Associate membership


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BACKLIT's Associate Membership and community have been running for over ten years. It has grown to an active network of over 120 creatives from all across the UK. Our membership supports a variety of creat­ives from recent gradu­ates, students, artists, makers, curators, collectives, and writers at all stages of their lives. We do this through a yearly programme of events, workshops, paid oppor­tun­ities, exhib­i­tions, and community collaborations.

Associate membership
Associate membership

Our membership costs £5-per-month. It can be started and cancelled at any time.

As a member, you will also benefit from our exclusive Members Portal where you will keep up to date, find the workshop archive, access member-only events, join studio meetings and find other arts-related resources.

What are the membership benefits?

  • Access to our exclusive Members Portal
  • Access to private artist and professional development feedback sessions with curators and mentors
  • Access to in-person practical and live online workshops and skill-sharing, including but not limited to:
    • How to professionally document your work
    • Understanding 'Develop Your Creative Practice' grant (with ACE)
    • How to use social media as an artist
    • Learn how to use Adobe Illustrator and Premiere
  • Access to screen printing facilities
  • Access to learning, career development and industry training sessions
  • Access to the BACKLIT online community, a place to keep up to date with opportunities and conversations from your fellow members and our partnering organisations
  • Access funded opportunities including commissions, collaborations and exchanges with our partner organisations
  • Feature on our artists profile space with your profile that can be used to highlight your work for curators and collaborators
  • Have the opportunity to take part in the BACKLIT annual group show
  • Participate in our yearly open studios
  • Attend quarterly community meetings to hear about updates, and upcoming events, to network and voice your opinions on the shape of BACKLIT
  • Discounted hire for our galleries and project spaces
  • Join the members-only mailing list with updates for paid opportunities from our local, national and international network