Resources for artists

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Last updated 6 August 2020, 11h40pm. 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.

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.

Depford X Support Network
Early career PoC artists are invited to apply to join a 2 hour session in a small closed group led by an artist or art professional who will share advice and experience on establishing a career as a PoC artist in the UK.
26 August Chila Kumari Burman – Navigating artistic ambitions and cultural expectations [Apply by 18 August]


Funding, grants, scholarships

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.

QEST Craft Funding [Ends 24 August]
The Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST) will be accepting new applications for funding between 14 July and 24 August 2020. Talented and aspiring candidates can apply for up to £18,000 to further their education through traditional college courses, vocational training, apprenticeships or one-to-one training with master craftsmen.

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

Newham Unlocked Community Broadcasts
Create your own home videos filming yourself, your family or your friends and join everyone in our borough to celebrate how creativity can bring us together as we emerge out of lockdown. Each week, the broadcasts will be hosted by a different personality from the borough who will share their version of creativity too.

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.

Continuous X Unlimited Commission [Ends 10 August] **
New commission to support the creation of a new disabled-led dance work.

Sarabande Foundation studio applications [Ends 12 August]
Heavily subsidised studio with weekly support from leading journalists, curators, collectors, fashion designers, artists and other industry experts, among other forms of support.

Call for expressions of interest [Ends 16 August] **
To develop and create outdoor/indoor arts projects to connect the diverse coastal communities which host a Time and Tide Bell.

Work/Leisure_2 [Ends 17 August] **
Emerging and mid-career artists to create new work in 2020. Open to artists in the UK and Europe. Successful applicants will be provided with an overall budget of £1500; Abingdon Studios; Blackpool.

The New Etiquette [Ends 21 August] **
Emerging digital or new media artist that is from/lives or works in Cumbria to create work that can be presented online in response to the theme of the ‘new etiquette’. By Signal Film and Media, Barrow-in-Furness.

Micro Commissions Unlimited [Ends 21 August]
Inviting d/Deaf, disabled and neurodivergent people who live or regularly work within a CV (Coventry) postcode to apply for ten micro commissions of up to £1,000 each. Coventry City of Culture Trust in partnership with Unlimited.

Join the Docks Call for Submissions [Ends 23 August]
Looking for artists, organisations and local collectives to create activities that explore the people, heritage, and places of the Royal Docks, with preference for applications that include skills sharing and collaboration.

Jerwood Art Fund Makers Open 2021 [Ends 26 August] **
For artists/makers with between one and ten years of professional practice to take risks with their materials and processes. Five awardees will receive £8,000 each plus curatorial and production support from the Jerwood Arts team to enable the making of new work over a six month period.

Castlefield Gallery Associates Members Exhibition [Ends 26 August] **
Budget of £2,000 plus curatorial guidance and technical support to produce an exhibition as part of the gallery programme.

Aesthetica Art Prize 2021 [Ends 31 August]
Awards include £5,000 for the Main Prize, £1,000 for the Emerging Prize, as well as publication within the Future Now: 100 Contemporary Artists Anthology, and a chance to participate in the annual Art Prize Exhibition which will run for 12 weeks.

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.

Art in the Archive Bursary 2020 [Ends 1 September]
The Women’s Art Library and Feminist Review are inviting submissions to create a “remote residency” based in the Women’s Art Library collection as an unofficially digitized archive.

Site Gallery Platform 21 [Ends 7 September] **
Calling all Sheffield City Region artists to apply for a Platform residency supported by the Freelands Artist Programme.

Goethe-Institut Fellowship at the Documenta Institut [Ends 7 September] **
Joint fellowship program for international young scientists and researching artists and curators at the documenta Institute. By The Goethe-Institut, the documenta archiv and the Kunsthochschule Kassel. The fellowships are endowed with 2,000€ per month.

Chelmsford and Essex2020 artist commission [Ends 11 September] **
Place-based commission to celebrate diversity and explore digital innovation as part of Essex2020 – Year of Science and Creativity, in particular how Chelmsford’s rivers and waterways have connected people and places and form an integral part of the area’s environment and cultural, agricultural and industrial history. A partnership between Essex Cultural Diversity Project and Chelmsford City Council

Lesnes Abbey Woods Co-commission of a new artwork, Estuary 2021 [Ends 11 Sep 2020]
Open call to co-commission a new public realm artwork to be sited at Lesnes Abbey Woods for Estuary 2021. Co-commissioned by Metal and London Borough of Bexley.

UK-Canada Immersive Exchange [Ends 17 September] **
The UK-Canada Immersive Exchange is a new talent development and co-production programme for UK and Canadian creatives and producers, who wish to work with immersive technology. The programme is supported by an international partnership between StoryFutures Academy, the National Centre for Immersive Storytelling (run by the National Film and Television School and Royal Holloway, University of London) and Arts Council England in the UK, and the Canada Media Fund, Canadian Film Centre and the Canada Council for the Arts in Canada.

The Ingram Prize [Ends 18 September] **
Annual purchase prize established to support artists at the beginning of their careers.

RWA Annual Open Exhibition [Ends 22 September] **
Royal West of England Academy's Annual Open Exhibition. Fees apply.

Sunday Times Watercolour Competition [Ends 24 September] **
Open to both UK and international artists.

Call for Artists and a Scientist in Residence [Ends 30 September]
Seeking two artists and a scientist to work together in the Aalto Biofilia – A Base for Biological Arts in the Aalto University, Finland for four-week-period in February-March 2021.

Call for Sculptors / Artists for Fresh Air Sculpture 2021 [Ends 30 September]
Looking for large scale artwork to install at extensive organic gardens of The Old Rectory in Quenington, Gloucestershire. Artist bursaries of between £250-£1,000 available.

ING Discerning Eye exhibition and prize [Ends 1 October] **
Open call for virtual exhibition and prizes, including the ING Purchase Prize, worth £5,000.

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

Disability Arts Online [Ends 31 August] **
Looking to recruit two artists of colour for two guest editorships, working on a freelance basis to take over the editorial output of their magazine during November 2020 or February 2021.



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. 

Hospital Rooms Digital Art School [25 June to 13 August]
Hospital Rooms is launching a free, digital art school for people using mental health services and the general public.



#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.

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/

True Currency: About Feminist Economics [16 July to 27 August]
Six episode podcast hosted by artists Amy Feneck and Ruth Beale exploring financial inequality, feminism, intersectionality, labour exploitation, unpaid work, care, unionisation and reproductive labour.

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.