Signpost: Information and Guidance for UK Based Artists and Artist-Led Organisations

06 April 2020

In response to ongoing Covid-19 developments we have compiled this list to signpost professional advice, support and guidance for UK-based independent artists, curators, producers, arts workers and artist-led organisations.

Last updated on 23 November 2020.

UK Arts Councils:

Government Advice:

NHS Advice for Everyone: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

NHS Inform Scotland: www.nhsinform.scot/coronavirus

NHS Direct Wales: www.nhsdirect.wales.nhs.uk/

Health Northern Ireland: https://www.health-ni.gov.uk/ 

HMRC Covid-19 help line for self-employed and businesses: 0300 456 3565

Guidance for people who are self-employed and getting less work or no work because of coronavirus (COVID-19): https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-what-to-do-if-youre-self-employed-and-getting-less-work-or-no-work

Overview and list of all UK Government business grants:  https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/financial-support-for-businesses-during-coronavirus-covid-19

Citizens Advice, check what benefits you are eligible for:

 

UK focused emergency funds from other funders, arts organisations and partners (with deadlines if specified):

 

 

Culture at Risk 

The Mayor of London established the Culture at Risk Office to safeguard London’s cultural life and to support organisations, venues and people across the creative sector. https://www.london.gov.uk/what-we-do/arts-and-culture/cultural-infrastructure-toolbox/culture-risk-0

 

UK Music 

List of organisations offering financial support for people working in the music industry. https://www.ukmusic.org/covid-19/coronavirus-financial-support-information/how-to-get-emergency-funding-if-you-work-in-the-music-industry/

 

Grants Online

List of grants currently available across the UK with a specific page for emergency funds and a page dedicated to all arts, culture and heritage grants. https://www.grantsonline.org.uk/coronavirus.html

 

Unlimited

Unlimited is an arts commissioning programme that enables new work by disabled artists to reach UK and international audiences. https://weareunlimited.org.uk/

 

Recommended listings for current call for entries, opportunities and funding for independent artists, curators, producers and artist-led organisations to sustain your practice and programmes:

 

Jerwood Arts Twitter

We regularly share information relating to funding and resources available for artists across different art forms on our Twitter feed or look out for the hashtag #JerwoodRecommends. We share opportunities that are free to apply to and provide fair remuneration. https://twitter.com/JerwoodArts

Visit our Apply Now page to find out about the latest Jerwood Arts call for entries, here.

Arts Admin – E-Digest 

Artsadmin’s eDigest is a weekly email newsletter for artists and arts professionals. It’s an invaluable round-up featuring information submitted by a wide network of people on funding, commissions, platforms, calls for artists, seminars, workshops, courses, resources, jobs, opportunities, studio space and more. https://www.artsadmin.co.uk/for-artists/edigest/

Artquest

Updated from a huge selection of magazines, newsletters, emails, submissions and tips from artists. Only high-quality, fair opportunities are listed, and never for advertising fees. https://www.artquest.org.uk/opportunities/

Arts Council England – Art News 

Browse latest news stories from the art and culture sector here which includes opportunities, courses, commissions and funding submitted by arts organisations and individuals. http://www.artsjobs.org.uk/arts-news-listings/

Arts Council Wales Bulletin 

Here you can find all the current jobs and opportunities, as well as the latest news, from the industry. / Yma gallwch ddod o hyd i’r holl swyddi a chyfleoedd presennol, yn ogystal â’r newyddion diweddaraf o’r meysydd creadigol. https://arts.wales/news-jobs-opportunities

Arts Hub 

Opportunities, Awards and Prizes for Visual Artists, Writers, Dancers, Performers, Actors. https://www.artshub.co.uk/callouts/

Crafts Council 

Find out about awards, prizes, residencies, studio spaces and job opportunities for makers in your area. https://www.craftscouncil.org.uk/maker-support/opportunities

Creative Scotland 

Creative opportunities uploaded by Scotland’s creative people. https://opportunities.creativescotland.com/

Curator Space 

Opportunities for curators and visual artists. https://www.curatorspace.com/opportunities

Flamin

This page contains information about current calls for submissions opportunities for artists working in the moving image – including the latest festival submissions, exhibition opportunities, residencies and production funds. http://flamin.filmlondon.org.uk/resources/callsforsubs

Live Art Development Agency 

LADA offers artistic and professional development opportunities for artists, curators, Higher Education and the Live Art infrastructure. https://www.thisisliveart.co.uk/opportunities/

Outdoor Arts UK

News, funding, commissions, meetings, events & jobs for everyone working in the Outdoor Arts performance sector. https://twitter.com/OutdoorArtsPRO

Scottish Contemporary Art Network 

Scottish Contemporary Art Network is a member led network committed to championing and supporting the contemporary art sector in Scotland. https://sca-net.org/opportunities/

Craft Scotland 

Stay up-to-date with makers and craft opportunities in Scotland via the Craft Scotland Website or by subscribing to their newsletter. https://www.craftscotland.org/community

Art Licks 

An independent platform to support artists, curators & project spaces throughout the UK with the latest opportunities and exhibitions. http://artlicks.com/opportunities

Write A Play

Opportunities and events for playwrights. https://www.writeaplay.co.uk/opportunities-events/

#OpportunityTuesday 

Linda Bloomfield shares the latest performing arts opportunties via Twitter. https://twitter.com/LindaBxx

 

Other information and guidance for independent artists, curators, producers and artist-led organisations:

 

Unlimited

List of resources and information for disabled freelancers and artists:  https://weareunlimited.org.uk/links-and-resources-for-disabled-artists-and-freelancers-in-response-to-covid-19-includes-medical-guidance/

 

A-N

Our friends at A-N have put together this regularly updated page with support and advice for artists from across the sector, plus wider government and NHS guidance: https://www.a-n.co.uk/news/coronavirus-covid-19-information-and-guidance-for-artists-and-arts-organisers/

 

Creative Industries Federation 

The Creative Industries Federation represents, champions and supports the UK’s creative industries and they are currently offering free subscription. https://www.creativeindustriesfederation.com/news/free-federation-membership-six-months

 

UK Covid-19 Freelance Artist Resource

This webpage is a collection of links to resources for freelance creatives and artists: https://ukcovid19freelanceartistresource.wordpress.com/

 

Acas

Acas gives employees and employers free, impartial advice on workplace rights, rules and best practice: https://www.acas.org.uk/

 

Bectu

Advice for members, including information for freelancers working in film and TV and workers in theatre, live events and the arts: https://bectu.org.uk/topic/covid-19-coronavirus/

 

The Association of Independent Professionals and the Self Employed (IPSE)

Action concerning Covid-19 and advice for freelancers: https://www.ipse.co.uk/ipse-news/news-listing/coronavirus-ipse-activity-and-advice-freelancers.html

 

Theatre Skill Share 2020 

This document collates skills, mentoring and support being offered by theatre-makers to others in the sector. https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1–6tt_D8L37-PBikPZP7qALdQ1f5WbDqTceSTPHf-YA/edit#gid=0

 

Crafts Council

Information and advice for makers, craft business and organisations: https://www.craftscouncil.org.uk/articles/supporting-the-craft-community-at-this-time

 

Digital Culture Network 

Content and resources to help you develop digital skills: https://www.artscouncil.org.uk/digital-culture-network/resources-support-events#section-1

 

Culture Health & Wellbeing Alliance

The Culture, Health & Wellbeing Alliance have created guidance for working online, and online safeguarding: https://www.culturehealthandwellbeing.org.uk/guidance-working-online-and-online-safeguarding

 

Mind

Reliable information and tips to help you cope during this time: https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/coronavirus/

 

Art Quest 

Links to resources and opportunities for visual artists: https://www.artquest.org.uk/