The set up fee can be whatever you want for the rental of the piece.
If you need some guidance, we suggest it should reflect the time it might take to get the piece ready, take into account the several hours admin involved, and could be higher depending on the value of the piece. This value can be in terms of ‘sale’ value of equivalent works, value of materials and labour. This fee would logically be higher for more labour intensive pieces, works that couldn’t be easily recreated, those made from valuable materials.
Scottish Artists Union rates daily rates of £234 could be a useful benchmark. We could suggest £300 might be a good average.
However, it should also be kept in mind that the adopter is not ‘buying’ the work, the work remains owned by you and you can take it back anytime if needed. Also this scheme is designed to be mutually beneficial and to alleviate the burden on space or the cost of storage, and to offer exposure and new audiences to you and the work, so there are benefits other than the fee. A high fee may make it harder for us to find an adopter.