Members Final Newsletter 2020

Members Final Newsletter 2020


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.



SAU Team Festive Break   

The SAU team will be taking a festive break from now until Tuesday 5th January 2021. 
We hope that you have a really enjoyable festive season and look forward to working with you all again in 2021. 

N.B. The best way to contact us continues to be by email ([email protected]). 

Just to prove that it's not all serious hard graft at SAU and that there is a high level of creative talent on the SAU Team (!?!), here's a collaborative image created during our annual SAU Staff and Executive Festive Get Together (entirely on Zoom this year). Thanks to Kirsten for leading on this, and to Ben, Fadzai, Helen, Angela, Lynda, Karen, Janie and Rosa for coming along. Looking forward to next years get together already!!  

SAU CrimboTree 

Please help us by filling in this SAU & SCAN Visual Arts Workforce Survey 

We are really keen to find out the effects of Covid 19 on our members, and the visual arts sector in general. Help us gain important information about how the pandemic has affected you during 2020. We want to know how you and your livelihood have been affected this year so that we can understand and advocate for the needs of the sector. We've teamed up with SCAN to gather vital information from the visual arts workforce on Covid-19 and its impacts.  

SAU and SCAN will be presenting evidence to the Scottish Parliament Culture, Tourism, Europe and External Affairs Committee on the 28th January, and this survey will enable us to present accurate and up to date information. 

We really appreciate you taking the time to fill out this survey, it should only take 10 to 15 minutes and is completely anonymous. This survey is open until Thursday 7th January 2021, so please share to any other artists/ creative contacts you have. 

We are really grateful for your participation in this. 

SAU LEARNING : Two New FREE Courses In January For SAU Members.

Disability Access Course with Alison Smith

We will start the new year with a Disability Access and Awareness Course developed and delivered by Deaf British Sign Language (BSL) performance poet, digital activist and arts practitioner Alison Smith. This 3 part course will be delivered live via Zoom throughout January and is crucial for artists who work with Disabled people as participants in an arts and disability context as well as for all artists who make artworks for a viewing/participating public.

BOOK NOW for Disability Access and Awareness

Build Your Own Website with Craig Steele and David Hewitson

We also have a website building course for artists developed by creative technologist Craig Steele and professional web developer David Hewitson. Create your own website from scratch through a series of watch anytime, anywhere tutorials.

BOOK NOW for Build Your Own Website

Booking is now open for these two courses, spaces are limited and will be allocated on a first come first serve basis. Why not start the new year with a new project?! 

STUC Cultural Trade Unions Video

Here is a link to a video made by recent DJCAD graduate and SAU member Stella Rooney, that was showcased at the recent STUC Congress for the cultural Trade Unions : watch the video here.

Also please find attached the recent STUC report on the effects of the pandemic on the Culture and Hospitality sectors. report file

Hardship Fund Update 

The Hardship Fund will now be distributed through Creative Scotland although the online application portal has been paused for the Xmas break and will reopen at midday on 5 January 2021.

You can find out more about this on the Creative Scotland website here

Covid-19 Scottish Creative Sectors Survey

Creative Scotland are also undertaking a sector survey if you still have enough energy to complete another survey you can do that here but please do ours first!!!

Seeing Red Campaign will continue in January, so please keep sending us your images!! THANKS!! 

We want to thank all our members who have sent us their pictures and quotes, and participated in our #SeeingRed Campaign; by posting Red images on social media with the hashtags #SeeingRed and #SeeingRedSAU; also giving us quotes about how hard things are for creative practitioners due to the pandemic.

It has been great seeing your artworks and we will continue to push this campaign over the coming months, so if you have any red images please send them to us by email at [email protected]

Check out our social media posts and please share on Twitter: @SCOArtistsUnion | FB: ScottishArtistsUnion | Instagram:

seeing red cropSupport Your Union!!  Together We Are Stronger!!

There’s never been a more important time to be part of a union, help us fight for a new ‘normal’ that supports the arts and culture!!

If you want to help SAU further please encourage fellow artists to join up, or get involved with the Executive Committee by attending our meetings (all currently online!). Email us and we will send you the link. 

Please help us promote the activities of the union on social media by following us and sharing posts.

We are here to help. We are a small team of part time workers and a voluntary executive, currently email is the best way to get in touch. 
Stay safe & healthy everyone.  

Together We Are Stronger!!


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