Ort Gallery Membership

(n. excessive enthusiasm, from Schwarm, n. swarm)

Schwarmerei is Ort Gallery’s Membership Programme. For only £40 per year (£30 discount) you can enjoy a range of exclusive benefits – including special invites, free monthly professional development events (IMPROVED!), opportunities and discounts from us and our partners.


An image showing work from the 2018 members show installed at the gallery. In the foreground left is Laurie Ramsell's Zebrafish and on the back wall is Gina Smith's painting and Ted Ryan's painting, both blurry as in the background.Members Show 2019

Members are also able to submit for our annual Members Show. The applications for our 2019 show are now closed.

Every year we exhibit the art work of our members in a group show celebrating the best new local talent! We are so excited to have our members open the first exhibition in our new space!

More info about the show here



Monthly Professional Development Sessions

An image of Leah Gordon giving an artist talk to an audience in front of her own exhibition of images from the haitian carnival. Taken by Marcin Sz in 2014.We run monthly professional development sessions followed by a social. These are free to members. We cover topics such as “How to sell your art work” to “How do I become a curator?”. The sessions are listed here

Membership provides vital support to the gallery and our commitment to artistic excellence and social impact in Balsall Heath and beyond. In a changing political landscape where the arts are less and less supported it is only with the support of our members that we are able to exhibit contemporary work representing underrepresented voices and increase the engagement of local residents in the arts.

Membership costs just £40 for twelve months and the easiest way to purchase is online here. Students and Members of Partner Organisations can buy Partner Membership for just £30. We are committed to widening access and opportunity regardless of income. If you cannot afford a membership please contact us for a free space.

Current Schwarmerei Partner Organisations include: Fierce Festival, BE Festival, New Art West Midlands, Still Walking Festival, Flatpack Festival, SHOUT Festival, MAIA

Make sure friends and family don’t miss out by buying them a Gift Membership too. Just select this option from the drop down menu!


Member Benefits

Audience looking at pictures of Leah Gordon's show KANAVAL in 2014.

As a Schwarmerei Member you are entitled to:

  • Submit to have your work included in our annual Members Show
  • Free monthly Professional Development sessions followed by a social
  • Special Members Events and extended opening hours
  • Discounted venue hire and workshop discounts
  • Opportunities, offers and invites from our Partner Organisations

You can also purchase membership in person in the gallery, just drop in and ask us about the programme.


Current Members (Selection)

We currently have 65 members part of the Schwarm. They are mostly local artists, creatives and individuals working in the arts industry. You do not have to be an artist to be a member, we welcome anyone!

Any questions? Do feel free to contact us.

Of course, you can also Donate any amount to support Ort Gallery here!

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