Primary Practice: Installation, interactive, video
Work in the Arts: Sean graduated from Intermedia Art at ECA in 2017 and subsequently from Interaction Design at GSA in 2020.
His practise is based between art and technology from which he creates video installations as well as interactive experiences aimed at provoking broader philosophical thought.
Sean has avidly run events with the aims of raising money for charitable causes, while promoting the work of fellow creatives and fostering collaboration. He has had installation work shown at a range of exhibitions, venues and festivals around the UK.
"Through my time practising as an artist and particularly on a freelance level I became increasingly aware of a culture of minimising of the value of the arts. This being accentuated from a lack of organisation between artists, which in turn also leads to a race to the bottom in order to be competitive. This makes making a living as an artist more difficult than it should be for everyone. I have come to see the importance of a national standard in payment for artists that the SAU supports, as well as the value of a platform for artists to communicate, network and support one another."
Sean is based in Glasgow
Work in the Arts: Saskia graduated from Fine Art at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design in 2019. Collaboration is integral to Saskia’s socially engaged practice, initiating a project called ‘Dain Hings’ whilst at DJCAD, hosting a number of exhibitions, workshops, residencies and events, bringing people together ‘tae dae hings’. Saskia and her father have recently set up an experimental bakery/kitchen/gallery; Narture in Ayr, exploring food as art and baking real bread to earn the dough to fund arts projects. Recently Saskia has been revisiting her printmaking into edible art, using molecular gastronomy and 3D food printing. This led to her being involved with Artists Tuckshop Cook Book, exploring sensorial interactions with food, constantly thinking of new ways to blend, visual art, sound and food together to create immersive experiences.
"I have always been interested in unions and professionalising the arts. Joining SAU as a recent Fine Art graduate was so important to me in order to get involved with raising awareness of the precariousness of the arts and culture sector. Promoting emerging artists, having a thriving arts community, which is vital for humanity".
Karen Vaughan commented on SAU AGM 2020 2020-09-02 14:07:45 +0100Great, looking forward to coming along!
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.79 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