Statement of Goals

We are a regional organization of illustrators whose works focus on science and nature.

Our goals are to:

  • Further our own professional development by learning from each other
  • Encourage each other toward higher standards of competence and ethics
  • Network and socialize with others having similar interests and work experiences
  • Support the intellectual property rights of visual artists
  • Promote our discipline to the general public and to potential clients
  • Educate the public about science and nature through our work

We meet every month or two throughout the year, primarily in locations between Kitchener and Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Anyone with a genuine interest in nature and science illustration is welcome to join.

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Speculative Work

Speculative (spec) work is any kind of work that a creative professional renders and submits to a potential client in the hopes of securing work or payment, but without guarantee of appropriate compensation and/or without a fair agreement concerning rights to the work. Often the solicitation for spec work is in the form of a contest or competition.

The Southern Ontario Nature and Science Illustrators endorses the positions of these two organizations on the issue of spec work:
The Guild of Natural Science Illustrators
https://gnsi.org/resources/business/spec-work-policy
The Association of Medical Illustrators
http://ami.org/professional-resources/business-practices/spec-work
SONSI will not promote or distribute solicitations for spec work, and discourages its members from engaging in spec work.

More information:
http://www.nospec.com/
https://gnsi.org/journal/how-artdesign-competitions-exploit-artists-and-what-you-can-do-about-it

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