What's in it for me as an artist?

  • We will promote every artist who participates, on social media and in our community gallery. The online gallery will have full details about the work and the artist, including contact details, links to their websites and any upcoming exhibitions.

  • We believe that the people who loan the artwork will become interested in the artist, show it off to their friends and buy other work directly from the artist.

  • Although this is not a 'try before you buy' scheme, in the first year many people who loaned work went on to buy it and over £1000 worth of sales were made.

  • The work is loaned or 'donated' to Sprout for one year but the artist retains an interest so if someone offers to buy it, the artist will be informed and will be offered the proceeds, less commission (currently 20% for work under £100, 25% for work £101-£300) and any expenses such as framing. 


  • We are willing to provide a simple frame for standard sizes.

  • You will be invited to all Art Loan events and have the chance to meet other artists as well as people who are interested in art.

  • We will arrange for some pieces of work to be displayed at local venues such as E & A Wates, and Harry's chocolate emporium, which will help promote the artist as well as in the Art Loan scheme.

  • A similar scheme is running in Holloway, to see how it works please visit www.artlending.org.uk

What work is suitable?

  • We prioritise smaller works (A3 or similar) but are happy to include larger framed pieces and small 3D items too. It can be in any format or medium including photography and textiles, and it must be your original work.


  • Your artwork should be something you would be proud to see on display in someone's home. Any piece of work can be submitted of any subject, but please remember it will be promoted across social media.

  • Ideally work should be submitted framed; we can provide framing but it will be very basic white or black and a standard size - we cannot offer bespoke framing.

  • Artists should be over 18 and reside in South West London.

How do I submit my work?

  • Please email up to three images to sproutarts@gmail.com

  • We will send you a form to fill in.

  • Please provide details about yourself and a full description of the work, including the price (work should be worth between £60 to £300). Please let us know if you have any upcoming exhibitions which we can help promote.

  • If you have a website or social media account (Twitter, instagram) please let us know so we can follow you and please follow the Sprout Art Loan scheme and SproutArts.

What is the difference between donating and loaning my work?

  • Because this is a new initiative with some risk, we originally asked artists to 'donate' their work with the artist retaining an interest and given the proceeds of any sales in the first year (after three Loan events). Artists can now also 'loan' their work on the understanding that, although we will endeavour to ensure the work is returned undamaged, we can't guarantee this and can not be held liable for lost or stolen work.

  • There will always be a danger that work could be damaged or stolen, which Sprout cannot insure against – although the artwork can only be collected in person, the borrower must also be a member of Sprout and we would have their names, addresses and photograph.

  • After one year we will offer it for sale as well as for loan or will give the work back - it is a good idea to change it with another piece (it can NOT be returned while it is being loaned out). Artists must be willing to collect it if they want it back, you can also donate it to us at this point

  • Sprout reserves the right to raffle, sell, or auction donated works of art if the artist doesn't want it returned - and the proceeds will be retained to help support Sprout Arts.

  • The scheme is built on trust, because we feel that if the loan becomes expensive or complicated it defeats the objective.