Artist Survival Guide #06

This is the 6th issue of our Artist Survival Guide, highlighting current sources of funding and giving a filtered overview of what is going on in the art world.  We aim to feature activities and opportunities for artists to support their practices, along with some digital cultural experiences for you to enjoy and some great podcasts.

Funding and Opportunities

UPCOMING DEADLINE: Call for artists proposals: Katherine Araniello bursaries
Deadline: 12 noon, Thursday 30 April 2020
The Katherine Araniello Bursaries are aimed at UK based, at an early career, unapologetically radical and politicised artists who work in Live Art, identify as disabled people, and whose practice embraces Katherine’s spirit and politics.

Katherine Araniello was an extraordinary human being, a tireless and audacious activist, and an accomplished and ground-breaking artist.  Following Katherine’s death in February 2019, an advisory group of her friends, family and collaborators (including LADA), was established to honour her influence and ensure her lasting legacy. As well as working on Katherine’s archive and legacies, the group have set up the Katherine Araniello Bursaries, two awards of £5,000 to undertake self-determined year-long artistic and professional development programmes.


Hotel generation 2020 – Young Digital Artist Development Programme
Hotel generation is a UK wide, young digital artist development programme run every year by arebyte Gallery, mentoring four shortlisted participants from outside of London through an open call and culminating in a solo exhibition for one of the artists selected by a panel of esteemed judges In its third edition, hotel generation 2020 will centre around the theme of systems and will be open for proposals until 16th May 2020. The programme will run from June to July with an exhibition at arebyte Gallery, London, in November 2020.

To apply to hotel generation 2020, each applicant must submit an initial proposal conceived around systems, arebyte’s theme for its 2020 programme of exhibitions. Projects for proposal have to be sent through an online form found at:Â

Please check website for submission criteria:

Deadline: 16th May 2020


Open call – Residency on Curating Borders | performingbordersLIVE20
performingbordersLIVE20 and Never Done have launched an opportunity to support a womxn or non-binary curator/artist with a curatorial practice from an ethnic minority and/or migrant background to participate in a residency during July 2020.

Drawing from performingborders ongoing reflections on the relation between Live Art and notions and lived experiences of borders; and the Never Done residency programme set up in 2018 to allow curators and artists to follow through research and development activities, this curatorial residency invites an England-based practitioner to spend a week developing their practice and share their work.

We welcome expressions of interest from practitioners who would consider the opportunity of a week residency and develop a response: performative, discursive, visual or literary that can be shared live or published online, exploring perceptions, contestations and challenges of borders experienced and imagined and potential ways the curatorial work can reimagine them.
Deadline: 7th May 2020
Fee: £700 + expenses


Somerset House Studios: Sonic Terrains
Somerset House Studios invites applications for a new online spatial sound artist development programme, Sonic Terrains, taking place from May to August 2020. Five artists will each be supported remotely to make an ambitious new spatial sound work with a £3,000 artist fee and up to 30 hours of online studio sessions with state-of-the-art spatial sound studio Call & Response.

Each session will be supported by a dedicated spatial sound producer and will include mentorship, follow up materials and remote production support towards the development of a new spatial sound work. All five works will premiere online as part of a special online edition of Assembly in September 2020.

Please read the website for further guidance and information.
Deadline: 3rd May 2020


Two Metres ApART: A digital museum of neurodivergent art
In celebration of gaining charity status – and embracing lockdown – Mainspring Arts presents Two Metres ApART. a digital museum showcasing the best of neurodivergent art. Every week for 12 weeks we’ll add a new exhibit. If you’re a neurodivergent poet, writer, visual artist, comedian, musician, performance artist or any other type of neurodivergent artist/creative, then please submit your work to us!

Your work can take the form of text, images, video or audio (basically anything we can upload onto our website. It’s OK if your work doesn’t usually take digital form. We’re keen to see inventive ways of presenting work digitally, whether it’s a video showcase, audio recording, photography or anything else you can think of.

All featured artists will receive a fee of £100, and a small materials budget if needed.

Please read the website for further guidance and information.
Deadline: 19th June 2020

Digital support

Dan, Director of ‘a space’ arts, is available for artist 121 zoom support sessions on Friday 1st May at 11:00am and 2:00pm. To book use this link –


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Activities and Cultural Experiences

The Courtauld Institute, London, has released a number of activities ranging from portraiture guides, to childrens geometric art workbooks with lesson plans to guide you all readily available to download in PDF format.

For budding photographers, Prix Levallois is still hosting their 2020 photography competition and the deadline for submission is the 2nd May. This is open to all abilities and the prizes include €10,000 grant for the winner, and a DSLR camera for the special mention.

The Wellcome Collection currently have a series of comic strips by Rob Bidder which are centred around how many of us are coping with the COVID-19 lockdown; especially how during these times, screen usage is at an all time high and we are using them as a form of comfort and solace.

The Guardian has recently published an interactive quiz on Art History titled What Beer is the Barmaid Serving?. It encompasses a number of pieces from various artistic movements and periods, getting your mind to scroll through the archives of knowledge.

Frieze Art Fair has recently released an 8-part series of Podcasts named Bow Down: Women in Art History at 20 minutes each, focussing on significant female artists through the ages who deserve recognition.

The Tate have released an interactive online exhibition on Andy Warhol which you can access from the comfort of your own home. There is a curators tour available walking you through his work both contextually and aesthetically.

The MoMA is currently offering free online art classes to all, including In Studio: Post-War Abstract Painting, Fashion as Design, and Seeing Through Photography

Frieze Art Fair has also released an hour long seminar follow my curiosity and sometimes building on that curiosity becomes a work of  with Mark Bradford and Hans-Ulrich Obrist.

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