Please contact us for advice if you are applying from overseas and you are unable to obtain a counter-signature from a UK passport holder.
Signing your art is an integral part of the creative process.
Examples of photographs that we cannot accept are shown below: Examples of photographs that we can accept are: If you complete your application at a UK post office we do not require a counter-signatory.
If you are submitting a paper application form you must provide a photograph that is counter-signed and dated on the back in blue or black ink by a UK passport holder.
Details of the person signing the photograph will need to be provided in section C of the application form.
By signing and dating the photograph the counter-signatory is agreeing that the photograph is of you.
Your signature identifies your art for all time as having been created, completed and approved of by you and you alone (with the exception of collaborative works, of course).
When someone wants to know who created your art, your signature tells them.
If the photograph is not signed and dated by the counter-signatory, or their full name and address, UK passport number and telephone number is not given, we will need to return your application form.
When someone sees your art for the first time and wants to know who the artist is so they can see more or learn more, your signature helps them find you.
When you're not around to identify your art (and sooner or later you won't be), your signature identifies it for you.
People buy art all the time and either lose or misplace their receipts or documentation, or just throw them out.
People buy art all the time and forget who the artists are.