Support During Coronavirus/COVID-19 Pandemic
Supporting Wasps tenants remains a priority for Wasps an organisation, and at this unprecedented time we are very aware that the constantly changing situations have left many of you in difficult positions.
Our Board and staff team are lobbying for support from the Government and other business support organisations to help not just Wasps but all of the people we support across our buildings. Our staff team continue to be on hand during office hours (Mon – Fri, 9.30 – 5.30) to respond to enquiries and support you as best we can.
We have set up a dedicated helpdesk to answer your queries: email@example.com
For artist commissions and opportunities, please visit this section of our website.
Resources: Business and Financial Support
There is a host of resources and schemes that have been set up to support artists, freelancers and creative organisations. We have listed a lot of these here.
You can find more information on Government support available for self-employed here.
You can find more information on Government support available for businesses here.
We advise you to contact your Local Authority or the relevant organisation with any questions relating specifically to the schemes available, but please know we are on hand to help with applications at any point. Our Funding and Partnerships Manager, Claire English, is available by email or phone, and has a wealth of experience in completing grant applications such as this. If you would like some advice and/or support please contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you’re looking for advice about finances and employment rights we encourage you to contact your local Citizen’s Advice Scotland bureau who can give you guidance on the next steps to take.
Wasps Support: Own Art
Own Art is a Creative United initiative designed to make it easy and affordable for everyone to own high quality contemporary art and craft. Own Art allows customers buying your work through Wasps to spread the cost across 10 months interest free. You, the artist, will have financial security using the scheme, receiving payment up front in full once the loan is processed. We have been using Own Art for a while now at exhibitions, events and fairs and it has been hugely successful in encouraging sales of artists’ work.
Should you wish to be able to offer Own Art to your customers, you will need to sign our artist agreement contract via this link. This link will also take you to important information about eligibility, processing and commission rates. You can find out more about the scheme here.
Wasps Support: Promotion
Many of you will be aware of, and perhaps have been using, the Artist Support Pledge. This is a fantastic scheme which was set up at the beginning of lockdown by artist Matthew Burrows. Artists post their work on Instagram, selling pieces for no more than £200 each (not including shipping) and every time an artist reaches £1000 of sales, they pledge to spend £200 on another artist's work. We know that many of you have had great success selling works through the pledge, and in an effort to maintain and encourage these sales, we would love to help you promote any work you are selling. You can tag us in any posts where you are selling works, and we can reshare these on our social media channels (instagram, facebook, twitter).
Alternatively, you can send details of your work and online shops to email@example.com that we can promote promote on your behalf.
Wasps Support: Artist Profile
We know a lot of you will be taking this time to assess the digital sides of your practices, editing websites etc. We’d love if you also did the same for the artist profiles page on our website. We have found that a lot of people come to this page looking for commissions or to buy artwork, so it can be of a big benefit to you. Please find attached guidance of what we require for your artist profile. Please send to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line ‘Artist Profile’.
Wasps Support: Your Websites and Social Media
For those of you who may be stepping into websites for the first time, Margaret and Tara in the Wasps Marketing team are available to offer advice and guidance on how to do so – please just get in touch. There are a number of platforms and services that make this process simple, including Squarespace and Wordpress. We can also help with social media and are on hand to answer any questions you might have to the best of our ability. If you’re just starting out, we recommend you use Business Gateway’s free online tutorial to give you a few ideas what social media platforms might work best for you, you can access this here. If you are not comfortable with websites and social media just now, the Wasps’ channels can be a good alternative, contact us by e-mail: email@example.com
In these anxious times, it is important to make sure you are taking time to look after yourselves. Mind have some great resources for taking care of your mental health, here.
A reminder that the current guidance is "Stay safe, protect others, save lives" and to stay at home as much as possible. For the health and safety of you and others we encourage you to please follow this guidance. For more information please see The Scottish Government’s website here.
The Scottish Government have recently published guidance for the creative industries, in particular for providers and users of creative studios in Scotland. You can read this on the Scottish Government website by clicking here. Please pay particular attention to the section titled 'Operational Guide for Studio Users'.
NHS Scotland has set up a free helpline to give you advice if you do not have symptoms but are looking for general advice, you can contact them on: 0800 028 2816
Last update: 20 July, 11:37.