Resources for artists

Peut-Porter, ACAVA Borthwick Street Studios

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Last updated 23 September 2021, 12 pm. New entries will show **

Hopefully, this list of resources will be able to provide some help amidst these difficult times. You can read ACAVA’s Coronavirus Policy here, and we have been updating our FAQs page to include practical information about how the current situation reflects on ACAVA’s studio provision.

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ACAVA Artists Hardship Fund

Please read our ACAVA Artists Hardship Fund Guidance for more information.


Open Calls Ending Soon

Stay on this page to view an overview of resources for artists, including open calls, work opportunities and other useful links for creatives. If you want a summary of opportunities for artists ending soon, then visit this page.


Useful information for artists

Artquest Outpost Online → ongoing **
Free one-to-one remote advice sessions for London based artists from Artquest staff and freelance artist-career specialists.

Access Support
Sara Dziadik (artist, producer, Access Support Worker) is offering advice and access support on funding applications. Email sara.dziadik@gmail.com for more information.

Arts & Health Hub and Southbank Centre: Arts & Health Collaborations → 23 September
The Southbank Centre and Arts and Health Hub invite you to be part of a collaborative creative workshop, designed to connect people working at the intersection of the arts, healthcare, medical research and tech sectors, to ignite fresh ideas and responses to creative challenges. Event open to artists working in the health sector, and health sector professionals.

Derbyshire Artist Resident Program
DARP is an open system for living and practising together, welcoming practitioners from all walks of life with a need to develop their practice in an environment that encourages independence through communal living. This place provides time and space for artists to work autonomously on their practices and projects, whilst also benefiting from communal living, opportunities for collaboration, skill-sharing, and proximity to the natural world.

Artsadmin Guide to Touring Across Europe for UK Performing Artists
A simple, practical guide to support and empower UK-based individual artists and small companies working in theatre, dance and live art to continue to tour work across Europe.

Addressing the climate emergency; engaging young people through the visual arts (Scotland only) → Bookings close 21 September
Drawing on ten years of experience supporting the cultural sector in addressing the climate emergency, Creative Carbon Scotland will deliver a workshop that explores the visual arts/gallery sector’s response to concerns around the environment and sustainability, particularly in relation to how they engage young people in these conversations, and in the context of the build-up to COP26 in Glasgow.

Anti-racism & cultural proficiency (Scotland only) → Bookings close 6 October
Intercultural Youth Scotland (IYS) anti-racism and cultural proficiency training are for groups, organisations and individuals seeking to collapse the barriers that might be in place for Young Black people and Young People of Colour. IYS’ unique grassroots approach, where training is developed and delivered by a diverse team of young people, and conversation-shifting research will help you better engage young people and work toward establishing a safer workplace where racism is not re-produced.

Anti-Racist Art Education Curriculum Checklist
The NSEAD ARAE Curriculum Checklist will help art educators critically review and revise their art, craft and design curriculums.

SPACE Advice Bureau
A SPACE Artist Initiatives programme, providing free advice and guidance to all members of the SPACE community. Launched during the pandemic in 2020 in response to your requests and suggestions in the Tenant Survey, this programme includes one-to-one mentoring, webinars, coaching and peer-to-peer sessions to support you in developing your artist practice.

Balance: toolkit for creatives
Created in partnership with the Creative Industries Federation and Mindapples, and funded by Arts Council England, the Balance toolkit is a free resource of mental health talks and business-focused training for creatives.

This is Wyld offers grant application writing and access support
If you have an idea for a project and are interested in getting funding for that project email info@thisiswyld.com. Jamie Wyld, director of This is Wyld, has worked as an access support worker to help artists write grant applications since 2013. Arts Council England will pay for an access support worker to help write your grant application.

Crafts Council Spring-back talks
Ten free lunchtime talks held on Zoom will cover essential marketing advice for makers who want to spring back from the last year and grasp all the new opportunities available to them. Speakers will be led by the Crafts Council team and include expert speakers and contributors.

RE—SET—GO is an accessible, hands-on, paid workplace experience and mentoring programme for 19-25-year-olds or new practices and start-ups, established with the mission of diversifying architecture practices. New dates have been released for 1-to-1 mentoring sessions and “CV surgeries” through a series of free, regular and bookable slots with London Practice Forum architecture practices.

Crafts Council Brexit Advice
Resources and advice for craft businesses, makers and galleries following the UK leaving the EU

Brexit Guidance for Artists and Arts Organisers
The a-n has been collating useful information to serve as guidance to creatives as the UK exits the European Union, access it here.

Agency that researches, compiles and offers advice to artists. Artquest have adapted their website to focus on support available during the current pandemic.

Artists’ Union England rates of pay guidelines, designed to help artists’ and their employers to determine fair remuneration for artists’ labour.

CuratorSpace Project Management for curators and artists
CuratorSpace is developing a new free service for artists who have experience delivering workshops. This service will allow them to set up, organise and promote online courses through CuratorSpace to our international database and social media following.

Working Safely Online
Guidance to support anyone working online: a general guide to meeting online, and how to make the space as welcoming and safe as possible; and online safeguarding if you are working with vulnerable participants or groups.

Disability Arts Online 
Offering one-hour advice sessions to disabled artists to help fill ACE emergency funds and free access support to make the application.
If you would like to utilise either of these options please contact cathy@disabilityarts.online

The Audience Agency Digital SOS
Free one-hour phone call with an expert to discuss any digital or resilience-related issue.

Arts Council England The Digital Culture Network 
Provides practical support to the arts and culture sector, helping you to explore and harness the benefits of technology to achieve your goals, find new ways to reach and engage audiences, and develop sustainable business models.

UK Covid-19 Freelance Artist Resources List
A very thorough list of most mutual support and funding opportunities for UK artists available at the moment.

UK Artist Grant Writing Support
Network created to provide in-kind support to artists requiring help with emergency grant applications.

Useful professional advice for freelancers and the self-employed during the pandemic.

The Creative Industries Federation
Sector-specific advice, guidance and legal support provided by unions and sector support organisations. You are advised to contact these organisations directly for specialist advice.

Coastal Currents: Black and ethnic local artists & creatives listing → ongoing
Enter your details into a comprehensive and accessible register of Black and Ethnic Artists living in the area (from Rye to Eastbourne).

Artist Menteeship Masterclasses
Ceri Hand's masterclasses: Artist's statements, Online Marketing for Artists, Pricing & Selling Your Work, Copyright for Artists
Cost £25-30

Arts Emergency Free Mentorships
Arts Emergency provides 16-25-year-olds with free mentoring, advice, guidance and opportunities to help them embark on higher education and careers.


Funding, grants, scholarships, fellowships

Association for Art History Grants → 30 September
the Association for Art History offer grants of up to £1,000 which provide support to aid scholarly research, to develop professional practice and to further the teaching and learning of art history at all education levels.

The Museum Freelance CPD Fund → 4 October **
Museum Freelance is offering 28 grants of £500 for freelancers who work with museums, heritage sites, galleries, archives and libraries in the UK to use for their Continuous Professional Development.

Jerwood Arts 1:1 FUND → 4 October
New fund offering awards of £2,000 to support 35 pairings of independent early-career artists, curators and producers from across disciplines to connect, develop their practice and generate new ideas.

Lewisham Culture Fund
Grants of £1,000 and £5,000 will be open to artists, not-for-profit organisations and schools. They are open to any creative activity that aligns with the themes and values of the year, and that connects with the wider community. Funding is supported by Deptford Community Challenge, Lewisham Homes, Phoenix Community Housing and Lewisham Council.

Annuity Freedom micro-grants to improve your site's discoverability (SEO) and cash grants → on a rolling basis
– Artists https://www.annuityfreedom.net/financial-literacy/artists/
- Black or Minority business owners https://www.annuityfreedom.net/financial-literacy/black-grants/
- Women who own businesses https://www.annuityfreedom.net/financial-literacy/women-grant/

Hardship Fund for Creative Freelancers → apply asap
To support creative freelancers working in Scotland who are experiencing immediate financial hardship due to the loss of income as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Black Artists Grant → ongoing
The Black Artists Grant is £500 given out monthly to three black artists in the UK. The BAG is no-strings-attached financial support to help the selected artist in whatever they want – be that make new work, buy equipment or materials, travel, research, visit exhibitions or conferences, or to even just cover some life expenses. This is specifically for Black artists; not politically black, not POC or BAME.

M&C Saatchi Saturday School  various dates, check the calendar
Teaching communities the basics of business.

Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries 2020-2022 Opportunities  various deadlines
Job opportunities for outstanding artists, curators, producers and creatives from low socio-economic backgrounds

Help Musicians' Financial Hardship fund → ongoing

National Lottery Project Grants
For individuals, organisations, museums and libraries.

The Dancers’ Hardship Fund → ongoing
For professional dancers.

Coronavirus Local Authority Discretionary Grants Fund → Various deadlines
For small businesses with fixed property costs.

Artists’ Union England Solidarity Fund will give a limited number of small grants of £100 to members in hardship.

South East Creatives Grants
Top-up Grants for sole traders or companies trading in the creative, cultural or digital sector.

a-n financial support
To help support artists whose livelihoods have been impacted by Coronavirus Covid-19, a-n has announced three programmes of financial support for both artists and arts organisers

Government support for self-employed workers → updated
Check if you can claim a grant through the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme

Self-employment and Universal Credit
Universal Credit is a monthly payment to help with your living costs. You may be able to get it if you’re on a low income or out of work.

Smallwood Trust
Provide grants and support for women on low incomes due to reduction in working hours, fluctuating income etc.


Artists' Opportunities

Commission: British Art Show 9 Visual Contemporary Art Workshops → 24 September
Call for artists, arts educators and creative practitioners specialising in visual contemporary arts with demonstrable experience of working with young people in education settings.

The Ballad of Peckham Rye Commission: Hello Nature → 26 September **
Inviting artists to engage with ideas of ecology and sustainable food production, growing and cultivating plants, particularly within an urban environment.

ONCA: Lost Species Day 10th Anniversary Commission → 26 September
To mark ten years of Lost Species Day, or Remembrance Day for Lost Species (RDLS), ONCA is commissioning a new artwork that explores and facilitates engagement with this year’s theme of interdependence.

IMT: Digital Residencies Open Call → 1 October **
IMT is inviting applications from artists working in multimedia art practices to join our new Digital Residencies programme. The aim of Digital Residencies is to provide a focused environment for the development of artistic and professional practice, as well as providing a sustainable form of making artistic research and practice public. The successful applicant will join IMT, along with three other artists invited by IMT for this project.

Apply for an exhibition at Nuneaton Museum & Art Gallery → 1 October **
Nuneaton Museum & Art Gallery is looking for artists, photographers, craft makers, history groups and more in our search for exhibitors for 2022.

FUTURE FOCUS Open call → 2 October **
FUTURE FOCUS, organised by QUAD and FORMAT, is an Open Call for submissions aimed at graduates from UK based BA Degree courses who graduated in 2020 and 2021 - during the Covid-19 pandemic - who were unable to exhibit their final work, or were limited in opportunities to show work.

Foundwork Artist Prize → 10 October
An annual juried award to recognize outstanding practices by contemporary artists. Two honorees will receive unrestricted $10,000 grants each and studio visits with each of this year's distinguished jurors.

Public artwork commission in The Oaks Shopping Centre → 13 October
The Oaks shopping centre would like to commission a London-based street artist to bring a blank wall area to life at the shopping centre. The Oaks is located in the heart of Acton. All visitors to the shopping centre will walk past this work. Possible themes to consider could be Acton, community, living in London, or the environment around us. The medium must be painting, photography or mixed media. The budget for this project will be £2,500 including artist fee. The work will be in place for a minimum of one year.

The Norfolk Way Art Trail: Public Art Commissions → 20 October
Norfolk County Council (UK) is looking to award five commissions of up to £60,000 for contemporary artworks to form the Norfolk Way Art Trail, a brand new outdoor public art trail spanning 250 miles of Norfolk, England.
Design a multi-sensory, accessible public artwork that will engage local communities, reveal hidden stories and inspire visitors to explore the county between off-peak season October-March. There are five locations to choose from and you can submit up to two ideas.

LOEWE FOUNDATION Craft Prize 2022 → 25 October
Talented artisans whose artistic vision, technical skill and determination to innovate will set new standards for the future of craft.

India-UK together → 31 October
British Council will be awarding grants to collaborative and co-created arts and culture project proposals between India and UK partners that offer positive opportunities to co-develop cross-cultural creative collaborations, skills and knowledge exchange and new artistic work with scope to tour in India in 2022- 2023.

We Are Invisible we Are Visible → 1 November
DASH are looking for up to 48 d/Deaf, Disabled or Neurodivergent artists to make interventions based on Dada/ Surrealism/ Disability art in up to 48 Plus Tate organisations across the UK on 2 July 2022. The Plus Tate organisations who will be taking part in WAIWAV will be in the WAIWAV brochure, which will be available on the DASH website from 23 September.

Book Works open submission series guest-edited by Katrina Palmer → 1 November
Guest-edited by artist Katrina Palmer, Arrhythmia is a new series that offers an opportunity for artists and writers whose work explores ideas of being out of joint with the predominant social order, whether through disrupted trajectories, physical displacement, or political dissonance. Particularly interested in experimental work that articulates a discontinuous sense of identity, and writing, or the combination of writing and images in which the rhythm of the text is self-consciously questioned.

Inspiring London through Culture → 5 November
The Mayor of London is offering grants of up to £10,000 to projects that deliver some (or all)
of their benefits within the Square Mile or amongst communities from the Square Mile (at any

Art From The Heart: Artists of the Month → deadline 20th of every month
Showcases work by artists whose practise is inspired by environmental and/or social issues.

OSE Young Associates Programme → ongoing
The Young Associates Programme is a free 10-month programme for young people aged 18-21 living in the Thanet area. It is an innovative, alternative approach to arts education with an emphasis on developing essential creative and employability skills. The programme encourages the development of a sustainable career in the arts and creative industries by offering young people direct experience working with leading international arts and creative practitioners and professionals to develop their own arts practice and projects. Young Associates will have exciting opportunities to work on curatorial projects, live briefs, attend specialist skills-building masterclasses, and mentorship as well as developing their own programmes.

London Performance Studios: 'Seeding Space' → ongoing
London Performance Studios are offering 100 free space bursaries between June 2021 and November 2022 of between 1 day and 2 weeks of free space in their building in South Bermondsey, London. The offer is available for companies, community groups, and individual artists working across the visual or performing arts.

Citizens Art Market: book your stall (fee applies)
Citizens Art Market is a social enterprise to support artists and to promote art in communities, over the coming months. Permitted art: Drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics and 2D / 3D art. The markets are being organised by Citizens Art Market with support from Meanwhile Space CIC.

Seeking Scenic artists
Queen's Theatre Hornchurch seeking scenic artists based in East London. For more details please contact christinep@queens-theatre.co.uk

Create/Disrupt Open Call → ongoing
Create/Disrupt is a new programme by The NewBridge Project for artists, aspiring arts workers, makers and producers who have not had formal training or undertaken a degree and are interested in pursuing a career in the arts.

Unlimited: Board
Seeking people with finance and/or legal skills.

People's Pavilion
The People’s Pavilion by Beyond The Box Consultants are offering young East Londoners a chance to work with professionals from design, construction and creative arts industries to design and build their own Pavilion

GOOD WICKEDRY Film submissions → rolling deadline
Online cinema platform driven by carefully considered curation accepting new or old films, from any genre, and any format, with an especial focus on shorts - narrative films, docs, art vids, music vids, experimental, animation, etc. GOOD WICKEDRY works to platform BIPOC and female filmmakers.

Call for exhibitors at Alpha Works → rolling
Alpha Works, in Birmingham, are offering West Midlands based visual artists free exhibition space in their building. This is a rolling open call, more information here.

Somerset House Young Producers Programme → ongoing
The programme offers London Living Wage paid opportunities to develop skills and creative practice for 18 to 30 years old. Subscribe to Somerset House's mailing list to receive updates on the programme.

OVER Journal Open Call → various deadlines
Call for papers, articles, interviews and artistic projects, different deadlines.

ON WHEELS Open Call → ongoing
ON WHEELS are looking for BAME artists and activists to exhibit / perform / protest / play.

No Jobs in the Arts Artist Spotlight → ongoing
Inviting artists with connections to the East Midlands to be profiled on Instagram. Email a link of your artwork and a short description to nojobsintheart@hotmail.com

Artquest Want To Write For Art Worlds? → ongoing
Write about your local art scene and promote your work for up to £200 per article. Must be a member of Exchange.

The White Pube Writers Grant → ongoing
£500 given out monthly to a working class writer based in the UK, no strings attached. Funded by Creative Debuts.

Open Call sea_youhere 2.0 #artandsustainability → applications are invited on a rolling basis
SEA Foundation invite artists, activists, designers, architects, and collectives to share their exemplary projects and discuss ideas on Art and Sustainability to a wider audience.

East Bristol Contemporary Instagram Residencies → ongoing
The gallery offers monthly Instagram residencies, in which artists are invited to take over their feed for one month. During this month, the selected artist gets the opportunity to reach a new audience and develop their skills.Contact ebc for information on how to apply to their residency.

HOAX → No deadline
Online platform for text-based work now accepting submissions.


Work opportunities

Southbank Centre Learning Curator → no deadline atm **
In this role, you will lead and manage a fully integrated national programme through building alliances and strong partnerships for the Arts Council Collection in developing knowledge and inspiring creativity.

Arts Producer: Alexander Stadium Public Art Scheme → 30 September **
Birmingham City Council is seeking an experienced arts producer (freelancer, collective or organisation) to work with the Alexander Stadium Redevelopment Project Team. The producer will be responsible for shortlisting a range of artists and appointing an experienced artist/s for what could be a range of site-specific place-sensitive public art commissions. For a tender brief, supporting documents and further information please contact Dave.Wagg@birmingham.gov.uk or roxanna.f.collins@birmingham.gov.uk. The Stadium scheme can be seen here - Planning Home (birmingham.gov.uk) 2019/07968/PA.

Forma: Programme Manager → 17 October
Forma are seeking an experienced programme manager to support the Artistic Director in the development of the artistic programme and lead on the planning and delivery of each project within it, maintaining a high standard throughout.

Skilled Art Foundry Worker
Morris Singer Art Foundry Limited (Lasham, Hampshire) looking for experienced art foundry workers to join their creative team.

Run The Check
Regularly updated list of paid opportunities for creatives based in London.


Health and Wellbeing

Outside Edge Theatre Company, UK’s theatre focused on addiction
Drama sessions for adults suffering from addiction, in-person and online.

Creativity Works Mental Health Creative Support Service 
Opportunity to learn some creative skills, make new friends, suitable for people who are in the process of recovery from ongoing mental health challenges, anxiety or depression to help build confidence, learn new skills and make friends. There are also spaces to attend creative peer support groups, which are managed by group members and have occasional visiting art tutors

Latest advice on looking after your health during the pandemic.

Mind: Coronavirus and your wellbeing
Support and practical advice on the impact lockdown can have on your mental health.

Industry Minds
Industry Minds is a podcast created to discuss mental health for people in the creative industries and now offers free one to one counselling sessions over Skype. 

Addiction: what is it?
An overview of what addiction is, the various types of addictions, and how they can be treated. Link below also takes you to the page where you can search for NHS services near you.

Addiction and Homelessness
Resource page on addiction and homelessness to educate people on this issue and provide insight on ways to help the homeless in their community.

Is your colleague struggling with their mental health?
Useful information around employee well-being.



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