Welcome to NASA UK
The UK’s National Association of Street Artists
A network of creative practitioners making live arts outside
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.
£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!
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.
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)
Garth Williams (Safety Catch)
Mel Stevens (Aim To Fly)
Martine Frost (Festive Road)
Gareth Price-Baghurst (The Fabularium)
James MacPherson( Artizani)
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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
//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
@OutdoorArtsPRO @NASAUK @WWconsortium https://t.co/xlmZQWw4sB
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
As we receive emailed information we post it here:
UK Arts News
- A lot of people have asked “how will it work?” Here’s how. 20th August 2019
- Come and join us for the performance 20th August 2019
- UK arts news: Improbable: So… what are we going to do about improvisation? 8th May 2019
- Bedlam Fair 2019- call for performers 21st February 2019
- Guidance on Commissioning – draft 18th December 2018
- Loz Samuels talks about commissioning 17th December 2018
News from our Members
- Fw: NASA Steering Group Fwd: APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN: SUBSIDISED PLACES for artists and programmers to ‘The Power of the Possible’ and the ‘Ideas Summit’ in Glasgow 3rd October 2018
- Arts Uk news: OutdoorArtsUK September Newsletter UK Companies at FiraTàrrega | Outdoor Arts Volunteering | Out There Festival Great Yarmouth | Jobs | Listings 12th September 2018
- Fwd: OutdoorArtsUK September Newsletter: UK Companies at FiraTàrrega | Outdoor Arts Volunteering | Out There Festival Great Yarmouth | Jobs | Listings 12th September 2018
- Farewell to the Wye Valley River Festival 2018 1st June 2018
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