How to Commission
If you’re interested in commissioning a visual artist, craftsperson or designer, use the ‘accepts commissions’ filter so you can easily find those who do! The filter can be applied to Creative Practitioners, Creative Spaces and Supporters in the explore section. They are also easily identified in their profile listing by the red ‘commissions’ flag just like this one.
If you know who you want to commission, select the commission option on their profile, and provide a brief by filling in the form that pops up. You can discuss commission opportunities with most of the Creative Practitioners, Creative Spaces and Supporters listed on the site.
Please note, not all makers can be contacted directly; some handle commissions through their gallery, manager or stockist and some have nominated Guildhouse to assist them with the commissioning process. In this instance Guildhouse will work with you to assist develop the brief and manage the inquiry.
When you submit the form your brief will be emailed to the relevant party and you can expect to hear back from them within seven days.
If you have any general queries about the commissioning process or are unsure about your requirements, or who to commission, please see the Guildhouse referral service option. There is no charge involved in making an enquiry.
How to create a brief
Your brief must include as much information as possible and should always begin with the big question: What do I want?
Be sure to think about context, purpose, dimensions, materials, finishes, budget and deadline and then simply enter this information into the form that pops up. Once you submit your brief, which will go either directly to the creative professional, their gallery/agent or Guildhouse, the relevant party will contact you to confirm the details. Should you wish to proceed, your requirements will be confirmed and the formal commissioning process will begin.
If you want to use the referral option you can submit your brief here!