One More Lesson: Get a Contract!
I’ve learned another lesson in my artistic journey.
For almost two months the group of 4 Painters exhibited in the public spaces of the Inn at the Falls in Bracebridge, Ontario. The art brought a fresh, new look to the ageing Inn and received positive feedback from the staff and guests.
Our arrangement began with a verbal ‘handshake’ in order to meet the Inn’s installation deadline of November 30. We left certain requests on the table to be addressed later. Since that date, we met with the owners but were unable to agree on the terms of our exhibit. As a result we removed our paintings on January 25.
The time and effort spent writing up and revising an agreement could be seen as a waste, however, we learned a great deal from the negotiation process. We now have a document we can adapt to different venues and situations.
But the most important part of the experience for those of us on both sides of this experience is this. First, be clear about what each party wants and needs. Then put those details in writing before moving ahead.
Wendie Donabie © 2013