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To apply to join the UK Section of AICA please download and complete the two-page application form:

AICA Biographical Form

Once completed, send the form to Rachel Withers the Membership Secretary, at Your completed application form must be accompanied by examples of your work that provide evidence of your sustained activity for the previous three years in one or more of the following areas:

  1. The daily or periodical press, radio, television, video or electronic media, backed up by at least three cuttings (scans and PDFs are acceptable), CDs, tapes or videos;
  2. The publication of works on art history, aesthetics or art criticism;
  3. Teaching of art criticism or history, aesthetics, curating, or art at higher or tertiary level, indicated by posts held and dates;
  4. Curatorial work and analysis for educational or scholarly ends, and the organisation of art exhibitions, with at least three examples listed.

Should any of these refer to a book that is too cumbersome to post, publication details and a synopsis of the contents should suffice.

This documentation must also be accompanied by a reasoned and informative letter from each of two sponsors (who must be AICA members). Your application form and supporting material will be forwarded to the AICA Archive at the Tate Gallery so any documentation sent in should not be irreplaceable.

Your application will be considered at the next meeting of the AICA British Section Executive Committee and, if accepted, will be voted on by secret ballot at a subsequent General Meeting. You will be contacted after the General Meeting and informed of the members’ decision.

If your application is successful you will be told how to pay your £50 subscription and so obtain your AICA-UK membership card; if it is refused, you have the right of appeal, initially to the UK Section and ultimately to the Secretary-General. Additionally, there is a one-off joining fee of £15.

A copy of your form will be forwarded to Paris so that you can be considered for International Membership (no extra charge or paperwork is involved). Your membership would be voted on at the next Annual Congress (usually in the autumn) and, if successful, will entitle you to vote at and participate in international meetings, elect officers and so forth, as well as giving access to the AICA website. Your entry on the database itself will not be accessible to the general public; your contact details will be accessible to your fellow members. For administrative purposes only, the Executive Bureau, members of the Electoral and Membership Commission and the Financial Oversight Commission will be able to see the entire entry.

Please send completed applications to:

Rachel Withers
Membership Secretary