Emergency Customs Fund Appeal!
One of our artists sent us their work from France, and it’s being held hostage by HMRC & Parcelforce at the London South West Depot, Sutton!
People can help us pay this hideously shocking £65.28 fee so we don’t have to have the work sent back to the unsuspecting artist in Nice, by leaving it unclaimed in the depot for 20 days unclaimed, and thereby wasting all his hard work and whatever he already paid for postage!
We have a PayPal.me : @smallhousegallery
Help FREE young French artist JÉRÉMY GRIFFAUD’s miniature art works for his show at SMALL HOUSE GALLERY, the free unfunded no financial profit whatsoever micro gallery curation project in a dollhouse in a kitchen in a private home, and a shed inside a shared art studio in South London.
#parcelforceworldwide and #hmrcgovuk are holding the work hostage for 20 days until £65.28 is paid to them on a parcel that Jérémy valued on the customs form at 200 euros, in case it got lost.
The work does not belong to Small House Gallery or its artist/curator and is not staying in the country so VAT charges should not apply and we will appeal. But they make you pay these outrageous fees first before they let you apply for a refund. They refuse to enter into discussion about customs charge disputes until the charges are paid. £53.28 impost tax on a package valued at 200 euros. Plus £12 clearance fee? Come on!
The work, again to be clear, does not belong to us and is not staying on in the UK, but is being sent back to its creator after the show is finished.
We can’t pay that kind of fee just to receive art temporarily from an EU artist. Jérémy can’t afford it either. He already paid 25 euros to send the parcel in the first place! He’ll also have to pay return postage. All on top of what it cost to make the work!
The artist who naively runs the project funds it out of her own moth-eaten lint-laden pockets because she wants to share it with people, especially now.
We don’t charge viewers admission fees. We don’t charge artists any fees. This is a creative collaboration between equals that viewers from everywhere, every country, rich or poor, are welcome to see the results of (online).
Nobody gets paid. Nobody.
We have no funding.
We have no sponsorship.
We’d love to get paid.
We’d love to break even!
As a result of this harsh and expensive experience, we will have to rethink the whole Small House Gallery thing. This might be the last international exhibition we can show. We reluctantly, regretfully may have to close our borders thanks to Brexit ‘getting done’.
We don’t want to only show British Artists. We want to be able to show Artists’ Artists from wherever.
But if we don’t pay this ransom to HMRC & parcelforce then Jérémy’s work will go back to Nice without being shown in England, and Jérémy will have wasted his time, energy and money sending his work to us.
What an absolute embarrassment!
HELP us pay this charge and we will fight it after the fact, but at least by paying it Jérémy will get to show his work in Small House Gallery, and you’ll have the pleasure of getting to see the videos, mini installations and prints that he’s cooked up especially for our micro venue. This show has been in the pipeline for many months now. It’s one of the shows we were most excited by and have been looking forward to THE MOST!
A fiver here a quid there, a tenner, a 20 spot – whatever you’ve got, we’d be grateful for the help.
Thanks for ‘listening.’
Small House behind the scenes…
Small House Gallery is a fun and joyous little project with big aspirations of becoming a long term fixture on the London/UK art scene. It was founded in 2016 by artist Eldi Dundee, then took a hiatus between 2018/19, and was revived and reinvigorated during the first Covid lockdown 2020, when we began a dedicated Instagram account, and put out an ‘Open Call’ on CuratorSpace inviting artists to submit for solo and group micro shows. From the very next day, and ever since, we have been in receipt of a steady stream of exciting international proposals, from the Americas, to the Middle East, and several points between.
In the New Year (2021) we acquired two new Small House Gallery dolls houses. One, the same style as the first, has an additional floor. We’re calling that one Small House Two. The second is a completely different style of house. It came ready restored and pimped by a design team, and offers a much bigger footprint than the other two houses, but with fixed, pre-styled interiors which we want to keep as is. We’re calling that house: Small House Cottage. This expansion means we can show more than one artist concurrently, or it gives one artist the potential to show work in multiple mini house-scapes, simultaneously or sequentially.
The demand for our services may just be a Covid thing. Or maybe it could last years. We can’t know where our efforts are going to lead. What we do know is that we want to be able to keep Small House Gallery going for as long there’s a desire for it, and that we’d like to continue attracting interesting, accomplished, playful emerging- and mid-career artists from all around the world to our 1:12 scaled curatorial offering. Maybe even get to the point where we can commission some work especially…?
Running a contemporary art gallery for a dolls house (nay, three dolls houses, now, as of January 2021) isn’t exactly what you’d call an income generator. There’s no salary to speak of, yet for a venture so small in scale, there’s a huge heap of unseen, unpaid, work, time, and creative energies that go into managing and maintaining it behind the scenes. It’s wholly self-funded, which isn’t sustainable longterm, and our investment in the galleries’ infrastructures and maintenance significantly outweighs the negligible financial returns. How can we turn hearts, thumbs up and fire emojis into income so we can at least break even?
We truly love our followers for their moral support, likes and mentions! And we love growing followers. It’s so very validating and rewarding! But, and thee’s always a but in these matters, right? It’s that as flattering and affirming as all that is, we aren’t able to pay the utilities providers, etc. with our sweat equity and smiles. If only! Maybe someday when the Patriarchy falls… but in the meantime we have to find some way to financially sustain this venture. How to do it without ‘selling out’? or losing creative control? Without compromising the integrity, quality, vision or playfulness that are abundant in these early days? We’ve managed to keep ads off the website – for now. We know how irritating they can be when they interfere with visual content.
We don’t want to charge our artists any fees for submitting work, either, nor to ask for rent for the time they show with us! That would be horrible for us if we had to resort to that. We’d sooner pack the project in. The artists do agree, however, to take care of the costs of the safe packing and insured shipping of their work to get and from the studio, and we ask them for a very modest and fair commission of 20% on any works that might sell as a result of exhibiting with us. These are the only financial matters we will raise with our artists.
Where does that leave us then? Maybe we can attract some sort of sponsorship? or investment of some kind? a grant? to help cover our expenses? With support, we could help raise money for charity for specific important and underserved demographics. Commission artists for the same purpose. The artists could be FROM those demographics. It could be a good look for a company’s corporate responsibility image, perhaps. We could use one of the houses for a few creative retail collaborations maybe? We’d only want to take financial support or contributions from whomever, as long as the representatives of that funding body or brand don’t interfere with our’s project’s creative autonomy and authenticity — we’d also want to have a say in how, where and when their logos are displayed. That’s the only way we’d be happy to consider that as a potential option. We need your ideas, friends. Help us brainstorm this…
It’s very early days into our current incarnation, now in Lockdown number 3 in Covid London at the start of 2021.
For now, we want our energy and focus to go to the selection of artists whose ideas and output thrill, inspire, stimulate or provoke us in some way, and on helping them develop a fantastic micro show in one (or all) of our humble little South London/online gallery spaces.
So the point of all this? (If the page title and tip jar image aren’t enough of a clue!)
A small call to action:
If you like what we do here at Small House Gallery, and you’re in the position to, and feel inclined to, please consider visiting our >>>>>> paypal.me link <<<<<< and contributing to our upkeep, weekly, monthly, yearly, or just a one off, and help us keep keep ticking along.
Thank you for your time, and generosity, whatever amount you can give. And if you can’t help financially, please continue to support us by spreading the word about our projects. Visit the virtual shows, share them on your social media accounts. Support the artists we work with. Follow them online. If you can and are so inclined, buy their work. Be lovely. Spread the love.
With thanks and kind regard,
The Small House Gallery family