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Welcome to NASA UK

The UK’s National Association of Street Artists

A network of creative practitioners making live arts outside

COVID-19 Statement

NASA-UK is a membership organisation of artists, performers, designers and makers who create work for outdoor contexts, both urban and rural, like arts and commercial festivals, community events and shopping centres etc.

The impact of the COVID-19 virus pandemic poses an existential threat to our whole sector. Events will be cancelled. Funding and sponsorship promises will not be able to be met. As artists who have little or no financial security, we face collapse of our income just as we enter what is usually our main earning months. It will have a devastating impact on us as well as on many companies and organisations who employ us.

We welcome Arts Council England’s advice for funded arts organisations to ‘honour contracts agreed with freelancers and artists and to think about what help you can offer your communities.’ We would also ask that organisations help mitigate the loss of income by:

• paying full fees for cancelled contracts where possible, in line with ACE recommendations
• offering postponements where possible
• making staged payments that enable us some income over the coming months
• looking to ways in which we can work outside of specific event delivery dates – an increased focus on R&D for example.

This is the time to look after each other. We are integrally linked. An ecosystem. The weight of cancellations and postponements cannot fall too heavily on individual artists.

We ask that our stakeholders consider the ways they can exercise a duty of care for freelance practitioners and small companies, both those with and without regular funding who are the engine of this critical and vulnerable arts sector, and actively negotiate with artists they work with to discuss what solutions and support are possible.

Our work is at the heart of the outdoor event industry and for a tiny percentage of the public purse invested in arts and culture we deliver massive impact. Most don’t have regular funding, some no funding at all, and few have reserves to cushion the hardship coming our way. Even postponements will have major knock-on effects and cause critical cash-flow problems. Rent, mortgage, living costs and bills will continue even as all our work is disappearing.

We also welcome ACE’s intention to ‘refocus some grant programmes to help compensate individual artists and freelancers for lost earnings’ and we look forward to further communication with ACE to ensure the needs of our sector are understood and recognised, and that self employed artists are able to access financial support to ensure their businesses survive.
NASA UK will be collecting case studies and data from its members and supporting the sector with further guidance and representation.

NASA UK’s Steering Group: On behalf of it’s members and the wider artist community.

https://nasauk.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/NASA-COVID-19-Statement.pdf


Find a Professional Artist or Company

Look at our List of Members or our Map of Members or download The Yearbook 2016 which shows you 95 + Companies & Artists

Click on this image to get the pdf (4.5mb)NASA UK Yearbook 2016 image

Join NASA

Membership costs

£20 a year for individual or Company
£10 for Students
£50 for an NPO-funded Company

What do you get?
  • Your company profile on this website, linked to your website.
  • Added to the Map of Members.
  • Join our email group.
  • Use of the NASA UK logo on your promo.
  • Ask NASA for help or advice on issues.
  • Engage with other members.
  • Have more fun!

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What we do

NASA UK is a membership organisation, run by its members. It aims to support and develop the professional practice of UK based outdoor artists by:
  • Sharing information and opportunities.
  • Running network, learning and sharing events.
  • Offering a forum for peer support and discussion of current issues.
  • Undertaking research and professional developmental projects.
  • Advocating for the sector and networking with key organisations.
  • Engaging in national strategy and policy discussions.

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NASA-UK currently has 112 Members.

Newest NASA Members

NASA’s Steering Group is 12 strong reflecting a broad experience of Artists and Companies working in Outdoor Arts across the UK

Sue Auty (Whalley Range All Stars)
Mandy Dike (And Now)
Beka Haigh (Frolicked)
Jules Howarth ( Mr Jules)
Chris Squire (Impossible Arts)
Paschale Straiton (Red Herring)
Kim Tilbrook
Garth Williams (Safety Catch)

Mel Stevens (Aim To Fly)
Martine Frost (Festive Road)
Gareth Price-Baghurst (The Fabularium)
James MacPherson( Artizani)

Members Log-In

Log-in here to access the Members’ Area
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Twitter  @nasauk

Friday, March 27th, 2020 at 3:57pm
BREAKING NEWS: Self-employed to be paid 80% of average monthly profit over last 2 years | up to £2500/month | 3 month period or longer | 2019 tax return required | late filers have 4 weeks | HMRC will contact directly by early June >>> https://t.co/Y7tHFolT71
Friday, March 27th, 2020 at 3:56pm
//101 Digital R&D Awards //
Grants available between £500-£1500 for outdoor artists to conceive and test innovative ways to reach audiences online. Deadline is the 8th April at 5pm, for more info visit

https://t.co/ceip8ggKAL

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@OutdoorArtsPRO @NASAUK @WWconsortium https://t.co/xlmZQWw4sB
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Tuesday, March 17th, 2020 at 7:02pm
We closed our @ace_national offices today because we want to do our best to keep our team safe and well. We’ll all still be working from home though. We’ll continue to be in full contact with people & organisations across the arts, museums & libraries. You’re still our priority. https://t.co/2VXzIVK92t NASAUK photo

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2 weeks ago

NASA UK

Word is coming through of a package of support for the self employed and freelancers. Expected by the weekend.

https://twitter.com/martinslewis/status/1242385553452150785?s=21

Martin Lewis on Twitter
“Are you self employed and need financial support for to Coronavirus? I've bashed out a rough and ready quick video briefing... Feel free to share with anyone who needs. https://t.co/l7KT6EepAw”
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We usually insure our van (Mercedes Sprinter) through Towergate, but they have said they can't next year... I suspect that they may be folding due to the economic climate. Anyway, what other companies do people use for their van insurance? Of course, this may all become meaningless as we stare bankruptcy in the face, but it would be good to hear some other suggestions...it helps me think that the world may return to a new normality eventually. Y-E-L Uncle! X ... See MoreSee Less

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3 weeks ago

NASA UK

Outdoor Arts Micro-Grants

Co-ordinated by Outdoor Arts UK, this is a small grant fund to provide some modest financial support during the coronavirus outbreak for those working in the Outdoor Arts sector. Like so many freelancers and gig workers, everyone in this sector has had their work and ability to earn decimated as festival after festival has been forced to cancel or postpone.

By offering some small and rapid financial help, the aim is to provide immediate support to help some of those affected through this crisis, so we have a better chance of rebuilding our sector when this terrible time has passed.

We are offering small 'grants' of £500 to individuals, freelancers and small companies, including artists, technicians, producers and makers, who can apply with the minimum of fuss. We're really not going to be too strict on what the money is used for (it might be replanning a show, hiring a fundraising expert, running an online event, supporting a creative idea or just paying the rent), but it should help sustain you during this period.

To make this happen, OutdoorArtsUK has repurposed some of its existing funds which would have been used for events, projects and bursaries which cannot now take place; we are also allowing people to donate to this via a crowdfunding campaign, as many individuals in the sector expressed a desire to support others.

This will be an imperfect exercise of course, and we are bound not to have enough cash to meet demand, but we will manage it with the best of intentions, with the input of the OAUK Director and Board. We'll deal with the requests in order of receipt and on a case-by-case basis, and will keep reporting and application to a minimum. We will limit it to one grant per individual or organisation. At OAUK we try and know everyone, but just in case we don't, we're going to ask you to give us the name of a "referee" who is part of our Membership and can vouch for you. If that's a problem, please just ring us.

Stay safe out there, and we will all get together on the other side.

Apply for an Outdoor Arts Micro-Grant:
http://ow.ly/yilp50yQeJo

Contribute: Outdoor Arts Micro-Grant Crowdfunder:
http://ow.ly/EAJH50yQeQu
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