Parties, Policies, Promises & in-Practice Artists’ Union England (London Event)

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Tickets £5 / £3 (members) Book here

‘Artists’ Union England’s Hustings is the very first time in history that issues around the Arts: education, accessibility, diversity, wages, funding and where it comes from have been contested in the context of a general election.

In an election so close, and that many predict will be a turning point, will politicians see the Arts as providing Hope and direction for the future or just another unwanted spending commitment? Artists’ Union England Hustings will reveal all. What do Ed Vaizey and Chris Bryant have hanging in their front rooms? Ask them and me on the 11th of February.’

– Bob and Roberta Smith

The landscape for the arts has changed dramatically, and many would say for the worse, over the term of the coalition government. With the general election fast-approaching, and as another ‘hung’ parliament looks increasingly likely, artists’ votes matter. Over a third of the 1.7 million people who work in the Creative Industries are ‘creative specialists’ – artists, designers, musicians, performers, makers, architects. #ArtistsMatter now more than ever!

The aim of AUE Hustings is to have representatives of different political parties address directly the concerns of artists in advance of the general election.  AUE (Artists’ Union England) aims to represent artists at strategic decision-making levels and positively influence the role artists play within society. We aim to challenge the economic inequalities in the art world and to negotiate fair pay and better working conditions for artists.

At the AUE Hustings event at Chelsea College of Art – you will have the chance to find out more about the promises being made from a number of political representatives, ask burning questions and perhaps inform your own decisions ahead of the May elections.

The debate will also be live online, through live tweeting from Artists’ Union England and Artquest using #Hustings15 #ArtistsMatter

The Speakers:

Artists’ Union England are delighted to have the following speakers confirmed:

Bob and Roberta Smith: Artist and independent candidate for Surrey Heath

Ed Vaizey MP: HM Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries (Conservative)

Baroness Jane Bonham-Carter: Spokesperson on DCMS matters in the House of Lords for the Liberal Democrats

Chris Bryant MP: Shadow Minister for Culture and the Digital Economy (Labour)

Martin Dobson Green Party: Spokesperson for Culture Media and Sports and Parliamentary Candidate for Liverpool  Riverside

This event will feature a short introduction from Artists’ Union England introducing the work of the Union and each of the speakers, followed by presentations from the attending speakers, a question and answer session with audience members, and will finish with a short closing statement from the invited speakers. Full outline for the event will be sent to all ticket holders in advance of the event.


Tickets and additional information:

AUE Members £3

Non-members £5



**Please note tickets for this event are extremely limited & a small booking fee applies**

Artists’ Union England is a new trade union for professional visual and applied artists that launched on 1st May 2014. Join us

See AUE website for further information