Artists' Union England respond to South West NPO decision
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Artists’ Union England is a new trade union for professional visual and applied artists and artists with a socially engaged practice. AUE 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. Beth Davis-Hofbauer is the representative for the south central region of England covering Poole, Bournemouth Portsmouth and surrounding area.
'It is fantastic to see so many wonderful organisations receive new, and continued funding through Arts Council England's National Portfolio. However, the South-West is still the lowest funded region (in terms of £ value of NPO grants awarded); and despite improvements (8.4% uplift rate), there is still room for more to be done to create greater diversity in the arts.
It is encouraging to see some organisations increase their funding which we hope will be passed on to artists working with them. NPOs have direct information on paying artists from ACE when applying and should be considering this at all times (please see our paying artists document for more information). In the future, we would like to see a collective agreement with NPOs, and it is the aim of the AUE to set out a member led code of practice that will clearly set out what is expected of, and by, artists and organisations.
Although there is still a long way to go, the increased number of organisations receiving funding in the region, and the greater amounts some have to do their important work, is clearly a step in the right direction.
AUE are currently looking at thepossibility of a Bristol representative.'
For further information on AUE or to join, please visit http://www.artistsunionengland.org.uk/
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