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Home is where Oakapple Art is...
Oakapple Art - Non-profit making online gallery
Are you an artist struggling to market your work? Do you find that once you have paid for all your materials and the gallery has taken its commission you are left with nothing?

Soul destroying isn't it? Well, look no further...
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+ Oakapple Art is a non-profit organisation located in St Ives, which enables artists to sell their work online.

+ The company is based in St Ives Cornwall, but accepts submissions from artists nationwide.

+ The subscription costs to join Oakapple Art Online is £200 which, offers you a year's worth of exposure on their website, along with all the marketing and printing on demand costs.

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Artists living in Cornwall are well aware of the difficulty in making money from their work.

Those who do manage to break through into the commercial market still find that the majority of their formative years of creating and selling work are spent simply 'breaking even'.

Many artists find that after the gallery fees and production costs, they are left with very little.

Conclusion of a Lie by painter Luke Owen
Conclusion of a Lie by painter Luke Owen
Imagine then, a non-profit organisation that enables artists to sell their work by cutting out the middleman.

Imagine only having to pay a yearly subscription of £200 with which all the marketing side of things is done for you.

Imagine being able to
print on demand and leave all packaging and posting up to someone else with no commission on the sale and no deposit. Sound too good to be true?

Enter Oakapple Art.

Jodieanne English, managing director explains the philosophy behind Oakapple Art; "We looked to see what artists needed most in Cornwall and that was to find a way that they could market and sell their artwork, whilst concentrating on their new creations with minimal expense."

One of the Oakapple Arts painters, Ian Hargreaves.
Venice - Midday by painter, Ian Hargreaves.
The advantage of Oakapple Art as opposed to a local gallery is the exposure you gain. The website enables you to reach not only a local audience, but a national and international clientele.

You will also find that most online galleries also charge a similar commission to walk-in galleries, even though their overheads are much lower. This is why the concept behind Oakapple Art is so unique.

Oakapple Art also actively encourages communication between you and your buyer once an original piece has been sold. At this stage Oakapple Art steps out of the equation giving you the opportunity to correspond with your buyer, something often not possible through gallery purchases.

The website has been live since the end of February 2005 and is already creating considerable interest.

See for yourself.
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