Coronavirus resources for practitioners and organisations

[updated 26 May 2020]

We are continuing to collate information below that we hope will be useful to our members and others. We send our solidarity and support to frontline workers: cleaners, carers, shop workers, transport workers, healthcare staff.

    Learning from experience, and taking a step back: You can find here a collection of responses and reflections from the LENS group and others with lived experience of the impacts of culture and creativity on their health and wellbeing. We have also brought together a number of reflective articles and blogs to help us think through the new normal.

    Evidence we're gathering: You can see a list of the evidence we are gathering of activity in culture, health and wellbeing in relation to covid here. We have also compiled some of the surveys and research circulating at the moment here so that you can pick and choose what you would like to fill in! Our own survey results will be available soon. You can hear Rosie Dow present some early results in this Re-imagining the Future webinar from 18 May 2020.

    Cultural & creative responses on and offline: We are collating on and offline resources that cater for specific audiences (carers, young people, people living with particular health conditions etc.) via this google sheet - we're currently (26 May) in the process of updating this, since an influx of new information in recent days. Some highlights of digital and analogue practice are below.

    Digital training

    Digital safeguarding

    We have developed new guidance on working online and in collaboration with Arts Marketing Association, 64million Artists and Real Ideas for those of you working or running groups online. You might also want to check:

    Analogue creative resources

    We know that many people are unable to access digital technology, or are finding it overwhelming to do so; here are some ideas and resources for connecting offline:

    Some of our members' organisations have begun to

    • set up story-chains for the post (a variation on digital story-chains like this)
    • set up phone calls to keep in touch with participants in creative groups or museum volunteers
    • develop training for staff who are required to be in institutions such as hospitals or prisons to deliver creative activities

    Send us more analogue ideas...

    Digital/online creative resources

    Resources:

    Freelance support

    Weareunlimited have a contingency plan for supporting disabled artists who may be losing work, and general coronavirus resources for disabled artists. Susan Jones has produced an excellent 4-point plan for supporting freelancers, see below.

    Practical support from funders

    If you run a business, venue or charity

    General resources

    Francois Matarasso's blog explores challenges for creative practitioners, and his hope that "Perhaps this crisis will prove to be the opportunity to rethink our mutual responsibilities, so that, when we are on the other side, we will start working towards better, kinder societies". Where you can, offer support to people that need it, including those isolated or unwell, but also - crucially - health and care workers, who are struggling with lack of resource, especially in hospital settings. If you are able, you might also want to consider donating to a food bank or a hygeine bank.