COVID-19 Resources for Artists
As we experience unprecedented challenges worldwide, ARTIQ continues to be strongly committed to supporting artists, who are a vital part of our business and our society
In addition to implementing ideas and strategies to provide new opportunities for our artists during this time, we have also put together a list of external resources, which we will keep updating in the upcoming weeks.
- BBC Arts with Arts Council England, as part of an ongoing relationship, is launching a Culture in Quarantine fund for around 25 established England-based artists of any discipline to produce new works in creative media – video, audio and interactive.
- Nikon has made its entire curriculum of online photography classes free until the end of April.
- Creative Entrepreneurs launches a series of free online Q&As to support artists and creative businesses.
- A top team of visual artists – including Gormley, Perry, Jeremy Deller and Gillian Wearing – is launching an activity pack full of creative ideas for the coronavirus lockdown.
- Arts Council of Wales has announced a Resilience Fund for the arts in Wales.
- Creative Scotland has announced £11m of emergency funding for the arts.
- The Arts Council of Ireland announced a €1 million fund to enable artists to make new and original art during the COVID-19 crisis.
- Every NHS and care-home worker is being offered £500 worth of free arts courses by City Academy to thank them for their efforts in the fight against the coronavirus.
- King Lear Prizes to encourage ordinary people, who have never been published before and are not professional writers, musicians or artists, to create new works of literature, poetry, music and art during the time they are quarantined.
- Dezeen announces the world’s first online design festival, taking place from Wednesday 15 April onwards.
- Arts Council England is making £20 million of financial support available to artists, creative practitioners and freelancers so they can better sustain themselves, and their work, in the coming months.
- International Artists: The Art Newspaper have gathered information about grants and loans around the world to help you get through the Covid-19 crisis.
- Post your works for sale on Instagram with the hashtag #artistssupportpledge: due to the COVID-19 pandemic many artists have found themselves without work: teaching, technical support, gallery work, exhibitions. In an attempt to alleviate some of this stress, artist Matthew Burrows (@matthewburrowsstudio) initiated the scheme #artistsupportpledge. The concept is simple: post images of your work you are willing to sell for no more than £200 (not including shipping). Every time you reach £1,000 of sales you pledge to buy another artist’s work for £200.
- Follow @paperpatrons on Instagram: Paper Patrons is a brand-new platform to support self-employed artists. Works on paper for £50 posted to you. Run by artists, for artists.
- Anti-viral work for freelancers and small businesses
- Artist Emergency Relief Fund for Irish Artists
- Accessible teaching in the time of COVID-19
- Read this list of resources addressing the economic impact of coronavirus on the cultural sector:
- Global Call To Creatives: An Open Brief From the United Nations
- Spotify supports the artistic and creative community by launching Spotify Covid-19 Music Relief.
- The Mayor’s Culture at Risk Office and the Greater London Authority want to hear from you to ensure that those affected by the crisis get the support they need:
- Financial assistance for UK visual artists from The Eaton Found
- Financial assistance for performers from Equity Charitable Trust
- An artist freelancer’s guide to online networking
- Created by Catherine Kessedjian, under the governance of the Fondation de France, the Fondation Villa Seurat pour l’Art Contemporain aims to promote contemporary artistic creation in the fields of visual arts and dance by providing financial support for the realization of socially engaged projects. Considering the extraordinary circumstances created by the Covid-19 pandemic, and the precarious situations in which many artists are facing, the foundation has launched a new call for projects for 2020.
- SPACE invites artists to submit a proposal for a new project to be made in dialogue with older people based in Ilford. The commission will include activity with which older people can engage, either in person or remotely, that will inform a commissioned solo exhibition as part of SPACE’s exhibition programme.
- Residency 11:11 have recently launched an online residency program supporting artists by offering a platform to display works and ideas while helping them to expand their network.
- Project hu and HOXTON 253 art project space offer a month-long residency opportunity followed by an exhibition for a London based and a Hungarian based artist.
- a-n The Artists Information Company is offering bursaries of £500 – £1,500 until December 2020. Time Space Money is an emergency response fund to support artists and arts organisers to enable them to continue their professional practice at this critical time. Deadline for applications: 12 noon, Thursday 7 May 2020.