“Artists’ Union England is an absolute political necessity – we must stand
together to help each other! If artists can’t do this, we are all going to hell in a handcart.”
– Jennet Thomas, artist and AUE member
Artists’ Union England is a new trade union for professional visual and applied artists and artists with a socially engaged practice. Unlike other cultural professionals, artists have had no collective voice in the form of a trade union, to represent them at work and to lobby and advocate on their behalf.
As an independent trade union, we aim to represent artists at strategic decision-making levels and positively influence the degree to which practice is valued and the roles artists play within society.