Membership Information

Applied Arts Scotland (AAS) is a maker-led membership organisation with knowledge, skills and expertise in Scottish contemporary crafts.

Our membership is free.

You are eligible to apply for membership if you are a professional maker predominantly working in Scotland and you can meet a minimum of two of the membership criteria detailed below.

All membership applications are reviewed for approval by the Applied Arts Scotland Board at Board meetings or sub group Board meetings. The Board aim to consider all membership applications within 4-6 weeks of receipt. You will receive an email confirming if your membership application has been approved.

If accepted, your membership will run for one year and renew automatically each year, unless you contact us or write to us stating you no longer wish to be a member.

What are the advantages of becoming an Applied Arts Scotland member?

  • 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 and network of makers like yourself
  • Share skills with peers
  • Deliver and attend career development workshops
  • Having a voice in suggesting future Applied Arts Scotland activities 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 our 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 do we expect of you as a member?

  • Support us in our 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 updates and corrections in your information

How do we use your data?

  • All information, including personal information, provided on your membership application form is shared with the Applied Arts Scotland Board who will review your application for membership. Your information will be kept secure and confidential at all times.
  • If your membership application is successful, we will hold and process your information, including your personal information and the date you registered and ceased to be a member of Applied Arts Scotland on the AAS Members Register for at least six years from the date you ceased to be a member, for the purpose of communicating Membership matters, updates, news and opportunities with you. We may use Mailchimp, a trusted third party processor, to do this.
  • If your membership application is successful, you can decide if some of your information, including your personal information is publicly visible on your membership profile on our website. This would give you added exposure, but it is not an obligation. You can manage visibility of this information on your membership profile when logged in to your Applied Arts Scotland online account.
  • As a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO), by law we are required to share your name, address and the date you registered and ceased to be a member of Applied Arts Scotland, as detailed on your membership application form and held on the AAS Members Register, with OSCR (Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator) when requested.
  • As per our Constitution, we are required to share your name only, as detailed on your membership application form and held on the AAS Members Register, with other Applied Arts Scotland members, if requested and the request is reasonable.
  • If your application is unsuccessful, we will delete your membership application and all the personal information it contains.

The above are in line with our Privacy Policy.

Frequently Asked Questions

What happens to my application once submitted?
All membership applications are shared with the Applied Arts Scotland Board for approval at Board meetings or sub group Board meetings.

When can I expect to hear about the approval of my application?
The Board aim to consider all membership applications within 4-6 weeks. You will receive an email confirming if your membership application has been approved.

How long does membership last for?
Membership will run for one year and renew automatically each year unless you no longer wish to be a member. If you wish to cancel your membership please see the 'How can I stop becoming a member?' FAQ.

How much does membership cost?
Membership is free.

Who is eligible to become an Applied Arts Scotland member?
You are eligible to apply for membership if you are a professional maker predominantly working in Scotland and can meet a minimum of two of the membership criteria detailed on the membership 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 our members on our website. You will be credited as the maker, and the photographer credited if applicable. Please note, due to data protection legislation, we will not use images featuring identifiable individuals submitted with applications on our website.

How can I stop being a member?
Now that would be sad, but if you wish, you can contact us or write to us stating you no longer wish to be an Applied Arts Scotland member. Easy! We will remove your membership profile from our website and retain your information, including your personal information, on the AAS Members Register for six years from the date you ceased to be a member.