March 16, 2023
This is a Members Update containing a reminder to take part in our Survey on the effects of the pandemic; official lockdown information from the Scottish Government; a reminder to sign up for the new SAU Learning events in January; links to the Hardship Fund; and information on how to add your images to our #SeeingRed Campaign.
Firstly, we hope you have had as good a festive break as possible under the current circumstances. We live in hope that the situation for us all will improve in the months to come.
If you need up-to-date information about the current lockdown situation, there is information on the Scottish Government website, which you can access here.
N.B. The SAU staff team continues to work from home so the best way to contact us continues to be by email ([email protected]).
Last few days to fill out our survey: please help us by filling out our Visual Arts Workforce Survey, ends 5pm on Thursday 7th January.
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 over the last year. We want to know how you and your livelihood have been affected 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 present evidence to the Scottish Parliament Committee on Culture, Tourism, Europe and External Affairs on the 28th January, and the information from this survey will allow us to present accurate and up to date information, to tell the politicians about how things really are for artists and makers in Scotland currently.
We really appreciate you taking the time to fill out this survey, it should only take about 10 minutes and is completely anonymous. This survey is open until 5pm on 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: Sign up for Two New FREE Courses In January, Exclusively Created 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.
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.
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?!
Hardship Fund Update
The Hardship Fund will now be distributed by Creative Scotland through their online application portal, which has now reopened.
You can find out more about this on the Creative Scotland website here.
Creative Scotland Covid-19 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 over the next few months, so please keep sending us your images!! THANKS!!
Images: "Art Is Work" by Saskia Singer
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: artistsunion.scot
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!!
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.
Here's the survey button again, in case you missed it earlier !!