Professional Membership

£50 PER YEAR (£38 Concessions)

Our membership year runs from 1st February - 31st January

Professional Membership is by election only and new members must be nominated by two existing professional members. Professional membership is aimed at working artists who are actively creating and exhibiting work and people whose main occupation is in the creation or promotion of the visual arts.

Please note that if you plan to submit work to the Open Exhibition you must renew your membership by Monday 30 October. Your membership will be effective immediately but we have to add you manually to the online submission system, and this will take up to five working days.
  • A portfolio and profile on our fully searchable online catalogue of artists
  • Dicounted rates on entries to the open submission section of the annual exhibiton
  • Invitations to exhibit at satelite exhibitions throughout the year
  • Promotion of your exhibitions, events and services to our 3000+ social media followers
  • Discounted rates on tickets to VAS events
  • Awards and prizes
  • 10% off your next order at Jackson's Art Supplies
  • 10% off your total food and drink bill at The Scottish Cafe & Restaurant located within the Scottish National Galleries complex
  • £5 off your next order at Great Art
  • 10% discount at Detail Framing Studio in Morningside

And in addition as a professional member:

  • Vote on the election of new professional members, members of council and the president of the society

Professional Membership is by election only and new members must be nominated by two existing professional members. Elections take place every year at the AGM.

Professional membership is aimed at working artists who are actively creating and exhibiting work and people whose main occupation is in the creation or promotion of the visual arts. Professional members will be able to guide and influence the policy and decision making body of the society. 

Professional members will also be expected to take an active role in selecting, hanging and arranging annual and satellite exhibitions. It is also hoped that professional members will help to promote the societies cause and image and encourage others to join VAS. If you are interested in Professional membership we would advise you to take out an ordinary membership in the first instance. You will then receive notification of the elections and details of the nomination proccess in advance of the AGM each year.