Resources for artists

Peut-Porter, ACAVA Borthwick Street Studios

Image: Peut-Porter, ACAVA Borthwick Street Studios


Last updated 21 January 2020, 3.30pm. New entries will show **

Hopefully this list of resources will be able to provide some help amidst these difficult times. You can read ACAVA’s Coronavirus Policy here, and we have been updating our FAQs page to include practical information about how the current situation reflects on ACAVA’s studio provision.


ACAVA Artists Hardship Fund

Update: We are currently processing a lot of applications to the hardship fund and are temporarily unable to accept new ones, please read our ACAVA Artists Hardship Fund Guidance for more information.


Open Calls Ending Soon

Stay on this page to view an overview of resources for artists, including open calls, work opportunities and other useful links for creatives. If you want a summary of opportunities for artists ending soon, then visit this page.


Useful information for artists

Brexit Guidance for Artists and Arts Organisers **
The a-n has been collating useful information to serve as guidance to creatives as the UK exits the European Union, access it here.

Agency that researches, compiles and offers advice to artists. Artquest have adapted their website to focus on support available during the current pandemic.

Artists’ Union England rates of pay guidelines, designed to help artists’ and their employers to determine fair remuneration for artists’ labour.

CuratorSpace Project Management for curators and artists
CuratorSpace is developing a new free service for artists who have experience delivering workshops. This service will allow them to set up, organise and promote online courses through CuratorSpace to our international database and social media following.

Working Safely Online
Guidance to support anyone working online: a general guide to meeting online, and how to make the space as welcoming and safe as possible; and online safeguarding if you are working with vulnerable participants or groups.

Disability Arts Online 
Offering one hour advice sessions to disabled artists to help fill ACE emergency funds and free access support to make the application.
If you would like to utilise either of these options please contact cathy@disabilityarts.online

The Audience Agency Digital SOS
Free one-hour phone call with an expert to discuss any digital or resilience related issue.

Arts Council England The Digital Culture Network 
Provides practical support to the arts and culture sector, helping you to explore and harness the benefits of technology to achieve your goals, find new ways to reach and engage audiences, and develop sustainable business models.

UK Covid-19 Freelance Artist Resources List
Very thorough list of most mutual support and funding opportunities for UK artists available at the moment.

UK Artist Grant Writing Support
Network created to provide in-kind support to artists requiring help with emergency grant applications.

Useful professional advice for freelancers and the self-employed during the pandemic.

The Creative Industries Federation
Sector-specific advice, guidance and legal support provided by unions and sector support organisations. You are advised to contact these organisations directly for specialist advice.

Coastal Currents: Black and ethnic local artists & creatives listing → ongoing
Enter your details into a comprehensive and accessible register of Black and Ethnic Artists living in the area (from Rye to Eastbourne).

Artist Menteeship Masterclasses
Ceri Hand's masterclasses: Artist's statements, Online Marketing for Artists, Pricing & Selling Your Work, Copyright for Artists
Cost £25-30

Arts Emergency Free Mentorships
Arts Emergency provides 16-25 year olds with free mentoring, advice, guidance and opportunities to help them embark on higher education and careers.


Funding, grants, scholarships

Essex Artists Coronavirus Impact Fund → apply by 25 January **
The Old Waterworks has two emergency funds of £300 available for Essex artists impacted by Coronavirus in 2020. 

Arts Council England DYCP Fund Round 9 → ends 18 February
The Developing your Creative Practice fund supports creative practitioners thinking of taking their practice to the next stage to research, have time to create new work, travel, training, develop ideas, network or find mentoring.

Hardship Fund for Creative Freelancers → apply asap
To support creative freelancers working in Scotland who are experiencing immediate financial hardship due to the loss of income as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Black Artists Grant → ongoing
The Black Artists Grant is £500 given out monthly to three black artists in the UK. The BAG is no-strings attached financial support to help the selected artist in whatever they want – be that make new work, buy equipment or materials, travel, research, visit exhibitions or conferences, or to even just cover some life expenses. This is specifically for Black artists; not politically black, not POC or BAME.

M&C Saatchi Saturday School  various dates, check calendar
Teaching communities the basics of business.

Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries 2020-2022 Opportunities  various deadlines
Job opportunities for outstanding artists, curators, producers and creatives from low socio-economic backgrounds

Help Musicians' Financial Hardship fund → ongoing

National Lottery Project Grants
For individuals, organisations, museums and libraries.

The Dancers’ Hardship Fund → ongoing
For professional dancers.

Coronavirus Local Authority Discretionary Grants Fund → Various deadlines
For small businesses with fixed property costs.

Artists’ Union England Solidarity Fund will give a limited number of small grants of £100 to members in hardship.

South East Creatives Grants
Top-up Grants for sole traders or company trading in the creative, cultural or digital sector.

a-n financial support
To help support artists whose livelihoods have been impacted by Coronavirus Covid-19, a-n has announced three programmes of financial support for both artists and arts organisers

Government support for self-employed workers → updated
Check if you can claim a grant through the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme

Self-employment and Universal Credit
Universal Credit is a monthly payment to help with your living costs. You may be able to get it if you’re on a low income or out of work.

Smallwood Trust
Provide grants and support for women on low incomes due to reduction in working hours, fluctuating income etc.


Artists' Opportunities

Connecting Perspectives → ends 22 January **
Connecting Perspectives is a collaborative, interdisciplinary series being produced and presented by the Social Distancing Festival and the Consulate General of Canada in New York. Drawing inspiration from the theme “Art Today,” 26 artists who identify as Black, Indigenous, or People of Colour (13 artists in Canada and 13 artists in the United States) will be selected, paired up and tasked with creating new, collaborative works of art for presentation on the Social Distancing Festival website.

The Newcastle Common Residency 2 → ends 22 January
Appetite are seeking an artist to take residence in an empty shop, whilst engaging the public, as part of The Newcastle Common, a three year programme in the centre of Newcastle-under-Lyme, which will look at the changing use of the town centre. It will test empty shops as sites of production of culture, rather than consumption, and as useful community spaces.

Black British Dance Platform → ends 25 January **
The Black British Dance Platform is collaboration between Serendipity and Dance4, with the ambition to support and nurture dance artists from the African and African Caribbean Diaspora, who are based in England, with a desire to present work internationally.

Make London Project Grants → deadline to submit details on the project 28 January
The Mayor of London is looking for community-led ideas that help London recover from the COVID-19 crisis.
We’re looking for projects that will make your area even better, bring people together in a creative activity or support community hubs and high streets.
Make London is designed to support projects and smaller organisations who have not received much public funding before.

UCL Trellis 3: Public Art 2021-22 → apply by 29 January **
Programme bringing together UCL researchers and east London artists to create opportunities for collaboration and knowledge exchange. Funds research and production of new work.

Pixelache Helsinki 2021 Festival: Open Call For Audio Works → ends 31 January
Pixelache is welcoming audio-based contributions for its 2021 festival in Helsinki in June. 

Netflix Documentary Talent Fund → ends 31 January
Applications open for UK resident filmmakers, submit a logline, short synopsis and creative statement about your documentary idea before 31 January.

Air Gallery Opportunity for North West Graduates → ends 31 January
Opportunity to exhibit in a group show at AIR Gallery in March 2021. Each selected artist will receive £100 towards transportation/preparation of their work. Prizes available to be won, sponsors to be announced shortly. 

Artist Commission for Garden Installation → ends 1 February **
Sudbury Hall and The National Trust Museum of Childhood looking to commission an artist for a creative installation for children, young people and families. 

SAC International Curatorial Residency Program 2021 → ends 1 February
Open call for an international curator to be part of a prize jury in 2021 and develop a curatorial project.

Lights Up: Round Two → ends 1 February
The Old Fire Station are commissioning five artists to make a piece of work to be shared online.

DreamsTimeFree, Soft Tissue → ends 1 February
Open call for written pieces (no more than 2000 words) or text and image pieces of no more than 8 pages. Proposals for events to accompany submitted pieces and the launch of the publication – including group discussions, performances, readings, screenings or other are welcome and sought.
Call for experimental arts writing in response to theme of ‘Soft Tissue’.

Not/nowhere Open Call Film Screening → ends 1 February **
We are looking for films that explore themes of Community & Collectivity and are open but not exclusive to themes of health and wellbeing including social, political and environmental implications.

The Horniman Artist Residency and Commission: Decolonising Natural History → ends 5 February **
In partnership with the Delfina Foundation, the Horniman Museum and Gardens is offering a three-month residency opportunity to a UK based artist, as part of the institution’s ongoing decolonial work, to engage with its Natural History collection and produce a new commission for the museum’s ‘Inspired by Nature’ space.

Lumiere Festival Artwork Commissioning Scheme → ends 11 February
Callout for an idea for an artwork using light.

The New Art Gallery Walsall Call Out → ends 12 February **
The New Art Gallery Walsall wishes to support artists currently based in the West Midlands through acquisitions of works made in response to world events over the last year (in particular, the impact of COVID-19 and Black Lives Matter). Artists are invited to submit proposals for existing paintings, drawings, photographs or prints to be acquired for the Permanent Collection of The New Art Gallery Walsall.  As well as acquiring works, we will profile the selected artists on our website and social media platforms and eventually through display.

Artworks Together → ends 12 February **
International competition, offering adults with Learning Disabilities and/or Autism the opportunity to showcase their artistic talents to the entire world to gain the recognition they deserve. Submissions are accepted from anywhere in the world and are completely free. 

Liverpool Biennal x a-n Artist Bursaries → ends 12 February **
Five support and research bursaries of £1500 each for artists between March – June 2021, within the 11th edition of Liverpool Biennial.

Dover Prize 2021 → ends 14 February **
The Dover Prize is an award open to any UK-based artist.
It supports excellence and experimentation in the arts and creative industries. Applications are welcome from artists and creative practitioners working in the visual arts e.g.  painting, sculpture, ceramics, print- making, photography, digital art, film making, performance and installations.

Royal Society of Sculptors' First Plinth: Public Art Award 2021 → apply by 15 February
£15,000 to produce a large-scale sculpture for the sculpture terrace at Dora House before moving to a second site at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Entry fees start at £22.50.

WMN Issue 3 Open Call → ends 15 February
International open call for new writing and artwork for those who identify as lesbian and disabled and/or are living with a physical, sensory, cognitive, or chronic illness.

Unit 1 Gallery's Solo Residency programme → ends 27 February **
Applications now open to international and UK artists of all ages, backgrounds and disciplines, who are not currently enrolled in a university course for Unit 1 Gallery's Solo Residency programme. The application fee is £35.

Re:Create 2021 business support programme → ends 28 February **
Re:Create 2021 business support programme will help 50 artists, makers, and creative businesses in Wandsworth to be bold in their business plans by providing tailored, one-to-one support and networking events.

Singapore Art Museum Residencies 2021 → ends 28 February
SAM Residencies is now accepting applications from both Singapore-based and international practitioners for the 2021 cycle for three residencies – the Artist Residency; Community & Education Residency; and Curatorial & Research Residency. The 2021 cycle focuses on processes and practices which engage with notions of “intimacy” and/or “infrastructures” and the impact on technology on contemporary life – sociability of the internet; connectivity and capacity of networked platforms; agency and empowerment in civic technology; and digital participatory platforms.

New Contemporaries Submissions → 6 January to 1 March
Accepting submissions from emerging and early career artists who are final year students, recent graduates and postgraduate students from UK art schools and alternative learning programmes.

COAL Prize → ends 1 March
The COAL – Culture & Diversity Student Prize, launched in 2020 by COAL and the Culture & Diversity Foundation is open to the students of French arts and culture schools. This year's theme is 'Forest'.

Open City Documentary Festival → ends 23 April
Open City Documentary Festival are looking for creative, innovative, challenging non-fiction filmmaking at short, mid-length and feature-length, as well as short audio documentaries, and cross platform projects.

Young Artists’ Summer Show → ends 26 April
Calling all teachers of 5 to 19 years-old students in the UK or in British school overseas to register their school. 

Frieze x Deutsche Bank Emerging Curators Fellowship at BALTIC → opens January 2021
BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead is pleased to announce the launch of the Frieze x Deutsche Bank Emerging Curators Fellowship at BALTIC. This fellowship aims to support UK-based Black and People of Colour (POC) emerging curators and help address racial disparities in the UK visual arts sector.

Somerset House Young Producers Programme → ongoing **
The programme offers London Living Wage paid opportunities to develop skills and creative practice for 18 to 30 years-old. Subscribe to Somerset House's mailing list to receive updates on the programe.

OVER Journal Open Call → various deadlines
Call for papers, articles, interviews and artistic projects, different deadlines.

ON WHEELS Open Call → ongoing
ON WHEELS are looking for BAME artists and activists to exhibit / perform / protest / play.

No Jobs in the Arts Artist Spotlight → ongoing
Inviting artists with connections to the East Midlands to be profiled on Instagram. Email a link of your artwork and a short description to nojobsintheart@hotmail.com

Imperial College London artists open call → no deadline
Looking to make new connections with creatives and artists who are interested in collaborating with their academics and researchers on art-science projects that engage the public in cutting-edge research.

Artquest Want To Write For Art Worlds? → ongoing
Write about your local art scene and promote your work for up to £200 per article. Must be a member of Exchange.

The White Pube Writers Grant → ongoing
£500 given out monthly to a working class writer based in the UK, no strings attached. Funded by Creative Debuts.

Open Call sea_youhere 2.0 #artandsustainability → applications are invited on a rolling basis
SEA Foundation invite artists, activists, designers, architects, and collectives to share their exemplary projects and discuss ideas on Art and Sustainability to a wider audience.

East Bristol Contemporary Instagram Residencies → ongoing
The gallery offers monthly Instagram residencies, in which artists are invited to take over their feed for one month. During this month, the selected artist gets the opportunity to reach a new audience and develop their skills.Contact ebc for information on how to apply to their residency.

HOAX → No deadline
Online platform for text based work now accepting submissions.


Work opportunities

ACAVA Essex Relationship Manager → ends 24 January
We are seeking a Relationship Manager in Essex to oversee the management of our Essex sites in an efficient and sympathetic manner that encourages the progression of artists’ practices, the delivery of high-quality programmes and community facilities that supports the future development of our studios in Essex.

ACAVA Assistant Property Manager → ends 15 February **
We are seeking an Assistant Property Manager to support ACAVA’s property team in the smooth running of the buildings portfolio in London. Applicants should have experience of working in a similar role. 

Curator of Visual Arts → ends 25 January
The Curator is responsible for developing, delivering and managing the visual arts programme in keeping with the vision of Project Arts Centre. We are looking for a Curator who is passionate about making a real impact on the Irish and international scene. PAC is open to new ways of working, new forms of curatorial practice and time-based project proposals.

Actionspace General Manager (maternity cover) → ends 1 February

Black Cultural Archives Heritage Learning Resource Creator → ongoing
To provide BCA with a new and sustainable income stream from our established heritage learning programme.

Artquest are looking for art professionals to work on an occasional freelance basis on various projects: online crits, mentoring, curating, recording, editing audio or video, graphic design.

Run The Check
Regularly updated list of paid opportunities for creatives based in London.


Health and Wellbeing

Latest advice on looking after your health during the pandemic.

Mind: Coronavirus and your wellbeing
Support and practical advice on impact lockdown can have on your mental health.

Industry Minds
Industry Minds is a podcast created to discuss mental health for people in the creative industries and now offers free one to one counselling sessions over Skype. 

Addiction: what is it?
An overview of what addiction is, the various types of addictions, and how they can be treated. Link below also takes you to the page where you can search for NHS services near you.



#ACAVAathome is our new home for ACAVA’s public arts programmes during this period of self isolation and social distancing. Our programme team has prepared fun and simple activities for both adults and children to do from home, with a focus on wellbeing.

Babylon Arts Digital Skills Online Workshops
Introduction to mixed reality (VR / AR / XR), 19 January 2021, 2.30pm-4.30pm
3D Modelling, 16 February, 2h30-4h40

Film and Video Umbrella 'Watch'
Current featured video is: De'Anne Crooks, Great-ish: "The Gaslighting of a Nation" (2020)
This love letter to an unborn child engages with the migrant experience and Britain as a spouse in a would-be toxic relationship. Commissioned as part of BEYOND.

'Creating Theatre During COVID-19' is a resource pack prepared by The Virtual Collaborators Festival helpful for anyone looking to stage outdoor and covid-safe performances.

Heart n Soul are selling Zoom backgrounds featuring artwork by artists with learning disabilities. All proceeds go towards funding more creative work by their artists, visit their webshop here.

The Book of Homelessness is a graphic novel of sensitive and emotional artworks created by people affected by homelessness. The book will be published in November and is now available to purchase.

Wysing Broadcasts
Wysing Arts Centre has launched a new platform for in-progress research and new work from artists working within their 2020 programme. 

Whoever Heard of a Black Artist? Britain's Hidden Art History → Ends June 2021
Brenda Emmanus follows acclaimed artist Sonia Boyce in the lead up to a new exhibition at Manchester Art Gallery, highlighting groundbreaking artists of African and Asian descent.

Underground Plant Trade
Taking the premise that personal and plant care are interconnected, DJ Freedem initiated the Underground Plant Trade so white people can send plants to Black people. The network started in the US but is taking off in the UK as well, for more information visit this Instagram profile. https://www.instagram.com/undergroundplant.trade/

Harlow Sculpture Town interactive map
Harlow is home to a growing collection of over 100 public artworks and a dedicated visual arts space in the town centre. Due to recent grant funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the town is now developing the project Access Harlow Sculpture Town, which aims to engage people of all ages with the town's unique sculptural heritage. As part of the project they have developed an online interactive map of all the public artworks, intertwined with history from the various locations where the pieces exist.

Stay Home: Art in Uncertain Times
Online programme of single screen works selected by the Arts Council Collection team and partners around the UK, presenting a varied selection of  film and video works. Each week during the lockdown period a new film will be uploaded to the website for visitors to enjoy.

Goldsmiths CCA Channel
Artists films made available to watch during lockdown, activities for families, talks and interviews, exhibitions walk-throughs.

Onestar Press
Onestar press has made most of their artist books available for free download.

Instagram project instigated by artist Matthew Burrows: artists can use the hashtag and sell artworks under £200. When they reach £1000 they pledge to buy another artist's work.