Artist Contracts and Agreements


When planning an exhibition, whether it be a temporary or travelling one, it is essential to have a written agreement or contract with contributing organisations, artists and presenters.

The agreement or contract is the legal document between an artist or owner of an artwork and a borrowing institution, or between an exhibition organiser and the host venue.

They are written to specify details about work to be undertaken and the expected outcomes. Formal agreements give both parties a clear point of reference as to their individual duties and responsibilities.

Contracts should confirm the specific details of the content of an exhibition such as:

  • name and address of the borrowing organisation and lender,
  • details of the work to be borrowed/lent,
  • insurance and transport arrangements,
  • condition reporting procedures to be undertaken,
  • time frame,
  • dispute resolution,
  • force majeure,
  • copyright and documentation agreements,
  • and payment schedule on delivery of work.

We recommend samples contracts provided by:

Simpsons Lawyers, Free sample contract

ArtsLaw, Sample Contracts 

While all care has been taken to ensure information is accurate at the time of publication, all information in this resource is intended as a guide only.  You should obtain professional advice if you have any specific concerns.