Mariana Sarries

  • published Executive Committee in The Union 2024-07-11 13:34:45 +0100

    Current Executive

    All who sit on the Executive Committee do so on a voluntary basis and give of their time because they believe in the organisation and its aims. At least four Office Bearers are required by our constitution. The size of the whole committee is limited to twenty members.

    We would urge any member who thinks they can spare a few hours a month to consider putting their name forward for inclusion on the Committee list, or to attend one of our meetings as an observer. Please use the Contact page to get in touch.

  • published Resources 2023-04-03 11:23:46 +0100

  • published Learning Organiser (Lowlands & Uplands) in Staff Team 2021-04-29 22:39:53 +0100

    Learning Organiser (Lowlands & Uplands)

    Ben Callaghan (he/they)

    Primary Practice: Research, Education and Organising

    Ben studied at Edinburgh College of Art, 2009 – 2013 completing a BA HONS Intermedia. They were a Committee Member at Rhubaba Gallery and Studios from 2016-2020. Ben joins the union after working as Operations Coordinator at Collective Gallery. Ben is a member of and activist with the Design and Culture Workers branch of United Voices of the World, an independent union that leverages intersectionality amongst precarious workers to build a broad, multi-ethnic, multi-sector membership.

    "Coming from a background in self-organised art projects and more recently grass-roots union organising, I've seen how transformative and essential education is for true collective self-determination and empowerment. I'm really excited to contribute to the SAU Learning Programme and build our memberships' power to make positive change in our sector."

    Ben lives in Edinburgh.

    [email protected]


  • published Campaigns & Project Manager in Staff Team 2021-04-08 22:08:52 +0100

    Campaigns & Project Manager

    Janie Nicoll (She/her)

    Primary Practice: Installation, Photography, Collage, Print-making and Assemblage.

    Janie is a visual artist with a socially engaged as well as a studio based practice. She graduated with a first class honours degree in Painting from Edinburgh College of Art, and a Masters of Fine Art (MFA) from Glasgow School of Art. Working across a range of media she is interested in making artworks out-with regular gallery spaces and exploring possibilities created through collaboration or interaction with other people. Janie has exhibited nationally and internationally, most recently at Glasgow international 2018 with In Kind Project with artist Ailie Rutherford. ( 

    Recent residencies include a Creative Lab at CCA; a Rough Mix Creative Lab Residency, at Tramway, Glasgow for Magnetic North Theatre Company; Protest and Propaganda Artists Lab, Metal, Liverpool; and a Counterflows Residency, at CCA, Glasgow. She is currently undertaking a Glasgow Life Artist in Residence (Phase 2), for the Hillhead Ward in collaboration with Woodlands Community Garden. Janie is a former President of SAU (2014 – 2017) and is a Trustee for Engage, the National Association for Gallery Education, where she is also a Rep for Freelancers on Engage Council.

    Janie lives and works in Glasgow.

    [email protected]

  • published Shop 2020-09-02 13:56:31 +0100

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