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Do I need to pay money to register with Berry Art?


Berry Art does not charge any fees to join our community and there are no ongoing service fees of any kind.




Do I have to be exclusively with Berry Art?


No, you can list and sell your works elsewhere. Many artists are represented by various art galleries and some artists also advertise and sell their own works. We do however require the prices in all galleries and privately be consistent with what you have on Berry Art




Can anyone just submit works on BerryArt


Anyone who is an Australian resident and who is over 18 years of age and can apply to become part of the Berry Art community




What commission do you charge on sales


We believe that BerryArt is the most competitively priced, full service art site in Australia. We charge a flat 22% commission on the sale price (before GST) of works. However, as part of our launch and for a limited number of early joining artists, we are offering a reduced commission for the blanace of 2019. You will only be charge 15% on all sales made this calendar year.




Who's responsible for shipping and costs?


It is the artist's choice who arranges shipping. One choice is to use DHL and if so, we will arrange for them to collect and deliver from your address. If you want to use your own freight company, this can be selected by each artwork. You then arrange with your preferred company to collect and then deliver. If DHL is selected, the cost of shipping will be automatically calculated and we will retain this amount and if you choose to arrange, you enter the shipping cost and this money will go to you on sale. As the cost of shipping is included in the sale price, it is up to the artist to carefully estimate when they are arranging. We suggest that you add a flat rate based on the size and weight. Sometimes you may lose a little, sometimes gain a little but it should all even out. All international shipping is carried-out by DHL and we will retain the cost and pay them directly. If you are unsure about how to safely pack, please refer to our "Packing and Shipping Guide" in the footer.




Do I need an ABN?


Yes, all artists must have an ABN and provide it to Berry Art.

If you don't have an ABN, please speak with your accountant or advisor. The link to the government Website is:
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https://abr.gov.au/For-Business,-Super-funds---Charities/Applying-for-an-ABN/




Does GST apply?


As background:

  • An artist registering with Berry Art will be required to have an ABN and then inform us if they are registered for GST or not.
  • Berry Art advertises the artworks for sale It will complete sales with Buyers and collect sales receipts.
  • The Seller decides on the selling price and the amount listed is inclusive of the artwork, GST and delivery. If the Artist is not registered for GST, the total wlil be inclusive of GST at a 0% rate. In other words, NIL. If GST applies then the amount listed includes GST at 10%.
  • The Buyer will receive a complaint Tax Invoice from the Artist (generated by Bery Art) that shows the cost of the artwork that includes delivery (not shown as a separate amount) and GST (either 0% or 10%).
  • The Artist will receive a Tax Invoice from Berry Art and be sent net receipts after commission and GST.





Packing & Shipping Guide

How to pack and ship


Please follow the instructions appropriate for your work. All artworks that are 120cm or above on any one side need to be packaged into a wood crate. See the end of this guide for further information.

IMPORTANT: Always make certain that your painting is completely dry before packaging it for shipment. Sometimes paint can appear dry when it’s not. Since drying time depends on such factors as the type and brand of paint, the drying mediums used (if any), the paint colors, etc., you must research the correct drying time for the specific supplies you’ve used.
The following guide would be considered the best possible method to pack and should be followed wherever possible. If at any time you need help during the packaging process, please don’t hesitate to contact us at artist@berryart.com.




Paintings on Canvas


What you’ll need:

  • Glassine paper or acid-free archival tissue paper
  • Plastic sheeting, poly wrap, or heavy plastic bag
  • Bubble wrap
  • Foam board at least 1.5cm thick or two-ply cardboard
  • Packing tape
  • Cardboard corner protectors
  • Cardboard box
Step 1 – Wrap the painting in glassine paper or acid-free, archival tissue paper. Note that any material that comes into contact with the surface of the work should be archival quality. We advise that you avoid touching the painting’s surface with bare hands by wearing white cotton gloves or placing acid-free tissue paper between the work and your fingers when handling. Step 2 –Take four (4) 20cm x 20cm square pieces of glassine paper or acid-free tissue paper (you may adjust the size of the squares to better fit the size of your work) and fold each in half diagonally to create a triangle, then fold in half again to create a triangle pocket. Place one pocket onto each corner of the painting. Step 3 – Taping only onto the tissue paper corners, tape the wrapped painting to a sheet of foam board (or two-ply cardboard) the same size or slightly larger than the painting for a firm backing. Step 4 – To protect against moisture, wrap the glassine-covered artwork with plastic sheeting/poly wrap or put it inside a heavy plastic bag. Use tape to seal all areas where water can enter and cause damage. Step 5 – Wrap the entire work with two (2) layers of bubble wrap for a protective padding. Wrap it as you would a gift, using tape to secure it shut. Step 6 – Place cardboard corner protectors on the corners of the wrapped artwork. Step 7 – Place the wrapped artwork between 2 pieces of foam board that are at least 1.3cm thickness (or two-ply cardboard), forming a “sandwich.” Also, the borders of the foam board sheets should extend 5-8cm beyond all edges of the bubble-wrapped artwork. Use packing tape to bind the foam board sandwich together. Be certain the sides are taped down firmly to ensure that the artwork doesn’t shift around within.

IMPORTANT: Take care not to apply too much pressure to the surface of your artwork. Doing so could create indentations on the stretched canvas.

Step 8 – Place the foam board-covered painting into a cardboard box with approximately 8cm of space on all sides. Fill the empty space with enough bubble wrap or wadded/shredded white paper to ensure that the artwork doesn’t shift during transit. Step 9 – Use the H-taping method to seal the box. The H-taping method involves using long strips of packing tape to completely seal the opening flaps of the box. Use one long strip of tape over the horizontal opening between the two flaps, and two strips over the vertical sides of the flaps—forming an “H.” Apply additional vertical strips of tape as needed across the sealed flaps for added reinforcement. Illustrations of this method are provided by different sources online. Just type “H-taping method” into the Google search box. Step 10 – Affix the shipping label to the package and put clear tape over the label so it doesn’t get removed during shipment. Using a felt tip pen, write “FRAGILE” in large capital letters on the box, or use ready-made “FRAGILE” labels. If your painting is larger than 120cm x 120cm, you’ll need to build a wooden crate and seal the work inside.




Framed Paintings


What you’ll need:

  • Glassine paper or acid-free archival tissue paper

  • Plastic sheeting or poly wrap
  • Bubble wrap
  • Painters tape (if packing a glass frame)
  • Cardboard corner protectors
  • Packing tape
  • Foam board at least ½” thick
  • Shredded or wadded white paper
  • Very sturdy cardboard box if framed artwork is under 18”x24”
  • Custom wooden crate if framed artwork is larger than 18”x24”

Step 1 – Use a sturdy cardboard box or build a custom crate that will fit the framed painting plus approximately 8cm of space on all sides. (This extra space will accommodate the layers of bubble wrap to be added.)

Step 2 – If the frame has a protective glass or acrylic pane, remove it from the frame. If it does not, skip to step 4. Apply two pieces of painters tape diagonally across the glass/acrylic pane to form a large “X”. Should the glass break during shipment, the tape will help keep the broken pieces together.

Step 3 – Sandwich the glass/acrylic pane between two sheets of foam board approximately 2 inches larger than the glass on all sides. Firmly seal the foam board sandwich all around with packing tape, making sure that the glass/acrylic panel does not shift around within.

Step 4 – Wrap the painting in acid-free, archival tissue paper or glassine. Note that any material that will come into contact with the surface of the painted work should be archival quality.

Step 5 – To protect against moisture, wrap the artwork with plastic sheeting or poly wrap

Step 6 – Add cardboard corner protectors to the corners of the wrapped work. You can buy corner protectors ready made, or you can construct them yourself. Several online resources offer instructions on how to make them.

Step 7 – Wrap the framed painting in three (3) layers of bubble wrap, using packing tape to secure it.

If your framed painting is larger than 60cm x 60cm, you’ll need to build a wooden crate and seal the work inside.

If your framed painting is under 60cm x 60cm, proceed to Step 8 below.

Step 8 – Sandwich the wrapped painting within two sheets of foam board and tape all the way around to secure it.

Step 9 – Place it inside a sturdy cardboard box. To minimize movement within the box, thoroughly fill any empty areas around the artwork with shredded paper. The more snug the fit, the less the potential for damage. Seal the box thoroughly with packing tape, reinforcing the corners.

Step 10 – Affix the shipping label to the package and put clear tape over the label so it doesn’t get removed during shipment. Using a felt tip pen, write “FRAGILE” in large capital letters on the package, or use ready-made “FRAGILE” labels.




Roled Canvas Paintings


Paintings on canvas up to 180cm x 180cm may be taken off its stretchers, rolled, and shipped in a heavy duty mailing tube between 20cm and 30cm diameter, depending on the size of the canvas. Make absolutely certain that your painting is completely dry before attempting to roll it.

What you’ll need:

  • Glassine paper or acid-free archival tissue paper
  • Heavy duty mailing tube with plastic end caps no smaller than 20cm in diameter and up to 30cm (depending on the size of your canvas).
  • A second tube of smaller diameter for inner support. (You’ll roll your artwork around this tube and insert it inside the larger tube.)
  • Packing tape
  • Bubble wrap

Step 1 – Sandwich your canvas between two layers of acid free archival paper. Make sure that the canvas is completely covered by the paper.

Step 2 – Roll the paper-covered artwork—paint side outward—around the smaller tube to provide inner support.DO NOT roll too tightly as this can damage the painting!

Step 3 – Next, roll a layer of bubble wrap around the artwork for padding and to seal out moisture. Seal completely with tape.

Step 4 – Place this tube within the outer mailing tube. Fill extra space at the ends with extra bubble wrap, but take care not to crush the edges of your painting. Place the end caps on and seal them shut with packing tape.

Step 5 – Affix the shipping label to the package and put clear tape over the label so it doesn’t get removed during shipment. Clearly mark the tube as “FRAGILE.”




Pack work in a crate


Use a custom crate for artworks such as sculpture, large flat artworks, paintings larger than 120cm x 120cm, and fragile items.

What you’ll need:

  • Four (4) planks of plywood (0.5cm to 1.3cm thick depending on size and fragility of the work) for the frame
  • Two (2) plywood sheets for the front and back panels
  • Drill
  • Saw
  • 3cm wood screws
  • Wood glue
  • Foam board, 1.3cm thick
Step 1 – Measure your pre-wrapped artwork (wrapped according to the instructions given for your particular work), taking down the height, width, and depth of the wrapped piece. If you’re shipping a painting, use these measurements to calculate the dimensions of your plywood pieces for the frame of your crate. Keep in mind that you will add a 1.3cm foam board lining to your crate, so accommodate for this. If you’re shipping a sculpture, make sure that the crate’s dimensions are approximately 7.5 to 10.0cm larger on all sides than the sculpture itself. The extra space will be filled with bubble wrap and shredded paper.

Step 2 – Cut four pieces of plywood according to the dimensions you took in step 1 in order to build a frame with an opening that can snugly fit your wrapped work. Remember to account for the thickness of the plywood when measuring length and height, and cut accordingly. The top piece of the frame should sit on and extend over the top edges of the side pieces, as it must be easily removable. This piece will act as the crate’s lid, to be unscrewed by the collector.

Step 3 – Begin building the frame by assembling three (3) of the plywood strips together with screws and wood glue, leaving the top piece (i.e. lid) off for now. It will be screwed on after the artwork has been placed inside.

Step 4 – Line the frame with strips of foam board, securing them on with tape or glue. If using glue to line the crate with foam board, wait for it to dry before finishing the packing process.

Step 5 – Cut two sheets of plywood to the same dimensions of the assembled frame. These will be the front and back panels of your crate.

Step 6 – Secure one sheet to the back of the frame using wood glue and screws.

Step 7 – You will then complete the packaging process by placing your artwork inside and sealing the crate around it. Lay a piece of foam board (the same size as the frame) inside the open crate, and place your pre-wrapped artwork on top. There should be no room for movement inside.

Step 8 – Cover your artwork with another layer of foam board. Place the other sheet of Masonite board on top of the frame, securing well with wood glue and screws. Do your best to ensure that the crate is air and moisture tight.

Step 9 – Clearly indicate which panel is the removable lid by writing “UNSCREW THIS SIDE ONLY” so the collector knows which panel to remove. If needed, write any instructions (using a black felt tip pen) on the crate that will help the collector easily remove the lid.

Step 10 – Affix the shipping label to the outside and put clear tape over the label so it doesn’t get removed during shipment. Clearly mark the crate or box as “FRAGILE.”

TIP: For ease of transport, you can screw a cabinet handle to the top of the crate. The screws should be long enough so that the handle doesn’t come loose while someone is carrying the crate, but not so long that they protrude into the interior of the crate.




Who's responsible for shipping and costs?


It is the artist's choice who arranges shipping. One choice is to use DHL and if so, we will arrange for them to collect and deliver from your address. If you want to use your own freight company, this can be selected by each artwork. You then arrange with your preferred company to collect and then deliver. If DHL is selected, the cost of shipping will be automatically calculated and we will retain this amount and if you choose to arrange, you enter the shipping cost and this money will go to you on sale. As the cost of shipping is included in the sale price, it is up to the artist to carefully estimate when they are arranging. We suggest that you add a flat rate based on the size and weight. Sometimes you may lose a little, sometimes gain a little but it should all even out. All international shipping is carried-out by DHL and we will retain the cost and pay them directly. If you are unsure about how to safely pack, please refer to our "Packing and Shipping Guide" in the footer.





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