Apply for Own Art Membership

Applications are assessed against specific criteria, and we advise you to read both our Terms and Conditions of Membership and Assessment Process Document before applying.

If you have a query about the application process, please get in touch with our team at

Eligibility Criteria

To be able to apply for Own Art membership, your business needs to fulfill the following requirements:

  • Your business is located in England, Scotland or Northern Ireland
  • You specialise in the sale of original works of art by living artists (NB: This can include contemporary art and craft in any media including painting, sculpture, photography, limited edition prints, textiles, jewellery, fashion, furniture, glass, ceramics, and multi-media works)
  • You can supply a copy of your most recent audited or independently inspected accounts (including a balance sheet and profit & loss)
  • If your business has not been running for 12 months, you must be able to provide an opening balance sheet in lieu of accounts
  • Your business operates a UK bank account capable of accepting payments by BACS and you can provide a bank statement, blank cheque or paying in slip corresponding to this account
  • Your gallery, exhibition space, event programme, or website are open and accessible to the general public on a regular basis
  • You actively encourage new buyers of contemporary art and craft by providing appropriate customer service and advice when needed

What do you need?

In order to complete your application, you will need to have the following documents on hand:

  • A copy of your most recent accounts, including a balance sheet
  • A paying-in slip, blank cheque or bank statement corresponding to the business' bank account
  • A completed Novuna Registration Form - download the latest version here (this includes Novuna's Privacy Policy)
  • Your terms and conditions of sale
  • A sample artist contract setting out your terms of business

How do I apply?

  1. Prepare your supporting documents.
  2. Fill in and submit the application form at the bottom of this page, uploading the documents at the end.

What will happen next?

Your application will be assessed by both Creative United and Novuna to ensure that it meets our membership criteria. You can find out more about the assessment procedure here.

Upon approval, Creative United will send you an acceptance email along with a PayPal invoice for the £250+VAT application fee.

You will be notified of the outcome within 12 weeks from the date that you submitted your application.

If you have any queries regarding the application or assessment process, do not hesitate to contact us via email ( or call us on 020 7759 1111.

Privacy Notice

By making an application to the Programme, you are providing your personal information and accompanying documentation to Creative United. You confirm that you are authorised to provide such information and documentation to Creative United for these and consent to any personal information and accompanying documentation being processed in accordance with current legislation.

Your data will be shared in an appropriate form to ensure that both Creative United and its funders and partners are all able to meet their contracted obligations for the programme to assess your application and, if successful, to ensure that we are able to work together to deliver the programme. This does include some sensitive data to fulfil both contractual and other legal requirements. If you do not wish for your data to be shared in this way, do not apply to participate in one of our programmes.

Please read our full Privacy Policy

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To become an Own Art member, you’ll first need to complete our online registration form.

Before starting, please note that this process will take up to 20 minutes.

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