Becoming a Member

The Path to Membership

The Society has changed over the last year or so and its memberships structure has been modernised to fit with the wishes and aspirations of practising artists, existing members, alumni and everyone interested in this art form

We now have just three main categories of membership – including an exciting new type of membership available from mid January 2019:

  • Fellows (formerly called Full membership)
  • Open members (a new category which subsumes our previous friends membership category and which we hope will appeal to a wide range of people interested in botanical art)
  • Student members (these are current students who are studying the Society’s distance learning diploma)

Fellows (formerly called Full membership)

Fellows are those artists whose work is consistently of a high standard of artistry and observation and who can rejoice in becoming part of a Society that has a broad and yet vibrant selection of artistic styles, while still supporting and highlighting the excellence of exquisite botanical illustration.

This type of membership (Fellow as opposed to Open) is confined to practising artists.  Our aim is to encourage and support those at the pinnacle of their artistic prowess.  Our Fellows will be representative of the very best botanical artists from around the UK and the world. There will be a rolling programme of applications going forward. Your application can be submitted at any time and will be considered for Fellowship at one of two dates per year.

A selection committee, made up from experienced Fellow members of the Society and guest judges from the botanical and or art world (when available) will judge applications of those wishing to apply for fellow membership.  Our Fellow (full) membership application process is now separate from our exhibitions.  You can find more information on the Society’s website about what we are seeking.  After being elected to Fellow membership you will be entitled to use the letters SBA Fellow after your name, signifying a guarantee of excellence in the world of botanical art. Once you become an SBA Fellow, the Society expects only your finest work to be submitted for our shows, selection is achieved on points and is not based on personal opinion; your work alone will be your passport to selection. See below for benefits and fees.

The Society is also keen to receive applications for Fellow membership from those artists who completed the Society’s Distance Learning Diploma Course, especially those who achieved a Distinction.  The Society may approach artists with a proven professional track record and reputation in the field of botanical art or illustration.

Open membership for all

The SBA has changed and created a new and open level of membership, open to all who love the botanical arts. Open membership is aimed at anyone interested in botanical art.  We hope it will appeal to all who love the art, our former students and to those who are aspiring to be practising botanical artists as well as those interested in painting and drawing.   All are welcome to become members.  You simply need to pay a joining fee (due 1 January each year) and you will become a member and enjoy the benefits.

(Changes: Life Friend members will continue as before but benefit from all open membership benefits, Friends category will be replaced by open membership.)

 

Summary of the main benefits and costs of the different types of membership:

Fellow Members

£130 per annum from 1 January each year for those who live in the UK
£145 per annum from 1 January each year for those who live outside the UK (this allows for increased postage costs to post two magazines per year overseas)

Benefits:

  • Use of designation SBA Fellow
  • Exhibition: up to six works at a submission fee of £18 per work (all work is subject to selection)
  • Commission on exhibition sales of 35% for work up to 75cm on the longest side and 40% for more than 75cm
  • Welcome and biannual magazines (free)
  • Christmas event (chargeable)
  • Study events (chargeable)
  • Opportunity for other SBA exhibitions
  • Opportunity for sales via Botanical Enterprises Ltd

Open Members

£65 per annum from 1 January each year for those who live in the UK
£80 per annum from 1 January each year for those who live outside the UK (this allows for increased postage costs to post two magazines per year overseas)

Benefits:

  • Use of designation SBA
  • Exhibition: up to five works at a submission fee of £18 per work (all work is subject to selection)
  • Commission on exhibition sales of 35% for work up to 75cm on the longest side and 40% for 75cm or more
  • Welcome and biannual magazines (free)
  • Study events (chargeable)

Student Member

included in relevant course fees (only applies to for students currently studying with the Society’s Distance Learning Diploma Course)

Benefits:

  • Exhibition: up to five works at a submission fee of £18 per work (all work is subject to selection)
  • Commission on exhibition sales of 35% for work up to 75cm on the longest side and 40% for more than 75cm
  • Welcome and biannual magazines (free)
  • Study events (chargeable)

Hon Retired Member

No subscription.

Benefits:

  • Exhibition: up to five works at submission fee of £18 per work
  • Commission on exhibition sales of 35% for work up to 75cm on the longest side and 40% for more than 75cm
  • Christmas event (chargeable)
  • Study events (chargeable)

Non-member

No subscription.

Benefits:

  • Exhibition: up to five works at submission fee of £18 per work (subject to selection)
  • Commission on sales of 45% for work up to 75cm on the longest side and 50% for work more than 75cm

 

An invitation to renew subscriptions will be issued in January and subscriptions must be paid by 31 March each year.  Failure to do so (without explanation) will mean you cease to be a member.  You will then need to reapply.  We are sorry to have to introduce this but considerable time is taken by chasing late payers.

All members will be required to have an active email address in their own name and to keep the membership secretary advised of any changes to this or other contact details.

Full details about how to apply for Fellow Membership or register for Open Membership will be available from this site during February 2019. 

Billy Showell and Gael Sellwood
2 January 2019