June 19, 2018
Members, Execeutive Members or Staff Members of the Scottish Artists Union are available for interview and comment by contacting the union.
Janie Nicoll, Campaigns & Project Manager
The Scottish Artists Union was formally constituted in 2001, becoming the first new trade union of the 21st century. This was predated by roughly five years of research and development on the part of a large group of artists who felt that the creation of such a union was vital. Artists across the country registered their support for the idea, giving the first Executive Committee a mandate to draw up a constitution, set membership fees and criteria.
The union, today has grown to over 1600 members across Scotland and cover a wide-range of art practices. Since 2012, the union has surveyed its members about their experience of being an artist in Scotland today.
Alongside other unions, the Scottish Artists Union campaigns to improve the pay and work contracts in the precarious creative industries. In 2017, with Engage Scotland and SCAN, the union launched the Visual Arts Manifesto to set out a vision for a fairer, sustainable and more diverse visual arts sector in Scotland.
The Scottish Artists Union offers free workshops and training for its members through an extensive, artist-led learning programme funded by Scottish Union Funding. Members also benefit from free insurance cover (including Professional Indemnity), discounts on art materials and support, advice and encouragement from fellow artists across the country and from various artforms.