Resources for artists

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Last updated 26 May 2020, 10.45am. New entries will show **

Hopefully this list of resources will be able to provide some help amidst the current lockdown. You can read ACAVA’s Coronavirus statement 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 COVID-19 Hardship Fund

If you are suffering financial hardship due to the Covid-19 pandemic please read our ACAVA COVID-19 Hardship Fund Guidance.


Useful information for artists

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

NSEAD national conference 2020
Free three day conference useful for artists involved in art, craft and design education.

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.

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.

Ryan Gander Tutorial
If you are a final year BA or MA student (from anywhere) and want to discuss a work or project email emily@frankandeunice.com for a free slot on a Tuesday morning.

East Bristol Contemporary 1-2-1 [sessions 21–28 May]
If you would like to have a 1-2-1 session with an ECB artist please email ebc at eastbristolcontemporary@gmail.com to express your interest with the email subject '1-2-1'.


Funding and grants

Freelands Foundation Emergency Fund [Deadline 18 June]
For artists and freelancers in the visual arts sector living in England and Northern Ireland. Open from Thursday 7 May, the new fund will support grants of £1,500 to £2,500 per person, assessed by need.

Unit 1 Gallery: Open Call for Solo Residency | Studio Practice Grant [Ends 20 June]
Free studio for 3 months followed by solo exhibition in London (1 September–30 November 2020) or alternative Studio Practice Grant of £1,500.

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
The UK government has announced a new scheme to safeguard self-employed workers following the COVID-19 pandemic. This support will come into effect in June 2020 and can be backdated to 1 March 2020. The Coronavirus (COVID-19) Self-employment Income Support Scheme will allow you to claim a taxable grant worth 80% of your trading profits up to a maximum of £2,500 per month for the next 3 months. It may be extended if needed.

ACE Support for artists
Arts Council England announces £20 million support package for individuals working in the cultural sector.

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

Festival Echoes Programme [Ends 7 June]**
Festival Stoke is offering four one-month artist commissions in July, August, September and October. Artist Fee: £1,250 (includes up to £250 for materials and expenses) ​Theme: Creating art in a different landscape

Gospel Green Label Competition [Ends 31 May]
Gospel Green are teaming up with Deptford X to offer artists the chance to design a special edition bottle label and win £250

Depford X Online Open Call
Artists on the Phone [Ends 10 June]
paid opportunities for 6 artists to develop 1:1 participatory art projects

Depford X Online Open Call
How to be together again - Residencies at home [Ends 10 June]

support 6 artists, writers and/or thinkers to begin developing work or research on the subject of ‘how to be together again’ through six, paid, one month residencies.

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.

#IsolationArtSchool Art Competition [Ends 29 May]
Submit an artwork depicting life during lockdown.

Cel del Nord Virtual Residency [ongoing for different dates until 26 July]
Remote residencies aiming to encourage a feeling of togetherness without having to leave your home or studio. Participate by donating.

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.

Opportunity for under 18s living in Harlow
Exciting opportunity for under 18s in Harlow and surrounding areas: get a free art kit in the post and the opportunity to exhibit your work in the Gibberd Gallery. To participate email gallery@harlowarttrust.org.uk with your name, age and full postal address.

Call for Proposals: ‘Thinking Through Extinction’ Writing Residency [Ends 29 May]
Corridor8, in partnership with the University of Leeds and Manchester Museum, invites proposals for an online writing residency for the AHRC-funded project ‘Thinking Through Extinction’. Writers fee: £2000

Public Art Commission, Cable Wharf, Northfleet, Arc on behalf of Keepmoat [Ends 22 May]
£88,000 (ex VAT) to include Artists/design fees, engagement, procurement and installation. Shortlisted artists will each receive £400(ex VAT).

Jameel Prize [Deadline 31 May]
Devoted to contemporary design inspired by Islamic tradition.

Biofaction Artist Residency 2020-21 [Deadline 30 June]
As an artist in residence, you will actively engage with scientists working on one of three Synthetic Biology related projects that delve into fascinating areas: plant molecular farming, new-to-nature reactions, and cell factories. Applications welcomed from artists, designers, biohackers, musicians, or other cultural practitioners who want to carry out artistic work with biological media.

Call for Artists – New Covent Garden Market Vitrine Art Commission [Deadline 27 May]
Paid commission for a 20m long public art space on Nine Elms Lane.

Sustainability First Essay and Art Prizes [1 June]
– Submit up to three original artworks for prizes between £200–£1000.
– Submit an essay that addresses public utilities (e.g. energy, water and communications) for prizes between £200–£1000.

Earth Photo 2020 call for entries [Deadline 2 June]
Submit photographs or films on "A Climate of Change". The best photo/film will be awarded £250.

The Lumen Prize [Deadline 12 June]
For art created with digital processes. Total prize fund of $11,500 presented across nine award categories. Fees to apply: $38.00 for two works and US$19 for each additional work.

The Holt Festival – Sir John Hurt Art Prize + The Sworders Art Prize [Deadline 14 June]
Prize of £750 and £1750, entry fees apply.

Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2020 [Deadline 24 June]
Original Drawings only. Four prizes from £2000 to £8000. Submission fees apply.

Wells Art Contemporary Award [1 August]
For artists based in the UK or internationally, who are over the age of 18, working in any medium. Prizes from £500 to £2000. Entry Fee is £15 per work or £12 per work for current students.

Wales Contemporary / Cymru Gyfoes [Deadline 1 September]
For 2D or 3D work inspired by Wales, excluding photography and film. Prizes from £1500 to £4000. Entry fee is £15 for one work, £25 for two and £34 for three.

Open Call to Artists: UP Projects Launch Constellations 2020/21​ [Deadline 7 June]
Free artist development programme that supports eight UK-based artists to explore socio-political issues, community-oriented practice and public contexts.

Stanley Picker Fellowships [Deadline 22 June]
The Stanley Picker Gallery is offering two fellowships of £16,000 each to support a practice-based, innovative research project that will result in an exhibition of international standing at the Stanley Picker Gallery.

Metal Remote Residencies [Deadlines 15 May, 12 June, 10 July]
Open call for 18 new Remote Residencies offered to creative communities in Liverpool, Peterborough and Southend-on-Sea. Each residency has a stipend of £1000.

Deptford X Supported [Deadline Summer 2020]
Applications open to make new work for the festival in 2021. Aimed primarily at BAME artists and curators based in the London Borough of Lewisham. Deadline 19 April (second round late summer 2020).

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


Work opportunities

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.


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. 

SANE Creative Awards Scheme [Ends 17 July]
To improve the quality of life for people with mental health problems, their families and carers. Awards range from £75 to £300 for materials, projects, training or relief cover for carers. The scheme is open to anyone with a mental health problem, or a carer. 



#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.

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.

New online platform which will commission artists to share their work within a classic DIY TV show format. A project by Anne Duffau, Hana Noorali and Tai Shani, with monetary  help from established UK art institutions and commercially stable artists.
About: http://www.wysingartscentre.org/whats_on/events/transmissions
Watch: https://www.twitch.tv/transmissions2020/

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.

Between Bridges: 2020 Solidarity
Over forty international artists come together to design one poster each, which can be offered on different crowdfunding sites as a reward for donations.