Membership Options

Young and Emerging Artist Group

£50

This new group is open to young and emergent artists, designers, and makers based in Dorset. While artists of any age can apply, we are looking for artists at the beginning of their professional career who would benefit from a support network of those in a similar position. 

This includes:  

  • Those who have recently completed a relevant arts or design foundation degree, undergraduate/postgraduate degree, or arts A-level. 
  • Those who have recently moved back to the area and are looking for a support network.
  • Professional artists at the beginning of their career.
  • Emergent artists who are looking to start their career.

You must be based in Dorset to be a part of this group. 

This group will focus on bringing together artists to share ideas, knowledge, skills, and critical discourse. Members will attend monthly meetings to discuss work in a critical capacity. These will also be a chance to socialise with other members. As well as the benefits received by all members, the Young and Emerging Artist group will receive the following benefits: 

  • Bi-annual socials to connect and create camaraderie with other Young DVA members.
  • E-booklet to showcase members work that will be shared to the DVA website. This will create a directory of emerging artists that other organisations can use to connect with artists.
  • Opportunity to join other DVA member special interest groups, which are currently being established. These will focus on specific interests of artists relating to material or subject matter.
  • Exhibition opportunities including an exhibition at Sherborne House within the first 12 months of it’s opening (currently October 2023).
  • Group chat for members to discuss work, chat, and send relevant information in between meetings.

Applications are invited by CV, short artist statment and a portfolio of work via email to Izzie at [email protected] The artist statement should include reference to why you think this opportunity might be for you and what you think you can bring to the group.

Standard Membership

£35

Fee to be paid in one instalment
• Monthly E-news which highlights topic based information, notice of creative opportunities and exhibition listings
• A page on the DVA website
• 5% discount on a Dorset Art Weeks entry in a DAW year

Project Membership

£75

Fee includes Standard Membership but may be paid in two instalments, October and March.
This group runs primarily for semi-professional artists who have either been formally trained or otherwise gained solid experience of exhibiting, participating in, or leading courses.
The group meets six times a year to:
• Undertake critical reviews of work in progress and encourage skill swaps and knowledge sharing
• Introduce and consider different aspects of working as an artist - e.g.:
• Exhibitions
• Running workshops
• Framing
• Working in series / themes
• Writing
• Form an annual collective process based exhibitionor other special project - e.g artist’s books
• Make studio visits
• Encourage informal collaborations between members of the group with a common interest
• With help - share work via the DVA website and other media

Salon Membership

£75

Fee includes Standard Membership but may be paid in two instalments, October and March.
A selected fine art membership group bringing together established and recent graduate fine artists.
Meeting around six times a year, much along the lines of a traditional ‘sketch book club’, preferably at artists’ studios - maybe the odd pub - the primary purposes of the group will be to: encourage critical debate, share creative knowledge and experiences and perhaps prompt collaborations. This year’s focusincludes realising an exciting publishing and exhibition project. We expect Dorset’s professional galleries to be closely associated with and influential to The Salon.
Our aims should encompass taking project ideas and outcomes beyond Dorset.
Applications are invited by CV, accompanying letter and a selection of images - see criteria under Projects on the new DVA website. The letter should include reference to why you think this opportunity might be for you and what you think you can bring to the group.

Applications are invited by CV, accompanying letter and a selection of images via email to [email protected] The letter should include reference to why you think this opportunity might be for you and what you think you can bring to the group.

Friends

£25

Friends play an essential role in supporting the Dorset Visual Arts charity that is aiding the professional development of artists, designers and makers within the county. This category is designed for non-practising art enthusiasts wanting to support and enjoy the visual arts, and subscribers will receive e-news and invitations to exhibitions and special events.

Disability 

Standard Membership £35

Interrogating Membership £55

Making Dorset £55

Salon Membership £55

Artist in receipt of Disability Living Allowance or Income Support

Please send current evidence from the relevant authorities with your application. Please note we cannot afford to support other Concessionary Groups.

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