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The pre-eminent representative voice for visual and applied artists in Scotland, and is a vitally needed presence in the cultural and political landscape of the country.

The SAU campaigns for better working conditions for all visual and applied artists throughout Scotland: JOIN AND BE HEARD!

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Scottish Artists Union

Office 231
The Briggait
141 Bridgegate
Glasgow G1 5HZ

t: 0141 559 4999
e: info@sau.org.uk



Posted: Friday, 15th December 2017

We have teamed up with SCAN and Engage Scotland to co-author a new manifesto for the arts! This document has been directly informed by members' data and experienes, gathered through various surveys and consultations by the three organisations over a number of years. 

So much talk, so much surveying, so much opinion, so much knowledge, so many status updates, so much data. How do we capture this discourse and turn it into action? We didn’t want another report. We have chosen the format of the manifesto as a political text that has clout beyond any mere document or proposal, a public written declaration, and as a device not only to conjure up a vision of revolutionary change but as a directive for action.

This sparks a new commitment to working together to ensure that the Scottish Government's Culture Strategy, in its pursuit of positioning culture as 'intrinsic to the health, wealth and success' of society, listen to and act upon the demands made by artists, arts workers, arts organisations to improve the health of the sector, equality, pay, workers' rights and conditions, and infrastructure. We call upon the authors of the Culture Strategy and policy makers to acknowledge that in order to value culture's contribution to society, they have to first and foremost value and support its orchestrators and that artists and the arts community need to be at the forefront of the conversation. 

This is the beginning of this work, join the conversation as we creatively seek out and interrogate ways to act upon this engaged politic. More information on associated events and actions coming soon!  

To download a copy of the text click here
If you would like to request another version, please contact us on info@sau.org.uk  




Thank you to the 400 members already signed up to GoCardless Direct Debits!

Posted: Friday, 8th December 2017

Already over 400 members have signed up to pay their membership by Direct Debit. Don't worry, you still have time to join them. 

Follow the link in the invoice sent to you on 1st December and sign up for safe and secure GoCardless Direct Debits. 

Missed the email? No Problem, simply click on the button below to request a new invite!

Covered by the Direct Debit Guarantee scheme, this method of payment is fully auditable, linked to our accounting system and releases up our hard-working part-time staff to deliver more services and benefits for our members.



Statement on Membership Fee Increase

Posted: Friday, 3rd November 2017

Dear members, 

You will have recently received notification that the membership fee is due to increase from £31 per year to £60 per year. Here is why: 

The membership fee has remained fixed since the inception of the union in 2001. 
According to inflation rate history, £35 in 2001 is the equivalent of £54.25 today. As a result of inflation, artists have gradually been paying less for their membership, benefits and services over the past 16 years and this has come to a point that is no longer sustainable for the union.