November Learning Newsletter

November Learning Newsletter


Welcome to the November edition of your union newsletter, a bi-monthly news bulletin of updates, events, opportunities and more.


Sign Up for our Free Learning Courses

Get the most out of your membership and book onto our FREE workshops - learn, meet your union officials, network with fellow members, and find out more about the union and its activities. We still have some places on these courses, which are open to all Scottish Artists Union members.


Finance For Freelancers, Glasgow

Finance for Freelancers
3rd & 4th December 2018 6-9pm
The Briggait, 141 Bridgegate, Glasgow G1 5HZ

It will run for two evenings (6-9pm on Monday & Tuesday) attendance for BOTH evenings is essential.

The course will cover types of self-employment, financial regulations, financial aspects of freelancing and how to make the most of what you earn and manage losses and debt. There will also be an open day for freelancers to complete their tax return in a comfortable and supportive environment with experts on hand for queries.

By the end of the course learners will:

  • Have a firm understanding of the essential financial aspects of managing a business as a freelancer;
  • Understand the impportance of business planning and cash flow forecasting;
  • Know which tax and national insurance applies to them;
  • Gain a comprehensive understandin of the financial regulatory system.

Finance for Freelancers is based on a popular, well-established course provided by the National Union of Journalists for their members and will be tailored specifically to the needs of our members.

Sign up to the Free Course here


Writing Skills for Artists, Inverness 

Writing Skills For Artists 
Saturday 8th December 2018
Inverness Creative Academy, Midmills Building, Stephen's Street, Inverness, IV2 3JP

Learn to adapt the way you express your practice across many different contexts and purposes from strategic writing for funding applications and exhibition proposals, to the more imaginative writing for artist statements and idea-based texts. 

This one-day course acknowledges the shifting purpose, materiality and application of written material and will teach strategies to navigate and adapt to this. The course will be delivered by arts writer and journalism lecturer Moira Jeffrey and arts and fiction writer Nicola White. 

Moira Jeffrey is an independent writer working on books and essays with a focus on contemporary art practice. She has written extensively about Scottish art for national newspapers, magazines, periodicals such as The Guardian, The Scotsman, Axisweb, and many more. In 2017, she joined the Scottish Contemporary Art Network she also lectures in arts and feature journalism.

Nicola White’s first novel, In the Rosary Garden won the 2013 Dundee International Book Prize. Her short stories have been widely published and broadcast on radio. A former curator and documentary maker, she often collaborates on creative writing and audio projects with artists and arts organisations. Nicola lives on the Black Isle north of Inverness.

BOOK HERE - RSVP via our website


End of Year Party, Glasgow

Thursday 6th December 2018 3-7.30pm
Studio Pavillion, House for an Art Lover, Dumbreck Road, Glasgow, G41 5BW

Please join Scottish Artists Union, SCAN and Engage Scotland for our end of year gathering to update you on our year’s activities, share how we’re all taking the Visual Arts Manifesto forward and to join together in festive cheer.

We’re at Studio Pavilion at House for an Art Lover from 3pm with presentations from our host, campaign updates, art work, exciting news and drop in activities. From 5pm we’ll be going social with drinks and hot food at twilight.

You’re welcome to join us at any stage, but to help us manage catering, please book through Eventbrite.


The learning programme is funded through the collective provision of the Learning Fund from the STUC Scottish Union Learning, to deliver learning opportunities in the workplace and alternative locations for a variety of sectors. 



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