Artist Support Pledge

Artists around the world are suffering from the uncertainty caused by the continued spread of coronavirus. In a bid to help them carry on as the world shuts down, one artist has launched a simple pledge to encourage them to help each other.

Matthew Burrows started the Artist Support Pledge initiative to alleviate some of the stress the pandemic has caused, as many artists have now found themselves without work. Exhibitions and sales have been shut down, and teaching and technical support has become difficult to access.

The idea is simple: Artists who commit to the pledge will post images of a work that’s for sale, for no more than £200 ($230), and each time their sales reach £1,000 ($1,155) they promise to buy another artist’s work for £200.

I realized the work needed to be cheap enough to make selling it an act of generosity, but also I needed to make that infectious, generosity creates generosity.

Matthew Burrow