Artists Fair Work Toolkit

Artists Fair Work Toolkit


Fair Work is work that offers all individuals an effective voice, opportunity, security, fulfilment and respect. It balances the rights and responsibilities of employers and workers. It generates benefits for individuals, organisations and society.


Scottish Artists Union will campaign to embed Fair Work practices and raise awareness of Fair Work in the visual arts. The new Fair Work Contracts and guidance materials, produced in collaboration with Philip Hannay, of Cloch Solicitors Ltd*, will be used to organise & support our membership around challenging unfair work in their professional lives, allowing individual artists the tools to set their own agendas when it comes to contracts.

We will apply the Fair Work framework to the workplace within the collaborative economy and/or precarious employment sectors where workers are unlikely to be covered by collective bargaining and non-traditional models of employment prevail.

  • We have used insight from surveys, learning events and workshops to develop new pay guidance rates for artists in Scotland and created three legally robust contract guidelines/templates for artists to use in negotiating fairer work agreements.
  • Launch of Fair Work Contracts: 3rd June 2021 11am-12.30  – online workshop for Union members and also open to members of Scottish Contemporary Arts Network (SCAN) and Engage Scotland.
  • We are working to produce an ‘Artists Fair Work Contract’ badge to promote the contracts.
  • We are working with the four main art schools and colleges across Scotland through our graduate membership scheme to raise awareness about Fair Work issues, alongside working with the STUC Young Workers project to build union membership.
  • We are taking part in relevant sector meetings like the National Partnership Group to promote Fair Work practices for visual, applied artist and makers.

This campaign is supported by the Scottish Trades Union Congress Fair Work & Modernisation Fund. This campaign will:

  • Raise awareness of unfair work practices for members
  • Provide legally robust documentation for members when negotiating contracts and pay
  • Deliver a means to protect workers’ rights and support fairer work practice
  • Promote fair working practices throughout the sector in Scotland through the Fair Work Contract as a standard for the whole visual arts sector.

For more information on the Fair Work Framework and strategy in Scotland go to:


For more information on Scottish Artists Union's Fair Work Contracts please contact our Projects & Campaigns Manager at [email protected]


Philip Hannay is Managing Director of Cloch Solicitors Limited, an award-winning boutique Scottish law firm which has a specialism in the exploitation and protection of creative and cultural property. Philip tutors post-graduate students business law and intellectual property law at the Universities of Glasgow and Strathclyde, is Honorary Secretary of Friends of Glasgow School of Art, and is a Member of the Scottish Government Creative Industry Advisory Group. Between 2011 and 2019 Philip was Specialist Business Advisor for the Culture Enterprise Office and delivered shy of 1,000 30-minute pro bono sessions for Scottish creatives. His day to day work includes advising clients over business start-up, intellectual property (e.g. copyright, designs, trade marks, patents, know-how), licensing & franchising, contracting, director compliance, dispute resolution, acquisitions and disposals, and succession legal matters.



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