Membership Criteria

Updated: Jan 30, 2024

In order to join Artists' Union England:

  • You have to be a professional visual, applied, or socially engaged artist
  • You have to live and work in England, and for a minimum of 6 months

In addition, you need to meet at least 3 of the criteria below:

  • You are regularly making and exhibiting artwork
  • You have received professional grants or awards
  • You are involved in organising self-created professional opportunities, for example, running an artist-led studio or project
  • You have a degree/BTEC/Diploma in visual or applied arts at undergraduate and/or post-graduate level
  • Your work is socially engaged, you work as a participatory or community artist.
  • You have been commissioned as an artist by a public institution
  • Your artwork has been purchased by a public collection
  • Your artwork has been reviewed or featured in an art journal, magazine, newspaper or on-line curated platform
  • You are represented by a gallery
  • You have taken part in a recognised residency or artist placement scheme

Please see our FAQs for more information.The membership fee is currently set at £42 per annum.
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Further Reading

Artists’ Union England is an active union and is constantly campaigning, producing resources and signposting opportunites for its members:




Membership Benefits

A membership to Artists’ Union England gets you professional support and access to resources. That means you’ll get:

  • Public and Products Liability (PPL) insurance
  • 30 minutes FREE legal advice
  • Access to resources about artists’ issues
  • FREE training and study opportunities
  • Tax guidance

Your membership means help will be there when you need it and we’ll constantly campaign for artist’s rights.

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Artists’ Union England supports freelance artists based in England. in England.

Membership costs £42 annually – equivalent to £3.50 per month