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Art Associations & Art Societies

For your reference we have compiled a list of some of our favourite Art Associations and Societies. These groups can provide working Artists with a wealth of information and professional advice on various subjects including tuition, exhibiting, product reviews, business advice, networking, commission opportunities and much, much more. We hope you find your visit informative and as always if you come across another organisation that you feel we should include in this section of the site please let us know.  Happy browsing!!

Artsderbyshire is funded and managed by Derbyshire Arts Partnership (DAP). DAP is the forum for joint working on arts development between local authorities in Derbyshire. Arts Derbyshire is the one-stop shop for arts activities and news across Derbyshire and Derby City, including a directory of Derbyshire artists and arts organisations.

For your reference we have compiled a list of some of our favourite Art Associations and Societies. These groups can provide working Artists with a wealth of information and professional advice on various subjects including tuition, exhibiting, product reviews, business advice, networking, commission opportunities and much, much more. We hope you find your visit informative and as always if you come across another organisation that you feel we should include in this section of the site please let us know by using the 'Your Comments' form. Happy browsing!!

The Artists Information Company. Through advocacy and information and from the perspective of artists, a-n’s mission is to stimulate and support contemporary visual arts practice and affirm the value of artists in society.
They are widely acknowledged as the leading UK agency for supporting the practice of visual and applied artists’. Their publications and programmes are designed to meet the professional needs of artists and the visual arts sector, identifying changing trends and new needs.

Arts & Business is a world leading membership network and consultancy with over 30 years of experience in fostering innovative partnerships between business and the arts.
Through their in-house research and network of regional and national offices, they deliver a wide range of bespoke services and programmes working with both the commercial and cultural sectors to encourage private sector support of the arts.
At the heart of their work is the belief that the arts have the power to transform and change lives on both an individual and corporate level.

Creative Industries Network help Derbyshire’s artists and creative businesses thrive. As a membership organisation founded by creatives for creatives, CIN’s primary aim is to help you build the relationships to fuel your creativity and business success. As a CIN member, you will be joining hundreds of other creatives all running their own businesses in the creative industries.
Benefits include: Monthly social evenings,  A portfolio page on their website to promote your business, Training and support through CIN’s partners, Regular news and opportunities, Discounts with industry suppliers, Advertise for staff, CIN lobbying for the creative industries.

Own-it offers free intellectual property advice for creative businesses. Within your business or your practice, you've probably created a wealth of in-house ideas, designs, music, writing, images – in short, 'intellectual property' - which can make you extra money, as long as you give it the proper legal protection. Own-it will show you how.

Design Council believe design can help people to do what they do, better. They are funded by the UK government, and  promote the use of design throughout the UK's businesses and public services. Design Council demonstrate that design can play a vital role in strengthening our economy and improving our society.
Design Councils goal is to help UK managers become the best users of design in the world, supported by the most skilled and capable design professionals.

Design Factory is an organisation committed to supporting, developing and promoting the design and craft sector in the East Midlands.
Design Factory nationally champions an innovative network of designer/makers and manufacturers and delivers a wide programme of market and business development opportunities. Design Factory aims to facilitate collaboration, raise awareness, create opportunities and innovate and encourage the growth of the regional craft and design sector.
Promoting a collective voice that is associated with high quality, design and innovation, this website internationally showcases the innovative and aspiring work created in the region and provides a platform for craft and design businesses to meet, share and collaborate.

Art is the art world's source for income and exhibition opportunities. A searchable database and magazine that lists local and national juried artist competitions, grants, call for submissions, art jobs, art festivals, residencies, fellowships, & more... Also see funding news for art organizations and comprehensive artist support services..

The Greenhouse makes it its business to keep up with the wealth of support available to creative businesses so we can tell you the best bits and put you in touch with the right people.
The Greenhouse offers a lot of its services through its website: details of the latest news and events, funding and skills development opportunities, an online resource library with useful links and downloads, an opportunity to profile your company in their business directory and showcase feature, as well as detail the latest job and tender opportunites.

The AMA is open to all arts professionals involved in bringing the arts and audiences together. The AMA has an active and diverse membership of over 1,850 who regularly participate in professional development opportunities to improve their working practices. The visual arts and crafts, museums, performing and combined arts, film, cinema and literature are all represented..

British Arts is an online resource for Artists, Art buyers and Patrons of the Arts.

East Midlands Participatory Arts Forum. The Forum is comprised of participatory and community arts and media organisations and practicing artists in Lincolnshire, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire, Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Rutland. The Forum is supported by Arts Council England, East Midlands.
The Forum exists to discuss and debate issues of importance to the community arts sector in the region and provide a positive partnership between forum members and the Arts Council regional office.

The S.A.A or Society for all Artists is for everyone with a love of painting. The S.A.A is there to supply inspiration, information, help and advice on a whole host of practical painting issues. The S.A.A is the most far reaching influential society of its kind anywhere in the world and is one the the largest art societies in the world......and the friendliest.

arts in the peak    promoting art and artists in the peak

Arts in the Peak is an artist led organisation promoting art and artists in and around the Peak District. It runs a range of services for members including a monthly newsletter, advocacy on boards and committees, networking opportunities and exposure on these webpages.
In addition, Arts in the Peak runs a variety of projects for artists and the Peak District community.
Membership of Arts in the Peak is open to professional artists living or working in and around the Peak District.

The AOI was established in 1973 to advance and protect illustrator’s rights and encourage professional standards. The AOI is a non-profit making trade association dedicated to its members’ professional interests and the promotion of illustration. Members consist primarily of freelance illustrators as well as agents, clients, students and lecturers. As the only body to represent illustrators and campaign for their rights in the UK, the AOI has successfully increased the standing of illustration as a profession and improved the commercial and ethical conditions of employment for illustrators. They are responsible for establishing the rights of illustrators to retain ownership of their artwork.

Artsocieties is a social Art community that connects Art Clubs, and Art Demonstrators with each other.
Art Clubs use Artsocietes to look up Art Demonstrators and Art Tutors for their Art Club meetings and Art Demonstrators can upload images of their work so that Art Clubs can see what they do before arranging a booking. Artists can also upload their work.
Join today for free, and start making the most from the website and its features.

Artnetdirectory provide free Information on Artists,Art Societies, Art Holidays, Courses,Galleries, Artists' Showcase, Exhibitions, Printers, Framers and so much more... A fantastic resource with links to hundreds of local art societies and clubs.

NADFAS founded in 1968 is an arts-based charity, with over 340 local Decorative and Fine Art Societies in the UK and Europe. They also have three Societies in New Zealand and a sister association in Australia (AADFAS). NADFAS Societies subscribe to the aims and objects of the National Association: the advancement of arts education and appreciation and the preservation of our artistic heritage. NADFAS promotes these aims through lectures on the fine and decorative arts through study days, visits and tours and through volunteering activities, such as Church Recorders, Heritage Volunteers, Young Arts and the giving of grants.NADFAS volunteers learn new skills, while making friends and benefiting the community at large. Young Arts Volunteers provide exciting projects and activities aimed at fostering a love of the arts amongst the young. At national and local level, NADFAS also gives grants to aspiring artists and craftsmen of the future.

CreativePeople is a national network providing information, advice and guidance to support all those who work in arts and craft industries in making the most of their careers.New knowledge and skills can greatly enhance your ability to earn a living.The CreativePeople network offers you a wealth of information on resources and events: workshops, conferences, courses, mentoring schemes, critical appraisal services and online toolkits. You will also find news about job opportunities and commissions. If you would like to receive email bulletins from CreativePeople or any of its members, sign up on the Subscribe page. You will also find an online form to start addressing your particular development needs. Many of our members offer individual consultations which will help you to take your planning further. has been the leading online resource for visual artists and photographers looking for income and exhibition opportunities to enter since 2003. Unlike other static lists or opportunity newsletters, our submissions database is continually being updated with high quality listings.


Thursday, August 17, 2017