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HELP US RECORD & RESEARCH PUBLIC ARTWORK

Here at Leeds Art Gallery Online we have a growing team of volunteer photographers and researchers (known as Editors), they are helping record the public works of art in and around Leeds.
We welcome applications from anyone with an interest is recording, reviewing and researching public art that is on display around Leeds.

If you think you may be interested in becoming a volunteer Editor and would like to see your work displayed on our website, please read ALL of the information on this page, then if you would like to go ahead - please use the following link to start your application: VOLUNTEER APPLICATION FORM

WHAT'S INVOLVED

In and around the city of Leeds there are huge numbers of accessible to the public, un-recorded objects of art. We have set out our mission to photograph and record as much of this as is possible within the pages of our website, we aim to photograph, research and record accurate information specific to each piece and the artist. We plan to produce a definitive online archive of these works, making them accessible to a wider audience and for the first time create a central point where anyone with access to the internet can visit and research from a reliable source.

WHAT SKILLS ARE NEEDED

First you will need to be enthusiastic about art, photography and research, images are essential for most of the articles, but there are is also potential for publishing research articles that are stored in the database and are used by people carrying out research within our site. Research articles can also be found by following the dynamic links which appear on many of the pages within the site.

You do not need to be either a highly skilled photographer, nor own the best and most expensive equipment. As an example, the images for THE ARTICLE: Both Arms by: William Kenneth Armitage were produced using a Canon Powershot A300 Compact camera.

Equally important is the ability to record as much accurate information as possible. The exact location of any piece, details from any plaque or noticeboard. Keeping in mind that our mission is to record and present an archive - you are encouraged to produce as much researched information as is available to you.

WRITING YOUR OWN ARTICLES

Essential is the ability and willingness to write your own articles, this can be a short commentary or a review accompanying your images, but it can also be a well researched academic paper. Presenting your opinion is encouraged within the confines of both what is legal and decent.

Please keeping in mind that this is not an exercise to just publish photos, we are not building a theme specific photo gallery, images without commentary are not useful to this mission.

APPLICATION AND SELECTION

When you apply to be a volunteer photographer / researcher, we will contact you requesting that you submit two images for consideration. The subject in the images you submit is not important.

Your images will be reviewed by the photography team admin, after which we will contact you. Please be aware, because we are all volunteers... we do our very best to produce speedy responses, but from time to time there may be delays in getting back to you. You will not be ignored and your patience is much appreciated.

AFTER SELECTION

When your application is approved, we will contact you advising on how to proceed.

ASSIGNMENTS

We do not produce a list of assignments for our volunteer photographers, instead we leave this entirely up to you to seek out and record whatever information you can in your own free time.

SUPPORT - HELP IS ON HAND

Please note: All support is provided in the Editor Forum. We are unable to answer questions sent in via email.

When you are approved as a Volunteer Editor, you will have access to the Editor Forum. This is a private Editor's Only Forum - accessible to Editors via your login. Inside there are a number of tutorials plus a downloadable guide describing how to add your own photos and articles. There are also a number of threads into which you can post any questions you may have.

 

VOLUNTEER PHOTOGRAPHER AGREEMENT

SUBMITTING IMAGES

Both parties acknowledge that from time to time You may submit images and articles to the Website, and LAGO (Leeds Art Gallery Online - www.leedsartgallery.co.uk) will screen these submissions to see if they are suitable for inclusion.

You authorise LAGO to non-exclusive, unrestricted use of the images you submit. LAGO agrees not to sell these images under any circumstances and not to distribute them other than through our website.
You acknowledge that under no circumstances can you demand money from LAGO or those using the images, for the use of said images. You you may ask payment for supplying a higher resolution version of an image to your clients, but only if that size or higher is not stored on this Website.

You acknowledge that the images may be used by us for promotional purposes of the Website or your gallery on LAGO.

You acknowledge that LAGO does not allow the upload of images that infringe on any copyright, property right, trademark or any other applicable right.

You are solely responsible for the images You submit. You warrant that You own all proprietary rights regarding the images.

You acknowledge that even though We do our best to prevent it from happening, LAGO cannot be held responsible for the misuse or abuse of any image.

We also reserve the right to remove any published image at any time without notice or reason being provided.

Photographers should avoid shots that include identifiable children or persons you think are likely to be under the age of 18, unless you have obtained written permission from a parent or guardian of the child/children. In some circumstances - even where written permission has been obtained, images including identifiable may be removed.

EXPIRED EDITOR STATUS & REINSTATEMENT

Your account will remain active as long as you publish your first article within four months of receiving editor status. Editor status expires if your first article has not been published in four months, even if you have logged in during that time period. However, you will still be able to log into the editor forum where you can request a reinstatement of your editor status. Where an editor does not publish anything new for a prolonged period that is over 6 months - even though articles have been published by that editor, this will result in a temporary suspension of the editor's account. Suspended editors still have access to the editor forums where they can request a reinstatement of editor privileges.

TERMINATION

Both parties can terminate your membership for any reason without notice. Upon termination LAGO will cease to publish any further images by you which are not yet published. However, LAGO will not be able to remove images which have been published on our website.

EDITOR STATUS REMOVAL

In addition to the instances noted elsewhere in these guidelines, we may remove editors or revoke their editing privileges (in full or in part) at our sole discretion, for any reason. Such reasons may include, but are not limited to, the following:

Editor accounts may be removed by senior members of staff only and cannot be removed by other editors of the same rank.

REPORTING MISUSE

If you suspect misuse of an Editor's Privileges please contact the forum administrator by means of a Private Message (PM). Please do not assume anything or communicate this report until we have completed our investigation and informed you of the findings.

PRIVACY

We do everything we reasonably can to protect your privacy. We have a strict no-spam policy. We do not rent, sell or share your personal details with 3rd parties without your consent unless we are required to do so by the legal authorities. You may receive occasional information from LAGO, but only for communication and logistical purposes. If you operate as a business and wish to promote your services as part of the process of being a volunteer photographer, then you agree that you have waived your right to privacy.

INDEMNIFICATION

You agree to indemnify, defend, and hold harmless LAGO and its officers, employees, shareholders, directors and suppliers against all claims, liability, damages, costs and expenses, including reasonable legal fees and expenses, arising out of or related to a breach of this Agreement, the use of this site and the use or the inability of use of any Image, your failure to abide by any restriction regarding the use of an Image, or any claim by a third party related to the use of an Image.

ACCEPTANCE OF THIS AGREEMENT

Upon submitting your first image / article submission, by submitting your image / article you are agreeing with us the details set out in this agreement. LAGO reserve the right to change or amend the contents of this agreement without providing notice. We recommend that you read this agreement from time to time so that you are aware of any changes or amendments to the content.
 
Note from the photography team: Leeds Art Gallery Online (LAGO) is a popular website and offers great opportunities to showcase your work to a wider audience, it is not owned by Leeds City Art Gallery, instead it is run entirely independently by volunteers presenting a fanzine on art works at Leeds City Art Gallery and around Leeds.
As volunteer photographers, our mission is to record as much information as possible about public artwork that is on view to the general public around Leeds.


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