CEOS Constitution

Crouch End Open Studios is a voluntary organisation of artists, founded in 2005.

Our Aims

1. To encourage an appreciation of the Visual Arts and to build a diverse and informed local audience in North London.

2. CEOS is an artist-led group and aims to support the professional creative development of CEOS Fine Artists in a diverse range of media.

3. CEOS maintains the quality and diversity of work shown by advertising its exhibiting opportunities to artists and by a formal selection process of new artist members.

4. CEOS aims to encourage peer review/mutual mentoring amongst members and the development of curatorial skills.

Application & Membership

Artists apply to join CEOS (Oct/Nov) and are selected by a selection committee on the basis described in the Selection Policy. Thereafter, artists must become CEOS members in order to participate in the event. The membership is renewed by annual subscription. The subscription year begins in December. If membership lapses for more than three years, a renewing member must apply for re-selection.

Fees

Application fee (one-off) £15
Annual membership fees £120

Organising Committee

The Organising Committee is the governing body of CEOS, a team of artists who have volunteered for various roles over the years. This is ever evolving and any interested artist can volunteer to join.  The Committee meets monthly from September to June and decides on all matters of policy.

The Committee organises an annual artist selection process including asking for volunteers to sit on the selection committee, and setting of the annual calendar of events.

The Organising Committee oversees the budget and two or three organisers act as signatories for the CEOS bank account.

Committee roles

Chair/Secretary, Membership/Selection Secretary, Treasurer, Website Manager, Publicity, Sponsorship and Group Exhibtions Organiser.

Members’ obligations

In the preparation and the run-up to the event, all participating artists are expect to invest a minimum of 10 hours as part of the following teams:

– Leaflet/general printing (inc posters, banners, etc)
– Social Media
– Mailchimp
– Venues
– Leaflet distribution
– Raffle
– Private view organisation
– Banners 

Members’ Meetings

CEOS holds three meetings annually for all members;  one is a social in January – an opportunity to meet our new artists and to set out expectations for the year ahead.  The second is an opportunity to collect leaflets & door-to-door area allocations, raffle tickets, etc,  sign up for Group Show invigilating rotas, and on-street leaflet distribution.  The third is a Feedback Meeting, taking place in June.

Open Studios/Art Trail

The Open Studios are held in the second weekend of May each year.  To participate, Members must show a high proportion of new work, and it must be presented in a professional manner.  Each artist is expected to be present at their exhibition venue over the CEOS weekend, distribute leaflets to a defined area a few weeks beforehand, participate in on-street leafleting, promote raffle ticket sales, and share in the invigilating of the group exhibition. All CEOS artists are expected to collect and return to CEOS the email addresses of their visitors over the CEOS weekend.

Under no circumstances should CEOS artists allow any artists, other than CEOS selected artists, to show at their venue during the Open Studios weekend

Assets and Budget

Members of the Organising Committee commit substantial amounts of time and may be awarded reasonable expenses.

CEOS does not expect to make a profit as an organisation. After payment for goods and services, any money remaining at the end of the year will normally be ploughed into the next years activity. If there is no activity for a year or more and the organization is wound up, the assets will be given to an arts fund agreed by the Organising Committee.

NB: if we decide to hold an Annual General Meeting (maybe at beginning of Feedback Meeting in June), artists will be expected to attend and this will be added to the Constitution.

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