What to if my artwork is damage during an exhibition?

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    Jeckshen
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    Need help! My artwork (a sculpture) which was previously displayed during an exhibition was damaged and i’m not sure what to do next. A piece was chip out of the sculpture.

    I’ve spoken with the gallery and they have only offer to fixed the damage of my artwork. which i find it ridiculous as i feel the artwork will not be the same anymore with the visible crack line, if its glued it back together. There is no insurance provided and the CCTV in the gallery did not recorded any fall or damage during the exhibition. I am suspecting the damage was involve in the storeroom after the packaging of the artwork.

    does anyone knows what to do?

    #141 Reply
    Penangite01
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    would having a contract help?
    would Penang Art Council be able to address matter like this?

    #142 Reply
    Sumairah
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    I’m pretty sure there is a contract or some sort of gallery agreement involved when participating in certain show. I’m not sure if an art council will be of any help.

    First of,what is it that we want to achieve. A full compensation of the artwork that was damaged during the gallery care?

    #155 Reply
    Julius
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    Make sure you have an written agreement with galleries on the terms and conditions of showing your work at their spaces.

    Some galleries don’t take responsibility for any damages incurred, so be clear in understanding the agreements between both parties, make sure the contract you sign benefits you and also the gallery. If not, don’t sign.

    But in this case, if you didn’t sign any contract or agreements, sorry to say you just lost an artwork to damage.

    #158 Reply
    Jeckshen
    Guest

    Thank you everyone for the feedback. Just to clarify, yes there is a one pager agreement/contract. It is stated that they will be liable for any loss or damage during the entire duration of the show. Of course i want full compensation to my damaged artwork, as i do not know what to do with the artwork now.

    Is there a lawyer i can approach for this kind of matter??

    #159 Reply
    Penangite01
    Guest

    Lee Khai perhaps could advice.

    but i wonder to what extend of scenario is consider worthy of legal case when a gallery refused to honour the contract for compensation.

    #163 Reply
    Julius
    Guest

    I think in these situations, a legal case would be a lot of work and time consuming.

    We are in the age of social media, shame the gallery and tell the world what they’re doing. A public relations fiasco is more hurtful to a company than doing things through law. Go all out and get the world to be on your side and when the public rages, they will eventually try to do damage control. This is when you demand your right.

    #168 Reply
    Penangite01
    Guest

    That’s just vengeance, hahaha.
    How does it help with the compensation to Jeckshen?

    #170 Reply
    bichun
    Guest

    oooo, Lee Khai is popular person

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