I thought I’d utilise a space on my site to generate a list of hopefully useful resources and support, recommended charities to donate to and profesisonal and creative links.

UK Covid-19 Freelance Artist Resource list compiled by Erica Scourti, Kim Plowright and Laura Kriefman. Brilliant appendix of information for artist freelancers. The site contains details on governmental official guidance and support, emergency funding, industry orgaisations, unions and advocacy, mutual support groups and guidance for online teahcing amongst lots of other more specific areas of shared best practice.

UK Artist Grant Writing Support - UK Artist Grant Writing Support is a network of artists, curators and producers working in contemporary art organisations, who are coming together to provide in-kind support to artists requiring help with emergency grant applications. This network has been established in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and its increasingly serious economic impact on artists. 

Details of the working group, how to gain advice can be found online here:

Submissions will be reviewed on a first come first serve basis until Sunday 31 May 2020. 

Artist support pledge - Artists post images of their work, on Instigram which they are willing to sell for no more than £200 each (not including shipping). Anyone can buy the work. Every time an artist reaches £1000 of sales, they pledge to spend £200 on another artist/s work. Project initiated by Matthew Burrows.

KitMapper Covid-19 Community support and resources - details a list of community-specific support, tools and skills, culture and entertainment. 

Art Licks Opportunities page - a great and regularly updated list of live artist and creative opportunities: http://artlicks.com/opportunities

The scope of these range from bursaries, residencies, grants, zine, exhibition and collaborative open calls. You can also subscribe to the Arts Licks newsletter which will provide you with a a bitesize account of the most up to date live opportunites here: http://artlicks.com/subscribe

I have listed three charities which I’ll be backing during this difficult time. In light of recent controversies surrounding Virgin Money profiting from Covid-19 I have listed the online giving platform after each link.

The Outside Project - In response to the rise and risk of homelessness during the COVID19 Pandemic we have been working with the YHA in Central London to open an emergency hotel. We will provide emergency housing and support to the LGBTIQ+ community for the next 3 months.
Donations page link (powered by goldengiving)

nia runs services for women and girls who have been subjected to sexual and domestic violence and abuse, including prostitution. We offer community based services in Hackney, Haringey, Barking and Dagenham, Waltham Forest, Redbridge, Tower Hamlets, Havering, Newham and Brent and Brent. Donations page link (powered by justgiving)

Imperial Health Charity has launched an urgent fundraising appeal to help hospitals fight the COVID-19 outbreak. The COVID-19 Relief Fund will support hospital staff on the front line of our NHS as well as helping the most vulnerable patients cope with sudden and unexpected financial pressures.

You can support the appeal by making a donation today(powered by justgiving)
Animating the Archives - when I worked at Tate over 3 years ago one of the final projects I was involved with was the the brilliant Archives and Access project digitising over 52,000 archive items online onto the Tate website.

Part of this project involved Tate’s Digital Learning team at the time creating of a series of short films titled 'Animating the Archives.' These give an in-focus look at the practices being digitised and are great self-isolation / quarantine material to watch, beautifully filmed and really informative.
You can view all the Animating the Archives films here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL5uUen04IQNkAGmQGRP_9NuojVeZkH4Sd

ICA sound archive - talks and discussions held at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, during the period 1982-1993, featuring leading writers, artists and filmmakers.

Great Women Artist podcast - created off the back of @thegreatwomenartists Instagram, this podcast is all about celebrating women artists. Presented by art historian and curator, Katy Hessel, this podcast interviews artists on their career, or curators, writers, or general art lovers, on the female artist who means the most to them. A personal favourite espisode features Barbican Curator Eleanor Nairne recounting her interest and knowledge of the brilliant and formidable Lee Krasner. You can hear the whole series here, or wherever you get your podcasts.

Talk Art - actor Russell Tovey and gallerist Robert Diament host Talk Art, a podcast dedicated to the world of art featuring exclusive interviews with leading artists, curators & gallerists. I personally really enjoyed their interview with artist duo Hannah Quinlan and Rosie Hastings.

You can hear the entire series here, or wherever you get your podcasts.

Peoples mask - Central Saint Martins staff members Laura Baker, Technical Coordinator Print; Margot Bannerman, Fine Art Tutor; and Anna Hart from AIR have setup @peoples_masks to rally the public to collectively make thousands of face masks. Wearing these will help to protect ourselves and the workers who are protecting us: doctors, nurses, refuse collectors, shop-workers.

You can watch the video tutorial to get started.

CSM loves the NHS - Led by staff on the Foundation Diploma in Art and Design (FAD), this project brief calls on students and members of the public to create non-surgical scrubs for the NHS.

For full instructions and to download the pattern guides please see the project brief. If you are not a student and want to take part then simply go to the ‘Patterns and guides’ section of the page. You can also follow the FAD Fashion and Textiles Instagram account for more details and updates.

Text: https://www.arts.ac.uk/colleges/central-saint-martins/stories/central-saint-martins-staff-projects-to-help-the-nhs