Promotion. Connections. Support.
Join our community and curated collective.
Our artist membership represents a curated approach to local art and craft.
We champion and support makers who are working at a high level of craftsmanship, and make it easy for people to find quality art and craft products and experiences.
What Makes Our Membership Special?
We’ll be your biggest ambassadors.
Our goal is to support you, a creative business owner, to do more of what you love. We help you promote your work to the press, curators and art & craft loving audiences, as well as seeking out and creating opportunities for members to exhibit, sell and teach.
Quality speaks for itself.
We take a curated approach to our membership, because we value quality over quantity. We take care to consider how each artist’s work will complement other members. Our commitment to craftsmanship, presentation & professionalism ensures that The Collective is a trusted source of quality and provides members with a platform that is the right fit for their business.
You’ll become part of a unique supportive community.
In addition to promotion and trading opportunities, members have access to an exclusive community of likeminded creative professionals. There is also the opportunity to benefit from business and creative development support for those who want it. Our members get a say in how we do things, so that the events and services we provide meet your needs.
- A dedicated page on our website which includes your name, up to 8 images, artist bio, your contact details, website and social media links.
- Use of our logo as a mark of quality on your branding and marketing.
- Free events and workshops listings on our website.
- Promotion of your work and events to our audience.
- Opportunities for content collaboration – interviews, blog features etc.
- Discounted tickets for Artful Collective’s networking events and professional development workshops.
- Invitations to members only events.
- Access to members only online forum and meet-ups for peer support and business resources.
- Discounts with partner services including product photography, web design, framing and art supplies.
To be eligible for artist membership you must be a practising artist, designer or maker, living or working in Hampshire & IOW, Wiltshire, Berkshire or Dorset.
Our membership is created for artists and craftspeople, across a wide range of disciplines, who are working at a high level of quality and demonstrate a commitment to professional development. You don’t have to be a full time artist or maker but should be active and serious about developing your creative and commercial practice. Read our guidance to find out more about how we select our members.
People recognise our brand as a platform which represents quality art & craft, where they will find a curated selection of local artists, makers and experiences. This is at the forefront of our minds when we are reviewing membership applications as ultimately it is what makes us different from other similar organisations.
The most popular benefits of our membership are 1) having the opportunity to take part in our exhibitions and events and 2) being a part of a supportive community of like minded creatives. As well as these benefits, members benefit from support with promotion. Several of our members have been approached by galleries and stockists who have discovered them on our website. Find the full list of benefits in the ‘what’s included’ section above.
Fill-in our online application form by clicking on one of the plans above. We will review your application and respond as soon as possible.
We open our membership applications twice per year, usually in January and June. You can register your interest at any time, to be notified when applications open.
Unlike a lot of other organisations, we try to give feedback to all unsuccessful applicants. We cannot go into huge amount of depth, but will refer to which part(s) of our selection criteria were not met and offer suggestions for improvement.
Yes – although we would strongly advise that you take some time to address any recommendations before doing so. We offer 1:1 consultations to anyone who would like further help, these cost £40 per hour. Please contact us if you would like to enquire about 1:1 consultations.
Currently our membership selection panel is the same as our management committee, consisting of Rebecca Maddox – Managing Director, Georgina Ettridge – Director and Jewellery Designer/Maker and Elizabeth Hammond – Director, Fine Artist and Educator. Occasionally we may choose to consult a specialist in a particular craft discipline about specific applications.
We are committed to creating and seeking out high quality events and opportunities for members to exhibit and sell their work. These may be subject to change annually. Due to the running costs involved, such as venue hire and marketing, there is usually either a participation fee or commission charged for these events.
Members also receive free or discounted tickets to a number of networking, social and professional development events throughout the year.
No, but we will review your membership every 3 years to check it still meets our criteria. We reserve the right to ask you to terminate your membership.
It’s really up to you. We don’t expect all our members to take part in everything we do. But like most things, the more you take part, the more you’ll get out.
An active website and/or social media profile will be one of the ways we evaluate your commitment to professional development and really helps. However we know that there are many talented artists and craftspeople who have yet to develop their online presence and need support in this area. In some cases, and only where we know quality of craftsmanship to be strong, we may choose to accept an application with a weak digital presence, as this is an area we can help with.
Yes, if you feel that you meet our selection criteria. We also advise people to take a look at our current members to see if you think your work would sit alongside theirs.
Our curated approach to local art and craft is one of our uniques selling points. We maintain a hybrid approach, with a mix of on and offline opportunities, but being regionally based allows us to present more opportunities for in-person events and face to face meet ups which are often more rewarding.
Exclusive Member's Discounts
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