Scottish Artists Union

Office 231
The Briggait
141 Bridgegate
Glasgow G1 5HZ

t: 0141 559 4999


About the SAU

What is the SAU?

The Scottish Artists Union lobbies on behalf of visual artists working in Scotland, defending their rights, expanding their benefits and fighting to make their professional practice a means to support a better quality of life.

Politically the SAU lobbies for the rights and values of artists within Scottish culture through regular meetings and contacts with Scottish Government Ministers, opposition MSPs and senior officials at Creative Scotland. Increasingly the SAU is being recognised by organisations such as Voluntary Arts Scotland and COSLA as the leading authority on Scottish artists' working lives. Whilst not formally affiliated with any other trade union or political party, the SAU enjoys a cordial relationship with unions representing our colleagues in other art forms such as Equity and the Musicians Union.

Ensure that you have a voice and support the Scottish Artists Union by joining now! The Scottish Artists Union is the pre-eminent representative body for practising visual and applied artists in Scotland. Registered as an official Scottish Trade Union it is run by a voluntary committee and is supported entirely by membership subscriptions.

Members are visual and applied artists and arts administrators working in Scotland. Students can be members if they fulfil the membership criteria.

Members can request assistance from the SAU in their dealings with studios, galleries and employers, and the SAU offers advice on matters of best practice. The SAU also conducts research into issues affecting artists working lives such as rates of pay, tax and contracts.

Members receive a raft of other Benefits after joining, most notably Free Public Liability Insurance, but also discounts from leading suppliers of materials and services for artists.

For information about how to join, and membership criteria, please see the Membership section by clicking here.