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Why become a member

Become a member and participate in the defense of the economic, social, moral and professional interests of visual artists.

Because there is only one association legally mandated to represent all visual artists in Quebec: the Regroupement des artistes en arts visuels du Québec, founded in 1989. The interest of visual artists to become professional members of the RAAV is related to the fact that we are an association recognized by the Law S-32.1, which allows us to admit members as professionals.

Benefits of being a professional member : being authenticated

The authentification of your professional status by RAAV will allow you to obtain the benefits reserved for professionals under the eligibility criteria of many programmes.

For artists, becoming a professional member of RAAV will facilitate eligibility for many programs and benefits directly related to this professional status, whether it be legal, fiscal or administrative.

This membership status, and therefore this presumption of professional status, greatly simplifies access to many programs supporting professional practice, programs dedicated first and foremost to so-called professional artists.

Some jurisdictions whose grant programs require professional artist status
  • The Ministry of Culture and Communications of Quebec (MCC)
  • The Ministry of Education and Higher Education (MESS)
  • Canada Council for the Arts (CAC)
  • Quebec Council for the Arts and Letters (CALQ)
  • Montreal Arts Council (CAM)
  • Maisons de la culture de la Ville de Montréal
  • Municipalities (grants for the occupation of the building as an artist’s studio)

Membership categories

According to its by-laws, the RAAV has three categories of membership: Professional, Associate and Honorary. Members who have paid their dues and assessments, if any, are members in good standing.

Date of next Eligibility Committee: To be determined

Deadline for receipt of applications: To be determined

Please note that you can apply online for membership or apply to the eligibility committee at any time.

To become a professional member of RAAV, any creator in the visual arts field must meet the following requirements:

  • have Canadian citizenship or permanent resident status and have been domiciled in Quebec for at least twelve (12) months
  • demonstrate that they have at least two years of recognized professional practice in the visual arts, whether in pictorial art (painting, drawing, photography, digital art, print art, etc.), spatial art (sculpture, installation, land art, textile art, etc.) or temporal art (performance art, video art, media art, etc.)

Please note that the eligibility criteria are currently under review. For an application to professional status, the artist must:

  • declare yourself as a professional visual artist ;
  • create works on their own behalf ;
  • have your work exhibited, produced, published, publicly performed or marketed by a presenter as defined in section 3 of the Act ;
  • receive recognition from their peers as a professional visual artist by such means as a prize, a grant, a jury appointment, selection for a professional presentation event or any other similar means.

In addition, the RAAV professional artist member agrees to:

The professional member must accept the non-partisan nature of the RAAV. They have the right to vote at general meetings and may be elected to the Board of Directors.

Annual membership fee: $100 + $25 for the eligibility committee assessment
Application for Professional Membership

Any artist who wishes to become a professional member of RAAV, with the exception of Illustration Québec professional members, must submit an application to the RAAV Eligibility Committee, whether it is a first application, an evaluation of the file at the end of the studies or a re-evaluation to change from associate status to professional status.

The Eligibility Committee evaluates the applicant’s professional status based on the criteria established in section 1,1 of the Act respecting the professional status of artists in the visual arts, film, the recording arts, literature, arts and crafts and the performing arts, R.S.Q., c. S-32.1, and applied by RAAV in light of the information contained in the file submitted for analysis.

The RAAV evaluates in particular the professionalism of the venues in which the applicant’s work has been exhibited, produced, published, publicly performed or marketed. To do so, the RAAV relies primarily on the list of venues, organizations and events in contemporary art published and periodically revised by the Ministère de la Culture et des Communications du Québec (in French only).  This list is not exhaustive the RAAV evaluates the venues presented by artists in their application on a case-by-case basis.

The RAAV does not judge the aesthetic value or the content of an artist’s work; this is the responsibility of the presenters and funders.

In the event that the application does not meet the Association’s requirements, the Committee automatically grants “associate” status. The RAAV Board of Directors will ratify the Committee’s recommendations and decide on any request for appeal rights.

The Eligibility Committee meets 3 to 4 times a year. Applications for professional membership may be submitted at any time. Applications are held until the next Committee meeting.

Here is the list of documents to be provided for the evaluation of your file by the eligibility committee:

  • Artist Resume;
  • Copy of two contracts with a presenter (a professional presenter is required to establish contracts with artists);
  • Relevant university degree (if applicable);
  • Letter of confirmation of grants (if applicable);
  • Press kit or invitation cards or press releases (3 maximum).
Exclusive membership application for Illustration Québec members

In April 2012, the RAAV and Illustration Québec (IQ) entered into an agreement to offer professional illustrators, recognized as visual artists within the meaning of Law S-32.1, the opportunity to benefit from the services and advantages offered by RAAV. According to the agreement between the two associations, professional members of IQ can apply for professional membership in RAAV without going through the eligibility committee. The professional illustrator must attach to the application form a letter from IQ confirming his or her status as a professional member as well as an up-to-date resume.

Become a member

Emerging artists, visual arts students, non-artists and corporations: any individual or organization interested in the aims and objects of RAAV may become an associate member. An associate member of RAAV agrees to:

An associate member must accept the non-partisan nature of the Association. The Associate Member may attend meetings of the members but shall not participate in the deliberations and shall have no other privileges.

Associate membership shall be granted at any time without evaluation by the RAAV Eligibility Committee.

Annual membership fee : $100

Corporate member

Any non-artist, organization or institution that wishes to support the mission of RAAV may join as a corporate member.
Become a member

Student members are included in the associate member category. As such, the RAAV student member agrees to:

An associate member must accept the non-partisan nature of the Association. He/she may attend meetings of the members but may not participate in the deliberations and has no other privileges.

A student enrolled in a visual or media arts program at a recognized institution must attach proof of enrolment and a current resume to the membership application form. Proof of student status is required each year.

Annual membership fee: $25
Become a member

Honorary Member of the Association shall be any person so designated by resolution of the Board of Directors, because of exceptional services rendered to the Association and/or to the visual arts community, or because of an outstanding contribution to the cultural life of Quebec and ratified by the General Assembly.

Benefits of being a member

By becoming a member of RAAV, you gain the privilege of being recognized as a professional artist in the visual arts, but not only! We offer you several services and accompaniments to facilitate your professional life:


Assurart is a team of insurance agents who specialize in providing insurance coverage for individuals and businesses in the visual, applied, performing, media and digital arts. Assurart also provides services to magazines, educational institutions, non-profit organizations and other businesses related to the arts.

In order to respond more specifically to the various needs of the visual arts community, Assurart and RAAV have developed a group insurance program specifically for visual artists. This program is also available to members of CARFAC-Ontario.

As a member of RAAV, you benefit from a preferential rate on the services offered by Assurart.

Professionals in the legal field

Law firm specialized in Family Law, Civil Law and Notary, Brunet & Associates offers to its members a free consultation of about thirty minutes, 25% discount on the fees and packages of the notary lawyers, accompaniment service, emergency service 7/7 and informative conferences on various subjects according to the needs of the hour.

Art Journals and Magazines

15% discount for a one-year subscription (3 publications) or 20% discount for a two-year subscription (6 publications) for members. This offer is applicable on paper subscriptions only. To take advantage of this offer, members must contact abonnement [@]

25% discount on the regular newsstand rate / $24 annual subscription to Vie des arts magazine.

Discount of 6$ on an annual subscription of 3 issues (12 months) to Éditions d’art le Sabord.

25% discount on a one-year subscription to Spirale magazine.

10% discount for the purchase of 3 or 6 issues / $12 newsstand price at Espace art actuel magazine.

Spectacles / Festivals

30% discount on the regular price ticket at Tangente.

15% discount on seasonal shows at Usine C.

10% discount on tickets for the 2020 edition of the Festival Vue sur la Relève.

Art supplies

10% discount on selected products at regular price at DeSerres.

20% discount on framing projects at Frame & Canvas.

35% discount on the services offered by Encadrements BalthazArt Victoria, framing, hanging, restoration and transportation of works of art.

10% discount on various prints at Rapido books, catalog printing for openings and exhibitions.

Discounts on bookstore, stationery, computers (Asus, Toshiba, Apple, Lenovo and APPLE technical center on site), equipment and materials for painting, silkscreening, sculpture at COOP UQAM.

15% discount on services offered at Premier Jet, specialist in stone and concrete engraving.

20% discount on studio rental / 10% on equipment rental / 5% on photo lab at Photo Service, photo and video equipment store.


15% discount on the web development services of the agency Viandes et substituts enr, web site design and maintenance.

20% discount when you open an account with Novaxis/Momenteo, online billing and quotation tool.

20% discount on training at Formation Ambassade, digital marketing training center (Ressac agency).

Discounts for members

Here are some answers to the questions most frequently asked by members.

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