What influence does the SAU have in Scottish politics?
The Scottish Artists Union's remit is to be vocal on political issues affecting artists. We work to have our voice heard in the most effective forums.
We lobby MSPs on cultural issues and we have had meetings with the Cultural representatives in all political parties. We have played an active part in responding to the Scottish Executive's Cultural Commission review and Culture Bill and attend meetings within the Scottish Parliament as representatives of visual artists.
We attend the Cross Party Group on Culture at the Holyrood and are on the Lobbying Register. At these forums we ensure that the needs and values of individual artists are articulated and not ignored. We are often placed alongside other representative bodies e.g. Musician's Union and Equity, and are therefore regarded as credible, representative voice for our members.
We are members of the Creative Industries lobbying organisation Culture Counts.