Our Terms and Conditions for Members
Applications for Full membership are accepted from 1st October and close on 31st December annually, outside of this time you may become a standard member.
The committee of Suffolk Open Studios does not operate a selection system of prospective members work to qualify applicants for membership, reliance is based on self-selection.
To be eligible for membership of Suffolk Open Studios you must be a maker of original works of art/craft and have your studio/gallery located in Suffolk. The word original is defined as being art or craft designed and made by the relevant member. Work that is the product of assembled components made by others e.g. jewellery must be carefully labelled to avoid any misconception as to its originality. Please contact a member of the committee if you have any questions on this issue.
A membership fee is set at the AGM and is currently £90 for full members, £40 for members and £100 for gallery members.
Full members of SOS must open their studios for a minimum of one weekend in June (on both days) between 11am and 5pm.
If due to unforeseen circumstances a member is unable to open their studio as advertised in the Directory or is unable to exhibit their work as advertised in a Hub, they must inform the committee as soon as possible. We recommend that it is good practise to display signage to alert visitors that the studio is closed. Failure to open as advertised has been a source of complaint from the public, members are therefore urged to handle such eventualities carefully to avoid damage to their own reputation and to that of Suffolk Open Studios as an organisation.
Member’s Exhibitions are not exclusive to SOS member’s except if held during June when studios are open. It is strongly recommended that Member’s Exhibitions should take place outside of June to avoid distractions to the main event.
Members opening their studios or staging a Member’s Exhibition are responsible for their own public liability and other insurance cover. Each member has a responsibility to ensure the safety of their visitors. At no point does any duty of care transfer to Suffolk Open Studios. (Please note that SOS is unable to provide blanket cover for home/private activities because it does not ‘organise and control’ the home/private exhibitions but is simply providing promotional services.)
The management committee of SOS cannot be held responsible for the accuracy of the information within the SOS directory/web site or for any complication in the event of using the SOS directory / website. SOS has no responsibility or liability for any business that may ensue from your membership of Suffolk Open Studios.