Conditions and Definitions of Membership


“Any person may become a member of the Society provided that they fullfil the criteria set out by the Board from time to time and which are approved by the membership at a general meeting and have paid any subscription fee annual or otherwise as required by The Society and approved at a general meeting.”

Membership Types

  • Professional Membership
    For any artist who fulfils three or more of the professional status criteria listed below
  • Student/Associate Membership
    For any emerging artist who does not yet fulfil these criteria
  • Organisation
    Galleries, arts centres, studios etc may sign up under our  ‘Organisation’  rate in order to receive a subscription to magazines and other services.
  •  Friend
    Individuals & non-artists may sign up as  ‘Friends’ of the organisation  in order to receive a subscription to magazines and other services.

Professional status criteria:

To qualify as a Professional member you must meet a minimum of three of the below criteria. You do NOT need to fulfil these criteria if you are applying for Associate membership.

  • Degree or Diploma from a recognised third level college
  • One-person show (including time based events) in a recognised gallery or exhibition space
  • Participation in an exhibition/visual art event which was selected by a jury in which professional artists or recognised curators participated
  • Work has been purchased by Government, local authority, museum or corporate client
  • Work has been commissioned by Government, local authority, museum or corporate client
  • Have been awarded a bursary, residency, materials grant or otherwise grant aided by the Arts Council/Arts Council of Northern Ireland or other funding body
  • Have been awarded tax-exempt status by the Revenue Commissioners, or are on schedule D as a self-employed artist in Northern Ireland

Further definitions of membership are contained within The Memo & Articles of Association (links to visualartists.ie – opens in a new window)