The Proposal Form consists of three sections; all must be filled in before the Form can be returned.
The first section asks for your personal information and gives you space to write in detail why you would like to join. This section is very important and you should try and give as much information as possible about your work. If you are not a practicing artist, a note on any connections you have with the visual arts is helpful. You may attach additional pages to the form, such as a CV. The clearer the information you provide, the greater the chance of your election.
The second and third sections are for your Proposer and Seconder to fill in.
Once the form has been received you should receive a letter from the Membership Secretary notifying you that you are now a Candidate, and providing you with a personal reference number, which corresponds to a page in a Candidates’ Book. The Candidates’ Book allows Members to show their support of an application by signing their name on a Candidate’s page.
Each year, the Membership Committee of the Council selects about 150 people whom they meet at an informal drinks evening, prior to inviting them to become Members.
There are two categories of membership – Ordinary and Associate.
Ordinary Members are practitioners of the plastic and graphic arts. This was originally interpreted as meaning painters, illustrators, sculptors and architects. The definition has been widened in recent years to include photographers, film makers, designers and craftsmen.
Associate Membership is open to ‘men and women of the literary, musical or dramatic professions and other professional men and women interested in the arts’.
When we receive your application we will decide whether you are an Ordinary or Associate candidate based upon your primary occupation.
Each year, of the approximately 150 Members who are elected, 100 are Ordinary and 50 Associate candidates.