Resources for artists

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Last updated 15 October 2020, 2pm. 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 Artists Hardship Fund

If you are suffering financial hardship due to the Covid-19 pandemic please read our ACAVA Artists 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.

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.

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.

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

RBKC Arts Grants Scheme → Ends 16 October
Welcomes applications from individuals and organisations looking to produce innovative and engaging art projects across the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, and offers grants of up to £3,000.

Waltham Forest Fellowship Funding → apply by 25 October
Make it Happen Grant funding is now available to support artists, organisations and creative freelancers to create locally relevant, ambitious and inclusive arts and culture projects right across Waltham Forest.

Arts Council Grants: Developing your Creative Practice → ends 5 November **
DYCP supports individuals who are cultural and creative practitioners and want to take time to focus on their creative development.

Henry Moore Foundation Grants for new projects and commissions → apply by 9 December
For exhibitions or commission projects that aim to encourage new thinking about sculpture or sculpture history, or contributes to public awareness and appreciation of sculpture.

Henry Moore Foundation Grants research and travel grants → apply by 9 December
Aimed at individual academics (post-MA), curators and scholars.

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.

Help Musicians' Financial Hardship fund → ongoing

Arts Council: Developing Your Creative Practice Grant
Fund will reopen this Autumn

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

The Foundwork Artist Prize → apply by 15 October
Unrestricted $10,000 grant and studio visits with the jurors. Free for Foundwork members.

Artist Mentors → ends 18 October **
Two fixed-term posts are available to join the team leading London Creative Network, supported by ERDF. London Creative Network (LCN) is a tailored development programme for artists and creative practitioners in London, delivered by SPACE, with Cockpit Arts, Four Corners and Photofusion, which runs until Autumn 2021.

Afterall Writer in Residence → apply by 19 October
Six-month residency (December 2020 - May 2021) plus £5,000 fee and editorial and mentoring support from Afterall’s editorial team. Opportunity open to UK-based Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic writers who are currently underrepresented in arts research and writing.

Michael O’Pray Prize → apply by 22 October
For new writing on innovation and experimentation in the moving image by early-career writers based in the UK.

Making of Us Artist Call Out → ends 23 October **
Professional development programme for socially engaged artists

London Creative Network 2020-21 → ends 25 October **
Professional development programme for London-based visual artists, craft makers and photographers.

Artist Commission Window Wanderland → ends 26 October **
Create new artwork in the windows of Stoke-on-Trent City Centre shops this Winter. By Appetite.

Culture Mile Micro Grants → ends 26 October
For local artists to develop new projects in the vicinity of Barbican tube station, to combat isolation in light of the pandemic

Artsadmin and Unlimited’s Co-commission → apply by 27 October
£60,000 co-commission opportunity for a disabled artist or company

Radio Arts Catalyst Artist Residency → ends 29 October
Calling UK-based early career practitioners from BIPOC backgrounds who are interested in expanding their practices into digital and broadcast medium. 

Bauhaus Residency 2021 →  ends 30 October **
The programme is aimed at international artists whose work relates to the historical disciplines represented at the Bauhaus and the subsequent developments of these core disciplines – among them painting, product design, textile design, music, theatre, performance, architecture and photography.
By Bauhaus Dessau Foundation and the GfZk – Museum of Contemporary Art Leipzig

Artist Residency Vienna → ends 31 October **
To promote artists who would like to undertake research or work on their art during a six-week stay in Vienna in early 2021. By Association of Visual Artists Vienna Secession and Hotel Beethoven in Vienna 

apexart NYC Open Call 2020-2021 → apply by 31 October
apexart is accepting exhibition proposals. The four winning proposals will become apexart exhibitions presented at apexart’s NYC space as part of its 2021-22 exhibition season. Curators, artists, writers, and creative individuals, regardless of experience level or location, are invited to submit a proposal online.
Four winning proposals will each receive an exhibition budget of up to USD 10,000, staff support, and be part of the next apexart exhibition season.

Somerset House Trust researcher & writer → ends 4 November **
Somerset House Trust is looking for an individual or group with experience of conducting historical research and analysis within a social context, to analyse Somerset House Trust’s role in Britain’s colonial past. Candidates will have a qualification and recognition in a related field and have demonstrated the ability to combine historical research into a cohesive written account.

Call for submissions Living Record Festival → ends 5 November **
Submit your work to Living Record Productions’ upcoming month-long virtual festival in January 2021, which will platform work from independent companies and freelancers.

Artist callout → apply by 6 November
Looking for 6 artists to show their work in an online exhibition, by Pyramid

Sheffield Doc Fest → ends 6 November (early deadline), 15 January (standard deadline)
International film and arts festival and marketplace accepting new entries 

Visual Artist and Craft Maker Awards → ends 10 November (also 2 February 2021) **
Delivered in partnership with local partners across Scotland, these one-off grants aim to support the creative development of visual artists and craft makers at all stages of their career.

Estuary 2021 Associated Programme → submit by 30 November
Accepting submissions of events that respond to the Estuary in some way and take place within the geography of the Thames Estuary and anytime during 22 May – 13 June 2021.

The Pastel Society → ends 4 December
Submit work for exhibition alongside members of The Pastel Society at their 122nd Annual Exhibition 2021.

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.

Objects of Dullsire exhibition opportunity → ongoing
The Depository of the Dull team are inviting responses to their first exhibition, ‘Objects of Dullsire’. Submit a rendering of an object in your house chosen by you.

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.

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).

A Letter in Mind: 'Everyday Things' → date to be confirmed
Submit artwork that can fit inside an envelope for an exhibition where the artists names are hidden until sold. All proceeds from the exhibition will fund projects within The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery and UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology.

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

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.

We are Lewisham 2020 → ongoing
Lewisham Council are offering micro-commissions of up to £1,000 for the creation of activities, workshops and interactive creative and cultural projects for Lewisham’s residents from June to November 2020. Please contact the Cultural Development team on cultural.development@lewisham.gov.uk


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. 

Support Hub by Arts & Health Hub apply by 16 October
Pilot programme offering mental health support for artists with lived experience of mental health difficulties, with facilitation by an integrative counsellor and artist.



#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.

Diagram Research Group in Flat Time House's Delta Research Placement → Fridays from 16th October to 6th November
The DRG will conduct four illustrated discussions that explore their interests in diagrams in relation to FTHo and the archive and practice of John Latham. Outcomes will be available to view via the new FTHo digital platform, to be announced soon.

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.

Essex Virtual Summer of Art
Virtual gallery of work by local artists, including artists from ACAVA's Hadleigh Old Fire Station, Ardleigh and Gatehouse Arts Studios. All works are for sale and may be bought from the artists directly.

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.

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.