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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 2 June 2021.

UK Arts Councils:

Government Advice:

NHS Advice for Everyone:

NHS Inform Scotland:

NHS Direct Wales:

Health Northern Ireland: 

HMRC Covid-19 helpline 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):

Overview and list of all UK Government business grants:

Citizens Advice, check what benefits you are eligible for:


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



Funding advice for artists

Bluecoat have put together resources to help you decide whether Arts Council England’s DYCP is the right fund for you and shape your application.


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.


UK Music 

List of organisations offering financial support for people working 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.



Unlimited is an arts commissioning programme that enables new work by disabled artists to reach UK and international audiences.



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.

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.


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.

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.

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.

Arts Hub 

Opportunities, Awards and Prizes for Visual Artists, Writers, Dancers, Performers, Actors.

Crafts Council 

Find out about awards, prizes, residencies, studio spaces and job opportunities for makers in your area.

Creative Scotland 

Creative opportunities uploaded by Scotland’s creative people.

Curator Space 

Opportunities for curators and visual artists.


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.

Live Art Development Agency 

LADA offers artistic and professional development opportunities for artists, curators, Higher Education and the Live Art infrastructure.

Outdoor Arts UK

News, funding, commissions, meetings, events & jobs for everyone working in the Outdoor Arts performance sector.

Scottish Contemporary Art Network 

Scottish Contemporary Art Network is a member-led network committed to championing and supporting the contemporary art sector in Scotland.

Craft Scotland 

Stay up-to-date with makers and craft opportunities in Scotland via the Craft Scotland Website or by subscribing to their newsletter.

Art Licks 

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

Write A Play

Opportunities and events for playwrights.


Linda Bloomfield shares the latest performing arts opportunities via Twitter.


A collective voice to advocate for the UK freelance theatre workforce


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



List of resources and information for disabled freelancers and artists:



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:


Creative Industries Federation 

The Creative Industries Federation represents, champions and supports the UK’s creative industries and they are currently offering free subscription.


UK Covid-19 Freelance Artist Resource

This webpage is a collection of links to resources for freelance creatives and artists:



Acas gives employees and employers free, impartial advice on workplace rights, rules and best practice:



Advice for members, including information for freelancers working in film and TV and workers in theatre, live events and the arts:


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

Action concerning Covid-19 and advice for freelancers:


Theatre Skill Share 2020 

This document collates skills, mentoring and support being offered by theatre-makers to others in the sector.–6tt_D8L37-PBikPZP7qALdQ1f5WbDqTceSTPHf-YA/edit#gid=0


Crafts Council

Information and advice for makers, craft business and organisations:


Digital Culture Network 

Content and resources to help you develop digital skills:


Culture Health & Wellbeing Alliance

The Culture, Health & Wellbeing Alliance have created guidance for working online, and online safeguarding:



Reliable information and tips to help you cope during this time:


Art Quest 

Links to resources and opportunities for visual artists: