About Us

Scottish Contemporary Art Network(SCAN), Scottish Artists Union and Engage Scotland launched a new Visual Arts Manifesto in December 2017, which is directly informed and compiled from data, surveys and members’ consultations.

This document is a direct response to the current challenges facing the art sector as a whole and our first public response to the new National Culture Strategy consultation process.

The Manifesto sets out our policy demands but also our collective commitment to positive change. This vision and set of ambitions for the sector will help ensure that we maintain Scotland’s global reputation as a dynamic, innovative place for contemporary visual arts.

Through this manifesto, we commit to ensuring that diversity is celebrated and respected, that low paid cultural workers and artists have access to fair pay and professional working conditions and that barriers are removed for all those who choose to participate.

We encourage others to work with us to advance these intentions and navigate these precarious times.