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Mar 27th 2020

In light of recent events, it was clear we needed to come together collectively in solidarity to help our creative community and support freelance creative practitioners at this difficult time. In response to the uncertainty and loss of work caused by the coronavirus pandemic, Visual Arts Scotland has initiated the Emergency Art Workers Support Fund (EAWSF), a temporary relief fund that aims to support Creative Practitioners who have been impacted by COVID-19. The aim of the fund is to ensure fixed micro grants of £250 will go to individuals who have no other current financial support or savings, who are facing an immediate loss of income from their creative freelance work, to help cover losses incurred by cancelled or postponed work in recent weeks.

There are many other support initiatives of varying size and scale being built and sustained by our incredibly vibrant creative community here in Scotland. We are hopeful these collective efforts can address the needs of our community.

The EAWSF is Supported by arts organisations across Scotland. Our supporters include:

Wilhemina Barnes Graham Trust

Inches Carr Trust



More orgs TBC. We thank those above for their fast action and support of this fund. If you would like to contribute to the fund as a Partner or Supporter, get in touch: The fund shall exist for as long as we have donations to support it. With thanks to scottishcontemporaryart for their advice and guidance.

More information on the Fund, Eligibility, Guidance can be found below. We have been working hard with our team of volunteers to create this fund as quickly as possible. We hope this can offer some temporary support for some individuals facing extreme financial hardship due to lost freelance work in the arts.

Read about B!D here: which helped raise over £20,000 for the EAWSF!  

We thank our supporters and donating artists for their fast response and generous help for this brilliant cause.

In solidarity,

Visual Arts Scotland