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  • The Contemporary Glass Society
    c/o Broadfield House Glass Museum, Compton Drive, Kingswinford, West Midlands DY6 9NS
    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.

  • Association of Illustrators (AOI)
    2nd floor, Back Building, 150 Curtain Road, London EC2A 3AT
    020 7613 4328

    The AOI is a non-profit making trade association dedicated to its members' professional interests and the promotion of illustration. They have an online directory featuring the work of its members. The AOI Varoom magazine launched in May 2006.

  • Matt Roberts Arts
    25b Vyner Street, London E2 9DG

    Matt Roberts Arts is a not-for-profit organisation that works with early and mid career artists to aid their personal development plans and provide them with structured but informal educational opportunities. It is a voluntary organisation managed by emerging artists and curators providing ongoing professional development programme with different courses and internships. Also publish a free quarterly web based publication, 'art art art'.

  • IdeasTap

    Creative network and funding body for emerging cratives. They are a not-for-profit organisation, bringing creative people together and offering cash funding, opportunities and a portfolio to showcase your work. The Ideas Fund is open all year, with four deadlines for submissions with a max £1,000 awards for projects from any creative discipline. You have to be up to 25 years old.

  • Magenta Art
    0207 6072638
    Unit C 23a Benwell Road, London N7 7BL

    Magenta Art is an Artist studio and development space setup to help new graduates make a career in Art, and help older graduates to come back to Art. They run Crit nights and offer space to run classes.

  • a-n/AIR
    0191 241 8000
    c/o a-n The Artists Information Company, 7-15 Pink Lane, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 5DW

    Membership body for practising visual and applied artists attached to the a-n Artists subscription. Professional benefits include free £5m Public and Products Liability insurance, low-cost Artists Insurance Policy, artists' events for networking and consultation, discounts on art fairs, services and competitions, free promotion and access to all subscriber resources.

  • Axis
    Studio 17/18 Leeds Design Innovation Centre, 46 The Calls Leeds, LS2 7EY
    0845 362 8230

    Axis is the most extensive national listing of practising, contemporary artists in the UK and has recently opened up its directory to contemporary curators. Axis has been online since 1999 and now includes material on over 4,000 artists. Open Frequency is a frequently changing, on-line showcase of selected artists' current work, chosen by curators every 2 months. Artists and projects are selected by a national network of invited, curatorial advisors, who nominate artists in their region or country for inclusion.

  • Art Workers Guild
    6 Queen Square, Bloomsbury, London WCIN 3AR
    020 7837 3474

    The Artworkers Guild is an organisation of craftspeople, artists and designers. Membership is by invitation, but there are opportunities for people interested in joining to put themselves forward. 

  • Guild of Railway Artists (GRA)
    45 Dickins Road, Warwick, CV34 5NS
    01926 499 246.

    The Guild of Railway Artists was formed in the 1970's to forge a tangible link between artists whose interests include the depiction of the railway scene in all its facets both past and present. Amongst the aims of the Guild is the furtherance of the artistic portrayal of railways; the staging of Railway Art Exhibitions and assistance in the historical research necessary to accurately portray railway subjects with correct detail.

  • The Printmakers Council

    The Printmakers Council is a non-profitmaking artist-run group. Their objectives are to promote the use of both traditional and innovative printmaking techniques by holding exhibitions of prints, providing information on prints and printmaking to both its membership and the public, encouraging co-operation and exchanges between members, other associations and interested individuals. Exhibitions in major London venues and throughout the UK. Exchange shows recently in France, Germany and Australia. A slide index of members work is held in the London office for consultation. Membership is open to all printmakers.

  • Visual Artists Ireland
    37 North Great Georges Street, Dublin 1, Ireland
    00 353 1 8722296

    Visual Artists Ireland is an all-Ireland body for professional visual artists. It provides services, facilities and resources for artists, initiates artistic projects and publications and acts as an advocate on behalf of individual artists. Free opportunities newsletter available to subscribe to.

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.
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