BAC welcomes new members who would enjoy being in touch regularly with contemporary artists and art life in the locality. The Club aims to promote an understanding of contemporary work, sharing ideas at art-related events and activities amongst members. Whilst the club does mount regular exhibitions, it is not primarily a selling or a teaching club.

The Club consists of Full Members and Associates. The Annual Fee is currently £25 for Members and £15 for Associates. Special events and tutored days may attract extra charges.

The Membership year runs from 1st January each year when subscriptions become payable. However, for those joining after 1st September only half the fee would be required for the remainder of that Membership year.


Full exhibiting membership is by selection. Successful applicants will be able to participate in all club activities, and are entitled to submit work for any exhibition organised by BAC / Southern Contemporaries, where work submitted will be subject to selection. By tradition, they have the right to have one work exhibited at the members’ Annual BAC exhibition.


Associate Members are entitled and encouraged to participate in all the club activities, except exhibitions, for as many years as they like. This category may also attract non-practising artists who have a keen interest in art.


Several professional artists are linked to BAC/SC as Friends. They share their knowledge and skills with the Club members through lectures, workshops and studio visits. There are also opportunities for the Friends to exhibit alongside the members at Exhibitions when space allows.

Application for membership is made through the Membership Secretary

  • Committed artists who are familiar with Bournemouth Arts Club / Southern Contemporaries and have seen recent Exhibitions may apply directly for full Membership and request a place on the next Selection day.
  • It is expected that Applicants should demonstrate a considered, innovative and individual approach to their work and expertise in their chosen media; work should be of high quality and integrity, well presented and the result of careful self-evaluation.  Candidates should already have experience of exhibiting.
  • Prospective members are welcome to join in club events at visitor rates.
  • Those wishing to take part in the organised Programme of Events and meet with others interested in art may apply for Associate Membership with immediate effect. At a later date anyone interested in full Membership may apply for inclusion on a Selection day noting the requirements above and presenting a considered body of work.