SSA | VAS OPEN Artist Talk: How we survive in the Arts

  • 9 Jan 2020
  • 5:30 PM - 6:45 PM
  • Royal Scottish Academy,

This talk was curated in collaboration with Creative Edinburgh as part of the SSA | VAS OPEN. The OPEN will run from 22 December 2019 - 30 January 2020 at the Royal Scottish Academy, championing the works of both The Society of Scottish Artists and Visual Arts Scotland members. 

Couldn't make it? You can watch the full event here, and see a compiled list of resources recommended by our panel here

Join us as we discuss How We Survive in the Arts. Through a panel discussion, we’ll cover topics such as the arts and austerity, the gig economy, mental well-being and financial challenges, followed with an audience Q & A. We'll be hearing from local artists and creatives about how they survive and what best practices we can adopt to create a healthier art world for us all.

Meet the Panel

Chair: Briana Pegado (Director - Creative Edinburgh)

Simon Fildes (Artist)

Anna Gormezano Marks (Membership Development Manager -Creative Edinburgh)

Sarah Calmus (Artist, Programmer, Vice President of VAS

About Visual Arts Scotland

Visual Arts Scotland is now a leading platform for national and international contemporary fine and applied artists. Originally an organisation for women artists, the society since the 1980s has championed craft makers, designers and applied arts practitioners, as well as contemporary fine art practice.

About Scottish Society of Artists

The Society of Scottish Artists is an artist-led, not-for-profit organisation with over 1000 members from across Scotland and beyond. Run by artists for artists, the Society is led by a team of volunteers, each elected by the members and working together to create opportunities for artists to organise, present and promote exhibitions and events, as well as offering a platform for discussion and sharing.

Founded in 1891, the Society of Scottish Artists held its first Annual Exhibition in the Royal Scottish Academy Gallery in the heart of Edinburgh. Today continues in the spirit of its founders, to show the controversial and the unexpected and to give hanging space to new artists of promise.

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