Artist Survival Guide #12

As restrictions lift again this week and the shops reopen, many of us are getting back to a new ‘normal’. At ‘a space’ we’ve been gathering opportunities and resources to help you through this difficult time.

This week is Refugee Week and although many of the planned events won’t be going ahead, there is still plenty of activity that you can access online. The theme of the week is ‘imagine’ and there are numerous ways you can get involved. There are also a variety of free talks and panel discussions you can attend online. Free movement also has a number of sources including their Asylum Hub offering more insight into refugee laws and issues, and a series of videos as a part of an online course to further educate yourself on Refugee Law in the UK.

Southampton City Libraries are celebrating Refugee Week with a series of activities and online events on their facebook page, including stories from the city’s archives, a craft activity for children and an interview with Christy Lefteri, the best-selling author of the powerful novel “The Beekeeper of Aleppo” – a really thought provoking story about the perilous journeys undertaken by refugees to find a place a sanctuary.

Creative Debuts is running a Black Artists Grant which distributes £1,500 per month to Black Artists, each receiving £500. The money can go towards making art, buying supplies, and travelling, for example. The recipients will be chosen monthly and every few months, the selector will change.

A number of artists are selling their work in order to raise money for the Black Lives Matter movement after the tragic death of George Floyd three weeks ago. The money raised will support a variety of social justice charities and bail out funds. Artists include Sem Langendijk, Raphael Adjetey Adjei Mayne, and Naima Green.

Christie’s Auctioneers has been called out by art historian Chika Okeke-Agulu for selling works that have been taken from Nigeria. The pieces are sacred sculptures and were removed from Nigeria by Jacques Kerchache who was a French collector of African art objects. Christie’s claimed that the pieces were ‘acquired in situ’ between 1968-69. However, Okeke-Agulu stated that they were taken from the Nri-Awka area of Nigeria. 

Banksy has shared some ideas on instagram about how to replace the toppled slave trader statue of Edward Colston in Bristol. Others, including the artist Hew Locke, are calling for the space to be used for contemporary art commissions, much like the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar square. 

Tate has released, amongst other activities, a step by step guide to making a protest poster. The activity aims to bring to light how text is used in art.

Test Valley Borough is offering a freelance opportunity for a videographer to take the lead on a public project called the ‘Test Valley Video Tapestry’. People from towns and villages in Teste Valley will be invited to create a 3-5 minute long film about the areas they live in and the people there. The application deadline is 17:00 on the 19th June 2020.

Big Screen Southend is looking for artists, filmmakers or individuals creating moving image works for its future programme. There is no theme, but opportunities for up to 7 artists to win a commission and get their work shown on the big screen. The deadline is Friday 10 July at 12pm.

Art Mag is calling artists to submit work throughout this pandemic. Work can range from sculpture, painting, photography, performance, film, and a number of other creative outputs. Art Mag will post as many of these works as possible.

BBC has produced a short film documenting former war artist, Dan Peterson’s process of illustrating the life of the NHS workers on the frontline during this pandemic. He is specifically documenting the work and lives of those working on the frontline in the recently transformed Cardiff Stadium, Dragon’s Heart Hospital.

The Guardian has released another Great British Art Quiz which has been created in collaboration with Art UK. The quiz shows art from over 3,000 venues and by 45,000 artists and this quiz is updated daily.

Horrid Covid is a new zine produced bi-weekly which brings to light the cultural behaviours and habits during this pandemic. Horrid Covid is inviting readers to submit artworks, poems and stories about life during a global pandemic.