Ashford Visual Artists Association.
The Association's beginnings in 1999 embraced a broad range of professions within the field of art and design. Its membership then and now includes professionals with high levels of creative skill in the disciplines of painting, silversmithing, sculpture, stone masonry, stained glass, textiles, photography, mixed media, and printmaking. Founder members are still actively creating art and offering their professional creative talent and specialist individual skills through a wide range of projects and exhibitions locally, nationally and internationally.
Within the Association's aims was a desire to develop an awareness of the visual arts in the borough of Ashford by promoting local visual artists and raising awareness of visual art. In its first year the long term hope for the association was to 'help shape and define both the character and cultural ethos of the town.' For the past seventeen years the Association has continued to strive in its role to contribute towards this aim by members involvement in creative events that encourage and support cultural activities and a forward looking vision.
Looking to the future the Association continues to define itself by aiming for 'arts at the highest level' and to involve itself in Ashford's lifestyle and cultural identity and explore opportunities to promote art in the local, national and international arena.
Each year, AVA Members elect a committee, which administers the Association.
FULL MEMBERSHIP is open to individual professional artists (18 years or over) who are committed to producing, selling and / or exhibiting artwork. Full Members are invited to participate in meetings and activities and all group exhibitions. They receive regular information and have full voting rights. Full Membership is based on selection by committee members. Fee: £25.00
ASSOCIATE MEMBERSHIP is open to artists as well as any organisation or individual (18 years or over) with an interest in the visual arts and a desire to support the Association and its objectives. It is particularly for artists at the start of their careers, who feel they might benefit from mentoring and support from one of our Full Members. This provides inclusion in group meetings and activities, as well as regular information. It excludes voting rights. Fee: £20.00
A FRIEND OF AVA is any person with an interest in the visual arts, and a desire to support the Association and its objectives. You and your family will be invited to all exhibitions and events. Fee: £5.00
All Membership runs from 01 April to 31 March each year.
AVA promotes equality of opportunity.
Please follow the link to apply for membership of AVA