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Membership of Visual Arts Forum

What is our background?
The objectives of the Visual Arts Forum is to contribute to a vibrant professional visual arts culture in Warwickshire and surrounding counties, increase local audiences and promote appreciation of visual arts and offer opportunities for young and emerging artists. As a group we support local charity, Escape Community Arts through a commission on sales of our work.

Who can join?
Membership is open to anyone working in any visual arts media in Warwickshire and surrounding counties and is limited to 55 members at any one time. Membership Applications are considered twice a year in Jan and May.

Before you join
Please email 3-5 photographs of your work, your web site link, a short artist statement, and an indication of any practical skills you could bring to the group to our Membership Secretary, Russell Gain We are a small group and entry may be restricted if we reach our maximum number of artists in a particular media

How much does it cost?
A year’s membership of VAF is £25 (Students £15)
Membership offers you:

• Opportunities to showcase, promote and sell your work at regular local exhibitions, festivals and
open studio events
• A page and link on our web site
• The opportunity to network with other local artists working in a variety of media
• Regular contact via email and newsletters about local opportunities and news from other artists
• Use of our exhibition furniture, display boards, plinths and secure cabinets
(also available for members to book and use for their own events)

Your contribution

  • Assistance with the practical management and promotion of the group and are expected to share any particular skills you feel would benefit the group
  • Attendance at  informal planning meetings for the group (usually once a month communicated by email)
  • Where possible we ask members to demonstrate aspects of their work at exhibitions to increase understanding of the arts in the wider community.
  • A  percentage (minimum 20%) is deducted from all sales for contribution to VAF exhibition expenses and support for Escape Community Arts. This percentage will vary depending on the cost of venue and publicity for each event.