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

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