Become a Member Gallery

Delivered through a network of 300 galleries across England, Scotland and Northern Ireland, Own Art has supported £40 million of sales of contemporary art and craft to UK customers, enabling more than 50,000 customers to get access to the art they love.

Selling to your customers with Own Art is simple

The 5 step process explains how it works:

  1. Customer decides they want to make a purchase using Own Art.
  2. Gallery takes the customer through an online credit application lasting approximately 10 minutes. Alternatively, this can be done over the phone or the customer can complete the application at home.
  3. If accepted, the customer e-signs the credit agreement and direct debit mandate, and the gallery e-signs an agreement on behalf of the business.
  4. The customer can take their purchase away immediately, collect at a later date or have the piece delivered to their home address. As soon as the customer is in receipt of their purchase, the gallery notifies our Credit Provider to receive payment.
  5. The amount (less the 2.5% service charge*) is remitted to the gallery via BACS within 2-3 working days.
* Terms & Conditions

Own Art member galleries pay a fixed service charge of 2.5% of the loan amount (8.5% for loans over £2500) on each credit agreement successfully completed and submitted to the credit provider. The remaining cost is subsidised by our funding partners, ensuring that the scheme remains affordable for our member galleries, and guaranteeing that Own Art customers are never charged interest on their loans.

The charge to galleries is deducted by our Scheme Credit Provider at source, before remitting the balance by BACS payment to the gallery’s bank account. For example, if a loan agreement is submitted for £1,000 the gallery will receive a remittance of £975 (= 97.5% of the loan value).

Who is it for?

Membership of the scheme is open to commercial enterprises, charities and other not-for-profit organisations based in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland that specialise in the presentation and sale of work by contemporary artists. This includes online galleries that are registered in these regions. We are unable to consider applications from individual artists, or from companies that represent the work of a single artist only.

What does it cost to become a member?

Applications for membership are subject to a non-refundable fee of £250 (including VAT), payable at the point of application. This fee goes towards the administrative costs of processing your application, including a ‘mystery shopper’ site assessment.

Own Art members are also required to pay an annual membership fee of £240 (+ VAT) once they have been on the scheme for 12 months.

The annual fee gives you access to a great range of exclusive benefits and discounts and is essential to allow the continued growth and promotion of the Own Art scheme for the benefit our customers, members and the artists whose work they represent.

As part of our funding agreement with Arts Council England, National Portfolio Organisations are exempt from paying the annual membership fee.

To start your application, click here.

Own Art Membership

As an Own Art member gallery or organisation, we have a number of assets available to help you make the most out of your involvement with the scheme:


Core Benefits

Subsidised interest-free finance

Membership Body
Being part of the largest membership body of contemporary art and craft organisations in the UK

Interest Free Credit
Own Art interest free credit for loans of up to £2,500 at just 2.5%

Own Art Plus
Own Art Plus interest free credit loans of up to £25,000 at 8.5%

Telephone & Email
Telephone and email support from Creative United’s dedicated Own Art team

Video Training
Free Own Art video training

Free Guidance
Free guidance designed to support your business

E-commerce Integration
E-commerce integration provided by Own Art credit provider Hitachi Capital Consumer Finance

Marketing & Promotion

  • Online promotion via this website
  • Promotion via Own Art social media including Facebook, Instagram and Twitter
  • Opportunity to be included in our monthly e-newsletter
  • Free point of sale marketing materials and digital assets
  • Promotion at art fairs attended by Own Art throughout the year (talks, marketing support in the lead up and during the fair)

Business support from Creative United

  • 20% off Creative United’s business consultancy services to access advice on developing business plans, putting business plans into action, growing your business and developing strategies to grow and diversify audiences.

Partner Benefits

Enabling galleries to trade with trust
20% off Certificates and Tags with a free gallery account on the Tagsmart platform.

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Enabling galleries to reach more audiences
Free exclusive training videos on marketing, and 10% off AMA membership.

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Insurance for art lovers, from art lovers
10% off any Love Art insurance policy with Brownhill Insurance, host preview evenings with their VIP art club, plus an Own Art exclusive policy on artworks purchased on the Own Art scheme.

brownhillgroup.co.uk


Specialists in the study of art
15% discount on all short courses hosted in London, New York, Hong Kong & Online. 15% discount on membership to Christie’s Education Young Collectors Club.

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Thoughtful compliance for the art market
14-month membership to ArtAML for the price of 12.

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Social platform for artists, galleries and art lovers
Enjoy a free upgrade to the Premium profile and 50% on the Deluxe profile on Art Browser.

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Award-winning organic, ethical wines and drinks
Trade prices on all drinks at Vintage Roots, plus free delivery from £250 ex VAT.

vintageroots.co.uk


Premium white glove shipping, transportation & logistics service
15% off all UK and European packing and shipping, & 10% off art installation services - domestic and art fairs with Henley Shipping.

henleyshipping.com


The ultimate collection management system for your artworks
10% off on annual subscription to Collect Light, & 20% off on annual subscription to Collect Standard with Arteïa.

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The elegant and customisable online gallery experience
20% off all levels of individual Arteïa Online Viewing Rooms, & 30% off annual payment of 4+ OVRs.

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Connect with the contemporary art market worldwide
10% off ArtRabbit for Business membership and other services offered by ArtRabbit.

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Legal and affordable advice for creatives
30 minutes free consultation on legal issues covered by their area of expertise, & 10% discount on further legal advice with James Ware Stephenson (JWSS Law LLP) if needed.

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Specialist glazing for framing and display
Free educational webinars from Tru Vue on preventative conservation for gallery spaces and display activities.

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We love the Own Art scheme, it’s a huge part of how we continue to do what we do, and impacts massively in terms of helping our gallery create access to what we do. This difference is felt all across the client base, by young and established artists and of course our gallery itself.

Gallerina - Darlington