The Guild Society of Artists
The Guild Society of Artists (GSA) was formed to help artists to further their careers. Whether an artist works as a hobby painter and shows at a few exhibitions or if they work as a full-time artist selling work internationally, the Guild Society of Artists has a host of beneﬁ ts and expertise available to them. The GSA is unique, in that it is fully integrated into the art business world through its relationship with the Fine Art Trade Guild, its parent organisation.
WHAT IS THE FINE ART TRADE GUILD?
The Fine Art Trade Guild is a membership organisation that has been around for 107 years and has a wide range of expertise available for artists to access. The Guilds trade members have extensive knowledge in areas that most artists will utilise during their careers, such as picture framing, ﬁ ne art printing and exhibiting artworks.
HOW IS THE SOCIETY STRUCTURED?
The Society is run by the Fine Art Committee of the Fine Art Trade Guild with the primary aim of helping artists to gain business knowledge and further their creative goals.There are four levels of membership that can be subscribed to, each one bringing a di erent set of beneﬁ ts to suit an artist’s working practice. The Guild Society of Artists also awards qualifications to
members who show a high level of professionalism in their work and business practice. Each award, AGSA, GSA and FGSA, has various criteria to pass in order to qualify.It is hoped that artists will move through the levels to become highly regarded and fully exhibiting members of the Guild Society of Artists.
SOME OF THE MEMBER BENEFITS
To help you in your decision to join the Guild Society of Artists, here are just some of the beneﬁ ts that are available to assist you in your journey through the art world. Art Materials: GreatArt o er a 15% discount on art materials for every GSA member level.Fine Art Picture Framing: The Fine Art Trade Guild is the leading body in framing standards and qualiﬁ cations. They have a comprehensive list of framers around the country that can service all artists framing needs. They can advise on all areas of picture framing, up to full conservation standards.
Fine Art Printing: The Guild Society of Artists has links to top quality ﬁ ne art printers around the country that can produce a full range of artist’s Giclée ﬁne art prints, greetings cards and other products.
Galleries: The GSA are linked, through the Fine Art Trade Guild, to galleries all over the United Kingdom, Ireland and Overseas.
Publishers: As an excellent way to get extra income from your art the GSA has links to some of the top ﬁne art publishers who can help promote artists, should their work meet the requirements.
Insurance: The GSA have joined forces with a specialist insurance company that understands the needs of artists. They can tailor an insurance policy to meet an artists’ individual requirements. Whether it’s for public liability cover for a single exhibition or a more comprehensive full studio cover, they have the product.
Original Art Register: OAR is an invaluable asset to any artist producing artwork. Members will have the opportunity to register, online, each and every one of their original artworks. This will help to protect and promote them, globally. Higher level members will get a discounted rate.
Artist Business Helpline: For Level 2 members and above there is an artist’s business helpline to help with those problems that might come up in the course of furthering an artist’s career. From ﬁnding suppliers, understanding business promotion or simply a guiding hand to help artists move forward.
ArtSure: At certain levels members will be able to register their ﬁne art prints on the ArtSure register if they are printed to the standards promoted by the Fine Art Trade Guild.
Newsletter: Artists will receive our quarterly newsletter direct to their chosen email address to keep them abreast of creative news, opportunities and ideas.
Membership levels 1 and 2 are available to purchase from GreatArt.
Full details of membership beneﬁts are available online at www.greatart.co.uk
To purchase one of the higher membership levels and ﬁnd out more about the qualiﬁcations available, please visit www.ﬁneart.co.uk/gsa