Applied Arts Scotland SCIO (AAS) is a maker led charitable membership organisation run by makers for makers giving an authentic, collective and professional voice for the sector and delivering tangible benefits. We nurture the creative heart and soul of making practice.
There are three types of membership, Professional, Associate and International, you can find details on How to Join & Benefits.
An annual membership fee of £25 for Professional and £15 for Associate Membership goes towards our administrative costs and enables the organisation to support the maker community. International Membership is free.
You are eligible to apply for Professional Membership if you are a maker predominantly working in Scotland and can meet a minimum of TWO of the membership criteria.
You are eligible to apply for Associate Membership if you are a student, at the beginning of your career as a maker, a curator, writer/journalist, gallery owner, retailer, lecturer, educator, or are working in an organisation supporting the making community in Scotland, and can meet ONE of the membership criteria.
You are eligible to apply for International Membership if you live outside Scotland and are a maker or organisation that has been involved in an AAS International project.
All membership applications are reviewed for approval by the Applied Arts Scotland Board who are all professional makers and decisions are based on their experience and perceived fit of work to the criteria. At the time of applying for Professional or Associate Membership you will be asked to set up a standing order for your Membership Fee on PayPal. Should your application be unsuccessful the fees will be refunded. The Board aim to consider all membership applications within 4-6 weeks of receipt. You will receive an email confirming if your AAS membership application has been approved.
If accepted as a Professional or Associate Member your membership will renew automatically each year unless you cancel it or contact us stating you no longer wish to be a Member.