Visual Artist Unit was a voluntary run, artist-led art collective running from 2014-2018. Set up by 8 graduates from Gray’s School of Art (Aberdeen) and Duncan of Jordanstone (Dundee), VAU commited itself to the dual aims of supporting early-career artists based in Scotland and improving public engagement and access to contemporary art to wider public audiences.
Graduate, early-career and emerging artists could join VAU’s Artist Membership programme, which provided wide-ranging support for artists to develop and sustain their practices in day to day life. VAU ran a yearly public engagement programme, hosting a range of exciting and innovative exhibitions, workshops, talks, commissions and events across Scotland which their members were invited to participate in for professional development experiences. These activities aimed to build bridges between artists and the public, helping to improve access and engagement in contemporary art for all.