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The Artquest homepage

This week the Artquest home page will revert back to it's original, pre-lockdown state. Information on COVID-19 / coronavirus-specific opportunities and guidance will remain on this page, which will become a Project page on the main Artquest site. You will still be able to access this page directly via any page on Artquest.
National Lottery Project Grants is returning

Arts Council England Project Grants

After a brief closure of the fund in the immediate aftermath of the Covid-19 crisis, National Lottery Project Grants will be back on 22 July 2020. The fund will be more responsive to the needs of smaller independent organisations and individual practitioners during Covid-19 and will prioritise reopening this programme to help fund independent organisations, creative practitioners and freelancers as quickly as possible. Updated guidance available by mid-July - sign up to their email newsletter to receive further information.

The Importance of Participatory Arts – An Open Letter

A letter prepared by ArtsChain to advocate for the important role of the participatory arts movement for the arts in the UK in the next ten years. It has been written to captures the views of smaller organisations and individuals working in this area as freelancers or micro-businesses. Sign online if you support these proposals.
Space for Learning: freelancer needs

Space for Learning: freelancer needs

The Clore Duffield Foundation, Group for Education in Museums (GEM), Engage and the Theatre Education Forum (TEF) are working together to draw up guidance on how Learning spaces in museums, galleries, heritage and performing arts sites can manage the risk of transmission when reopening to the public. They want to hear from freelancers and staff who deliver learning services about your current concerns, needs, and new skills you need to develop. Survey contains 12 questions and is intended to take five to 10 minutes to complete.
Reopening advice

Reopening advice for venues

Numerous organisations and UK Government bodies are publishing information and guidance on safe reopening during this phase of the Covid-19 / coronavirus pandemic, from 4 July 2020 (at the time of writing). Although permitted, many venues are anecdotally reporting a delay in reopening due to a lack of resources to make their buildings safe. Resources have been published by the UK Government, Eventbrite, and Arts Council England.
Demos: Renew Normal

Renew Normal

Renew Normal is a national conversation about how the UK can rebuild after the COVID-19 crisis, run by think-tank and research group Demos. It aims to gather stories about what your life has been like throughout this period to help create a society that works for everyone.

Common Ground Commissions

Season for Change are delighted to launch Common Ground, a programme of four £10,000 commissions for artists, makers or creators, and a professional development programme focused on cultural climate leadership. Season for Change is a nationwide programme of artistic and cultural events that celebrate the environment and inspire urgent climate action.  In order to challenge existing imbalances in the climate movement, Common Ground invites applications from artists who identify as Black, Asian and minority ethnic/POC, refugee, D/deaf, disabled, neurodivergent, working class and/or LGBTQI+. Find out more and apply here. Photo credit:  Breathe!, Numbi Arts and Virtual Migrants. Part of Artsadmin's 2 Degree Festival. Photo by Greg Goodale

Filmpro Online Commissions

During lockdown creative production and exhibition has necessarily been moving onto online platforms, in response, filmpro will support the development and delivery of 4 commissions for self-defining disabled emerging artists. These commissions will address the barriers that disabled artists face when producing work for online exhibition. These commissions aim to push the boundaries of digital platforms, while finding the tools to create work in new ways. The work could reflect on the unexpected positive consequences of the Covid-19 crisis. Find out more and apply here. 
Black Artists Grant

Black Artists Grant

The Black Artists Grant, established by Creative Debuts, is a number of £500 grants given out no-strings attached every month to a black artist in the UK.