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A professional body empowering all visual Artists to reach the best potential in their arts career. Join to gain access to a huge range of membership benefits, knowledge and experience. Offering an easy and direct approach to help you grow your art business, to successfully distribute and sell your art with the reassurance of continual mentoring and peer support.

Why Join The Visual Artists Association?

FREE Public Liability Insurance

Gain access to a range of legal documents and help including Public + Products Liability insurance (£5 Million) for your arts business.

Artist Community

Network with the rest of the Association and Artists globally along with our directory of galleries + publishers.

The VAA’s Vault

Receive a range of articles with information, tips + tricks on how to grow + maintain your arts business

Skills And Training

Constantly push yourself + your career with training programmes from increasing online sales to webinars from featured Artists

Providing Artists with the tools to reach audiences, increase sales, and build a thriving arts business.

The VAA Premium Featured Artists …

Five Minutes With

Iain Perry

The importance of colour and shape …


Five Minutes with 
Bridget Bernadette Karn

Karn reflects on her career, creative process, and gives advice to new artists.

Five Minutes With

Alan Yaffe

sales, confidence, and creative process.


Five Minutes with

Sarah Hardy

Hardy discusses her artistic philosophy and her experience in Africa 

Beginning your career as an artist is only one step away …

New World, New You

The world is changing, your business should too. Here at the Visual Artists Association, we help artists gain sales and build a profitable art business. 


Discover Your Most Successful Self

A VAA membership offers a variety of training programmes to prepare you for the career of a lifetime. Learn how to build your fan base with social media guides and training videos. Training with us gives you the opportunity to transform your business and increase sales.

The Visual Art Open

Key Dates: 8th January 2021 – Phase 2 Applications Open | 15th March 2021 – Phase 2 Applications Close

Overall Winner Receives: Cash prize, Solo Show at Deepbridge Chester Arts Fair, Annual Mentorship Programme, International Online Global Art Exhibition of Finalists, Free Career Development Talks and 20% Discount with Cass Art Supplies

VAA Emerging Artists Award 2020 Finalists are Jacob Gourley, Katya Granova, Julie Lawrence, Barry Davies and Toby Michael

Art Café

Our Art Café’s are held on zoom monthly, here we have featured guests which will give their insight, tips and tricks on what’s going on in the world of ART. During our Art Cafe’s we also give membership updates, advice and upcoming events you wouldn’t want to miss!

Business Clinic

Next Clinic Coming Soon 

Welcome for all members to join, our online business clinic will answer your questions and solve any problems you are currently facing. All you need to do is email in your business questions or problems you’re facing to hello@visual-artists.org All members will receive an email to join our zoom webinar prior to the clinic.

“A huge thank you for this mornings business clinic it was inspiring, motivating and insightful” – Samantha Messias

VAA International Art Exhibition 2021

The VAA International Art Exhibition 2021 is an online space for Artists & Collectors to connect. The event is an ambitious exhibition expanding across four virtual gallery spaces, featuring the work of over 2000 talented Artists. All works are available to purchase direct from the Artist; buyers can simply click on the artwork for details. The event is an opportunity for emerging artists to be discovered internationally by buyers, gallery representatives, publishers and art agents.

Mentorship Programme

By focusing on your individual situation The VAA Mentorship Programme will give you the clarity and direction you have been looking for. Our VAA featured Mentor is Fine Artist Manager, Auctioneer & Consultant Karen van Hoey Smith. Our mentorship ranges from 3-18 months …

Focus Group

The VAA want to ensure that our members come first, because of this we hold “Focus Groups” every few months via Zoom with randomly selected members. These sessions are hosted by Laura O’Hare and Shirley-Ann O’neill, Directors of The VAA. These sessions ensure we keep evolving and improving our services with our Artists needs.