, we charge the venue 10%.
Seeing the different VAT percentages related to selling art (i.e. 0%, 6%, 12% or 25%) and naturally, we don’t know what to apply to each artist, it is your responsibility to apply the correct VAT percentage by adding your VAT number (momsnummer). If not made available to us we will add the 25% VAT, not to risk getting into trouble with tax authorities.
As an art venue you can create a profile page by simply clicking here. If your venue or name already exists on Artworks, let us know (email Henrik at firstname.lastname@example.org) and we will link you up with the account.
The best way to experience art is to stand in front of it. But how can anyone stand in front of it if they don’t know that it exist? We give you a platform to drive real-life traffic, stronger customer relations, brand visibility and ultimately sales. We focus single-handedly on an audience that you don’t reach today.
We have done it as a gesture of goodwill and also because we believe that you stand for, and represent great art. We would now like to transfer the control of your profile page to you, please register here.
If a venue or name already exists on Artworks and you want to claim it, please click here to register an account to take control of your profile.
To be removed, please email us at email@example.com. We would love to understand why you wish to be removed in order to better our product and possibly convince you to remain.
We take a sales commission for work sold via, or through Artworks. For venues that do not sell art but rather exhibit art, such as a museum, we charge a monthly listing fee.
50€ per month.
We serve our users through an iOS and Android mobile app, as well as the website. The framework that we use is React and React Native.
Sounds fun and interesting? Ping us a short email on firstname.lastname@example.org to find out if there are any job openings within tech.
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