Unit 1 Gallery | Workshop has started a campaign to have a direct and immediate impact on artists affected by COVID-19, as well as support programmes to benefit future artists.
The initial goal of the GoFundMe campaign is to raise £150,000 which will enable the gallery to support each member artist with a minimum grant of £500.
Founder Stacie McCormick explains: “Our artists are suffering from the uncertainties caused by COVID-19. Many have found themselves without the necessary work to support their practices. Exhibitions and sales have disappeared. And whilst many of them are applying for emergency funds from a variety of outlets or other great initiatives, the resources are limited.”
A practicing artist herself, McCormick is committed to providing artists with space and time unburdened by commercial constraints. She set up an extensive programme to allow creative practices to develop as well as providing engaging experiences for the public.
The Workshop Foundation Editions is a collection of works donated by the over 120 artists who have been with the exhibition and residency programmes to date. Sales of these works are directly supporting the initiatives at Unit 1 Gallery | Workshop. In line with the Money for Our Artists campaign, half of the proceeds of sales will be shared directly with the participating artists.