Associate Membership

Annual fee £30.00

Associate Membership is open to any Artist producing original ‘feline’ art in any style and media, of domestic or wild cats. Associate Membership is open to any artist over 18 years of age. Membership is by selection panel ONLY.

Associates will receive:

  • Newsletter
  • Notification of all Society activities
  • An invitation to submit work for selection for the Annual SOFA Exhibition, although with no guarantee that work will be hung

How To Join

By Post
Please complete and print the application form and include a disc with 5 images of cats, including at least one image portraying a whole cat to:-
The Membership Secretary of SOFA:
c/o Sara Butt
Springdale Road

BH18 9BN

(Your disc will be returned once the committee has made their decision.)

Click here for the Associate Application Form

By Email
Please email Images or website details to show 5 images of cats, including at least one image portraying a whole cat, plus your details, Name, Address, etc  to the Membership Secretary email:

Overseas applicants
Please be aware that to exhibit at our main annual exhibition in London the Gallery will NOT accept any overseas post, all works have to handed in, in person. Our overseas members tend to have family or friends in the UK with whom they make these arrangements.

Important Note On VAT For European And Overseas Artists
You have to be VAT registered to to sell works of art in the UK.
Due to a change in the law in December 2012 individuals without a UK residence (known as NETPs – non-established taxable persons) will have to register for UK VAT and supply a UK VAT number in order to sell works of art in exhibitions in the UK. This is regardless of the value of the work.

Unfortunately European VAT numbers (including French SIRET numbers) are not acceptable.
More information on UK VAT registration and NETP status can be found by artists in Notice 700/1 on website – ‘Should I be registered for VAT?’ If in doubt contact the VAT Helpline on Tel 0845 010 9000 or if calling from abroad on ++44 2920501 261.The artist can register online for free at processing of applications can take up to 4 weeks. UK VAT is 20%.
More very good information on this topic can be found on the excellent Making A Mark blog.


What the society is looking for

The Society is looking for works of quality, originality and consistency of standard depicting the whole cat as well as portraits.

When using published photographs as reference material, it is vitally important to be aware of copyright. No direct copying of any photographs is permitted, or of course, of any other artist’s work.

Paintings in any medium, drawings, etchings etc are all admissible. CATS only please, do not include any other subject. Sculptures and other 3-D work is not admissible.

Artists are encouraged by the Society to apply for Full Membership after one year’s Associate Membership.

The Selection day, time and place for application for Full Membership will be published in the Newsletters.

Please do not send any money until contacted by The Membership Secretary.

The committee members will make a decision if your application has or has not been successful, this decision will be final and not open to question.