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Scottish Artists Union
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.
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.