In 2016, our Executive Committee decided to undertake an Organisational Review in order to make the best decisions about the development of the Scottish Artists Union on behalf of the organisation and the membership.
- Review Scottish Artists Union current structure and operations.
- Review the findings of the current and previous Scottish Artists Union membership surveys.
- Review Scottish Artists Union position in the current landscape of representation and support for Visual and Applied Artists.
- Recommend priority activities within a 2 year action plan which align Scottish Artists Union members’ needs and expectations with resources.
- Recommend a feasible and sustainable organisational staff and governance structure to carry out the action plan and duties of the union in the longer term.
As we discussed at last years AGM at DCA in Dundee, despite the continued successes of the Scottish Artists Union to raise the profile and campaign for better pay and working conditions for Visual Artists in Scotland, it has become apparent that the biggest issue for the Scottish Artists Union has been the limitations of the Scottish Artists Union itself; due to lack of staffing and the increase in size of the membership, which is now over 1450 professional artists living and working in Scotland. The increase in membership is a good thing obviously, but it also means that the pressures on the executive as a voluntary committee are not sustainable.
For this reason we realized that we needed to undertake an Organisational Review in order to make the best decisions about the development of the Scottish Artists Union on behalf of the organisation and the membership. We commissioned Jennifer Hunter of Hack Aye to 'HACK SAU' and she presented her findings at this year's AGM at South Block, Glasgow, in the form of a powerpoint outlining the issues and her plan for a way forward for the organisation.