All artists who are living or working in Suffolk are eligible to take up Suffolk Open Studios membership and can be assured of a very warm welcome to our group. Artists gain by being members of a great network which is organised, supportive and collaborative. As individuals, publicising and promoting work is difficult and expensive; SOS members benefit from marketing and publicity designed to bring the public to their studios. All members have their own profile on this website, which they can manage directly, with a portfolio of up to 10 images.
2018 Suffolk Open Studios Membership is now Closed.
Full Membership for opening your studio for 2018 is now closed. However, you are welcome to sign up as a Member of SOS at any time of the year. Please use the contact form for details.
Membership applications for 2019 will be welcomed between Oct 1st and Dec 31st 2018 to open your studio with us in June 2019:
Existing and Returning Members
As we have a new website and sign up procedure for 2018, all existing and returning members will need to follow the same process as new members as shown below. This will also mean that we have up to date information and pictures for all members.
In order to register as a member for 2018, you will need to do the following:
Create a website logon. Having your own logon to the website means that you can be a part of the SOS community as you will be able to do the following:
- Add your own artist/gallery details
- Submit a high res image for the directory
- Create your own events (to be approved by an admin before publishing)
- Create blog posts (also to be approved by an admin before publishing)
You can create your logon here.
Once you have created a logon you will receive an email with a link to set your password. Once you have this you can login to the website.
You will then need to fill out the membership application form, which is effectively your website listing. You can do that here.
Submission of the membership/listing form constitutes your application for membership and will be sent to the membership secretary for approval. You will also receive an email confirming that your listing has been submitted (please check your spam folder in case it ends up there).
Once you have submitted your membership/listing form, your membership will only be approved on receipt of the correct payment. The preferred method of payment is via BACS, using your name as a reference and making sure you email firstname.lastname@example.org to make sure we know right away that you’ve paid. The bank details will be sent to you by the automated email mentioned above.
Alternatively, if you are unable to pay by BACS, please send a cheque for the desired membership level, made out to Suffolk Open Studios, to SOS(Payments), 24 Freehold Road, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP4 5HY to take part in 2018. Please sign up between 1st Oct and 31st Dec 2017.
When payment has been received you will receive an email confirming that your listing has been published and your membership approved, by the membership secretary.
Full membership includes the following events
Open Studio Event – held during weekends in June from 11am to 5pm, members must open their studio/gallery for at least one weekend. Members are also encouraged to get together in their own locality to draw up an Artists Trail, or form a Hub Studio as part of the Open Studio Event.
Art About Town aims to bring together local businesses and Suffolk Open Studio’s artists – Artists are encouraged to exhibit their work within business premises in their area. This provides an opportunity for a sneak preview of members work before June open studios.
S.O.S Members’ Exhibitions – SOS members may combine to arrange their own exhibitions and use the SOS name and appear in the directory and on the website.
More details of these are on our FAQ page.
Full membership with an annual fee of £90 is for those artists who would like to participate in the SOS Open Studio event in June and have a website portfolio. Members should be aware that they are joining a mutually supportive network therefore all members are required to help with the distribution of the SOS directory and posters. Payment is per artist, not per studio, so if you share a studio space with another artist, you will both need to join separately. To take part in 2019, please sign up between 1st Oct and 31st Dec 2018.
Member – for an annual fee of £40, this is for those artists who do not wish to open their studios in June but would like to have an SOS website portfolio. You can become a Member at any time of year, in fact if you are too late for Full membership for the current year you can join as a Member to start benefiting immediately from a presence on our website and be ready to step up to Full membership next year.
Gallery membership with an annual fee of £100 is aimed at galleries who wish to be associated with SOS, to be included within the directory and on the SOS website under a gallery listing. The Gallery membership option is also open to groups that would benefit from advertising in the Directory and on the website. Please contact SOS for more information. To take part in 2019, please sign up between 1st Oct and 31st Dec 2018.