Members Newsletter May 2021


Here's a copy of our May Newsletter emailed to our members, containing information about our forthcoming Fair Work Contract Template Launch Event and a link to our Climate & Sustainability Survey amongst other important information.


We hope everyone is doing ok and that finally things are beginning to open up all over Scotland and will continue to do so over the next few weeks. It is great to see galleries and workshops starting to open up and cautiously function again. We are currently waiting to receive the new Scottish Government guidelines and hope this will be updated over the coming week. The current Creative Studios and Shared Workspaces guidance is available to view here creative-studios-and-shared-workspaces

For up to date information relating to Brexit you can check here - Culture & Creative sectors after Brexit.

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Fair Work Contract Templates Online Launch Event,

on Thursday 3rd June 11am-12.30pm

Scottish Artists Union has been working to embed Fair Work practices and raise awareness of Fair Work in the visual arts, part of this has been to develop a set of Contract templates that are specifically aimed at the needs of artists and makers.

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.

Join us at an online event to launch the new Fair Work Contracts and guidance materials produced in collaboration with Philip Hannay, of Cloch Solicitors Ltd*.

For more information or to sign up to take part in the events please go to the event page here.

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

* 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.

Our Members Climate & Sustainability Survey Extended to 5pm Wednesday 19th May.

Please take a few minutes to fill out our survey, to help us gain important information about how climate change might affect you, your practice and your working lives. The results from this survey will influence and affect how we campaign in the future. 

We really appreciate you taking the time to fill out this survey, it should only take a few minutes.

N.B. The next Climate & Sustainability Sub Group Meeting, will be held online, on Tuesday 1st June 5-6pm. Please let us know if you are interested in attending by emailing [email protected] and we will send you the meeting link. 

Apologies to any members who have been having trouble signing into the website - we have been in touch with our web-site provider Nationbuilder, and are working to get the problems resolved. In the meantime we'd like to apologise for any inconvenience caused and thank you for your patience. If you have trouble getting access to Insurance documents or other Members' resources get in touch at [email protected] and we’ll email these to you directly. 

We Need You!! Join our Executive Committee!

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!). Check out our news post here

New Rates of Pay for 2021/22

We have updated our Recommended Rates of Pay, that should be used for the current financial year.

You can access these here.

That's all for now but Keep on Keeping on!!

Yours in Solidarity, 
Everyone at Scottish Artists Union.

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Support 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!!

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.  



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