PaperView Auction is an online, artist-run platform designed to showcase the work of early to mid-career artists working predominantly within two-dimensional media, and to connect them with buyers across the globe. Our curated selection of work is available to buy direct, with individual highlights from the collection auctioned on a monthly basis.
Available works are intended to make owning art more accessible by offering affordable, easily-shipped works straight from artists’ studios. Some are often studies, but hold their own as resolved works in their own right—a collection of insights into the artists’ working practices.
Our platform is built on the belief that a better and fairer arts economy can be raised with diversity and inclusivity at its core. We’re proud to represent the artists that we do, and support an ongoing commitment to womxn, queer, non-art school educated, working class, minority, and Black creators.
Artists receive 80% of every sale, with the remaining 20% absorbed back into the platform to cover its essential running costs.
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PaperView is independently managed by artist Matthew Bainbridge.
1. SELLING WITH PAPERVIEW: HOW DOES IT WORK?
PaperView accepts individual works from artists on a ready-to-go basis. To submit your work for review, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with an image of the work (no larger than 64mb) and its full credentials (your name, title of the work, its materials, dimensions and year created). Also included should be the sale price of the work (in $USD), a short bio about yourself and any links to your artist website or instagram.
We accept submissions from artists making quality work with a proclivity towards two-dimensional media. No prior academic qualifications are required to sell through PaperView, with submissions judged solely on artistic merit. Although we are regrettably unable to accept every submission we receive, artists are free to resubmit for future consideration.
Works submitted must be available for immediate purchase, and not withheld by any other party. Submitted works are free to be exhibited elsewhere, but it remains the artist’s responsibility to notify PaperView if the work in question is made otherwise unavailable.
We aim to respond to any submissions within 5 business days.
If successful, the submitted work will be added to our FlatFile, where it will be listed for immediate sale. Circumstances permitting, the work will also be featured for auction (if it remains unsold). Work contained within our FlatFile will be continually promoted via the PaperView Instagram (@paperview_auction) and through our newsletter. We’ll also promote any outside endeavours undertaken by our participating artists, such as exhibition openings, collective activities or new acquisitions.
Artists are free to request the withdrawal of their work from our FlatFile at any time. If the submitted work is sold outwith PaperView while its listed in our FlatFile, it is the responsibility of the artist to notify us. If a submitted work remains unsold for an extended period of time, the artist will be requested to either renew their listing with an alternative work, or withdraw the work entirely. Their position in our artist roster will remain unchanged, and the artist is free to resubmit work for future consideration.
Artists are responsible for setting their own sale price. A flat shipping rate of $30.00USD will be applied and charged to all sales.
Artists will receive 80% of any final sale (total including the shipping fee), with the remainder being absorbed back into the platform to cover its running costs. Payments made to artists will be processed via PayPal within 5 working days of the work being sold.
PaperView does not occupy a physical space nor does it hold physical copies of artists’ work. If a work is sold, PaperView will facilitate the sale on behalf of the artist. The packing, shipping and safe arrival of the work remains the sole responsibility of the artist. In the case of damaged or lost goods, a partial or full refund can be made at the discretion of the artist/buyer.
2. THE AUCTION PROCESS: HOW DOES IT WORK?
If your work is accepted to our FlatFile, you will receive a follow up email requesting further information to be used in building your auction for future publishing. The requested information will include a reserve price and an auction starting price.
The auction process can be a great way to find new homes for unsold works by offering them at a discounted, variable price. Artists will still receive 80% of any final auction sale (including the $30 shipping fee) in full.
If during the 6 month period your work remains in our FlatFile you wish NOT to have it listed for auction, please let us know in your initial submission.
To bid on a work currently being auctioned, or to buy directly from our FlatFile, you must first have registered an account with us. You must also have a valid PayPal account. If your bid is successful, it is your own responsibility to then promptly complete the payment through the PayPal link provided. It is then the responsibility of the artist to ship the work to you within three weeks.
There is no buyers premium added to the cost of auctioned works.
All orders are processed manually. You’ll receive an immediate email notification upon the purchase of a work, but please allow a day or two for us to handle it in full.
In the case of damaged or lost goods, a partial or full refund can be made at the discretion of the artist/buyer.