Contemporary Art Society of Victoria

The Australian National Brooch Show 2023 ... FAQ

What is The Australian National Brooch Show?

The Australian National Brooch Show... is an initiative of the Contemporary Art Society of Victoria Inc. (CAS). This is the 16th time we have held The Australian National Brooch Show. It's an exhibition of small wearable artworks, hence the title, The Australian National Brooch Show.

This exhibition showcases small wearable artworks by both established and emerging contemporary artists and offers all participating artists the opportunity gain exposure for their art at low cost. For 2023 we have subsidized all entries to enable free entry. By having a theme of small wearable artworks, artist's from all over Australia have an opportunity to submit works via Australia Post.

Who puts on The Australian National Brooch Show?

The exhibition is run by the Contemporary Art Society of Victoria Inc. The Society is a non-profit organization, run on a voluntary basis by artists for the benefit of artists and those interested in the arts. It is based in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, and was founded in 1938. We also hold other art exhibitions throughout the year. The Society's primary aims include the fostering and promotion of contemporary art, to further the understanding of it, and to encourage and stimulate artists. For membership enquiries, see the CAS website.

Who is CAS Inc?

The Contemporary art Society of Victoria Inc. (CAS Inc.) is an incorporated non-profit art society, run by a committee of practicing visual artists (all volunteers) supporting the societies aim of promoting contemporary Australian art & artists, with affordable exhibitions. We support both established and emerging artists. CAS is endorsed as a deductible gift recipient (DGR) by the Australian Tax Office, and is included on the Register of Cultural Organisations (ROCO).

How long is The Australian National Brooch Show on for?

This year The Australian National Brooch Show will be on display at the Fitzroy Library, (wall display cases) at 128 Moor Street, Fitzroy (Melway ref: 2C B9). The show will be open to the public from the Thursday 14 September to Sunday 26 November 2023. The Fitzroy Library Hours are: Monday: 10am - 6pm, Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday:10am - 8pm, Friday: 10am – 6pm, Saturday: 10am – 4pm and Sunday: 2pm - 5pm.

Note: Library hours are subject to change

How much does it cost to enter?

Entry is free for 2023 (a one off offer). Note: ALL artists are to INCLUDE return postage in STAMPS. Overseas entrants to pay via paypal for return postage.

We do welcome your TAX DEDUCTIBLE donations (via our website) to enable us to continue. Receipts for donations over $5 will be posted.

How do I pay my return postage? (overseas entrants)

ALL Australian entrants are to include return postage with brooches. (Australian Postage stamps, not cash) ONLY overseas entrants to pay postage via paypal. You can pay your return postage fee by any of these methods - click the Forms-Payments menu at the top.

Credit Card via the secure PayPal site (see below for instructions)
EFT (Direct Deposit) bank details:
- Account name: Contemporary Art Society of Victoria Inc.
- BSB: 063001
- Account number: 00931548
- IMPORTANT: Please enter your name in the transfer DESCRIPTION field and also advise payment has been made by sending us an email.

PayPal Instructions
click the Forms-Payments menu at the top, and choose PayPal payments from the drop-down menu. Then choose the Pay return postage fees - Brooch Show option

Fill in the QUANTITY of postage you wish to pay, then click “add to cart”.

A window displaying “My Cartwill appear, showing the number of dollars (postage) you are entering, and a total amount in dollars. (Note: if you wish to CHANGE the amount at this time, select the TRASH icon, and you will empty your cart.) If the number of postage dollars is correct, click the button: “Checkout with PayPalwait for the secure PayPal page to load, then either:

Use your PayPal account, enter your password and follow instructions. OR

If you do not have a PayPal account, select “Don’t have a PayPal account?and follow instructions.

Note: PayPal will automatically issue you an email / receipt. This is your official receipt for entry payment.

Why is it so cheap to enter?

CAS Inc. is run by volunteers, and we subsidise the entry cost, so as to make this show accessible to artists. We do welcome donations! You can make a TAX DEDUCTABLE DONATION (for amounts over $5) via our website!

How do I get an entry form?

You can only enter online for The Brooch Show... from the Society's website,

(see conditions in entry form).

When is the entry deadline?

Return completed entry forms, return postage payment (in stamps, do not send cash) and your BROOCH works, by close of business, 5pm, 8 September 2023. All entries to be submitted by Australia Post. Post to: Contemporary Art Society of Victoria Inc., P.O. Box 283, RICHMOND, Vic 3121. Late entries will not be accepted and will be returned to sender.

How often is the show held?

The Australian National Brooch Show... is held annually.

How many artworks can I enter?

Each artist can enter up to 5 Brooches (small wearable artworks) see conditions.

What is the price I should put on my work?

This is up to you! The retail (catalogue) price is set by you, remember that a commission of 25% applies to your work if sold. eg: You have a brooch for sale for $50. The commission payable (at 25%) to CAS is $12.50 Therefore the amount payable to the artist would be $37.50 when it sells. It may be helpful for you to look at the brooches entered in LAST years show, on our website, to see what others have priced their work at. Last year's exhibition had over 200 artworks, and they ranged in price from $5. to $500. with the “average” price about $40.

What about G.S.T.?

CAS Inc. does not collect G.S.T. All prices must be total selling price. Any G.S.T. Liability between the artist and the A.T.O. Remains the responsibility of the artist.

What type of artworks can I enter?

Artists are asked to enter a brooch (3D) artwork that you have made (see size restrictions) using materials suitable for a brooch, eg: metal, wood, plastic, and objects such as beads, stones, feathers, plastic, wire other findings, on your own structure most materials accepted (see conditions).

Can I enter a brooch made by someone else?

No. All works entered must be the original work of the artist entering it.

What are the size restrictions?

All 3 dimensional works must not exceed 10 cm x 5cm x 3 cm overall dimensions, height, width or depth. Oversized works may be rejected.

Is there a selection process?

This is an “open call out” exhibition to all artists, and we welcome all artists to enter, however, the C.A.S. Inc. reserves the right to decline to exhibit any work, at any time. Unselected works will be returned to the artist at the end of the exhibition. The C.A.S. Inc. committee’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. Unsafe or wet works will be rejected.

How do I know if I have been accepted?

After the close of entries, we will produce a A4 “e-invitation” listing the names of all successful entrants / artists. This will be emailed to all entrants.

When & where do I deliver my artworks?

Artworks for this exhibition are to be delivered by Australia Post, and are to be delivered to: Contemporary Art Society of Victoria Inc., P.O. Box 283, RICHMOND, Vic 3121. Works must be received by close of business, 5pm, 8 September 2023. For this exhibition, we are unable to accept any personal or courier deliveries, for either delivery or return of works.

Is there an opening?

Yes, we are holding a “Try and Buy” event. Invited guests, artists and the public are invited to attend. This special event gives the buyers the opportunity to “Try on” a brooch (or three!) and we will have our electronic credit card facility present to be able to process sales on the day! This is popular with purchasers. Note: ALL brooches must remain on display until the end of the exhibition.

The “Try and Buy” event will be held at the Fitzroy Library (128 Moor Street, Fitzroy) on Saturday the 16th September 2023, from 11am to 1pm (duration) Entrants and their guests are invited to attend. Refreshments will be served. Please RSVP for catering purposes.

Can I get some invitations to send to friends?

After the close of entries, we will produce a A4 “e-invitation” listing the names of all successful entrants / artists. This will be emailed to all entrants. This will also be placed on the CAS website as a “downloadable” A4 size colour invitation. You can forward it to friends, or print off copies to give out at work, school, put on your local notice board etc. An electronic invitation will be sent to all entrants by email. We encourage all entrants to circulate this invitation, and invite your guests to attend.

Who would see my artwork?

As an exhibitor, your “small wearable artwork(brooch) would be seen by invited guests, previous art purchasers (CAS sends out invitations to all previous art purchasers) tourists, shoppers and local residents. e-invitations promoting the event will also be widely distributed. We anticipate many visitors to the exhibition!

Is my work photographed?

ALL exhibited works will be photographed by the society, and displayed on the dedicated section of the CAS website, at the end of the exhibition. Copyright remains with the artist. This service is included as part of your entry.

Do I have to be a member of CAS?

No, this is an “open call out” exhibition to all artists, and we welcome all artists to enter. Note: For the 2023 exhibition, the entry fee is waived.

How is The Australian National Brooch Show publicised?

We have an extensive e-mail list and information promoting the exhibition will be distributed widely. An email campaign promoting the event is also in place. Posters and flyers will also be sent to a variety of media outlets. Promotion also by social media on the CAS Facebook, Twitter & Instagram accounts.

Artwork sales?

Our easy-to-identify volunteer sales staff (CAS committee) will be on hand to transact sales during the “Try and Buy” event Note: This is the only day purchasers can pay by cash, All other brooch sales and enquires will be taken by telephone for the remainder of the show's duration. Payment can be made by cheque, money order or by credit card. CAS can take Mastercard, Visa and also a range of debit cards. We are able to electronically verify all transactions to ensure payment has been processed. CAS applies a sales commission of 25% on all sold artworks. Purchasers will only be able to receive their purchase when it has been paid for in full. (At the conclusion of the exhibition) All entrants who have made sales will be posted a cheque by CAS 30 days after the exhibition.

Can I take my artwork out of the show early?

No. It is a condition of entry that exhibitors agree for their brooch/s to remain on show for the exhibition duration, early collection will not be permitted.

Can someone buy a brooch after the end of the show? Via the CAS website?

CAS will put up images of all exhibited “brooches” at the end of the exhibition. If we receive an enquiry or request to purchase a work, (this includes international enquires and sales) we will contact the artist to see if the “brooch” is still available, if so, and the purchaser wants to proceed with the sale, we then require you to post us the “brooch”. Once payment has been received from purchaser, CAS will send by registered post or courier the item to the purchaser. The normal commission of 25% (as per entry conditions) applies. Note: CAS will also deduct the cost sending the purchase by registered post from the amount payable to the artist. (eg: small item within Australia, about $9.)

Is there a poster available for the show, that I can put up at work?

Yes! Shortly on the CAS website will be a “downloadable” A4 size colour poster. Please feel free to print off copies and put up at work, school, your local notice board etc.

Can I help?

Yes! We welcome volunteer helpers for either the set up or take down of the exhibition at both venues. Please contact us to discuss where you can help. Set up / take down volunteers usually assist for approximately 2–3 hours. Another way you can help us, is for you to tell others that you have your artwork on display in the exhibition! Send out the e-invitation (by email) or print it off and give to friends! The more people who go along and view the exhibition, the greater the chance that they might buy one of the amazingly affordable and desirable small wearable artworks! e.g: your brooches!

Any further questions?

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