Renewing Open Studios Ayrshire Membership as an Artist or Maker


Applications are now welcomed for renewing OSA membership for 2024.

The closing date for returning members is 28th February 2024.

What is Open Studios Ayrshire?

Open Studios Ayrshire (OSA) is a non-profit making, artist led, organisation which aims to promote artists and makers in Ayrshire.

Members promote their quality product and working expertise by organising an annual Open Studio Weekend, and participaing in online exhibitions throughout the year on our website (minimum 2/year)

In 2024 the Open Weekend dates are 13th to 15th September.

Why Join OSA?

Our successful and vibrant organisation is now entering it’s 13th year.

It is constantly progressing and developing and is a great way for artists and makers throughout Ayrshire to promote their work, develop their skills and build support and friendships with other artists and makers.

We are very proud of the positive contribution OSA makes to creative life in Ayrshire.

How to Join

Applications should be made using the links below before 28th February 2024.

Please read the guidance notes before completing your application.

We support a policy of equality and diversity in our membership and welcome applications from all ages and backgrounds.

If you have difficulty completing the application form please contact:


Full Members pay a subscription fee of £80 (plus any banking fees) which enables the organisation to promote the Open Studios Weekend and other events.

As well as a full entry in the website directory full each member has a write up with photographs of their work in a specially produced brochure which is widely distributed in Ayrshire and beyond.

We have 2 levels of ‘Lay Membership’ available to members who are unable to participate in the Open Day activities.

Lay Member Plus members pay a subscription of £40 (plus any banking fees) – this includes access to our online exhibitions on the OSA website throughout the year (2 min) and a full profile in our online directory.

Lay Member Basic members pay a subscription of £30 (plus any banking fees) – this includes a full profile in our online directory.

**Lay membership is not available to new members**


OSA is organised by its members as a collective. All members are asked to participate in the administration of the organisation through membership of a Facebook working group.

By becoming an online community we have found it easier for members to become more involved, by sharing ideas, and giving support to their fellow artists and makers.

While Admin Group participation is not required for Lay members, we would welcome your input.

There are also many opportunities throughout the year to meet socially with other artists.


What to expect from OSA: ( Click the plus sign to open )
If selected, you will be part of a group of exhibiting artists, within Ayrshire.  Annually the OSA art trail attracts a massive public spend of around £40k. OSA artists meet to support each other and learn from key speakers. OSA Artists attend an OSA Launch on a date and at a venue to be arranged.  This is where you will receive promotional materials including a banner and high quality brochures.  Here you will interact with your guests and with the public, helping them plan their art trail. There may also be further opportunities to exhibit here.  This event helps you promote yourself within the OSA art trail before the main event, so there will be lots of photos to add to social media and news articles attracting the interest of art lovers in Ayrshire. If you don’t have a studio, we have several spaces which can be applied for, however these may incur a shared cost between yourself and other participating artists and some may charge a percentage commission.  Some of our OSA artists share a space within a studio.   To encourage the development of a personal studio we encourage people without their own space to create works within the venue that they are intending to use during the OSA art trail. Many of our artists sell very well from their own studio and benefit from return visitors throughout the year. Some of our artists have exhibited for a number of  years and have a wealth of knowledge to share and help your practice grow. We are also supported in various ways by local councils too, South and East Ayrshire Councils have previously contributed funds and organisation to running a trail bus to rural OSA venues.
What OSA expects from its members: ( Click the plus sign to open )
It is very important to communicate via: Facebook or email – OSA is run by volunteers, who need you to respond quickly in order to ensure events are organised smoothly. We need your enthusiasm so we can share this event with the public via: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or any other platform you use. We would appreciate posts about OSA sent via Facebook being shared with your network. If we all do this the response can be huge. Please draw attention to our website as this showcases your work and the level of artistic ability within the group you belong to and have been selected to join. Please select really good quality photos of the images you want to use to promote yourself. Many works shown in the brochure and website sell very well! If sold, don’t forget to offer new images for the following year! Attract prospective customers to your venue during the OSA event. Use good quality, easily read signs and blue balloons to direct the public to your venue. Banners are handed out at the launch, hang them at least a week before the OSA Event. Adapt the wording to say that your venue will be open soon, or put the dates of the event on top of the text which says TODAY. The banner needs to be returned after the event please. Leaflets are high quality and need distributing to interested parties. Please engage the public in conversation about OSA before handing the brochures out. We are looking for sponsorship from local businesses, so forward your ideas to Please do not try to acquire a venue on behalf of OSA, please talk to the Committee/ Chair via about any venue suggestions.

Please select a membership level from below

Full Membership Renewal

  • Website Directory profile
  • OSA Open Weekend
  • Inclusion in Open Weekend Brochure
  • Inclusion in Open Weekend promotional activites
  • Inclusion in OSA annual exhibition at a leading Ayrshire gallery, each Spring.
  • At least 2 Online Exhibitions
  • Inclusion in Online Exhibition promotional activites
  • Participation in organisational groups required

Price: from £80/year.

Lay Membership Plus Renewal

  • Website Directory profile
  • At least 2 Online Exhibitions
  • Inclusion in Online Exhibition promotional activites
  • Participation in organisational groups optional

Price: from £40/year.

Lay Membership Basic Renewal

  • Website Directory profile
  • Participation in organisational groups optional

Price: from £30/year.

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