Membership Information

Applied Arts Scotland (AAS) is an artist led organisation with knowledge, skills and expertise in Scottish contemporary crafts. Here is some further information about becoming a member of AAS.

By applying you agree to become a member of AAS. You are eligible to apply for membership if you are a professional maker predominantly working in Scotland.  We also welcome associate membership from makers who live and work outside of Scotland.  Membership is free. Your acceptance as a member is at the discretion of the current board of AAS. Decisions about accepting new members are made at board meetings or sub group board meetings. If accepted, your membership will run for one year and renew automatically every year.

We further ask you to provide an image (maximum size 1MB) which best represents your practice. This image will not be used to make a decision about your membership, but may be used to represent your work and show the quality of our members on our website. You will be credited.

What are the advantages of becoming a member of AAS?

• Being part of a professional makers’ organisation and recognition as a professional maker

• Have a meaningful voice at strategic level and be involved in shaping funding opportunities

• Access to a hub (via a planned website and personal contacts) to a network of makers like yourself

• Share skills with peers

• Deliver and attend career development workshops

• Having a voice in suggesting future activities of AAS (workshops, events, etc.) with a special focus on makers’ special interests and needs

• Getting exposure on our website and blog

• Mentor and be mentored

• Proposing and voting for new board members at the Annual General Meetings

• Combine purchasing power and bulk buy services and materials (e.g. share hiring a photographer)

• Have some damn good parties (sorry, networking events)

• It is free!

What does AAS expect of you as a member?

• Support AAS in their mission and activities

• Consider entering into a dialogue and make suggestions for activities

• Try to attend our Annual General Meetings and membership meetings

• Keep us informed of your changes in contact details

How do we use your data?

• Most data provided on your application sheet will be used by the members of the board to make a decision about your membership and otherwise will be kept strictly confidential. For data we do share, see below.

• You may choose to allow some of your data being visible on our website/blog. This would give you added exposure, but it is no obligation.

• By law AAS is required to share some of your data with OSCR (Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator) on request, but this data will be restricted to your name, address and the date you joined and left AAS.

• By law we are also required to share your name only (the names on the membership register) with a different member of AAS, if they request it and the request is reasonable.

How can I stop being a member?

Now that would be sad, but if you wish, just send us an email or a written declaration stating you don’t want to be a member anymore. Easy!

Further information about becoming a member can be found on our Membership page.

What happens to my application once submitted?

All AAS membership applications are shared with the AAS Board for approval at AAS Board meetings or sub group Board meetings. Details of the current AAS Board can be found here.

When can I expect to hear about the approval of my application?

The Board aim to consider all membership applications within XX. You will receive an email confirming if your AAS membership application has been approved.

How long does AAS membership last for?

Membership will run for one year and renew automatically every year unless you cancel your membership. If you wish to cancel your membership please see the ‘How can I stop becoming a member?’ above this section.

How much does membership cost?

A Membership is free.

Who is eligible to become a member of AAS?

You are eligible to apply for membership if you are a professional maker predominantly working in Scotland. You will need to meet a minimum of 2 of the 9 membership criteria detailed on the AAS application form.

How should I submit my image with my application?

Image files should be a maximum of 1MB in size.

Why do you require an image with my application?

Your image, which best represents your practice, will not be used to make a decision about your membership, but may be used to represent your work and show the quality of AAS members on the AAS website.

Further information about becoming a member can be found on our Membership page.