The term 'professional artist' can often be difficult to define and a lot of people struggle to differentiate between the boundaries, and exactly what it means to be professional. Here at the SAA, society for artists, regardless of whether you are doing commissions, exhibiting your work or teaching art to others in the form of demonstrations, workshops and tutoring, there is a level of membership to cater for your every need.
There are three key levels of membership that have been developed with the professional artist in mind, those being; Silver, Gold and Platinum. From insurance cover for your paintings at exhibitions to FREE promotional opportunities and third party public liability insurance for when you’re teaching, you can rest assured that there’s a level of membership for you. For more information about the different levels of membership available please click here.
Professional Associate Membership
Whether it's trying out a new medium, style or technique, simply improving skills, or starting painting for the first time, everyone wants to learn more, and create great art. With this in mind, the SAA developed Professional Associate membership, a FREE option for Gold & Platinum members who, in their work, guide and teach amateurs.
The aim is to build a network of professional artists who offer tuition in one form or another and to promote their activities to potential students and art clubs seeking guidance. Since being launched in 1995, already over 680 members have enrolled and as the number of PA’s grows, we will be able to organise more workshops, classes and tuition for members.
Why become a Professional Associate (PA)?
First and foremost, if you’re a professional artist that teaches then you’ve got nothing to lose and a whole lot to gain by becoming a PA. It’s FREE to Gold and Platinum members and you’ll benefit from a whole host of promotional opportunities. The key benefits include:
- FREE listing in the 'Find an Art Teacher' directory, published annually in Paint magazine
- FREE online promotion of yourself and your activities through the SAA's online tuition section
- Earn SAA Loyalty Points for recruiting new SAA members and use these to stock up on supplies or perhaps even put them towards advertising your activities in Paint magazine
- Book A Tutor - Take advantage of art club requests for demonstrators and workshops published in each issue of Paint magazine
- Stay up-to-date with the latest news and reviews with Paint magazine's 'Professionally Speaking' section
How to become a Professional Associate (PA)?
If you would like to apply to become a Professional Associate member of the SAA, and you’re already an existing Gold or Platinum member that teaches, all you need to do is download and complete the application form below and post back to us as instructed.