3rd April, 2020 (Updated 22nd April, 2020 with further links)
Updated reguarly, we’ve compiled an ongoing list of links and websites to help you stay calm and creative during Covid-19.
image: raw still of grimes, courtesy of wetransfer
Happy Days Zine are building a visual archive
Ever want your photography featured in print format? Happy Days are building a visual archive of how global creatives are spending lockdown. To submit, upload one image onto Instagram of the lockdown view from your window and tag @happydays_Zine. Best images are feautred in Happy Days Summer 2020 print edition.
Curated for Covid have organised an online platform for artists to exhibit and raise funds
Artists Beth Rodway and Rachael Neale have launched Curated for Covid - an online platform for artists to both exhibit and raise funds for mental health charity Mind. Images are to be submitted by 1st May to email@example.com including name, size of work, medium and price. Works can cover any subject matter, with 50% of proceeds going to both Mind and the artist.
Guap Magazine launch weekly fund for freelance creatives
Guap Magazine are providing £100 to one creative per week who has been affected by Covid-19. Guap’s criteria states creatives should be aged 16-30, freelance, have financial constraints and have been actively creating during Covid-19.
Chemical Isolation are encouraging stay-at-home photographers to carry on creating with affordable film processing
‘Film development for weird times’ - prices up to £10 (+£2 P&P) for development and scans of 35mm, 120 and 5x4 film, and processed within 2 working days of receiving film and payment.
Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival: ‘My Experience in Isolation’ Arts Commission
SMHAF are looking to commission five artistic responses to the theme ‘my experience in isolation’ to be showcased via their website. Each artist will receive a free of £500 inclusive of all costs and materials. Proposals spanning music, film, animation, writing, visual arts and more are welcome. Applicants must submit a one paragrah proposal to Gail Aldam at firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday 1st May - 5pm.
Grimes shares raw, unedited footage with WeTransfer
Activate your creativity during lockdown. Musician, Grimes has shared raw, unedited files of her latest single via WeTransfer and WePresent to inspire creators to edit their own version. Grimes mentions, “because we’re all in lockdown we thought if people are bored and wanna learn new things, we could release the raw components of a music video for anyone who wants to try making stuff using our footage.” Creators can share their edited videos online using #grimesartkit.
Watch SXSW short films for free, with MailChimp
SXSW, MailChimp and Oscilloscope Laboratories have teamed up to show a slate of short films that were due to be shown at SXSW Film Festival 2020 online, for free.
“While we can’t replace the camaraderie of the SXSW festival, watching these films is a way to support the artists you love and connect to the world around you, during a time when we could all use a little more connection”, says SXSW. #SupportTheShorts can be streamed though MailChimp’s streaming platform, Mailchimp Presents.
Arts Council Support
Arts Council England is looking to support artists, freelancers and creative practitioners during Covid-19 with an available £20 million of financial support, to sustain both themselves and their practice. Applications are now open with Round One and Two opening April 9th and 16th respectively. Similar grants are also available through Arts Council Wales and Northern Ireland.
Google Arts & Culture Online CollectionsIf you haven’t yet perused the works of MoMA, Museo Frida Kahlo or the Musée d’Orsay then you’re not doing Covid-19 properly. Feed your need for art through Google Arts & Culture Online Collections, with access to 2,500 museums and galleries worldwide.
United Nations Open Brief (Closed)
UN has released an open brief to creatives to help spread important messages surrounding Covid-19. You’ll need to capture one of their key messages: personal hygiene, physical distancing, know the symptoms, kindness contagion, myth busting and do more, donate. Submissions are open.
The Internet Archive/Guggenheim Museum
The Internet Archive and the Guggenheim Museum have 200+ modern art books in PDF form for you to view - including artists Gustav Klimt, Roy Lichtenstein, Kandinsky and more.
Static Film Festival (Closed)
An online film festival - Static looks to stream your submissions online, as well as connect filmmakers directly to their viewers. Submissions are open.
Netflix Party is a Google Chrome extension for watching Netflix during a virtual hangout - enabling you to synchronise video playback complete with group chat.
A gallery of photo prints with direct links to photographers, enabling you to contact and purchase. You’re also able to submit your own work.
Covid-19 can fill us with unbearable stints of anxiety. Something Positive features only positive news surrounding Coronavirus. For instance, “Battersea Dogs and Cats home reportedly rehomed more than double their usual amount of cats, dogs and hamsters last week”.
words, images: patrick taylor