Terms & Conditions

OUR SERVICE 

Bluethumb acts as a service provider for artists looking to sell their artwork, and individuals interested in purchasing artwork, through an online art marketplace. This site is operated by Bluethumb Pty Ltd, which has offices in Adelaide, South Australia and Melbourne, Victoria, and offers Australian art to a global audience of art lovers and collectors.

INTRODUCTION

Before you use the Bluethumb website you must read, agree with and accept all of these Terms and Conditions of Use, and Bluethumb's policies, including its Privacy and Security PolicyShipping Policy, Art Consignment and Sale Agreement and Refunds and Returns Policy. These policies change from time to time, and they form part of these Terms and Conditions of Use.

Bluethumb reserves the right, at its absolute discretion, to change or modify all or any part of these Terms and Conditions of Use at any time, effective immediately upon publishing on the website (www.bluethumb.com.au).  If at any time these Terms and Conditions of Use are no longer acceptable to you, you should immediately cease use of the Bluethumb website.

If you do not agree to accept and abide by these Terms and Conditions of Use, you should not access or use the Bluethumb website. 

These Terms and Conditions of Use are separated into three sections:

Definitions
Terms & Conditions of Agreement
Contact & Acknowledgement


DEFINITIONS

Artist Artist is defined as the person who created the original artwork, has the right to sell the artwork, and is selling the artwork via the Bluethumb website.
Purchaser Purchaser is defined as the person who has made a purchase on the Bluethumb website through an online payment.
Member Member is defined as any person who has created an account on the Bluethumb website, whether they are an Artist or a Purchaser.
User User is defined as any person, member or not, who browses or uses the Bluethumb website for any purpose.
Content Content is defined as data, text, images, usernames, graphics, photos, paintings, drawings, artworks, profiles or links or any other information whatsoever that is posted by Bluethumb or a member of the website.
Artwork Artwork is defined as any piece of original work that is offered for sale on or sold via the website.
Copyright Copyright protects the original expression of ideas, not the ideas themselves. It is free and automatically safeguards your original works of art from copying and certain other uses. For more information refer to the information sheets on Artists & Copyright, Infringement, or the Copyright Act 1968. 
Original Original is defined as a primary and original work, as opposed to any copy, reproduction or imitation. Copies and reproductions are not considered original for the purposes of these terms and conditions. Prints (photography and electronically altered works must be approved by Bluethumb before listing) must be limited editions, numbered and signed by the artist. Copyright must belong to the creator of an artwork in order for it to be considered original.



TERMS & CONDITIONS OF USE

Service Region: Bluethumb services and ships within the Australian community and globally, including (but not limited to) the USA, UK, Europe and Asia.
Age and Responsibility: The user represents and warrants that they are of sufficient legal age to use the Bluethumb website and to create binding legal obligations for any liability they may incur as a result of the use of the Bluethumb website. The user agrees to be responsible for all of their use of the Bluethumb website (as well as for use of their username and password(s) by others, including without limitation, minors living with them). The user agrees to supervise all usage by minors of the website under their name or account.
Unauthorised Use: The Bluethumb website must not be used for any illegal or unauthorised purpose. The Bluethumb website must not be hacked and/or any adaptations made to any aspect of the website. Posting of advertisements or links to any other websites, including but not limited to social networking sites, is not allowed without express written permission from Bluethumb.

Acceptable Content:


Bluethumb aims to promote hand-made, original artworks and only allows digitised or electronically produced or enhanced mediums, such as photographs or other works created and/or modified by a computer, on a discretionary basis. 

Artworks may include drawings, watercolours, paintings, mixed media, ink works, etc. Textiles, craft, jewellery etc. are generally not accepted but may be at the discretion of Bluethumb. Contact us if your art falls in the latter categories.

Artists wanitng to list photography, sculpture or digital art must apply here for approval.

Sculpture Requirements
  • Artworks that are created of a three dimensional nature, consisting of form, shape and texture. Works must show creativity and clear consistency on quality.
  • Any props or mounts that are essential to support the sculpture for display purposes should accompany the sculpture with sale.
  • No delicate pieces, artwork must withstand the courier process and packaged according.
  • Materials used are to be of artist grade quality, safe and stable.
  • Sculptures sold on Bluethumb,  should be suitable for an interior setting. Outdoor sculptures will need to be of appropriate size and material as dictated by the Bluethumb.
  • Any sculpture exceeding 20kg must seek approval before listing.
  • If approval is not met, artists may be liable for excess shipping charges.
  • All sculpture is subject to an approval process. Any artists found to be listing sculptures that have not been approved, will be deactivated from Bluethumb. This may occur at any time without prior notice.
  • All artist approvals are at the discretion of Bluethumb. 
  • If unsuccessful, a second application may be made after a 3 month period.
  • Sculptures sold on bluethumb are designed to be suitable for interior settings. Outdoor sculptures will need to be of appropriate size and material as dictated by the Bluethumb.

Digital Art Requirements 
  • Artworks that have been created using prominently digital technology (including digitally created graphic art, digital collages, digitally manipulated artworks etc.) 
  • Digital art does not include digital photography, but can include elements of digital photography within the creative process. Using a digital filter, or altering the levels within a photograph, does not qualify the work as digital art
  • Artists should show an accomplished level of creative ability and technique. 
  • Artists should clearly demonstrate a consistency in quality across all works. 
  • Artworks should be visually appealing, not essential but preferred. 
  • Printed works should be of a good quality and printed on a recognised surface material. 
  • The artist does not produce work which infringes, misappropriates or violates a third party’s patent, copyright, trademark, trade secret, moral rights or other intellectual property rights, or rights of publicity or privacy, or result in the violation of any applicable law or regulation. 
  • Artist does not produce work of an inappropriate nature e.g. pornographic, fascist, racist, homophobic, xenophobic, anti-semitic, violent or offensive to certain religions.
  • All digital art is subject to an approval process. Any artists found to be selling digital artworks that have not been approved, will be deactivated from Bluethumb. This may occur at any time without prior notice
  • All artist approvals are at the discretion of Bluethumb. 

If artworks are framed, they must be packaged extremely carefully and labeled as fragile.  Artworks must be photographed as framed if they are framed, or unframed if they are not.  

Artworks must be unique or sold as one in a series of limited edition artworks and clearly titled so (eg. "My Artwork ed. 2 of 10").

Unacceptable Content:

Users posting content on the Bluethumb site must not infringe any copyright and/or intellectual property rights of any person, entity, organization, trademark or other. Users must not misrepresent content, including artwork for sale, in the picturing and description of that content.

Bluethumb does not accept content that is obscene in any way, pornographic, indecent, inflammatory, defamatory or racist to any person or group of people. Artistic nudes are accepted at the discretion of Bluethumb.

The content posted on the Bluethumb website must not be fraudulent or illegal in any manner nor contain viruses, Trojan horses, worms, or any other programming that may interfere, disrupt or corrupt the smooth operations of the entire Bluethumb website, including all databases.

Bluethumb encourages all users to the site to report any inappropriate content through the "Report this Content" link provided beside each artwork, or via the Contact Us page. Bluethumb will not manually screen all postings and therefore welcomes the assistance from the Bluethumb community where possible.

Bluethumb has the right but has no obligation, to remove any content posted at its absolute discretion. Bluethumb does not condone the posting of inappropriate content and makes a concerted effort to remove such content as soon as possible.

 

All live artwork listings, that are available to be purchased must be available for sale and physically exist. Listings that are "Commission Me" or "Commission Something Similar" will be removed permanently from Bluethumb.

Any unlawful, misrepresented or offensive content posted on the website is the sole responsibility of the user/member that posts such content.

Users of the site understand that exposure to inappropriate content may occur and browsing of the website is at the user's own risk.

Artists agree to respect Bluethumb marketplace and not attempt to direct traffic away from Bluethumb to make personal contact or sales outside of Bluethumb. This includes not posting information in artist profiles or artwork descriptions which include:

  • Personal websites and/or email addresses
  • Personal social media accounts on platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr etc
  • Mentioning gallery representation and/or other establishments where works can be purchased.
  • Comments intended to encourage direct contact outside of Bluethumb such as "visit my Facebook account or personal website to see more of my artwork".
  • Watermarks on profile images, cover images or artwork images that are not in the bottom left or right corner of the artwork image and contain more information than the copyright symbol and the artist's first and last name.
  • Where a buyer enquiry has been made through Bluethumb, the Artist agrees to complete the transaction with that User through Bluethumb. 

 

Artists that have no available works for sale on Bluethumb will have their account put on a temporary hold. It is the artist's responsibility to get in contact with Bluethumb when they are ready to upload more work available for sale. 

Prices & Sales practice:

All prices shown on the Bluethumb website are in Australian Dollars (AUD) or US Dollars (USD). Prices of artworks shown on the Bluethumb website are set at the discretion of the Artist. 

All artwork prices displayed on Bluethumb must be equal to, or lower than artwork offered for sale elsewhere. This means Artists explicitly agree to not price artwork listed on Bluethumb at a lower price on personal websites, exhibitions, other online galleries & marketplaces. 

By using Bluethumb, Artists are required to complete all sales on Bluethumb which come from a Bluethumb lead. This includes studio visits as organised by Bluethumb, artist to collector introductions, Bluethumb initiated exhibitions and leads to an Artist directly eg via social media where buyers are known to have discovered the artist via Bluethumb. Best practice for artists who receive direct enquiries is to ask where the potential buyer discovered their artwork. In cases where the buyer advises Bluethumb then the artist should direct the buyer to complete the transaction on Bluethumb.  

 

Taxation responsibility:

Each party is responsible for their own taxes associated with each transaction and will account for any taxes imposed by governments or governing authorities, and related accounting or audit requirements arising out of, as a result of, incidental to, or in connection with obligations under this agreement. We recommend that you consult with your tax advisor as to the application of taxes for you, as the seller of the art. This may include GST and other transactional taxes.

Bluethumb will not collect or pay taxes on your behalf as Bluethumb is merely acting as an agent in facilitating the sale of your product to the customers. You authorize Bluethumb to deduct the base amount (which includes Bluethumb's margin for facilitation services, including tax where applicable) from the sales proceeds for your artwork before distributing your margin (which will include tax where applicable). The amounts distributed to you will be deemed to be inclusive of any taxes, if applicable. You will at all times be solely responsible for reporting and remitting any tax liabilities arising out of the sale of your art together with any potential interest or penalties that any tax authority may levy as a result of non-compliance.

If you have an Australian Business Number (ABN) you may submit your ABN to the website where requested. If you do not have an ABN, or if you elect not to submit your ABN to the website, you will be required to provide more information about the circumstances under which you are offering your art for sale on the website, including whether any of the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) exemptions apply to you. If this is not provided you permit Bluethumb in its capacity as agent to withhold the highest rate of tax (currently 47%) from any payments due to you.

You are required to notify Bluethumb if you are registered for GST, as such any payment price set by you will be inclusive of GST. Bluethumb will issue a tax invoice on your behalf and will ensure any copies of the invoices will also be sent to the artist. By using the Bluethumb platform to sell art you agree that you will not issue an invoice to the member seperately.

For the avoidance of doubt, all tax-related reporting responsibilities by you to relevant tax authorities are entirely your responsibility.

Trademark: The Bluethumb logo is a trademark of Bluethumb. Use of the Bluethumb logo is not authorised without express written permission from Bluethumb.
Copyright: All content on the Bluethumb website is copyright of either Bluethumb or the Artist. Content must not be downloaded or used without express written permission from Bluethumb, or the Artist where the content is their own work.

The Artist retains all copyright for physical artworks (which includes reproduction rights) even when the physical property is transferred to the Purchaser. If the Purchaser wishes to reproduce the Work, this must be separately negotiated with the Artist.
Refusal & Termination of Service: Bluethumb reserves the right to refuse service to anyone at any time and at its absolute discretion. Bluethumb reserves the right to modify, terminate or suspend member accounts, at any time, at its discretion, and without prior notice.

Bluethumb reserves the right to terminate the Bluethumb service at any time and at its absolute discretion without prior notice.

Upon termination, any rights granted by the Artist to Bluethumb under this agreement immediately revert to the Artist.
Warranties: Bluethumb offers an "as is" service. Bluethumb does not supply any warranties in relation to content represented on the Bluethumb website.
Disputes & Release: Bluethumb is released from any claims arising from disputes between users and members of the website, including disputes between Artists and Purchasers, between Artists and Artists, and between Purchasers and Purchasers.
Liability: The user assumes all responsibility and risk for use of the Bluethumb website including and without limitation any of the content or information contained therein. Bluethumb accepts no liability for any failure to comply with these Terms and Conditions of Use where such failure is due to circumstances beyond its reasonable control.

Including your work in promotions:

 

From time to time Bluethumb may run sales and promotions sitewide or to specific collectors. If your art is sold during this promotion a discount is applied by bluethumb to your listed artwork of 10 to 15%. The discount is designed to run special campaigns that will generate even more engagement with our buyers and increase your exposure. The discount also allows greater integration with industry buyers such as interior designers, encouraging them to work with bluethumb and artists. If a promotional discount code is redeemed, the discount will be deducted from the total price of the artwork and the usual 67/33 split will then be calculated. This means that you as the artist and bluethumb will share the discount.

 

ArtMoney:

By accepting Bluethumb's Ts & Cs, you agree to and accept the possibility of purchasers using ArtMoney, an interest-free loan for purchasing artwork and sharing ArtMoney's 10% commission fee with Bluethumb.

How it works:

The purchaser pays a minimum 10% deposit upfront and pays the remaining funds to ArtMoney over an agreed period of time in monthly instalments.

      • The purchaser pays a minimum 10% deposit upfront and pays the remaining funds to ArtMoney over an agreed period of time in monthly instalments.
      • Once the transaction is confirmed, which usually takes 3-6 working days, the funds are paid to Bluethumb and the order is confirmed and can be dispatched.The artists get paid in the normal time frame as a standard transaction done with credit card or PayPal. 
      • ArtMoney charges 10% of the total artwork value as commission. They do this by deducting their commission from the payment to Bluethumb. This cost will be shared by the artist and Bluethumb. In effect the artist has a 10% reduction in payout and Bluethumb has a 10% reduction in commission
      • It has the same effect as if a 10% coupon was applied to the sale
      • The usual Bluethumb returns policy still applies.
Zip and Afterpay

By accepting Bluethumb's Ts & Cs, you agree to and accept the possibility of purchasers using Afterpay or Zip, an interest-free 'buy now, pay later' payment plan for purchasing artwork and sharing their commission fee with Bluethumb.

How it works:

  • The purchaser uses Afterpay or Zip and takes out a loan directly Afterpay or Zip and repays them over time. 
  • Once the transaction is confirmed, which is (almost) immediate, the order is confirmed and can be dispatched.  The artists get paid in the normal time frame as a standard transaction done with credit card or PayPal. 
  • Afterpay and Zip charge a commission to the seller (which varies based on loan size, and between Zip & Afterpay). This commission is deducted from he payment made to Bluethumb. A 5% charge will be shared with the artists and result in a 5% reduction in payout to the artist. It has the same effect as if a 5% coupon was applied to the sale. 
  • The usual Bluethumb returns policy still applies.
Bluethumb Layby

By accepting Bluethumb's Ts & Cs, you agree to the possibility of purchasers using Bluethumb layby payment plan for purchasing artwork.

How it works:

  • The purchaser uses Bluethumb Layby on the orders page and confirms order.
  • Once the transaction is confirmed, they pay in 4 equal fortnightly payments to Bluethumb (starting on the day of the order).
  • Artist holds the artwork for this period (6 weeks).
  • Once the full payment is received, the artwork is shipped out to the purchaser and artist is paid 7 days after delivery.
  • Our usual returns policy still applies.
Communication with Artists

When communicating with an artist directly via Bluethumb, you, the collector, agree to be respectful and fair to the artist. If any participant is found to be abusive, Bluethumb reserves the right to intervene and discontinue the accounts of participants involved.

Disclaimer: Bluethumb does not represent or guarantee that the Bluethumb service or the Bluethumb website, or any other website that is accessible using a hyperlink from this website will be current, or free from errors or viruses. Bluethumb does not represent or guarantee that access to the Bluethumb service or these websites will be uninterrupted.

The user acknowledges that the Bluethumb service or the Bluethumb website may be affected by outages, faults or delays. Such outages, faults or delays may be caused by factors, including but not limited to technical difficulties with the performance or operation of Bluethumb's or another person's software, equipment or systems, traffic or technical difficulties with the Internet or infrastructure failures.

Bluethumb does not warrant that any members' uploads to this website will be protected against loss or misuse or alteration by third parties. Bluethumb does not warrant that all uploaded content will be available on our website. If Bluethumb elects in its sole discretion to make available content on its website, it does not warrant that it will be available within a certain time frame. Bluethumb reserves the right to cancel and refund any sale made through the Bluethumb website. 

It is the responsibility of the user to ensure that they are not exposed to viruses, Trojan horses or any other code of a destructive nature.

Bluethumb does not accept responsibility for any loss or damage, however, caused (including through negligence), that users may directly or indirectly suffer in connection with their use of this website or any linked website, nor does it accept any responsibility for any such loss arising out of a user's use of or reliance on information contained on or accessed through this website.

To the extent permitted by law, any condition or warranty that would otherwise be implied into these Terms and Conditions of Use is hereby excluded. Where legislation implies any condition or warranty, and that legislation prohibits us from excluding or modifying the application of, or our liability under, any such condition or warranty, that condition or warranty will be deemed included but our liability will be limited for a breach of that condition or warranty to one or more of the following:
  1. if the breach relates to goods:
    • the supply of equivalent goods;
    • the payment of the cost of replacing the goods or of acquiring equivalent goods; or
    • the payment of the cost of having the goods repaired; and
  2. if the breach relates to services:
    • the supplying of the services again; or
    • the payment of the cost of having the services supplied again

This disclaimer does not attempt or purport to exclude liability arising under statute if, and to the extent, such liability cannot be lawfully excluded.

   



CONTACT & ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

Contact: If you have concerns relating to the Bluethumb website or these Terms and Conditions of Use, please contact Bluethumb via any of the following means:
 
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 1800 122 486 (Australian phone numbers only)
Post: 52 Cambridge Street
Collingwood, Vic 3066
Australia
 

INVITE YOUR FRIENDS "CREDIT"

  1. Credit accrued cannot be exchanged for cash
  2. Credit accrued expires in 12 months if not used
  3. Credit accrual policy can be changed or cancelled at Bluethumb's absolute discretion.
No. friends that buy Total credit you'll receive Individual referral value
1 $30 $30
2 $60 $30
3 $90 $30
4 $120 $30
5 $250 $50
6 $300 $50
7 $350 $50
8 $400 $50
9 $450 $50
10 $1000 $100
11 $1100 $100
12 $1200 $100
13 $1300 $100
14 $1400 $100
15 $1500 $100 

 
 

 

BLUETHUMB ART PRIZE 2021 TERMS & CONDITIONS 

 

  • Entry is free and the prize is non-acquisitive.
  • The winners are selected by the Bluethumb judging panel.
  • To enter you must set up a Bluethumb profile (it’s free) and comply with Bluethumb Ts & Cs.
  • The artworks selected (up to 3 artworks per artist) must be original pieces (not reproductions or prints), listed this year and comply with Bluethumb Ts & Cs.
  • The artwork entered must be available for sale on Bluethumb at the point of entering.
  • The artwork must be exclusively available on Bluethumb throughout the prize period (any artwork sold off platform will become ineligible).
  • Art entered may be sold on Bluethumb during the competition. This will not affect judging or your eligibility to win.
  • The artwork does not need to be entered with a chosen category. Bluethumb will determine which category the artwork fits and be as inclusive as possible (e.g. animal artworks may either be included in the portrait or landscape category depending on the composition). 
  • Entries open 12pm 8th October 2021 AEST. Entries close 11.59pm 31 October 2021 AEST (you can change your entries any time before entries close).
  • Entries that sell during the prize period are still valid, but can be changed. However, if you change from your sold entry, it cannot be reentered.
  • Judging is done online and the Bluethumb selection panel will shortlist the finalists to present to the judging panel.
  • Finalists are announced 9th November 2021.
  • The Overall Winner, Category Awards and Founder’s Award (see below) are announced 18th November 2021 in a COVID-safe online awards ceremony. 
  • The People's Choice (see below) voting opens on 9th November 2021 when the finalists are announced. The voting closes 6th December 2021 and the winner is announced 7th December 2021.


    THE PRIZES

    OVERALL WINNER

    The category award winner with the highest overall score from our expert panel of judges will win the top cash prize. This year’s Bluethumb Art Prize is double the previous years’ prizes!

    $20,000 Bluethumb Art Prize

    CATEGORY AWARDS

    All category winners will receive cash prizes and be invited to exhibit at the hugely successful Bluethumb Art Prize Winners Exhibition at 1 Denison next year. Runners-up will receive a $500 Eckersley’s Art & Craft gift voucher to stock up on art supplies.
     
    • Abstract Award: $3,000
      Runner-Up sponsored by Eckersley’s Art & Craft: $500 Eckersley’s Art & Craft Voucher


    • Landscape Award: $3,000
      Runner-Up sponsored by Eckersley’s Art & Craft: $500 Eckersley’s Art & Craft Voucher


    • Portrait Award: $3,000
      Runner-Up sponsored by Eckersley’s Art & Craft: $500 Eckersley’s Art & Craft Voucher


    • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Award: $3,000
      Runner-Up sponsored by Eckersley’s Art & Craft: $500 Eckersley’s Art & Craft Voucher


    • Still Life Award: $3,000
      Runner-Up sponsored by Eckersley’s Art & Craft: $500 Eckersley’s Art & Craft Voucher


    • Photography Award: $3,000
      Runner-Up sponsored by Eckersley’s Art & Craft: $500 Eckersley’s Art & Craft Voucher


    • Digital Award: $3,000
      Runner-Up sponsored by Eckersley’s Art & Craft: $500 Eckersley’s Art & Craft Voucher


    • Sculpture Award: $3,000
      Runner-Up sponsored by Eckersley’s Art & Craft: $500 Eckersley’s Art & Craft Voucher

SPECIAL AWARDS

The new Founders’ Award is judged by Bluethumb co-founders and brothers Edward and George Hartley. This prize is for large statement pieces, at least 1.5m on one side, as this is the most popular and in-demand artwork on Bluethumb.

The People’s Choice award is voted for online by the public from the pool of finalists when they’re announced on 9th November and the winner is announced on 7th December.The winners will receive cash prizes and also be invited to exhibit at the Bluethumb Art Prize Winners exhibition at 1 Denison next year.

For the People's Choice Award, the public (Bluethumb employees and their families are not eligible to win) can vote for five favourite artworks from 9th November until 6th December 2021 and will go in the running to win a favourited artwork valued up to $2,000. The winner will be picked at random.

    • Founders’ Award: $3,000

    • People’s Choice Award sponsored by Fantastic Framing: $3,000