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.
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.
Updated guidance for hosting events from the Greater London Authority (GLA). Additional precautions are needed for any events, so it is important to ensure detailed procedures and best practice are applied as part of the planning of any events bringing people together. As guidance is changing, the GLA have gathered useful links to stay up to date with the latest 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.
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.
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.
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
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.