Updated: Jan 10, 2017

The Scottish Artists' Union

Chris Biddlecombe from the Scottish Artists’ Union says “After 14 years of being the only visual and applied artists’ trade union in Britain, the Scottish Artists’ Union are enthused and encouraged to see this artist group initiate the beginnings of a new trade union that will support and strengthen the position of fellow professional working artists across England. We look forward to discussing with them ways in which we can work together on mutually agreed issues and campaigns.”

Artists’ Union England are very grateful for all the support that Scottish Artists Union have given us so far.


GFTU - the General Federation of Trade Unions




The Muscian's Union


Lost Arts

Precarious Workers Brigade


European & International

Working Artists and the Greater Economy (W.A.G.E.)
International Trade Union Confederation
International Labour Office

World Federation of Trade Unions
ILO Media, Culture, Graphical
International Labour Conference
European Union supporting cultural and creative industries
International Association of Art Europe

European Trade Union Council
Creative Europe Desk



Further Reading

Artists’ Union England is an active union and is constantly campaigning, producing resources and signposting opportunites for its members:




Membership Benefits

A membership to Artists’ Union England gets you professional support and access to resources. That means you’ll get:

  • Public and Products Liability (PPL) insurance
  • 30 minutes FREE legal advice
  • Access to resources about artists’ issues
  • FREE training and study opportunities
  • Tax guidance

Your membership means help will be there when you need it and we’ll constantly campaign for artist’s rights.

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Artists’ Union England supports freelance artists based in England. in England.

Membership costs £42 annually – equivalent to £3.50 per month