The SAI is a vibrant community of professional illustrators, animators, model makers and photographers.

All applicants are required to submit five images together with contact details and a description of their working methods and experience. The submission will be considered by the SAI Professional Standards Council who will recommend to the SAI Board a grade of membership.  Applicants whose work is of high professional standard will be elected Member

The membership package includes:

  • Certificate of Membership
  • An individual and personal page on the SAI web site which the member can edit and keep current with up to 100 images and projects
  • Newsletters and other SAI publications
  • SAI meetings and events

Should the application be partially successful but not quite reach the high standard expected, the applicant will be elected Allied Member.

Allied membership includes:

  • Certificate of Allied Membership
  • Newsletters and other SAI publications
  • SAI meetings and events
  • Advice, via the SAI Forum, regarding upgrading to full membership

Members’ professional suffixes

The SAI is permitted to confer professional status suffixes on successful applicants as under:

  • Member MSAI – The primary consideration is the degree of professional competence shown by examples of the work submitted. Minimum age for membership is 20
  • Fellow FSAI – Fellowships are conferred by the SAI Council in recognition of outstanding contribution to the Society
  • Honorary Fellow FSAI – This grade is conferred on those not necessarily engaged in illustration but who are deemed to have contributed to the profession in some exceptional manner. Election is by nomination

Application fee for membership £40 (If elected Member, this fee is deducted from your first year’s subscription)

Subscription fees

Allied – £40
Member – £95
Fellow – £130
Retired – £30

How to apply for membership of the SAI

  • Complete the form below with your name, address and other contact details
  • Tell us about yourself and your work in the Details box
  • Tick the boxes which are relevant to your work
  • Upload five jpg images of your work – between 1 and 2MB each image will be best
  • Click on the “Submit your application” button
  • Remit your application fee either by sending a cheque for £40.00, made out to “The SAI”, to: SAI Administrator, Rosemary Cottage, Bletchinglye Lane, Rotherfield, East Sussex, UK, TN6 3NN – or you may pay by BACs. Sort code: 30-98-29 Acc. No. 00382867 When we have received your application fee, your work will be sent to the SAI Council for assessment and consideration for election to the Society.

Additional notes for photographers

Preferably photographs will show high resolution and creative or aesthetic qualities, as well as the photographer’s ability to edit at least one photograph with software. Editing could be, for example, correcting vertical convergence if not done with a field camera, “cloning” in or out details, or creating an original yet useful image. If the edits are not evident, a brief explanation would be appreciated. In addition to full-view outside shots, submissions must also contain at least one good example from the following: an interior shot, a late evening/night shot, a well-composed architectural detail.

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