About how and why this site works

Cookies, Privacy, Accessibility and Design

We respect your online privacy and think it is important and worth preserving. Like most sites this one does collect general, freely available information about browser types and visits to the site so we can check how we are doing and make improvements. We do not collect or store any personal information from you, unless you are a logged in artist user in which case we save the information you have submitted to make your page function properly and publish the information you have chosen to publish. We do use a third party analytics service from Google Analytics to monitor site performance (of non-logged site users) but we do not send them full IP addresses of visitors to this site or any other personal information, and they do also offer their own opt-out as well from all Google Analytics tracking. Some pages on the site may display changing advertisements supplied by the Google Adsense program if you consent to the use of cookies.

If you have signed up to receive news from us by email, we keep only your email address, and the name you supplied with it, if any. We use this information only to inform you of dates, events and news connected to the site, and do not share your data with any party other than the hosting company who process the emails. You can remove yourself from the email list at any time by simply replying to one of the emails and asking to be removed, or just clicking the unsubscribe link in each email.

If you have an artist profile on this site, we collect from you your name, email, and work you wish to display. We use this information only to show your work on the site, and we do not share this info with others. On signing in you can edit, update, or delete this information.

This site uses cookies, but only if you choose to accept them. The site works fine without cookies, unless you need to log in as an artist. Cookies are not edible biscuits but rather are harmless text files sent by websites to your browser, which stores them on your computer. Then every time you look at a page on that site, your browser sends back a copy of that unique cookie so that the site knows who it is talking to. This is a bit like going to a convention where they temporarily put a name badge on you so people know who you are as you walk around - without the badge you can mostly walk around fine, but nobody can relate to you in ways made possible by wearing that badge (which you probably want to remove as soon as you leave the convention). Without cookies websites simply cannot remember who you are from one minute to the next.

You can control the cookie settings in your own browser, stop or delete any and all cookies at any time, or deal with cookies on a site-by-site basis. You can tell your browser to ignore all third party cookies, meaning you then only accept cookies from sites you actually visit, not from others such as advertisers. You can set your browser to delete all cookies on a regular basis, for example when you close it, or once a day, week, or month. If you simply accept all cookies from all sites and never delete them, search engines, advertisers and other parties will eventually build up a very thorough and worryingly complete picture of your online activities, which is why UK and EU law now require sites to get your consent before they send you cookies in the first place - it is your choice to accept or reject those cookies.

Some pages on this site may display small ads from the Google Adwords program to help cover hosting costs. Those ads may use third party cookies set by Google to personalise them if you accept third party cookies, and Google do offer an opt out option specifically for the Google Ads.

Accessibility on websites means everyone can use them. Web Accessibility also means complying with UK disability and discrimination law, so everyone can access a website, even without using a mouse or screen. This site meets the standards set by the intenational web standards body W3C, the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines. Our site achieves the full AAA standard, where A is the required minimum for all sites and AAA is the recognised highest level, but if you have any difficulties or concerns here please do contact us. Its always easy to test any website online for yourself, and report problems sites at FixTheWeb.net.

This site is using what is called a responsive design, where elements can get automatically re-arranged or resized to create a reasonable layout on a wide range of screen sizes and devices, including mobile ones. So it may look a bit different on your other devices, which is how it should be.