Our objective is to keep the gallery moth-balled during the crisis so that we cause no further impact on the population. This has a knock-on effect of cutting our payments down drastically to the supply chain. Nearly all of them are self-employed small businesses, often run from home.
Our vision is to raise much-needed funds which we plan to distribute to the artists on our books via grant payments much like the government initiatives. We will take a small percentage to help keep the gallery afloat and for the time it will take to manage the process. Artists can make an application for monies which will be considered by the directors of the gallery and grants made as quickly as possible.
Artists who are VAT registered will not be paid via this system thus ensuring that the monies raised go to those most in need.
We will commission three of our gallery artists to produce an anti-viral cup/bowl/object at the end of the process and these will be given to any benefactor at or above the £30 level.
Benefactors are equally able to make donations with no return should they wish to do so.
This is a very worrying time for all and in particular, those who work for themselves. The team at Bils & Rye is rightly worried that many will fall between the cracks of the government support or the monies will arrive too late. We are also extremely concerned that moving forward we will lose a great deal of talent in the art world, either through redeployment to salaried positions or falling into a downward cycle. We have the ability to make a difference and PAY IT FORWARD.
We also appreciate that everyone else is in the same boat and money may be tight. We just ask for your assistance if you are able. We would like the benefactors to choose the three artists who we will commission to make works so please do let us know in comments or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org who you would like to receive work from.