- 36% did not belong to an art society
- 20% belonged to only one art society
- 44% belonged to more than one art society
- a small proportion of people seem to "collect" national art societies belonging to five or more
|June Making A Mark Poll: Number of respondents - 50|
Multiple membership favoured local art societies most. Around two thirds of those who belonged to local art societies belonged to more than one.
|Number of respondents = 29|
Conversely, in terms of membership of a national society or a regional branch of a national society the emphasis was the other way round with the majority of those having membership of a national society only belonging to one and around two thirds of those belonging to regional branches only belonging to one.
|Number of responses = 23|
|Number of responses = 11|
Interestingly more people belonged to a national society (23 respondents) than belonged to a regional branch of that society (11 respondents).
These results seem to support what I know about people who belong to art societies.
- People tend to be "joiners" or not.
- There are a lot of people who don't "join" an art society - and there are a number who leave and don't join another.
- If you belong to an art society, you're more likely to belong to more than one in due course.
- Local art societies tend to be more open to new people joining than national art societies and hence attract more members
- However most people still tend to favour one society over others for a variety of reasons. Some of these are because:
- People have limited time - hence prefer commitments closer to home
- Some people have limited budgets - which limits activity
- They regard their preferred society of more worthy of support
- They just like the other members better!
- In time this can often lead to some rationalisation of membership - often when the fees increase!
Maybe we also need another poll about WHY people belong to art societies?