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Welcome to Axis, the home of contemporary visual arts in the UK. As an independent charity, we're passionate about supporting artists, makers, and art workers at every stage of their creative journey. Joining Axis means gaining access to exclusive resources, opportunities for exposure, and a community that truly cares about your success.

Axis actively seeks artists from all backgrounds and experiences. If you're passionate about making the arts more inclusive and representative, we're eager to amplify your voice and work together.

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Ideal for anyone looking to explore and engage with contemporary visual arts.

  • Be the first to hear about our events and access our news and updates.
  • Explore and engage with what Axis has to offer.


£17.50 / yearly

A launching pad for emerging artists:

  • Access to curated job and opportunity listings.
  • Community access with a profile.
  • Stay informed with the latest news, updates and Axis opportunities.


£25 / yearly

Deepen your engagement and expand your network:

  • Includes everything in the Starter plan, plus additional benefits to support your growth.
  • Claim Public Liability and Professional Indemnity Insurance.
  • Access to a legal helpline for professional advice.
  • Expanded Community Access and features, including events and networking opportunities tailored for artists.


£45 / yearly

By Application / Nomination Only

Elevate your presence and opportunities with the Professional membership. Everything in Associate plus:

  • Exclusive Artist Portfolio: Your work is featured in our select directory, signalling recognition and making it discoverable to curators, commissioners and audiences.
  • Curated Exposure: Gain visibility through curated content and commissioned features, designed to showcase your art.
  • Tailored Support: Access bursaries, fellowships, and mentoring, all aimed at fostering your professional growth.
  • Premier Networking: Engage with peers and curators at exclusive events, enhancing your career.

Why choose Axis

Choosing Axis means partnering with "the caring art organisation," where your growth and success are our top priorities. Here's why Axis stands out:

  • Supportive Community: You will be part of a network of artists, makers, and art workers dedicated to mutual support and collaboration.
  • Independent and Caring: Our independence from public funding allows us to focus solely on what's best for our members. We're here to support, not profit from, artists.
  • Diverse and Inclusive: Axis champions diversity and inclusivity within the arts, offering a welcoming space for all creative voices.

Start your Axis membership today and be part of a community that values and supports the transformative power of contemporary visual arts.

Concessionary Membership Rates:

We're committed to accessibility for all artists. Concessionary rates are available across all membership levels for individuals experiencing financial hardship, recent graduates/emerging artists in the first three years of their practice, and those returning to art after a break. If you're interested or believe you qualify, Go here for more details.

Questions About Joining Axis

Is Axis a charity?

Yes, Axis is a registered UK charity dedicated to supporting and championing contemporary visual arts in the UK.  Founded in 1991, we've been at the forefront of providing artists with resources, opportunities, and platforms to support and showcase their work.

Are you Arts Council funded?

No, Axis is a self financing charity operating independently of public subsidy. Our independent status allows us to innovate and commit resources to projects that enrich the artistic community and captivate the public, without the influence of public funding bodies.

Who can join Axis?

Axis membership is open to everyone, including artists, makers, crafters, art workers, and anyone committed to the creation, appreciation, and support of contemporary art. Whether you're just starting your artistic journey or you're an established professional, Axis offers tailored membership levels to support your growth and success in the visual arts.

Got more questions, check out our Membership FAQs or email us at

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