Join Suffolk Open Studios

All artists who are living or working in Suffolk are eligible to join Open Studios and can be assured of a very warm welcome to our group. Artists gain by being members of a great network which is organised, supportive and collaborative. As individuals, publicising and promoting work is difficult and expensive; SOS members benefit from marketing and publicity designed to bring the public to their studios. All members have their own profile on this website, which they can manage directly, with a portfolio of up to 10 images.

Sign up for 2017 membership is now over.

Membership applications for 2018 will be welcomed between Oct 1st and Dec 31st 2017 to open your studio with us in June 2018, but you are welcome to sign up as an Associate member at any time of the year.

Existing and Returning Members To carry on as a member for next year, or to rejoin if you have taken a break for the past year or two, please send a cheque for the desired membership level, made out to Suffolk Open Studios, to SOS(Payments), 24 Freehold Road, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP4 5HY. Alternatively you can pay via BACS to account no. 65422704, sort code 08 92 99, using your name as a reference and making sure you email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to make sure we know right away that you've paid. To take part in 2018, please sign up between 1st Oct and 31st Dec 2017.

New Members - Please follow this link to our New Membership Application Form. Once we have your details we will be back in touch with more details of how to pay. Once we receive payment your web profile will be set up and you will be sent login details and news of what happens when in the SOS year. To take part in 2018, please sign up between 1st Oct and 31st Dec 2017.

Full membership includes the following events

Open Studio Event - held during weekends in June from 11am to 5pm, members must open their studio/gallery for at least one weekend. Members are also encouraged to get together in their own locality to draw up an Artists Trail, or form a Hub Studio as part of the Open Studio Event.

Art About Town aims to bring together local businesses and Suffolk Open Studio’s artists - Artists are encouraged to exhibit their work within business premises in their area. This provides an opportunity for a sneak preview of members work before June open studios.

S.O.S Members’ Exhibitions - SOS members may combine to arrange their own exhibitions and use the SOS name and appear in the directory and on the website.

More details of these are on our FAQ page.

Membership Options

Full membership with an annual fee of £90 is for those artists who would like to participate in the SOS Open Studio event in June and have a website portfolio. Members should be aware that they are joining a mutually supportive network therefore all members are required to help with the distribution of the SOS directory and posters. Payment is per artist, not per studio, so if you share a studio space with another artist, you will both need to join separately. To take part in 2018, please sign up between 1st Oct and 31st Dec 2017.

Associate membership - for an annual fee of £40, this is for those artists who do not wish to open their studios in June but would like to have an SOS website portfolio. You can become an associate member at any time of year, in fact if you are too late for full membership for the current year you can join as an associate to start benefiting immediately from a presence on our website and be ready to step up to full membership next year.  

Gallery membership with an annual fee of £100 is aimed at galleries who wish to be associated with SOS, to be included within the directory and on the SOS website under a galleries listing. To take part in 2018, please sign up between 1st Oct and 31st Dec 2017.