Artist Survival Guide #02

In the second of our artist survival guides we share more of the ever increasing ways that support, opportunities and culture are being offered during the coronavirus lockdown.

Arts Council England has today updated updated their website with more details of their emergency funding package of up to £2,500. Applicants will need to register in early April.

Government has now confirmed support for the self-employed, up to £2,500 a month over the next 3 months.

The SO:Linked website has lots of practical support for Southampton residents including Emotional Support and Food & Medicine Deliveries.

Artist Laura Sweeney has put together a template to log lost earnings, and a number of artists including Sarah Thelwall have put together a presentation about the impact on artists of covid-19. The Artists Union have also shared their tips and guidance online. Arts Professional have set up a Creative Network, a daily online get together.

As galleries and arts organisations across the country look to open up new ways for audiences to engage with their work there’s now an emerging plethora of exhibitions online. You can now visit exhibitions at Modern Art Oxford, Whitechapel Gallery, New Art Exchange in Nottingham, and aspex gallery in Portsmouth from the the comfort of your own home.

God’s House Tower is also in the midst of adapting its programme online. Lunch Time Lectures will continue to take place every Friday lunchtime and workshops you can do at home will also appear on a new YouTube channel.

There’s also a week left to apply to our own Banner Commission, the text based banner project is perfectly suited to home working.

The Design Trust have discounted their “Teach Your Creative Skills Online” course which starts on 1st April. Meanwhile poet and creative coach Mark McGuinness hosts The 21st Century Creative podcast ‘helps you succeed as a creative professional amid the demands, distractions, and opportunities of the 21st century’.

BBC Arts and Arts Council England have teamed up to form Culture in Quarantine and are calling for brief expressions of interest for 25 commissions across video, audio and interactive – deadline is 8th April.

The Guardian has reported that First Site in Colchester has commissioned leading artists including Anthony Gormley, Grayson Perry, Jeremy Deller and Gillian Wearing will launch an activity pack of creative ideas during coronavirus lockdown.

Finally animation director Chris Shepherd has been sharing a different short film from YouTube each day on his blog.

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