Janie Nicoll published Template Letter for MSP's/MP's February '21 in Resources 2021-02-23 16:12:55 +0000
We have created a template letter so that you can write to your MSP/MP's in the run up to the Scottish Government Elections in May this year, to make them aware of how hard our sector has been affected by the pandemic and what they should do to help.Read more
This is a Members Newsletter including information about a new Mental Health event from SAU Learning; information about Brexit; information from the report submitted to the Scottish Government based on our workforce survey with SCAN: and a Template Letter for writing to your MSP.Read more
This is a Members Update containing a reminder to take part in our Survey on the effects of the pandemic; official lockdown information from the Scottish Government; a reminder to sign up for the new SAU Learning events in January; links to the Hardship Fund; and information on how to add your images to our #SeeingRed Campaign.
This is our Final Members Update of this difficult year, with info about our closing times for the festive period, our joint Survey with SCAN, a reminder to sign up for new Learning events in January.
Janie Nicoll published SAU & SCAN Visual and Applied Arts Workforce Survey in Campaigns 2020-12-11 20:58:43 +0000
We've teamed up with SCAN to gather vital information from the Visual and Applied Arts workforce on Covid-19 and its impacts.
This is a Members Update containing information about our joint Visual Arts Workforce Survey with SCAN, and our closing times for the festive period.
This is a members update containing information about members discounts, upcoming events from the Learning programme and about UBI, SAU Sub Groups, a reminder about the Hardship Fund, info about the Hate Crime Bill and our "Seeing Red" campaign.Read more
This is a members update containing information about two upcoming events that you can attend, and a reminder about the Hardship Fund and our "Seeing Red" campaign.Read more
This is a members update with information about the Creative Freelancers Hardship Fund that will launch next week.Read more
Janie Nicoll published UBI report summer 2020 in UBI Members Survey Report 2020-10-20 12:39:30 +0100
Here's the report from our recent Members' Survey about the potential roll out of a Universal Basic Income.Read more
This newsletter keeps you up to date with info about our recent AGM, funding opportunities and new members discounts.Read more
The Scottish Artists Union has been working towards launching a Fair Work Contract for our members, sign up to show your support for our campaign to ensure every artist gets paid fairly for the work they do.70 signatures
The Scottish Artists Union Fair Work Contract 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 work practice throughout the sector in Scotland by promoting the Fair Work Contract as a standard for the whole visual arts sector
Show your support for our campaign to have all our members use the contract and for all organisations employing visual artists to recognise it.
We know that our membership, visual artists and makers in Scotland, earn on average less than 10k per year and face the challenge of unfair work practices and agreements across the sector. Only 1 in 5 of our members were given a contract for any paid work they did.
The Scottish Artists Union’s Fair Work Contract covers exhibitions, projects, sales and workshop delivery. It’s backed by free or discounted legal services from Thompsons Solicitors, Scotland. Call 08000-810-068 of 30 mins of free legal advice.
Union members receive free Members Liability Insurance cover and the support of the staff, exec and 1300+ union members.
Scottish Artists Union is affiliated to the STUC, who part-funded the development of the Fair Work Contact.
There will be THREE versions of the contract templates for members to use:
- Exhibitions & Projects
- Sales & Commissions
- Workshops & Classes
Janie Nicoll is a Glasgow based Visual Artist who studied Painting at Edinburgh College of Art and the MFA at Glasgow School of Art. She has a studio based and socially engaged practice, often creating hybrid-works across a range of media using collage techniques and collaboration with other artists or communities.
She has exhibited locally, nationally and internationally, and recently spent three years as President of Scottish Artists Union (2014-'17). She is currently a Trustee for Engage the National organisation for Gallery Education.
Recent residencies use collaboration as a modus operandi. e.g. a Creative Lab at CCA Glasgow, 2012: a Collaborative Residency for Counterflows Music Festival 2013, at CCA; A Rough Mix cross platform collaborative residency for Magnetic North Theatre Co, at Tramway, March 2013; a Protest and Propaganda Lab at Metal Liverpool.
Exhibitions include Record Store, Aberdeen as part of Look Again Festival; Sluice Art Fair, London;Turin & Marseille Artists’ Exchangefor WASPS’s Studios; ‘Rough Edit’ at InterviewRoom11, part of Edinburgh Art Festival 2014, ‘East End Transmissions’ at the Pipe Factory: ‘New Wave’ at the “Old Hairdressers”, ‘Seven Inch’ and ‘Record Store’ at Monorail Records, Glasgow and Avalanche Records, Edinburgh; ‘Fools Gold’ at the Briggait Project Spaces.
She recently undertook In Kind, a research project with artist Ailie Rutherford, which aimed to chart the hidden economies of the arts, using Glasgow International 2018 as a case study. The project reveals the volume of unpaid labour, unseen and unaccounted for efforts, and volunteer hours that enable arts festivals to take place. In Kind questions the apparently successful arts festival model rolled out across major cities, and challenges whether this is a sustainable model for artists and who these festivals actually benefit.