Visual Arts Alliance

The Alliance has produced three pieces of work that have been used in lobbying. 

Established during the Pandemic, the Visual Arts Alliance was formed out of exhaustion and direct support. A UK group of Sector Support organisations across Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and Wales came together to ensure that artists play a leading and pivotal role, and we protect our sector. The Alliance has produced three pieces of work that have been used in lobbying. 

  • The continuation of the Museums Galleries Exhibition Tax Relief.
  • Specific investment for individual artists and independent art workers.
  • Art Is Essential Campaign that brought the sector together to reveal our value online and create collective support.
Proposed Mission and Values
  • Protect and promote the visual arts’ value and push fordedicated support for the artists, makers, creators, and freelancers who make art happen. 
  • Instigate systemic change within the sector addressing inequalities by dismantling institutional ingrained negative attitudes to class, race and sexuality.
  • Continueour urgent shift to environmentally sustainable practices supporting our communities by sourcing skills, fabrication, and materials locally.
  • Work towards a circular economy where artists, organisations and institutions are a significant and sustainable contributor to our commonwealth.
Sector objectives
  • Ensure an unwavering, long-term commitment to social and climate justice across all levels of the national ecology of artists, artist-led initiatives, small-to-medium organisations and institutions.
  • Set standards / promote art world best practices around payment, commissioning, and valuing artists and their rights. 
External objectives
  • Advocate for the importance and value of the visual arts and artists.
  • Lobby for sustained public investment in the sector and artists. 
  • Develop and communicate policy ideas that are beneficial for the sector and artists.
Members (to date)

a-n The Artist Information Company 


Axis Web

Black Curators Collective

CHEAD Council for Higher Education Art & Design 

Creative Space Network

Curator Space

Nine CVAN regions



Guild, Easy St Arts

International Curators Forum

IXIA Public Art

Plus Tate

Migrants In Culture

SCAN Scottish Contemporary Art Network

Visual Artists Ireland

Visual Arts Group Wales

We Shall Not Be Removed

RED EYE Photography Network

If you wish to join the Alliance, please email