frequently asked questions


How many works can I enter?

Non-members may submit two works on payment of £12 for each work submitted.

Are diptychs or triptych’s accepted as a single work of art?

Yes they are accepted, as long as they are physically attached together so that they form one piece.

Do pictures have to be framed?

Most work is framed, however the exceptions are paintings that are 'gallery wrapped'. This is a painting on canvas where the edges of the canvas are visible; they must be tidy, clean and have no canvas tacks showing.

Are metal frames acceptable?

No, metal frames, perspex, unframed glass, or non-reflective glass will not be accepted.

What is a mirror plate and where can I buy them?

A mirror plate is a flat plate that fixes to the back of the frame, usually on the left and right side about halfway down to affix the picture to the wall. Guildhall market, art shops or any DIY store.

How will I know if I have been selected?

The reply slip that you bring in with your entry form will be posted back to you the week following submission. Please also bring a SAE for this.

Where do I get the reply slip?

You can download it from our exhibition page along with the entry form.

Where do I get the label to hang over the front of my work?

You can use a post card or any card about 5" x 3" with the details clearly written on one side.

Are there any size restraints?

No, within reason. The gallery does show off larger works to advantage; sizes of up to 150cm have been exhibited but bear in mind that even if a work is accepted there may not always be room to hang it.

Can I deliver my work on a different date to the submission day?

Work can only be delivered on the appointed day because BSA committee members need to check all the details of the submitted work. This cannot be done by Gallery staff

When will I receive payment?

As stated in the entry form, payment can take up to 3 months after the close of the exhibition.

Does my work have to be for sale?

Yes, all work must be for sale.Minimum price £100. If a work is marked NFS there is usually a good reason such as an invited artist or a memorial.

How do I become a member of Bath Society of Artists?

Non members are encouraged to enter the annual Open Exhibition held at the Victoria Art Gallery. To be eligible for consideration for membership of the Society you must have had works exhibited in three previous exhibitions, not necessarily consecutively, and have work displayed in the current year’s Open Exhibition. If possible you should be nominated by one of the Members of the Society, but it is possible to nominate yourself.  All nominations for membership will be considered during the Open Exhibition so that the Executive Committee can look at the candidates work. It is helpful if the artist can provide a website and CV for the Executive Committee to look at. Depending on the number of places available in the Society a small number of new members will be elected from those nominated each year.  Artists who are eligible and wish to be considered may contact the secretary by email.'


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