Halifax School of Art offers essential support to help tackle cost of living crisis

Painting workshop

Artworks, the Everybody School of Art, has pledged that all people working in the organization will be paid a minimum hourly wage of £10.90, significantly above the government minimum for over 23s of £9.50 from time.

Artworks has also developed a new award structure to enable more people to enjoy the social, economic and welfare benefits of engaging in the arts.

Participants can select one of three pricing options: a concession location, a standard location that reflects the actual cost of delivering the course or workshop, or a support location that directly funds a concession location and helps people who otherwise could not access a place due to financial pressures or other circumstances.

Lauren Iredale, Artistic and Managing Director of Artworks, said: “As a community interest business, we do not operate for profit and have always used the revenue we generate to support our communities and compensate our artists. at a fair price. However, faced with the cost of living crisis and the precariousness of the cultural sector, we wanted to go further to show our commitment to fair and sustainable compensation. We are delighted to officially become a Living Wage Employer and will continue to do all we can to support our staff during these difficult times.

As an organization, we believe that learning in general, and arts education in particular, should be accessible to everyone. Despite this, we understand that engaging in artistic activity is expensive and often unaffordable for many people. Our new pricing model will ensure that we can continue to provide inclusive access to the arts, regardless of a person’s personal or financial situation.

The real living wage is the only rate calculated on the basis of the cost of living. It provides a voluntary benchmark for employers who want to ensure that their staff earn a living wage, not just the government minimum.

Since 2011, the Living Wage movement has raised wages for more than 300,000 people and put more than £1.6billion extra into the pockets of low-wage workers.

Kayleen C. Rice