Scottish Artists Union
t: 0141 559 4999
SAU membership is diverse in its artistic scope and broad in its geographical spread. Our members live and work in Scotland, but need not have been born here. Also, artists working on an extended arts project (more than 6 months) in Scotland can join for the year in which that work takes place.
The SAU is dedicated to the representation of artists across Scotland including those in rural and remote areas.
The SAU embraces visual and applied artists and has an equal opportunities policy. The only criteria for membership are based on professional artistic practice. Prospective members who meet any four of the criteria can join as Full Members, those who meet any two may join as Associate Members. Associate Members enjoy the full benefits of SAU membership, but do not have the right to vote (for example, on a change to the union's constitution).
In general the SAU uses the terms 'visual artist' and 'applied artist' to indicate: painters, sculptors, multimedia artists, printers, lens based artists, photographers, audio artists, performance artists, ceramicists, jewellers, weavers, textile artists, creative metal workers, glass artists, furniture designers, wood carvers & turners, illustrators, cartoonists, graphic artists and multimedia designers. Also included are artists working in public spaces and educational and social arenas. SAU is open to discussion about the inclusion of any further art forms. However, with regret, we cannot accept students in secondary or tertiary education, but other students can become members if they fulfil the membership criteria.
In recognition of their valued contribution, our colleagues in arts management, education or media may join as Associate Members.
The following are the required Membership Criteria for the Scottish Artists Union. The order in which they are listed IS NOT indicative of merit. Artists who meet ANY four can join as Full Members. Artists who meet ANY two can join as Associate Members.