On 16 March 2020, as the UK locked down as a response to Covid-19, artist Matthew Burrows had an idea of how to support artists struggling financially during the pandemic by using social media and centred on Instagram #artistsupportpledge.
Artist Support Pledge (ASP) asks artists and makers to post images on Instagram using the #artistsupportpledge hashtag, giving details of their works and price to a maximum of £200. If people are interested in buying, they direct message the artist. Every time an artist reaches £1,000 of sales, they pledge to buy £200 of work from other artist(s).
Over the last 18 months, ASP has become a global phenomenon with 90K followers. Its spirit of mutual support and generosity has enabled artists worldwide to maintain a vital income stream at a time when most sales channels disappeared overnight, and artists found themselves facing uncertain financial futures.
This simple artist-to-patron, artist-to-artist formula has proved revolutionary. ASP was set up as an emergency response to a desperate situation but has now evolved into a new cultural economy formed out of a simple idea. Since 2020 it is estimated that over £100 million of sales have been generated through the ASP movement
Working closely with arts organisations Hastings Contemporary, The New Art Gallery Walsall & leading arts professionals, ASP has evolved to include a digital and live programme for participants.
Further information on Artist Matthew Burrows
The New York Times
12th November, 2020 by Scott Reyburn
A Pledge to Help Artists Becomes a Lucrative Lifeline
With galleries and fairs shut, a British painter created a campaign to help others sell their work online during the pandemic. Estimates suggest that millions of dollars in sales have been generated.
19th November, 2020
Apollo Awards, Personality of the Year Matthew Burrows
The online selling platform helping artists make a living now has more than 69,000 followers, has produced 447,000 posts and generated around £70m in sales.
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