Resources for artists

Peut-Porter, ACAVA Borthwick Street Studios

Image: Peut-Porter, ACAVA Borthwick Street Studios


Last updated 2 December 2021, 3.30pm. 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

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Useful information for artists

BFI Film Academy Short courses → various deadlines (12 Sep to 7 Jan)
Film skills courses to help train and inspire the next generation of UK filmmakers, supporting young people aged 16 to 19 to develop the commercial and cultural knowledge and skills to help make a career in film. No experience is necessary.

Gallery Climate Coalition
The goal of GCC is to facilitate the decarbonisation of the visual art sector and promote zero-waste practices.

Kew’s Youth Forum is looking for some new members for 2022
The Youth Forum is a group of young people who meet every month to create and run bespoke learning events and campaigns for Kew. They work with scientists, artists and learning specialists to create activities and events to engage diverse audiences in Kew’s collections and scientific work. It is completely free to join. We can reimburse for travel and provide drinks and snacks during the session.

BFI Film Academy Specialist Courses → 6 December
Courses providing 16-19yr olds with the opportunity to gain valuable skills specialising in an area of filmmaking that they’re interested in. Students will get masterclasses, workshops, and technical skills lessons, all delivered by established industry professionals. Everyone that completes the course will become part of our alumni network and get access to fantastic opportunities including a BAFTA mentoring scheme and paid traineeships.

The Mother House: apply for a space now
Artists studios with integrated childcare at Catford Mews in Lewisham, London.

ARC Getaways → rolling
ARC Getaways can be used for research and development processes, rehearsals, writing or thinking time.

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.

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.

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

National Lottery Project Grants → reopened
National Lottery Project Grants is our open access programme for arts, libraries and museums projects. The fund supports thousands of individual artists, community and cultural organisations. From 22 November, you’ll be able to apply for up to £30,000 and get your decision within 8 weeks. This will help us support more ambitious activity, more quickly.

2021-22 Brigstow Institute seedcorn fund → 6 December
This is an opportunity for mixed teams of researchers to carry out risky, experimental, and exploratory projects to take the first steps in developing and pursuing new research questions. We especially welcome applications from teams that might find it difficult to find early-stage funding because of the novelty of the ideas, methods or approaches. Funding limits: £4,000-£7,000 per award 

Home Live Art Reignite: Artist Development Fund (Hastings/Rother only) → 10 December **
Home Live Art are now accepting applications for a new development fund offering a budget of £4,500 to support four artists to develop their practice with fellow creative practitioners. To be eligible artists must have a performance practice and should live, work and/or have performed in the Hastings and Rother region of East Sussex within the last four years.

Reignite: Artist Development Fund (Hastings and Rother) → 10 December
Home Live Art are now accepting applications for a new development fund offering a budget of £4,500 to support four artists to develop their practice with fellow creative practitioners. To be eligible artists must have a performance practice and should live, work and/or have performed in the Hastings and Rother region of East Sussex within the last four years. 

It's Nice That Extra Nice Fund → 19 December
It's Nice That is seeking applications for a £3,000 fund to support the production of an idea (eg. publication, host an exhibition or create a film or podcast). Individuals are encouraged to utilise the fund how they see fit for their project’s requirements. Specifically looking to support ideas and projects by people from marginalised communities. If you do not identify with a marginalised group, we also welcome your application, but your proposal must demonstrate how it will positively impact underrepresented or marginalised groups.

The Elephant Trust (grants for production of new work or exhibitions) → 23 January **
Priority is given to artists in the fine arts and small organisations and galleries who should submit well argued, imaginative proposals for making or producing new work or exhibitions.  Successful applicants should leave a minimum of two years before reapplying for help with a new project.

FIELDNOTES Sessions Open Call → 28 February 2022
FIELDNOTES is inviting submissions of audio content for a new programme of online publishing and broadcasting.

Deutsche Bank Awards for Creative Entrepreneurs 2022 → mid-January - March 31
Partnering with MeWe360, the programme aims to enable and celebrate talented 18-30-year-olds driven to make a positive social impact through their creative enterprise. Also open to entrepreneurs at any business stage, from pre-launch with a strongly-thought out idea, to established and looking to scale. £60k prize pot, £100k worth of tailored business support.

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

Sheffield DocFest 2022 → 3 December / 11 February / 4 March
Welcoming documentary and non-fiction films of all lengths and from all around the world, that wish to be considered for launching or premiering as part of the 2022 official selection. Sheffield DocFest screens 140+ feature, mid-length and short films.

SPACE Online Collaborative Residency 2022 (CPSP participants and studio tenants only) → 5 December
Apply now for the opportunity to work collaboratively with another artist, while also receiving mentoring, advice and dedicated peer-to-peer sessions. The 14 week residency starts February 2022 and culminates in a digital showcase.

The Maltings Visual Arts residency 2022 → 6 December **
The Maltings (formerly Berwick Visual Arts) and Newcastle University’s Centre for Rural Economy (CRE) and Institute for Creative Arts Practice (the Institute) have an ongoing programme of artist residencies and commissions that supports the exchange and sharing of knowledge and experience between the artist and researchers to inform critical responses to contemporary rural issues. The residency is an opportunity for an artist whose practice explores ideas around food production and consumption to collaborate with Beth Clark, Research Associate and Public Engagement Officer at the Centre for Rural Economy.

The Biennale of Western Balkans → 13 December **
The Biennale of Western Balkans presents the 2nd edition of Art Pluriverse, a Community Science Series for Intangible and Natural Heritage in the Balkans, under the title Iatrosophia: On folk medicine and phytogeography. Seeking artists and researchers to collaborate online with communities of practice, co-documenting traditional knowledge through research-based art and FAIR & CARE community archiving.

Open Call: Support for Creation and Touring of outdoor arts shows in 2023 → 15 December
Without Walls invites artists and companies to request support for the creation and touring of new outdoor work for presentation in 2023

City of Bradford’s Heritage Action Plan: Heritage Instigators → 17 December **
Call Out for inspiring heritage enthusiasts to stimulate people and communities to create uniquely Bradford Heritage projects.

City of Bradford’s Heritage Action Plan: Artist in Residence → 17 December **
Seeking an artist who is inspired by socially engaged practice, working with people to ignite new conversations, ways of thinking and presenting what public and civic space can be. The artist will work with the Heritage Action Plan consultant, Council staff, the heritage sector and the people of Bradford to find engaging and exciting ideas and views for the best use of this important heritage space. There will also be work with the evaluator of the overall NLHF project, of which this residency is a part. 

LG Display and Dezeen's OLEDs Go! competition → 20 December
OLEDs Go! is a global design competition run by LG Display and Dezeen that seeks creative OLED designs to enrich people’s changing lifestyles. The competition is free to enter for anyone over the age of 18 in any country around the world, with prize money totalling €88,000.

Cove Park Funded Residencies → 20 December
Applications are now open for Cove Park's funded residencies. The programme supports research, collaboration and the development and production of new or existing work.

BFI Flare: London LGBTIQ+ Film Festival → 22 December
BFI Flare, taking place in March 2022 is the UK’s largest queer film event, screening the best in contemporary LGBTIQ+ cinema from across the globe.

Wirksworth Festival Artist in residence → 31 December **
The Lodge Project will enable an established artist with a minimum of 5 year’s practice experience to undertake a funded residency in the Derbyshire Dales during the Summer of 2022. Looking for a visual artist who would explore the area from an outsider’s point of view – the landscape, diverse architecture, industrial past and community and develop a body of work based on their time here. The residency would conclude with an exhibition at the Wirksworth Festival.

AIR Gallery: Expanded Painting → 5 January **
AIR Gallery are seeking applications for artworks that explore cross-overs between painting and other creative mediums and push the boundary of what painting is today. Application fees apply.

Jerwood Arts / FACT Fellowship 2022 → 5 January **
In partnership with Jerwood Arts, FACT is pleased to invite emerging artists, curators, technologists, and cultural activists, in particular those from underrepresented backgrounds, to apply for 1 of 3 paid hybrid residency opportunities in 2022.

Up Projects: Constellations 2022 → 9 January
Open call for artists , curators, producers and practitioners active and/or interest in the expanded field of public art. To apply for the open call and become a member of the Constellations ° Cohort, please follow this link: http://flattimeho.org.uk/media/downloads/ConstellationsCohortOpen-Call20... Learn more about the programme here: https://upprojects.com/projects/constellations

Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council: Public Art Commission → 10 January **
Art Track: Metro Art Programme is a one-year pilot project to create an expanded programme of designs for public art commissions and public engagement activities for the new Wednesbury to Brierley Hill Metro extension which is due to open to passengers in 2024.

KCAW Public Art Trail → 10 January
Now in its fifth edition, KCAW runs an open call for artists, creative organisations and curators to submit artworks to be displayed in a variety of public spaces for one month or longer during KCAW in Summer 2022, in West London.

Wandsworth Arts Fringe 2022 → express your interest by 30 January **
Wandsworth Arts Fringe is looking for artists to take part in South West London's annual multi-artform fringe festival from 10 to 26 June 2022.

FIELDNOTES Sessions Open Call → 28 February 2022
FIELDNOTES is inviting submissions of audio content for a new programme of online publishing and broadcasting.

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.

ARTCRY Fund → rolling
ARTCRY aims to encourage artists to create bold political work, with fast-turnaround funding to enable fast action. 

Virtual Reality Climate Change  → rolling
A curated VR space for art relating to Climate Change

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

ACAVA General Manager → 16 December **
We are looking for a confident, self-motivated and organised General Manager to manage our day-to-day operations. FT, permanent, £34K–36K PA.

ACAVA Studios Manager → 6 December **
We are looking for a Studios Manager to help us look after our artists' studios. FT or PT, £30K PA pro rata.

Studio Voltaire Development Manager → 3 December
The Development Manager – a new strategic role within the organisation – works closely with Studio Voltaire’s Head of Development to develop and deliver the organisation’s fundraising strategies, optimising income generation via individuals, sponsors, supporters and partners.

East Street Arts: Engagement Lead (Maternity cover) → 10 December **
To lead on the delivery of East Street Arts public-facing and community engagement programme and continue to develop it during the 12 month period.

East Street Arts: Freelance Artist Curator → 31 December **
The curator will support East Street Arts to manage and develop a new active network in Leeds focused on Public Art and support the development and delivery of a range of workshops and artists/curator talks.

Studio Voltaire Communications Assistant & Creative Learning Assistant
Both positions are part-time (25 hours per week) for a period of six months, and paid at £10.85 per/hour, (London Living Wage). Suitable candidates must be aged 18–24, currently claiming Universal Credit, and make their application through local Job Centres following a referral from their Work Coach.

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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