INITIATIVES

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STRIKE A LIGHT - LET ARTISTS BE ARTISTS

STRIKE A LIGHT – LET ARTISTS BE ARTISTS

 A radical proposal for arts organisations to build a new normal, with artists and communities at its heart.

This summer, we’re contracting 3 artists to work with no ‘targets’, no pre-defined outcome and no pressure for 4 months with 3 different communities in Gloucester. Their brief is simply to work with the community to make people’s lives better through the arts.

 We want to rapidly extend this idea of longer-term, deeper-rooted employment for artists to work in and with local communities. So we are reallocating some of our programming budget for 2021. We want to employ artists, full-time, for a year and need other organisations to collaborate with us to make this happen.

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NATIONAL THEATRE WALES: TIME = MONEY BURSARIES

NATIONAL THEATRE WALES: TIME = MONEY ARTIST BURSARIES

“An urgent programme to reimagine the future of arts and culture.”

National Theatre Wales is offering ten bursaries to support under-represented artists working in theatre and performance during the ongoing crisis facing our industry as a result of COVID-19. We are inviting applications from Welsh and Wales-based artists who have felt marginalised within the arts, and whose practice and/or professional trajectory is at risk from the pandemic’s continued impact on the sector…”

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COVENTRY: MICRO COMMISSIONS FOR DISABLED ARTISTS

COVENTRY CITY OF CULTURE TRUST LAUNCHES MICRO COMMISSIONS FOR DISABLED ARTISTS IN PARTNERSHIP WITH UNLIMITED

“Deaf, disabled and neurodivergent artists in Coventry and Warwickshire are being encouraged to apply for grants to create new work or enhance their skills through an exciting new partnership.

The Coventry City of Culture Trust has partnered with Unlimited, a national arts commissioning programme that enables new work by disabled artists to reach UK and international audiences.

Through the partnership, the Trust is inviting d/Deaf, disabled and neurodivergent people who live or regularly work within a CV postcode to apply for ten micro commissions of up to £1,000 each.

The grants are open to artists of any discipline and of any level to create new work, enhance their skills or explore different creative processes within the Trust’s key themes: Activism; community collaboration; environment, nature and green futures; public realm and public spaces; and digital.”

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CULTURE RESET – 20th July to 11th September

CULTURE RESET

An urgent programme to reimagine the future of arts and culture

www.culturereset.org

“ARTS AND CULTURE ARE SELF-ORGANISING FOR SURVIVAL RIGHT NOW.

But what are we fighting for? A return to how things were or a fundamental reset?

CULTURE RESET is a practical rapid response programme to inspire more relevant and impactful cultural organisations and practices.

Born out of the devastating impact of Covid-19 and inspired by the urgent need to accelerate change and respond to the experiences of a broader diversity of people, it will provide expert support and dynamic stimulus for 192 arts and cultural producers, makers and directors across the UK.

Applications are NOW CLOSED.

The programme runs 20 July to 11 September 2020.

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LOCKDOWN FESTIVAL ONLINE

Lockdown Festival Online

www.lockdownfestival.online

An initiative to provide work for the community during lockdown by reconnecting Venues and Artists with Audiences – online.

“Broadcasting events, concerts and live experiences using our venues as safe working environments and backgrounds.

When buying a ticket to a performance, Patrons access a feed Live at a time and date with high quality audio, multi cam footage, visuals as intended by artist and perhaps a Q&A with them

The model is self-sustaining.  We do not need funding or hand-outs.

Covering our costs, strictly not for profit, charities benefit from any surplus.

When the situation eventually lifts. –  Any show, anywhere in the world, is no longer limited to a seating plan or venue capacity.  ‘Sold out’ is replaced with ‘online only’.  Geography becomes obsolete, a second revenue stream is established for all.  Who amongst us does not think that there will be a second wave of infection and second lockdown?

Together we can turn this period of time into a positive, able to experience and support any Culture anywhere in the World..​.”

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THEATR CLWYD: A Chance Encounter– Across Borders

A Chance Encounter– Across Borders

www.theatrclwyd.com

Here at Theatr Clwyd we’re missing the joy of seeing freelancers bump into each other on the stairs, in the green room, in our bar… Those chance encounters that happen in our building when two people start talking and something just clicks.

Most of us are spending more time apart than ever before but some of us may have a little more free time, a wifi connection and a desire to connect to others working in this brilliant industry of ours. So perhaps now is as good a time as any to say ‘hello’ to someone new.

A Chance Encounter– Across Borders is our way of helping those hellos to happen. We will fix you up with a fellow theatre freelancer you’ve never met for an online hangout, no expectations, no obligations, just you and a fellow creative. And by ‘creative’, we mean any and all freelancers who work in our amazing cultural world, whether onstage or off, in a theatre, a gallery, a library or a circus, whether traditionally labelled as ‘creative’ or not (some stage managers we’ve been speaking to claim they’re not creative but we think they’re some of the most creative people we know).

You might meet a future collaborator, come up with a new idea for a project or just have a reassuring chat. At the very least, you’ll make a new connection – or, if you happen to be paired with someone you know, it’s a chance to reconnect. It’s also a great way for us at Theatr Clwyd to hear from freelancers in these isolated times.

If you work in the arts (in any art form or practice) and would like to get involved, fill in this Google form by 9 September with your name, where you’re based and a short paragraph about what you do. We will then pair you up with another participant and introduce you via email, sharing the short paragraph you have sent us.

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THEATRE SUPPORT FUND: THE SHOW MUST GO ON

Theatre Support Fund: The Show Must Go On

Www.theatresupportfund.co.uk

London’s West End standing together for the British Theatre Community.

The Theatre Support Fund have brought together the world famous artwork of London’s West End musicals raising vital funds for Acting for Others, The Fleabag Support Fund and the NHS Covid-19 Urgent Appeal

T-shirts, Bags, Mugs, Notebooks, Badges, Magnets, Pencils – all with ‘The Show Must Go On’ Logo – donating all proceeds to charity.  There have been 15,000 orders so far raising over £200,000 for theatre workers in need.

You can also donate to the fund via the website.

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THEATRE SEARCH: DATABASE OF THEATRE OPENINGS

Spun Glass Theatre: Theatre Search

A free comprehensive resource detailing all venue closures, re-openings and programming windows for independent producers and artists.

Arts Council England are currently funding Spun Glass Theatre to build Theatre Search – a free resource which catalogues the impact of Covid-19 on UK venues. We hope that by facilitating the creation of a free-to-access, shared resource for independent producers and arts companies, we can help to rebuild the UK touring ecology. 

Theatre Search will clearly show which UK theatres are open, which have unfortunately closed and when some might be looking to programme work, helping new productions to be created and tours to be rebooked.

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PUBLIC CAMPAIGN FOR THE ARTS – TELL YOUR STORY

Public Campaign for the Arts – Tell Your Story

A website to collate video stories from the industry

“Unless our government acts now, most of Britain’s theatres, music venues and performing arts companies will be gone by the end of this year.

We are members of the public who need them to survive.”

“Try to keep your video short and sweet, look straight into the camera, and simply talk from the heart about things like this:

  • Say your first name and where you live.

  • Tell the story of how the arts have made a difference in your life.

  • How will you feel if the majority of theatres, music venues and arts companies shut down permanently?”

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EXCHANGE PROJECT

Exchange Project – Creative Collaboration in a Time of Crisis

www.twitter.com/ExchangeProjec

Exchange Project – Connecting freelance creatives and furloughed staff to share knowledge, ideas & skills.   #CreativeExchange

“The Exchange Project pairs freelance creatives with theatre staff currently on furlough for knowledge and ideas-sharing. We’re asking furloughed staff if they’d be happy to volunteer between 1 and 4 hours of their time, knowledge and experience to work on a specific task, to support a freelancer’s professional development.

We’ve heard a lot lately from freelancers who feel a heightened sense of instability and lack of parity during this time of crisis. Many furloughed staff, whilst also anxious about the future, are keen to remain connected, stay creative and to support freelancers in a hands-on way. This project is born out of these conversations and has been shaped by both freelancers and furloughed staff.

We appreciate that this is a difficult and uncertain time for everyone but we have been galvanised by the creativity and generosity of others in our sector and we hope that this project can contribute to building resilience and new collaborations despite the challenges we are all facing. We hope that this means, when we all return to work, we are better prepared to deal with what the future holds.”

For furloughed staff members, which asks you to let us know your area of expertise, and how much time you’d be able to volunteer remotely:

For freelance creatives, which asks you to let us know about your work, what you would like support with and your availability:

TALKS & SEMINARS

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CULTURE RESET

20 July to 11 September

CULTURE RESET

An urgent programme to reimagine the future of arts and culture

www.culturereset.org

“ARTS AND CULTURE ARE SELF-ORGANISING FOR SURVIVAL RIGHT NOW.

But what are we fighting for? A return to how things were or a fundamental reset?

CULTURE RESET is a practical rapid response programme to inspire more relevant and impactful cultural organisations and practices.

Born out of the devastating impact of Covid-19 and inspired by the urgent need to accelerate change and respond to the experiences of a broader diversity of people, it will provide expert support and dynamic stimulus for 192 arts and cultural producers, makers and directors across the UK.

Applications are NOW CLOSED.

The programme runs 20 July to 11 September 2020.

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MANCHESTER INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL - ARTIST AND FREELANCE DROP-IN

Every Thursday at 2pm

https://mif.co.uk/whats-on/artist-support/

“MIF hosts a weekly drop-in session on Zoom where artists and creatives from Manchester and beyond can come together to share experiences and ideas during lockdown. Taking place every Thursday at 2pm, the drop-ins are free, and all artists and creatives are welcome.

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VOLUNTARY ARTS

Every Weekday at 9.30am

VOLUNTARY ARTS – #CreativeNetwork online get together

Every Weekday between 9.30am & 10.30am

“In March, Voluntary Arts launched #CreativeNetwork – a daily online get-together open to anyone involved in arts, culture and creativity in response to the effects of the pandemic and the lockdown. Facilitating these conversations has enabled people from across the UK and Ireland to connect with others, develop ideas and projects and find sustainable ways forward in changing circumstances.”

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WHAT NEXT?

Every week…

www.whatnextculture.co.uk

Sign Up to your local Chapter of What Next? for news of meetings and talks.

Everyone is encouraged to get involved with What Next? by joining your local chapter, setting up a new chapter or following the movement on social media.