Conditions of Professional Membership:

  • Work must be of an appropriately high quality and standard, designed or made in Orkney.
  • Vetting will NOT normally be required, if prospective member is known to and approved by the majority of the Committee.
  • Work must be original to the maker with no plagiarism.
  • If in the business sector, evidence of relevant insurance and registration with HMRC should be supplied.
  • If in the education sector, provision of relevant qualifications should be supplied.
  • Applicants must be both living and working in the Orkney Islands.
  • Applicants must be deriving part of their living from their work.
  • If wishing to be on Craft Trail, regular and publicised opening hours must be provided and adhered to.

Benefits of Professional Membership:

  • Eligibility for major listing in OCA Craft Trail and Brochure, leaflets, posters, display boards
  • Fully illustrated page on OCA website, with links to own website if applicable
  • Opportunity to be “Featured Art/Craft” through the blog on OCA website
  • Opportunity to participate in group advertising e.g. The Islander, Living Orkney, Scottish Field, Northlink brochure
  • Links to other relevant organisations, e.g. Orkney Tourism Group, Visit Scotland, Craft Scotland
  • Subsidised attendance at national exhibitions or trade fairs
  • Display and trade opportunities at central Kirkwall location (Ortak)
  • Display opportunities at tourist locations e.g., Northlink terminals, Kirkwall Tourist Information Centre, Kirkwall Airport
  • Eligibility to attend local events organised by OCA
  • Notification of related opportunities, e.g. subsidised photographic /copywriting services/carriage to and from trade fairs
  • Assistance with production of P.O.S. materials
  • Professional Member OCA and Made in Orkney logos to be used in own stationary/website/premises
  • Opportunities for contribution to Committee work


£100 per annum. (October 1st- September 30th). If joining after March, half fee applies.

Associate Membership *** Sorry this level of Membership has been suspended ***

Associate Membership is open to any individual or group interested in or actively engaged in art or craft within Orkney.

  • There will be a listing on an Associate Members page of the OCA website with one image, brief description of activity, and a link to member’s website/social media site where possible.
  • Associate members will be eligible to attend local events (fund-raisers, pop-ups) at a designated stall.
  • Associate members will be included in press releases and marketing activities.
  • Associate members will have their own logo/window sticker etc.
  • Associate members will be given advice and guidance as appropriate from relevant Committee members.
  • The fee will be £25 p.a. (October 1st- September 30th). If joining after March, half fee applies.(No VAT).


  • Complete online application form (all relevant sections to be done).
  • Associate Membership is automatic upon application.
  • For Full Membership, Application discussed by the Committee and formally ratified at next Committee meeting (may be specially convened if necessary).
  • For Full Membership, applicant informed of outcome. If unsuccessful applicant is given reasons and constructive input.
  • If successful, applicant is sent an invoice from OCA which requires immediate payment by cheque or BACS (all payment information required is on the invoice itself).
  • When payment is received, membership becomes active and the member is added to OCA website and database.

Membership Application Form Indicates Required Field