The next annual election of Associate RE Members (AREs) will begin with a shortlist of artists selected from the digital applications. Only shortlisted artists will be asked to send in work physically to Bankside Gallery for the RE Council to view in June. Artists who work in any printmaking media, including digital printmaking, are invited to apply for membership. Successful candidates invariably are those who are outstanding in all aspects of their work as practising professional artist-printmakers.


Election is by majority vote in a secret ballot of the RE Council. Polling takes place following a careful consideration of each applicant's prints, supporting material and artist statement (see below). There is no limit on the number of new Members to be chosen on this occasion, nor are particular qualifications required of candidates, but it should be noted that the Council will be looking for certain significant qualities in candidates including:

  • A high degree of individuality, accomplishment and commitment in the art of printmaking.
  • Agreement to participate on a regular basis in exhibitions and assist with the Society's work.

The standard of work required to gain Membership is high and a number of those who have gone on to become valued Members of the Society did not succeed on their initial application. The Society draws from a broad range of printmakers with diverse tastes and practices. Changes to the selection committee mean that rejection one year does not preclude selection on another occasion.




Complete your application online by 12 noon on Monday 3 April 2023.

  • Please complete all relevant sections. Do not send any additional information or CVs, only fields completed on the application form will be viewed.
  • You should submit eight images of unframed and unmounted prints and six images of aspects of your practice as an artist other than finished prints. If shortlisted you will be invited to send in the physical work. All work submitted must have been made by the applicant within the past three years. Images should be in JPEG format, size max 1-2MB each.
  • Details of each work submitted - title and year made, medium, dimensions (paper size), and edition size of prints.
  • Details of artistic education, courses, training or teaching. Exhibitions and work in collections. Other awards or society memberships.
  • Artist statement of up to 300 words.
  • The application fee is £50 and must be paid to complete your online application.