Many artists will be experiencing uncertainty about their livelihoods due to the current Covid-19 pandemic – particularly those who are self-employed. We have been heartened to see the swift response from arts organisations keen to provide support.
We have collated resources from a range of organisations, to give you a one-stop-shop for support, advice and reassurance during this challenging period.
This list is being monitored and regularly updated as new resources are launched, so bookmark this page and follow this thread on DACS twitter to see updates.
This surveyhas been launched to capture the impact of Covid-19 on freelancers working in the visual arts sector. The research has been commissioned by CVAN in association with a-n, Artist’s Union England, Artquest, Axisweb, Curatorspace, DACS, Engage & Guild to inform how we deploy our capacity and resources over the challenging time ahead.
Voluntary Arts are running #CreativeNetwork, a daily online chat for those working in arts and culture to speak through issues and make connections with other creatives.
Creative Boom have also launched a forumto bring the creative community together.
Arts Professional have launched a new, free series on their website Covid Culture, with tips on money management and looking after your mental health during the pandemic.
Disability-led organisation Shape have compiled a twitter thread of support for both disabled and non-disabled art workers, from information on funding through to creative prompts to complete whilst in isolation.
Disability Arts are offering free artist development sessions on developing and budgeting your projects as well as making connections with organisations.
The National Union of Journalists have shared a template letter to your MP asking for freelancer access to statutory sick pay.
DACS have extended the deadline for their Payback scheme until 24 April 2020. If you’ve had work published in UK books, magazines or on tv, you could be eligible to claim royalties. Find out more and sign up here.
The artist Matthew Burrows has launched the Artist Support Pledgeinitiative. Artists post work they would like to sell on Instagram, and when they receive £1000 in sales they pledge to spend £200 to buy another artist’s work.
Artist-run project and studio Auto Italia have launched a UK Grant Writing Support Programme, an advisory service comprised of artists, curators and producers for UK artists filling in emergency grant writing applications. It will operate on a first-come, first-serve basis until 31 May 2020.
Grants and funding programmes
Arts Council England have launched a £20 million fund to compensate artists and organisations for lost earnings.
Established artists, apply for the Culture in Quarantinecommissioning fund launched by BBC Arts, Arts Council England and The Space Arts.
ArtQuest have announced theirWFH(Working From Home) Residency to pay artists who have had arts projects or other work cancelled, or have been made unemployed, as result of Covid-19.
a-n is offering bursariesof £500 – £1,500 to help support those whose livelihoods have been impacted by Coronavirus Covid-19.
The Freelands Foundation has partnered with a-n to launch the Freelands Foundation Emergency Fund, a landmark commitment of £3m towards emergency funds for artists and freelance creative practitioners across the UK affected by the Covid-19 crisis.