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  • The Contemporary Glass Society
    address
    c/o Broadfield House Glass Museum, Compton Drive, Kingswinford, West Midlands DY6 9NS
    telephone
    Tel / Fax: 01603 507 737

    The Contemporary Glass Society (CGS) represents the interests of glass makers, designers, collectors and exhibition organisers throughout the UK. The CGS organises events, conferences and workshops, and publishes a newsletter 4 times a year. The Society also aims to facilitate and encourage communication between all those involved with glass in an artistic, technological, manufacturing and supportive capacity. Its supporters include collectors, educators, critics, the media and those working in galleries and museums. It is also concerned to promote and encourage student participation in its exhibitions and other activities.

  • Contemporary Visual Art Network

    Turning Point Network is a national consortium of artists, arts professionals and arts organisations in England dedicated to working together to find new ways to strengthen the visual arts, and to support the arts more broadly.

  • Alumni Association of University of the Arts London
    telephone
    020 7514 8168
    fax
    020 7514 8179

    Did you, or someone you know, study or work at one of the Colleges of University of the Arts London? Register with the Alumni Association and take advantage of the free benefits which include monthly email newsletter, opportunities to promote you and your work, invites to reunions and private views, access to the College libraries and discounts on short courses. Register your details online at the website above, or contact the Association for more information. Colleges include London College of Fashion, London College of Communication, Chelsea School of Art and Design, Central St Martin's College of Art and Design, Camberwell College of Art and Wimbledon College of Art.

  • Federation of British Artists
    address
    17 Carlton House Terrace, London 5W1Y 5BD
    telephone
    020 7930 6844
    fax
    020 7839 7830

    A registered charity working to educate, inspire and involve the public in every aspect of the appreciation and practice of the fine art's by offering a varied programme of exhibitions and events including the work of both young and established artists.

  • Fine Art Trade Guild
    address
    16-18 Empress Place, London SW6 1TT
    telephone
    020 7381 6616
    fax
    020 7381 2596

    The trade and marketing association for those professionally involved in the picture trade: artists, art galleries, picture framers, frame restorers, conservation framers, print publishers, framing equipment suppliers etc.

  • Royal Society of Portrait Painters
    telephone
    020 7930 6844

    They can also offer advice on commissions.

  • Royal Institute of Oil Painters
    address
    Mall Galleries, 17 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5BD
    telephone
    020 7930 6844
    fax
    020 7839 7830

    Founded in 1882 the ROI is the only National Art Society devoted exclusively to oil painting. Its annual exhibitions aim to show a cross section of the highest standard of work in that medium currently being produced. The annual open exhibition is held at the Mall Galleries in December.

  • Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colour
    address
    Mall Galleries, 17 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5BD.
    telephone
    020 7930 6844
    fax
    020 7839 7830

    Founded in 1831, the RI is a major society representing British watercolour painting, holding an annual exhibition of work by members and non-members. Its aims are to promote the best in modem and traditional uses of the medium. The annual open exhibition is held at the Mall Galleries in March/April and includes over 500 works. Many artists' awards are on offer, including the Winsor and Newton Awards for Young Artists.

  • Royal Society of British Artists
    address
    Mall Galleries, 17 Carlton House Terrace, London SWIY 5BD
    contact
    Dom Chapman
    telephone
    020 7930 6844
    fax
    020 7839 7830

    Founded in 1823 the society boasts many celebrated past members including Whistler, Brangwyn and Sickert. The annual open exhibition at the Mall Galleries in September includes a diverse selection of painting and sculpture. Many prizes are awarded through the exhibition, including the De Laszlo medal.

  • Society of Graphic Fine Art
    address
    SGFA, 18 Stilby Road, Yeovil BA21 3EF
    contact
    D Brooke, President

    The Society of Graphic Fine Art, founded in 1919, is a professional society that exists to promote good drawing skills. Members are selected solely on their quality of work, and membership is open to any artist working in any drawing medium or any form of original printmaking. Oil painting or 'pure' watercolours are inadmissible. The society holds an annual open exhibition in central London and has been increasing its out-of-town exhibitions. Members receive a newsletter and occasional visits and painting weekends are arranged.

  • Society of Portrait Sculptors
    address
    Farm Place, Isfield, Near Uckfield, East Sussex TN22 5TY
    contact
    David Houchin, Honorary Secretary
    telephone
    01825 750 485
    fax
    01825 750 411

    The Society of Portrait Sculptors is a representative body of professional sculptors committed to making portrait sculpture accessible to a wider public. The aims of The Society are to advance the art of three-dimensional portraiture; to maintain, promote and encourage the highest standards; to challenge preconceptions about portrait sculpture and to stimulate increased interest in an art form that is timeless yet contemporary. To achieve this The Society works in several ways but primarily through its Annual Open Exhibition and by seeking to encourage education and training in the art through lectures, prizes and events. The Society is a UK registered charity.

  • Society of Women Artists (SWA)
    address
    1 Knapf Cottages, Wyke, Gillingham SP8 4NQ
    telephone
    01747 825 718
    fax
    01747 826 835

    Founded in the mid-nineteenth century, the SWA Annual Open Exhibition is held in March each year at the Westminster Central Hall. Aim is to exhibit the best of women artists work and features approximately 700 new works by many leading artists in a range of media, including oils, pastels, etchings, miniatures, sculptures and showcase pieces. Membership is by election but non-members may exhibit works.

This article is from the Artlaw Archive of Henry Lydiate's columns published in Art Monthly since 1976, and may contain out of date material.
The article is for information only, and not for the purpose of providing legal advice.
Readers should consult a solicitor for legal advice on specific matters. Artists can get free online legal information from Artquest.