Resources for artists

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Last updated 6 May 2021, 3.30 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

Update: We are currently processing a lot of applications to the hardship fund and are temporarily unable to accept new ones, 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

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 → from 5 May
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

Artwork Archive's Art Business Accelerator Grant (Denver CO) → ends 14 May
Provides visual artists with unrestricted funds, resources, and a curriculum to help establish, grow and manage their art careers. The grant is designed to arm artists with the necessary business skills to succeed as artists and entrepreneurs—and to make a living through their artwork. For visual artists 21 and older who are working intentionally to better their communities and/or address community challenges directly through their work.

Short Film Fund → apply by 31 May / 30 June
The short film fund allows new talent from around the world to test their ideas before embarking on a feature film. Grants of up to £7,000 are available towards the production costs of scripted and documentary short film content.

Windrush Community Fund → ends 30 June
The Windrush Community Fund is open to charities, community organisations and/or grassroots groups to bid for financial assistance to help ensure that organisations and groups can raise awareness and support engagement among those eligible for the government’s Windrush Scheme and Windrush Compensation Scheme.

Liberty Open Call: R&D grants for D/deaf and disabled artists → ends 30 June
The Mayor of London is offering new funding towards Research & Development projects by London based D/deaf, disabled and neurodivergent artists or organisations.

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 company 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

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.

Creative Freelancer Grants → ends 7 May
The grant fund will give creative freelancers in West of England the opportunity to become more resilient by delivering a project over a time period of up to 6 months that will develop their own creative product, practice or service, in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. 
Grants will range from £1,000 - £3,000.

NLWA Waste Prevention Community Fund → Ends 7 May
Funds available to community-based organisations in north London that wish to tackle waste reduction

Remote Archive & Library Artist Residency 2021 → ends 9 May
Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art (CFCCA) and The Portico Library are accepting applications from North West-based contemporary artists and practitioners for a 6-week remote residency working with CFCCA’s online archive and library collection.

Environmental Programme Open Calls 2021 → ends 9 May
Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art (CFCCA) are accepting applications for three new digital commissions that engage with today’s environmental challenges. Welcoming proposals that incorporate interdisciplinary approaches to the topic of environmentalism and connect with our audiences through digital channels, with a focus on participatory practice.

Unity Place, Swindon: commission opportunity → ends 10 May
Unity Place, Swindon Ginkgo Projects is seeking an artist to commission on behalf of Zurich Insurance to research and create new work for their new headquarters in Swindon.

BEYOND #2 → 10 May
Film and Video Umbrella are looking for proposals for new moving-image works that are self-sufficient and self-contained and can be produced in keeping with any government Covid-19 restrictions that are in place. This opportunity is open to all visual artists currently based in the UK. The artists selected will receive a £2,500 fee/budget, as well as remote production and curatorial support from FVU. The final works will be streamed on FVU’s website and digital channels. 

Horizon 2021 → ends 11 May
Seeking artists/companies working with live performance to submit proposals for ready-to-tour performance work or performance ideas that are in development.

Jerwood/Photoworks Awards → ends 12 May
The Jerwood/Photoworks Awards is a major commissioning opportunity supporting early-career artists working with photography to make new work and significantly develop their practice.

Artist Call Out: Conservatory Audio Trail → apply by 13 May
Barbican are looking for a creative writer and a sound artist currently underrepresented in the arts due to their disability, sexual orientation, ethnicity or socio-economic status, to create an audio trail of the Conservatory.

Wastelands: Public Art Now → ends 14 May
Urban Wilderness will commission five artists to create new artworks in five outdoor public spaces in Stoke on  Trent. Supported through Arts Council England’s Project Grants fund and in partnership with Canal & River Trust.

Deptford X Supported → ends 16 May
An open call for projects by early-career Black and People of Colour artists and curators from Lewisham that will be selected by a jury and supported by the festival financially and curatorially.

NN Ambassador Programme → apply by 17 May
The NN Ambassador Programme is a tailored CPD training that develops sector-specific and wider employability skills within the cultural and creative industries and beyond. For people aged 18+ who are not in education or employment and currently living in the South East Midlands (Milton Keynes, Northampton, Corby, Kettering, Daventry, South Northamptonshire, Cherwell, Aylesbury Vale, Bedford or Luton).

Artquest Z-Crits → register by 17 May
Z-Crits are informal, fast-paced peer-to-peer crit sessions for artists. They give insight into the particularities of running crits online and you meet new artists while sharing feedback on each other's work. Z-Crits are open to practising visual artists working in any media and at any stage of their career after graduation, including those that did not attend art university. 

Opportunity for artists in west London → Apply by 17 May
A Look Into are seeking contributions from artists based in Old Oak, Park Royal and Acton area for a magazine to be published and distributed in West London this summer. Apply by 17 May, email alittlelookinto@gmail.com for more information (this is a paid opportunity). Visit the organisers' website here.

The Hopper Prize → ends 18 May
The Hopper Prize is a grant-making institution and digital archiving platform offering a series of individual artist grants on a bi-annual basis totalling $22,000.00 USD. For the current open call, they have increased grant awards to $3,500. Entry fee applies.

British Council Unlimited Micro Awards → 18 May
A new partnership between the British Council and Unlimited to support pairings of disabled artists and collectives in the UK with those in selected countries to develop creative connections through small shared online work collaborations. The aim is to ensure that funds continue to flow to artists and artistic global ambition remains high during this time of the global pandemic.

Factory – Photographing for a Portfolio → Book now for 21 May
Explore ways of documenting your work in this practical session with professional photographers Jenny Harper and Ben Farr.

Creative Climate Action (Creative Ireland Programme) → ends 21 May
Creative Climate Action is looking for proposals from creative and climate organisations or local authorities which can use creative and artistic approaches to transform connection and awareness into climate action and behaviour change.

A New Creative Schools Project → ends 21 May
£10,000 Commission Opportunity. We're looking for artistic collaborators to work with us and 3 - 5 schools in the London Borough of Barnet, including at least one primary, one secondary and one SEN, to devise, create and deliver a creative, imaginative and innovative workshop programme around the theme of environmental sustainability

Carbon Copy: Picture This → 24 May
UK's first virtual photography exhibition celebrating local climate action. participants must be directly involved with, either in a voluntary or professional capacity, a local collective initiative that helps to protect the environment, improve sustainability and fight the climate crisis.

RA Summer Exhibition → 24 May
The Royal Academy's Summer Exhibition is the world’s largest open-submission art show. Entry fees apply.

WAC Awards → Ends 25 May
WAC Awards is an open competition for contemporary visual art that is gaining praise and respect in Britain and abroad. It was established in 2012 by a group of artists and their friends in Wells, the beautiful cathedral city in the South-West of England. An idea that came to life around kitchen and dining tables has already established a strong presence in the London, national and international art world and is drawing artists from places as diverse as Australia, Azerbaijan, India, Italy, Korea, Japan and the United States, as well as all over UK.
Entry fee applies.

V.O Curations Summer Residencies → ends 25 May/15 August
V.O Curations inviting emerging and underrepresented artists, curators and researchers to experiment and create new work in an open and supportive environment in central London.

Photographer-in-residence opportunity → ends 26 May
Open call for socially engaged photographer-in-residence in stoke town, (over 2 years). The opportunity in Stoke is developed by GRAIN Projects in collaboration with the Stoke town High Street Heritage Action Zone Board 

Making Waves Ceramics Trust → ends 29 May
Recently established in 2020 by the family of ceramic artist Stephanie Wright, the Making Waves Ceramics Trust has been created to provide innovative artists with financial support to hone their techniques and establish themselves in the world of ceramic sculpture.

Dorset sculpture trails → 31 May
The Arts Development Company are seeking expressions of interest from artists living in the South West for artworks for two sculpture trails in Dorset

Freelands Award 2021 → ends 31 May
The sixth annual Freelands Award invites proposals from UK visual arts organisations outside of London for a £100,000 award to realise a forthcoming exhibition by a mid-career female artist who may not yet have received the acclaim or public recognition that her work deserves. This award includes a fee of £25,000 for the artist, who should produce significant new work for the show.

Whitefriars Art Competition → 31 May
Artists at ACAVA Whitefriars Studios (London) are calling all sixth-form students, with connections to Harrow, to apply to the annual Whitefriars Art Competition.

Jonathan Tuckey Design: annual design commission → ends 31 May
Jonathan Tuckey Design are inviting individuals, organisations, clubs, schools, churches, mosques, to come forward with a building or site that needs special attention, or ideas that have been hard to realise without design input. Their team will award the chosen commission with a no-fee detailed consultation and feasibility study.

VOLT 2021 Eastbourne Open → ends 31 May
Inviting submissions from artists living, working or studying in Sussex

Westminster Young Photographer of the Year → ends 31 May
Positive View Foundation welcoming submissions from young photographers aged 11-15 and 16-25 living in Westminster, or attending school in Westminster to submit photographs that sum up life during Covid-19 times.

The Gilchrist-Fisher Award 2022 → ends 1 June
The Gilchrist-Fisher Award was established in 1987 and is a biennial prize open to all artists under the age of 30 whose work explores the broad theme of Landscape. Originally instituted as a painting prize, work is now accepted in all media except video and installation.

Creative Freelancers: Shaping London’s Recovery → apply by 4 June
The programme brings together up to 50 diverse freelancers from across the performing arts, including performers, directors, writers, and designers, with up to 50 leaders of cultural organisations, funders, councils and other key decision-makers. Each freelancer will receive a bursary, match-funded by a cultural organisation, and collaborate on a six-month research project in targeted working groups, supported by a freelance facilitation team. They will feed into the Mayor of London’s work to improve job creation and retention for freelancers, as well as skills and training, and take part in advocacy and lobbying. 

The Lumen Prize for Art and Technology → ends 4 June
Calling all UK and international artists. Entry fees apply ($38 for two works). 

A Bigger Canvas, National Trust Flatford Mill → ends 7 June **
Working in close partnership with the National Trust and their team at Flatford Mill in Dedham Vale, Suffolk, Essex Cultural Diversity Project is inviting proposals as part of our commissioning programme for 2021-22. Budget: £10,000

Fringe! Queer Film & Arts Fest → ends 15 June (late deadline 15 July)
Fringe! is specifically interested in films created by, for, about, or of interest to gay, lesbian, bisexual, ace, pansexual queer, trans, non-binary, intersex, genderqueer and two-spirit people.

Elan Valley Creative Wales Fellowship Award 2021-22 → ends 25 June
The Elan Valley Creative Wales Fellowships offer established creative practitioners, based in Wales, a chance to experiment and develop their practice while giving them time away from usual commitments in a beautiful, inspiring setting. The Fellowship includes six months’ accommodation within a one-year period and a £9,000 bursary.

Pottery Teacher / Trainee Pottery Teacher → ends 30 June
Trained ceramics teacher £28,640 - £39,000 pro-rata, trainee tutor £20,000-£28,640 pro-rata. Part-time 2-4 days per week (option to work more hours)with an optional 2 hours technician work during weekdays. 7 Limes pottery is a teaching studio South of Manchester City centre, that has been running for over 20 years.

Sustainability First 2021 Art and Essay Prizes → 10 July
This year's theme is 'Together for a Fair Climate Future'

All Fired Up! Ceramics Workshops
Looking for already formed community groups (not individuals) to attend workshops in Stoke-on-Trent between 21 June to 2 July
For more information contact freyagabie@gmail.com

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.

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.

Whispering for Help Callout → enrol now for workshops starting late May
Whispering for Help, funded by Arts Council England, is a project led by the artist Marie Smith that seeks to document women of colour's lived experiences with their mental health and wellbeing. The artist currently has a call out to join free photography workshops and to take part in her project.

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 programe.

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

Imperial College London artists open call → no deadline
Looking to make new connections with creatives and artists who are interested in collaborating with their academics and researchers on art-science projects that engage the public in cutting-edge research.

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

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

Jobs at Creative Folkestone → deadlines to some of the posts: 7 May
Creative Quarter Manager, Box Office Supervisor, Visitor Experience Assistant, Triennial Host, Triennial Host Supervisor.

The New Vic: Newcastle Common Project Manager → 7 May
To deliver on all aspects of the developing programme across multiple shop-style sites. You will provide practical, administrative and development activities.

Artquest are looking for art professionals to work on an occasional freelance basis on various projects: online crits, mentoring, curating, recording, editing audio or video, graphic design.

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


Health and Wellbeing

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.



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