Resources for artists
Useful information for artists and creative practitioners about funding, grants, residencies, fellowships, open calls, work opportunities and wellbeing.
Last updated 30 June 2022, 6pm. New entries will show **
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Useful information for artists
Poetry Workshop with Jamal Mehmood → 2 July **
Join writer and filmmaker Jamal Mehmood for this free workshop exploring the imagery and storytelling of poetry in translation.
My Exhibition → 4 July **
Career Development workshops include marketing, event management, curating and making a living as a professional artist. These sessions will be led by the team at BPS and artworld industry experts
Digital Media Training → 8 August **
Calling all young creatives living in London aged 18-30 with a passion for creating compelling content and a desire for a career in media. Six weeks of free intensive digital media training with BAFTA winning company, Licklemor Productions.
Crafts Council: How to price your work
Pricing your work properly will ensure that you can make a viable living from your practice. Crafts Council provides a simple formula for pricing your work and explains all of the factors to consider when doing so.
New artists’ surgeries at Shubbak
Shubbak are inviting Arab/SWANA artists and creatives working in the UK, the Arab region or internationally to meet the organisations’ joint CEO Alia Alzougbi for 30 minute long surgeries.
David Neat model-making course (£250) → 20-24 June
A 5-day intensive, practical course covering model-making skills for theatre, film, animation or spatial design. Accessible techniques of building, modelling/shaping, surfacing and finishing relevant to artists, designers and makers in various disciplines. Cost per person is £250, limited to 10 people. Led by David Neat from his studio in Deptford, London.
Gallery Climate Coalition
The goal of GCC is to facilitate the decarbonisation of the visual art sector and promote zero-waste practices.
Hereford College of Arts BA (Hons) Contemporary Design Crafts course
Hereford College of Arts BA (Hons) Contemporary Design Crafts course blends new design principles and an innovative approach to process, together with material knowledge and craft skills developed through hands-on making: rich and varied range of subjects including cultural, ethical and environmental issues.
Kew’s Youth Forum is looking for some new members for 2022
The Youth Forum is a group of young people who meet every month to create and run bespoke learning events and campaigns for Kew. They work with scientists, artists and learning specialists to create activities and events to engage diverse audiences in Kew’s collections and scientific work. It is completely free to join. We can reimburse for travel and provide drinks and snacks during the session.
The Mother House: apply for a space now
Artists studios with integrated childcare at Catford Mews in Lewisham, London.
ARC Getaways → rolling
ARC Getaways can be used for research and development processes, rehearsals, writing or thinking time.
Arts Council England
Arts Council England is a government-funded body dedicated to promoting the performing, visual and literary arts in England. Since 1994, Arts Council England has been responsible for distributing lottery funding. This investment has helped to transform the building stock of arts organisations and to create much additional high-quality arts activity.
Artquest Outpost Online → ongoing
Free one-to-one remote advice sessions for London based artists from Artquest staff and freelance artist-career specialists.
Sara Dziadik (artist, producer, Access Support Worker) is offering advice and access support on funding applications. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Derbyshire Artist Resident Program
DARP is an open system for living and practising together, welcoming practitioners from all walks of life with a need to develop their practice in an environment that encourages independence through communal living. This place provides time and space for artists to work autonomously on their practices and projects, whilst also benefiting from communal living, opportunities for collaboration, skill-sharing, and proximity to the natural world.
Artsadmin Guide to Touring Across Europe for UK Performing Artists
A simple, practical guide to support and empower UK-based individual artists and small companies working in theatre, dance and live art to continue to tour work across Europe.
Anti-Racist Art Education Curriculum Checklist
The NSEAD ARAE Curriculum Checklist will help art educators critically review and revise their art, craft and design curriculums.
SPACE Advice Bureau
A SPACE Artist Initiatives programme, providing free advice and guidance to all members of the SPACE community. Launched during the pandemic in 2020 in response to your requests and suggestions in the Tenant Survey, this programme includes one-to-one mentoring, webinars, coaching and peer-to-peer sessions to support you in developing your artist practice.
Balance: toolkit for creatives
Created in partnership with the Creative Industries Federation and Mindapples, and funded by Arts Council England, the Balance toolkit is a free resource of mental health talks and business-focused training for creatives.
This is Wyld offers grant application writing and access support
If you have an idea for a project and are interested in getting funding for that project email email@example.com. Jamie Wyld, director of This is Wyld, has worked as an access support worker to help artists write grant applications since 2013. Arts Council England will pay for an access support worker to help write your grant application.
Crafts Council Spring-back talks
Ten free lunchtime talks held on Zoom will cover essential marketing advice for makers who want to spring back from the last year and grasp all the new opportunities available to them. Speakers will be led by the Crafts Council team and include expert speakers and contributors.
RE—SET—GO is an accessible, hands-on, paid workplace experience and mentoring programme for 19-25-year-olds or new practices and start-ups, established with the mission of diversifying architecture practices. New dates have been released for 1-to-1 mentoring sessions and “CV surgeries” through a series of free, regular and bookable slots with London Practice Forum architecture practices.
Crafts Council Brexit Advice
Resources and advice for craft businesses, makers and galleries following the UK leaving the EU
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
A 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
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, fellowships
National Lottery Project Grants → reopened
National Lottery Project Grants is our open access programme for arts, libraries and museums projects. The fund supports thousands of individual artists, community and cultural organisations. From 22 November, you’ll be able to apply for up to £30,000 and get your decision within 8 weeks. This will help us support more ambitious activity, more quickly.
Digital Artists Grant → rolling monthly
No-strings-attached financial support to help digital artists of all ages who are in the early stages of their careers. They can spend the grant on 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. The Digital Artists Grant (DAG) is offered by The Moniker Foundation in collaboration with our partners, Creative Debuts.
Migrant Artist Fund → ongoing
The Becoming British Lottery recognises the financial burden of migrant artists to make work in the UK. The lottery is specifically to cover the costs of visas/citizenship paperwork for working in the UK. It is a random draw of multiples of £200 every 3 months. It is non-taxable as it is a random prize, not a competition and is not ‘talent based’. To be eligible you must: Work or have worked in the arts industry (the widest definition is applicable here as we are aware individuals define their practice in a number of ways); Have costs relating to a Visa / Citizenship application within the UK.
#CIRCAECONOMY Scholarship Programme → Apply after being granted a place in the course
CIRCA and Goldsmiths, University of London, launched a scholarship programme for postgraduate arts education for students with non-traditional educational backgrounds, alongside those with undergraduate degrees. Two scholarships worth a total of £30,000 will be awarded to students to complete the MA Art & Ecology and MFA Curating degree programmes.
Annuity Freedom micro-grants to improve your site’s discoverability (SEO) and cash grants → on a rolling basis
– Artists https://www.annuityfreedom.net/financial-literacy/artists/
– Black or Minority business owners https://www.annuityfreedom.net/financial-literacy/black-grants/
– Women who own businesses https://www.annuityfreedom.net/financial-literacy/women-grant/
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 the 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 companies 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.
Provide grants and support for women on low incomes due to reduction in working hours, fluctuating income etc.
Open School East: Associates Programme 22/23 → end of June
The call for the next edition of the Associates Programme will go live in May 2022, with applications closing in June. Interviews will be held in June/July 2022.
Artvocate open call → 1 July
artvocate.co features activist art advocating for an equitable future. Part of their proceeds goes to charities supporting the social movements. Apply if your work promotes justice and pushes for change.
Two Temple Place & Thorp Stavri Art Residency → 3 July **
New research residency programme developed between Two Temple Place and curators Eric Thorp and Nicholas Stavri (Thorp Stavri), designed to support 10 early-career visual artists over five days in August 2022. It offers time and space in Two Temple Place, a historically significant heritage building and cultural venue in central London, a bursary and a series of talks underpinned by robust support and mentoring.
Unit 1 Gallery/Workshop residency → 11 July **
The gallery is offering one artist access for three months to one of its spectacular 350 ft² studio spaces, with both natural and professional lighting. Working above the gallery space, the successful applicant has the opportunity to network with artists, curators, collectors and the wider public whilst visiting ongoing exhibitions and events organised in the gallery. The residency programme also provides guidance and promotion through the gallery’s channels and network, and an exhibition organised in the studio space. Application fee of £35 applies.
Theo Paphitis Art Prize 2022 → 31 July
Free to enter, open to artists within the UK. Two-dimensional artwork in any painting or drawing media.
SAM Residencies 2023 → 15 August **
Singapore Art Museum (SAM)’s international residency programme invites artists, curators, educators, advocates, performance makers and other practitioners from any medium or discipline to apply for its second cycle, focusing on notions of “postindustrialism,” “critical alliances” and/or the possibilities of a transformed future. The 2023 cycle of SAM Residencies will run between July 2023 and December 2024.
Residency open call for artists based in the Philippines 2023 → 30 August **
An opportunity for an early or mid-career artist based the Philippines to undertake a fully-funded residency at Gasworks in London, Supported by Mercedes Zobel in association with Outset.
Residency open call for Italian Artists 2023 → 26 September **
Fondazione Memmo and Gasworks are working in partnership to offer a fully funded residency at Gasworks, London, for an artist based in Italy
Horizon Live Presentation 2023 → 30 September
Open call application for tour-ready performance works that will be showcased as part of Edinburgh’s Festivals in August 2023
Art From The Heart: Artists of the Month → deadline 20th of every month
Showcases work by artists whose practise is inspired by environmental and/or social issues.
Open call to take part in Niya B’s project “912” → now
Niya B seeking adult participants (18+) based in Birmingham or Sheffield, who identify as trans or non-binary and have lived experience of ‘waiting’ related to their gender transition, currently or in the past. This can be being in the waiting list of a gender identity clinic, waiting for a treatment related to their gender transition etc. Participants will be offered an honorarium of £50 to cover expenses.
Tangle Theatre: Amplify – Paid Mentoring & Training Programme → no deadline
Tangle is inviting applications to Amplify, a paid mentoring and training programme designed to support technical theatre professionals from the Global Majority at any career stage.
AiR Drop remote residency programme → monthly, no deadline
AiR Drop is a residency programme from satellite designed to support underrepresented voices. AiR Drop is open to moving image artists based in England who are unable to make work due to lack of access to facilities. A minimum of one in every four residencies will be awarded to Black artists.
Flabbergast TV: Opportunity for Artists
Flabbergast TV are looking for amateur artists with a talent and passion for any and all art mediums who do it as a hobby but have been thinking of turning it into a business, for a new TV series which will air on a major UK channel. Email MIFM@flabbergast.tv if you’re interested.
Screening Room Programme → ongoing
Open call for films to be featured on the Looking Forward website and other events. There are no requirements or restrictions in regard to duration or content or subject matter. Please email submissions to email@example.com.
ARTCRY Fund → rolling
ARTCRY aims to encourage artists to create bold political work, with fast-turnaround funding to enable fast action.
Virtual Reality Climate Change → rolling
A curated VR space for art relating to Climate Change
OSE Young Associates Programme → ongoing
The Young Associates Programme is a free 10-month programme for young people aged 18-21 living in the Thanet area. It is an innovative, alternative approach to arts education with an emphasis on developing essential creative and employability skills. The programme encourages the development of a sustainable career in the arts and creative industries by offering young people direct experience working with leading international arts and creative practitioners and professionals to develop their own arts practice and projects. Young Associates will have exciting opportunities to work on curatorial projects, live briefs, attend specialist skills-building masterclasses, and mentorship as well as developing their own programmes.
London Performance Studios: ‘Seeding Space’ → ongoing
London Performance Studios are offering 100 free space bursaries between June 2021 and November 2022 of between 1 day and 2 weeks of free space in their building in South Bermondsey, London. The offer is available for companies, community groups, and individual artists working across the visual or performing arts.
Citizens Art Market: book your stall (fee applies)
Citizens Art Market is a social enterprise to support artists and to promote art in communities, over the coming months. Permitted art: Drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics and 2D / 3D art. The markets are being organised by Citizens Art Market with support from Meanwhile Space CIC.
Seeking Scenic artists
Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch seeking scenic artists based in East London. For more details please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Create/Disrupt Open Call → ongoing
Create/Disrupt is a new programme by The NewBridge Project for artists, aspiring arts workers, makers and producers who have not had formal training or undertaken a degree and are interested in pursuing a career in the arts.
Seeking people with finance and/or legal skills.
The People’s Pavilion by Beyond The Box Consultants are offering young East Londoners a chance to work with professionals from design, construction and creative arts industries to design and build their own Pavilion
GOOD WICKEDRY Film submissions → rolling deadline
Online cinema platform driven by carefully considered curation accepting new or old films, from any genre, and any format, with an especial focus on shorts – narrative films, docs, art vids, music vids, experimental, animation, etc. GOOD WICKEDRY works to platform BIPOC and female filmmakers.
Call for exhibitors at Alpha Works → rolling
Alpha Works, in Birmingham, are offering West Midlands based visual artists free exhibition space in their building. This is a rolling open call, more information here.
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 programme.
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 email@example.com
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.
Iniva Arts Administrator → 4 July **
Iniva is looking for an approachable and enthusiastic Arts Administrator, to provide essential support across the team at this exciting stage in the organisation’s development
Creative Practitioners RHS Garden Wisley | Gardens of Imagination Young and Community Curator Programme → 5 July **
The RHS is looking to commission 2 experienced freelance creative practitioners to support and contribute to the Gardens of Imagination co-production team. The team will deliver Gardens of Imagination, a Young Curator and Community Curator programme. The programme will work towards the RHS Sustainability Strategy driving principles by opening up new stories, and interpretive experiences at RHS Garden Wisley (Wisley).
Bronze Chaser & Bronze Welder/Metalworker
Morris Singer Art Foundry Limited (Lasham, Hampshire) looking for experienced workers to join their creative team.
Run The Check
Regularly updated list of paid opportunities for creatives based in London.
Health and Wellbeing
Outside Edge Theatre Company, UK’s theatre focused on addiction
Drama sessions for adults suffering from addiction, in-person and online.
Creativity Works Mental Health Creative Support Service
Opportunity to learn some creative skills, make new friends, suitable for people who are in the process of recovery from ongoing mental health challenges, anxiety or depression to help build confidence, learn new skills and make friends. There are also spaces to attend creative peer support groups, which are managed by group members and have occasional visiting art tutors
Latest advice on looking after your health during the pandemic.
Mind: Coronavirus and your wellbeing
Support and practical advice on the impact lockdown can have on your mental health.
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.
Addiction and Homelessness
Resource page on addiction and homelessness to educate people on this issue and provide insight on ways to help the homeless in their community.
Is your colleague struggling with their mental health?
Useful information around employee well-being.
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