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Blue Monkey Network is funded entirely by artist membership subscriptions and donations, so membership support is vital to keep our network going.


Join our community of artists! We understand that as artists we can sometimes feel isolated, we might want to find out more about other artists in the area but don’t know where to start, or feel that we are not developing our practice.  Whether you are new to the area, a lapsed member, or just want to meet some like-minded creatives, the network can provide a regular or occasional opportunity to meet artists.


  • By ‘artist’ we mean any type of artist, creative, or art student living anywhere in the world and at any stage of their career

  • There is no selection process, and all members will be accepted into our community

Membership includes

  • A monthly members email & newsletter with a roundup of opportunities, news & events from our community (including national and international opportunities)​


  • To help connect with our supportive community of artists & creatives, new members will optionally be paired with a buddy from the network so that they can connect with a familiar face/voice in the early stages of membership

  • An optional feature on our website Members section plus the opportunity to be featured on our Instagram account

  • An opportunity to submit your work for free to our annual open call for a members’ exhibition (this may be virtual or physical), within the parameters of the open call, which may vary each year


At least one programmed event per month which may include:

  • Talks by our members about their practice

  • Out-of-hours events and discussions about artworks on display at Towner

  • Virtual studio visits

  • Professional development talks such as applying for funding

Each monthly meeting is scheduled for 2 hours with half an hour for networking, approximately a 1-hour talk, and time for discussion and socialising after.  Usually, these are held on the penultimate or final Thursday of the month at Towner Eastbourne.  If it suits the event or is due to unforeseen circumstances, we sometimes offer our monthly event via Zoom.  Where possible we record Zoom events and these can be found via our Youtube channel. 

Please note: We aim to organise our events for the third Thursday of every month, however, due to the current Turner Prize exhibition at Towner, we have had to amend our program due to limited room availability. A rolling 3 months worth of events are on the website Events page, but these may be subject to unavoidable changes. 


We sometimes offer additional events which may include, for example, a visit to local galleries as a small group (for example VOLT Eastbourne) or open studio events.


We very much encourage our members to use the network to enable their practice to develop.  Over the past 10 years, the Network has facilitated the formation of Crit Groups, Peer Development Groups, Curatorial Opportunities, a virtual exhibition, visits to art-related events in the South East (such as Folkestone Triennial, exhibitions at Phoenix Brighton, Fabrica Brighton, DLWP Bexhill and Hastings Contemporary.)​


  • Our standard membership package costs £30 annually (which equates to £2.50 a month)

  • We offer a concessionary rate of £12 (£1 per month) for students 

  • Those who are able to contribute a larger amount are invited to top up their membership fee to £50 (just over £4 per month)​


All three packages receive the same service and membership benefits. 

You can cancel your membership at any time. Membership is valid for a year from the date of payment.


The membership process - Joining

To join Blue Monkey Network membership, click on the button below and use our online form  or  you can download this Word.Doc and send it as an email attachment to

Pay by bank transfer, details to be forwarded to you by email after the application form is submitted.  If you prefer, you can also bring the completed Word.doc membership form to a Blue Monkey meeting and pay by card on the night.

Once you have made the payment, if you wish to have your work on our Member's Work page you can upload work by using the following link: Member's Upload page.   You will need a brief artist's statement and up to 3 examples of your work along with the contact details you want to be displayed on your page.

Please see our Privacy Policy on how Blue Monkey Network will handle the data you have supplied on the form.


For those Renewing their membership

You should have received an email from BMN requesting you renew your membership. If you are sure your details are the same, you do not need to complete the form again and can proceed to payment. There are various ways to pay your annual membership fee of £30 (Standard) or £12 (Student):

  • Cash or card at a meeting

  • Bank Transfer,  (details are in your renewal reminder email)

  • Request a one-time link to pay online - email, mentioning the total sum you wish to pay

You are welcome to include an optional donation (suggested amount up to £20) to help us to provide an interesting and varied events programme.

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