Terms & Conditions

Artist membership of Cambridge Open Studios

Membership of Cambridge Open Studios (COS) and participation in the July Open Studios is open to anyone who lives and creates original works of art or craft in Cambridgeshire (excluding Peterborough) or the CB postcode area.

Fees

All fees given below include VAT at the current 20% rate. All fees are halved for members aged 18 to 25.

Artist Membership

New membership is £90. Renewing membership fee is £60. Membership and participation fees must be paid by 31 January in order to take part in the July Open Studios (see below). The new membership fee is reduced by 25% from February, and by 50% from July. Membership expires on 31 January of the following year, regardless of when you join.

Terms and conditions of artist membership

By joining COS, I confirm the following:

  • Both my home and studio are located in Cambridgeshire (excluding Peterborough) or in the CB postcode area
  • I create original works of art or craft
  • I am 18 years or over
  • I have read and agree to Cambridge Open Studios data protection policy relating to use of my personal data
  • I support the objects of COS as laid out in the Memorandum and Articles of Association

Participation in July 2024 Open Studios

Members can participate in the July 2024 Open Studios, under their own name (not a business name), if they join COS and pay an additional participation fee by 31 January 2024.

Individual Entry Participation fee is £156.

  • Artist in their studio/home or in a shared space.
  • Artist must be a member
  • Individual entry in the printed Guide and on the website

Shared Entry Participation fee is £110 per artist.

  • Two or more artists at the same location
  • All artists must be members
  • One shared entry in the printed Guide and on the website

Terms and conditions of Participation in July Open Studios

  • Studios will be open between 10am and 5pm on both Saturday and Sunday of the weekend(s) selected. 
  • The purpose is to give the public the opportunity to talk about the techniques used and the passions that inspire the artist.
  • That only work of the member(s) who have paid to participate will be on display.
  • No entry charge will be made to visitors.
  • Publicity materials provided by COS (Guides, posters, etc.) will be collected by members and distributed within their local area.
  • The safety of the general public is a top priority. A risk assessment of potential hazards will be made by the artist(s), and appropriate remedies introduced.
  • The COS Management Team has the absolute right to remove any member from participation in Open Studios if they disregard any of the above conditions or do anything that, in the opinion of the Management Team, brings COS into disrepute.

Terms and Conditions for Friends of COS

As a Friend of Cambridge Open Studios, you are invited to support artists exhibiting within Cambridgeshire, all year around!

Terms and Conditions for Gallery and Venue Partners

Galleries, exhibition venues and organisations in Cambridge and Cambridgeshire working with local, national and international artists.

Please note that galleries and organisations can only represent their own brand/business, and cannot list individual artists on the COS website or in COS printed publicity materials.

We are partnering only with galleries and venues who agree to feature COS members who have also paid their participation fee.

If a gallery already features COS artists work we expect that they will feature at least one new COS member who has paid their participation fee for July Open Studios

For a contribution of £150 gallery and venue partners will receive:

Galleries

1. COS Website ONLINE PROFILE

  • Profile page on the Gallery pages of the COS website for a year
  • Website entry to include description of the business/organisation and its mission plus up to FOUR representative image(s).
  • Text is limited to 150 words
  • We strongly encourage reference to how you work with/support COS.
  • No mention to be made of individual artists that you will feature.
  • The ability to submit your upcoming events to the ‘What’s on’ section of the website

2. PRINTED GUIDE and July Open Studios

This year we are featuring our galleries differently in the guide;

  • Those galleries/venues who provide exhibition space during July for COS artist members will have their name, address and logo in the printed guide as a ‘gallery partner’.
  • Galleries who do not display works by COS artists during July will not be listed in the guide.
  • There is no option this year for galleries to pay money to have their own individual slot in the guide.
  • Members exhibiting at a gallery must have their work clearly identified as being by a COS artist
  • For sponsoring galleries/venues there will be more visibility as a result of the increased marketing and publicity COS is doing for our 50th anniversary year.

If you have any queries about Gallery Membership please email: info@camopenstudios.org

Venues

1. COS Website ONLINE PROFILE

  • Profile page on the Venues pages of the COS website for a year
  • Website entry to include description of the business/organisation and its mission plus up to FOUR representative images
  • Text is limited to 150 words
  • We strongly encourage reference to how you work with/support COS.
  • No mention to be made of individual artists that you will feature.
  • The ability to submit your upcoming events to the ‘What’s on’ section of the website

2. PRINTED GUIDE and July Open Studios

This year we are featuring our venue partners differently in the guide;

  • Those venues who provide exhibition space during July for COS artist members will have their name, address and logo in the printed guide as a ‘venue partner’.
  • There is no option this year for venues to pay money to have their own individual slot in the guide.
  • Members exhibiting at a gallery must have their work clearly identified as being by a COS artist
  • For sponsoring venues there will be more visibility as a result of the increased marketing and publicity COS is doing for our 50th anniversary year.
  • Artists exhibiting in your space must be a registered COS member
  • An Open Studios participation fee must have been paid by all COS members displaying work at your venue in July.

If you have any queries about Venue Membership please email: info@camopenstudios.org

Additional information

COS is run by artist volunteers. It is a friendly and supportive community where members can share their ideas, interests and challenges. A special event is held to welcome new members in the spring. Individual members often organise other COS social events.

COS is a company limited by guarantee and all artist members have voting rights and can attend the annual general meeting. If you have any problems or queries regarding membership, please email info@camopenstudios.org.

Cambridge Open Studios is a company limited by guarantee incorporated in England and Wales with company number 03317766 whose registered office is Prentis & Co. LLP, 115c Milton Road Cambridge CB4 1XE. The company known as “Cambridge Open Studios” exists to promote the making of original works of art and craft, and to provide an opportunity for the public to become involved in the arts by meeting artists in their studios, seeing their work and how it is produced.

By joining Cambridge Open Studios, you are becoming a member of the Company with voting rights at the Annual General Meeting where the Management Team is elected from the membership body.

A member shall cease to be a member immediately that they: a) cease to fulfil any of the qualifications for membership as specified by Article 3 or by the Management Team; or b) resign in writing to the Secretary; or c) fail to pay the annual subscription (if any) within two months of its becoming due; or d) is expelled by a Special Resolution carried at a General Meeting in accordance with Article 12; or e) die, if an individual person; or f) is wound up or goes into liquidation, if a corporate body or association.

Last Updated

25 November 2023

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