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Membership Charter


Welcome to Axis, a charity at the heart of the contemporary visual arts community. 

This Charter, is the bond between Axis and our Members, setting a framework for behaviour, interaction, and engagement that nurtures a supportive, inclusive, and dynamic environment.

Our Vision and Mission

We believe art creates positive changes in society. Art connects, inspires conversations and builds understanding.

Our vision is of a society where art is part of everyday life, accessible to all, inspiring creativity, empathy and innovation.

Our mission is to champion and support contemporary visual arts in the UK and broaden public engagement with the arts. By providing artists with resources, opportunities, and platforms to showcase their work, we make contemporary art more accessible and engaging for all, fostering a vibrant and inclusive arts.


These values guide our actions:

Inclusive and Accessible:

Art should be for everyone. We are committed to breaking down barriers and ensuring art is something everyone can enjoy and participate in.


Collaboration is at our core. We partner with artists, communities, and organisations to create impactful art experiences.

Caring and Kind

Kindness is fundamental to our approach. We support artists and audiences, fostering a community where respect and empathy are paramount.

Supportive and Empowering

Our goal is to nurture artists. By providing resources and support, we help individuals at all stages of their artistic journey.

Bold and Purposeful

We're determined and deliberate in our actions. Our goal is to drive positive change in the contemporary visual arts sector, ensuring our efforts have a meaningful and lasting impact.

Innovative and Engaging

Innovation drives us. We’re constantly exploring fresh and exciting ways to experience art.

Critically Engaged

We encourage artists to challenge, question, and share their perspectives on the issues of the day. Our goal is to foster a culture supporting critical thinking and constructive dialogue, enriching the contemporary visual arts and society.


Our commitments extend to the planet we live on. We advocate for sustainable practices, ensuring our activities are environmentally conscious and contribute to a sustainable future for all.

Membership Levels and Rights

Axis offers StarterAssociate, and Professional membership levels, each designed with tailored support and resources to meet your needs at different stages of your artistic journey. Whether you're just beginning, looking to expand your network, or seeking advanced professional development, we have a place for you.

For a detailed breakdown, please visit our membership section.

Commitment from Members

Membership in Axis grants you unique rights, including access to platforms for showcasing work, professional development, and community engagement. In return, we ask that you:

  • Respect Axis's principles and values.
  • Engage respectfully and constructively with our community.
  • Support the collective aims and activities of Axis, aligned with your membership level.
  • Actively participate in our activities and discussions, enhancing our community's vibrancy.
  • Recognise and celebrate the achievements and contributions of fellow members, nurturing a culture of mutual appreciation and support.

Community Guidelines

Our community thrives on mutual respect, openness, and encouragement. Adherence to our guidelines ensures Axis remains a space where all voices are heard and valued. 

Key guidelines include respectful communication, support for fellow members' work, and a commitment to constructive feedback. 

Charter Evolution and Membership Commitment

This Charter is a living document, reflective of our community's growth and changing needs. Your insights and feedback are invaluable to its evolution. 

We encourage you to share your suggestions and participate in periodic reviews, helping shape the future of Axis and our vibrant community.

Join Us in Shaping the Future of Contemporary Visual Arts

By joining Axis, you're not just becoming part of a community; you're actively contributing to the dynamic and inclusive future of contemporary visual arts. We welcome you to start your journey with us today and together, we'll create a more vibrant, accessible, and innovative art world.

Welcome to Axis, let's make art a part of everyone's life, together.

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