We’re all in this together

About

The Artists’ Bond is a collective venture for UK-based artists looking for a lucky break, managed by the Agent Ellie Harrison.

It currently has 160 artist members across the UK. Together we have £4,800 invested in Premium Bonds. At the start of each month we stand a chance of winning an equal share of the £1,000,000 jackpot prize. Follow our fate in the news section.

History

The Artists’ Bond was established in 2011 by the forty members of the Artists’ Lottery Syndicate (which ran from 1 July 2010 – 1 July 2011). Together we chose to re-invest our annual winnings in a new long-term collective venture which would create a bond between us over the course of our careers.

In 2012 and 2013 ‘open calls’ invited more artists to join The Artists’ Bond, bringing the membership to a total of 120. After two ‘fallow years’ allowing the Agent to recover from all the paperwork, another ‘open call’ was issued in 2016, focussing on expanding our membership in Scotland.

This website was developed and funded as part of Ellie Harrison’s The Glasgow Effect and launched in September 2016 to welcome our forty new artist members. Designed and built by Glasgow-based web designer Neil Scott, it features a map showing the distribution of our membership around the UK.

Get Involved

The Artists’ Bond may expand up to a maximum of 1,000 members. ‘Open calls’ are issued between 1 April – 1 July some years. To qualify to join you must be a visual artist based in the UK and be prepared to make an initial investment of £30 (equivalent to that made by each of the founding members in 2011).

Once a member of The Artists’ Bond, you are not permitted to withdraw from the scheme. Instead you become eligible for an ‘annual payout’ for the rest of your life. This is an equal share of our total annual winnings, transferred to you each August by BACs.

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