Scottish Artists Union

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Artist's Rights

Political Statements

The SAU regularly engages with those in the political sphere at the highest level. Here are written submissions made to the Cultural Commission, the Scottish Executive, MSPs, etc.

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After Creative Scotland: a statement on the future of Scottish culture

A statement from the Scottish Artists Union Executive Committee on the opening of Creative Scotland, outlining artists' requirements of the new agency.


DOWNLOAD: After Creative Scotland

Creative Scotland - November 2009

October saw several stages toward the advent of Creative Scotland unfold. For the second time this year the Scottish Artists Union offers its summary of events and provides visual and applied artists with essential information on what lies ahead.

The Public Services Reform Bill, including measures that will bring Creative Scotland into being, will be debated at Stage 1 of its consideration in the Scottish Parliament on November 16th. We encourage our members to write to their MSP ahead of the debate and ask them where they stand on Creative Scotland, reminding them that the new agency must acknowledge the unique and crucial contribution of visual and applied artists to Scottish culture and keep their support an utmost priority.


DOWNLOAD: Creative Scotland - November 2009

Public Services Reform (Scotland) Bill Response

The Scottish Artist Union's formal response to the parliamentary Education, Lifelong Learning & Culture Committee's call for evidence on the Public Services Reform (Scotland) Bill, specifically Part 3 dealing with Creative Scotland, submitted 12th August 2009.


DOWNLOAD: Public Services Reform (Scotland) Bill Response

Creative Scotland- February 2009

In the spirit of constructive dialogue on the future of Creative Scotland, and after a particularly hectic month, the Scottish Artists Union offers its summary of events and provides visual and applied artists with essential information on what lies ahead.

At a recent event for invited guests from the arts sector (link below), Culture Minister Mike Russell called upon those concerned about the direction of cultural policy to take grass-roots action and engage with their MSP on the issue.

We encourage our members to write to or preferably attend the surgeries of their MSP and ask them where they stand on Creative Scotland.


DOWNLOAD: Creative Scotland Report Feb 2009

Creative Scotland Bill Response

On the 12/03/08 an Executive Bill was introduced that would enable a new cultural development agency called Creative Scotland to take over from the Scottish Arts Council and Scottish Screen.

This written response was submitted to the parliamentary committee for Education, Lifelong Learning & Culture on 11/04/08.


DOWNLOAD: Creative Scotland Bill SAU Response

"Creative Nation" Cultural Summit Response

Members of the Scottish Artists Union's Executive Committee attended the Scottish Art Council's Creative Nation summit, 25th-27th February 2008.

This is their reaction to the event, set against the context of both the formation of the new Creative Scotland agency and the publication of Sir Brian McMaster's report to Arts Council England, Supporting Excellence in the Arts, From Measurement to Judgement.


DOWNLOAD: "Creative Nation" SAU Response

Scottish Artists Union Statement at the Culture Bill Debate

The following download opened the proceedings of the Culture Bill Debate held at the Scottish Parliament 12/1/2007 and was presented by Terry Anderson, President of the Scottish Artists Union.

The debate was hosted by Chris Ballance MSP and chaired by Joyce Macmillan.



Scottish Artists Union Final Response to the Draft Culture (Scotland) Bill

The following document was submitted to the Scottish Executive in response to the Draft Culture (Scotland) Bill during their Consultation period that closed 31/3/2007.


DOWNLOAD: SAU Final Response

A Manifesto for Creative Culture

In the run-up to the 2007 Scottish Elections, the SAU makes their case for a new Scotland that values the contribution made by her visual artists.



Scottish Artists Union Report to the Cultural Commission August 2005

To view the response, please click on the download below.


DOWNLOAD: Cultural Commission Report