Mar 27th 2020

In light of this past year's 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 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 was to ensure fixed micro grants of £250 went to individuals who have no other financial support or savings, who are facing a loss of income from their creative freelance work, to help cover losses incurred by cancelled or postponed work in recent weeks and months.

We worked hard with our team of volunteers to create two rounds of this fund as quickly as possible as the pandemic began. We hope this has offered some temporary support for some individuals facing extreme financial hardship due to lost freelance work in the arts. 

So far we have helped 90 Artists. These arts workers woke up one morning in March, with no further income. The EAWSF literally helped these artists to purchase food and essentials in first months of lockdown.

Many still have no work as result of COVID 19 and we hope to release a third round in coming months.

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

Wilhemina Barnes Graham Trust

Inches Carr Trust

Creative Edinburgh 

Detail Framing

Craft Scotland 

Applied Arts Scotland 

Glasgow Antiques and Fine Arts Society

Make Bank

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. 

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