Adopting an Artwork – How to Get an Artwork For Free
How awesome would it be to have the opportunity to be able to have an amazing artwork in your home for free!!!!, well now you can thanks to the Fine Art Adoption Network. Although my main focus is the investment side of art I believe that is important to remain in touch with the collecting side of fine art and the experience, pleasure and enjoyment that owning an artwork brings which is where the Fine Art Adoption Network can be of service.
As the name suggest, the Fine Art Adoption network allows people to adopt an artwork, take it into their home and care for it as a collector. According to their website (http://www.fineartadoption.net), FAAN is “an online network, which uses a gift economy to connect artists and potential collectors. All of the artworks on view are available for adoption. This means acquiring an artwork without purchasing it, through an arrangement between the artist and collector. Our goal is to help increase and diversify the population of art owners and to offer artists new means for engaging their audience.”
The works available for adoption are by artists that have been specifically invited to submit their work by the FAAN participating artists and collaborating organisations so there are some really fantastic works by known artists just waiting to be snapped up. Before anyone can adopt an artwork they have to contact the artist through the FAAN website, provide some information about themselves and state why they should be one of the lucky people to have an artwork given to them. It is entirely up to the artist who gets one of the works and there may be conditions that relate to resale and display of the work which is more than fair enough. By putting their artworks up for adoption the artist gets the opportunity to promote their work, create new relationships with collectors and connoisseurs and ensure that their talents are put to good use. So if you think that you would be a good candidate for adopting an artwork visit the FAAN website and make contact with an artist.
**Nicholas Forrest is an art market analyst, art critic and journalist based in Sydney, Australia. He is the founder of artmarketblog.com, writes the art column for the magazine Antiques and Collectibles for Pleasure and Profit and contributes to many other publications.