The Process of Joining OSA (or renewing your membership)

For new members, please read each of the following before filling in the application form that follows.

About OSA

Open Studios Ayrshire (OSA) is a non-profit artist led organisation which aims to promote artists/makers in Ayrshire who have a quality product and working expertise to share.

We are now moving into our 6th year, with professional artists from throughout Ayrshire throwing open their studio door’s to invite the public in to view their work and see them make their art.  It is an exciting opportunity for artists to not just exhibit their work but to share their practice and chat about what inspires them.

OSA is organised by its members: we are a collective of artists and makers, and believe that we should all be participating in its success.  As part of the application and renewal process artists will be asked to select at least one group to support, via Facebook.  This allows members to get involved, share ideas and interact with fellow artists.  For more information on the remit of each group please click here.

OSA welcomes applications from all ages and backgrounds and supports a policy of equality and diversity in our membership.

To read the OSA Constitution, please click here.

Application Form

New applications must complete all sections.

Renewing members should complete all relevant sections. Where a section is left blank the information from 2017 will be used.

These are the details that will appear for you in all OSA Publications
Leave this section blank if you want the above details to be used for all OSA publications.

Anything submitted in this next section will be used for OSA publications

The information which you provide here helps the Selection Committee to assess your suitability for membership. It is important that you give as much detail as possible regarding your work and experience. We are usually looking for artists who can place ticks against three of the statements. Don’t panic, if you read the questions carefully, you will find them quite straightforward.
Please use this area to describe your work and experience in more detail.
OSA produces a brochure which will include your contact details, venue details and a short statement about your work. Please write a maximum of 40 words in the first person.

Please upload four photographs (in .jpg or .jpeg format) that are representative of your work using the following “File Upload” buttons.  

These must be four good clear images of your work, good enough for publication. The selection committee will be looking for your level of skill and consistency of approach.

Please make landscape orientated pictures at least 1024 pixels wide and 720 pixels high, and portrait oriented pictures* at least 720 pixels wide and 1024 pixels high. Square pictures should be at least 1024 pixels in width and height.

* Please provide at least one portrait oriented image which can be used in the brochure.  There may be occasions where this image may be cropped to fit the available space.  Where this is the case any cropping will be carried out carefully and professionally to maintain the intention of the image.

Please name your files with your name and the works title (or untitled if not named) For example: Anne Artist – Rain falling on the Mull of Kintyre.jpg, Anne Artist – Untitled.jpg – this really helps matching the Artist to their work.

Guidelines for producing effective, professional-looking photographs (written by an OSA Artist) are available here.

OSA is run as a collective of artists, all of whom are expected to participate in organising the annual event. The groups are all administered via Facebook, therefore it is important that you have a profile on Facebook to be involved. We understand that not everyone wishes to have a social media presence however to facilitate this smoothly this medium has been selected. All Facebook groups will be closed, and only available to current or future OSA members and it is not necessary that any specific personal data be shared.

Please check all that apply.
  • All works must be original, designed and produced by the artist.
  • Acceptance into OSA is not guaranteed, but all applications will be thoroughly assessed.
  • If not accepted into OSA a full refund (minus PayPal fees) will be made.
  • I have read and understood the information presented on this page.
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