Selling Your Work

Selling your work may be one of the more difficult tasks you encounter but it plays an important part in developing your income.


When pricing your work, it is a good idea to first do a little research to find out how much your peers are charging, particularly artists at the same sort of level as you, with similar skills and reputation.


The best way to protect yourself when selling works on consignment is to make sure there is a contract or agreement drawn up in writing between yourself and the gallery (or shop) that outlines the arrangement, including insurance and the terms of payment.

Another thing to be aware of is protecting yourself under the Personal Property Securities Act 2009. Works on consignment at a gallery are considered to be part of that gallery’s collateral or its security interests, and could be seized as part of the gallery’s assets if the gallery were to go into liquidation. You need to register your ownership of artworks before consigning them to a gallery.

Follow these links for more information.

Commercial Representation

Gallerists (who run commercial galleries) spend most minutes of most days talking to people about art, and every aspect of it. Good gallerists work hard, have great contacts, and can talk about your work in a way that maintains your integrity and results in sales. But it's a two-way relationship that relies on your compatibility.

These links explain how to approach a commercial gallery for representation, and then how and what to expect from the arrangement once you have.

Resale Royalty

Under the Resale Royalty Right for Visual Artists Act 2009 (the Act) the resale royalty delivers to artists 5% of the sale price when art works are resold through the art market for AUD$1,000 or more with no upper limit.

Private sales are not included in the resale.

NAVA encourages all artists to register to ensure that they are easily identified for royalty payments to be made when their work is resold. To register go to the Copyright Agency.