a-n is seeking artists from across the UK with a variety of skills and a wide range of experiences to join Artists Council for the next three-year term.

Artists Council is an advisory group to a-n’s Board and Executive that plays a key role in advocacy, lobbying and developing programmes.

In the past two years, Artists Council members have been involved in the Paying Artists campaign, attended international conferences such as the International Artists Association in Brussels, developed projects for members, taken part in research, and attended key art events such as Venice Biennale and Documenta.

Artists Council meets four times each year and alongside its key role to provide intelligence about issues affecting artists around the UK, members also act as ambassadors for a-n by supporting the distribution of information through their own networks.

In 2019-2022, Artists Council will focus on:

Leadership – specifically the leadership development of artists, the promotion of artists as influencers, and the development of influential and impactful artist networks across the UK.

Advocacy – Artists Council members engage with and input to a-n’s advocacy strategy and related projects.

Artist livelihoods – Artists Council members draw on their experience as artists and that of their professional networks, to contribute to a-n member and sector research, advocacy, programme and service development.

Current Artists Council members include: Maurice CarlinGayle Chong KwanSteve DuttonS Mark GubbBethan Lloyd WorthingtonSteven PaigeEmily SpeedGlen StokerBinita Walia and Joseph Young. Read more about the current a-n Artists Council.

a-n The Artists Information Company is the largest artists’ membership organisation in the UK. In the last three years, it has achieved its highest ever membership and income, reaching over 23,000 members and a £1m turnover.

In 2020 a-n will celebrate 40 years. It began as a grass-roots, 500-copy-a-month newsletter before becoming a magazine and then online platform. It is now a full professional membership offer focusing on members’ needs.

This is a pivotal time for the organisation with ambitious ideas, programmes and a critical role to play championing, campaigning for and supporting visual artists.

To join Artists Council, artists should be an Artist member or Joint (Artist + Arts organiser) member of a-n, or be willing to become a member if selected.

See the Artists Council Recruitment Information Pack for more information and to apply. Deadline to apply is 12noon Monday 11 February 2019.

Nicola Naismith, Artists voices need to be heard, from an ongoing project A folder called slogans, 2017/18. Courtesy: the artist

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