To help you navigate the wealth of Covid-19 digital visual arts activity, we'll be collating on this page content and opportunities we've spotted, found useful and interesting. 

We will be adding to it over the coming period, giving you our pick for the week and highlighting new items to the list and activity from our international network so you can see what the rest of the world is up to too. 


 

PICK OF THE WEEK

NEW: INTERNATIONAL MUSEUM DAY

British Council and ICOM UK celebrate International Museums Day by posing questions about the future to museum directors from countries around the world: from Zimbabwe to Myanmar. Questions included, 'What is your vision for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in Museums?’ and ‘How should museums respond to Disability and Access, Diversity and Digital Technology in the Covid world?’ You can read their answers here and submit your own on the online corkboard.

Recommended by Jenny White – Head of Visual Arts Programme

 

NAVIGATE TO COVID-19 FUNDING, SUPPORT, OPPORTUNITIES AND MORE

 

FUNDING, GRANTS AND OPPORTUNITIES

Many of the pages below also provide lots of additional reading and links to further resources you may find useful, even if you are not eligible for one particular scheme.

ARTS COUNCIL ENGLAND

The latest advice, guidance and emergency funding measures the Arts Council England, government and several external organisations have put in place to address the Covid-19/coronavirus crisis.

CREATIVE SCOTLAND: SUSTAINING CREATIVE DEVELOPMENT

The fund aims to enable individuals and organisations to explore ways of working that will help them to adapt and respond to the current changing circumstances. Funding available for between £1k and £50k

ARTS COUNCIL WALES: CONORVIRUS SUPPORT

Open for applications to a Stabilisation Fund for Individuals: Friday 29 May 2020

FREELANDS FOUNDATION EMERGENCY FUND

For artists and freelancers in England and Northern Ireland in partnership with a-n The Artists Information Company. The £1.5m Freelands Foundation Emergency Fund is supported by the Freelands Foundation, as part of a landmark commitment of £3m towards emergency funds for artists and freelance creative practitioners across the UK affected by the Covid-19 crisis.

BRITISH COUNCIL ARTS OPPORTUNITIES 

Current and upcoming international opportunities for artists, creatives, professionals, and organisations

ARTQUEST: WFH (WORKING FROM HOME) RESIDENCY

A £1000 award to support artists during the covid-19 / coronavirus pandemic

KHOJ SUPPORT GRANT 2020

Khoj Support Grant 2020 for early-career artists and creative practitioners. The grant is a bi-monthly (once every 2 months), rolling grant starting June 2020 through which Khoj will support the ongoing practice of twenty artists with a modest sum of Rs. 25,000/- each.

ACS STUDIO PRIZE 2020

ACS is offering an artist the chance to win £4,500 to contribute to the cost of an artist’s studio in the UK.

STANLEY PICKER FELLOWSHIPS

Each Fellowship provides up to £16,000 and access to the extensive material workshops, technical resources and expertise within Kingston School of Art and the wider University departments, to support a practice-based, innovative research project, resulting in an exhibition at the Stanley Picker Gallery.

ADAM MICKIEWICZ INSTITUTE 

For artists of Polish heritage: the AMI has an open call for proposals for Art House – online residency programme, inviting Polish digital and visual artists to develop concepts for new projects. Mentors include staff from the University of Westminster, Serpentine Gallery and the V&A. 

CRATE: OPPORTUNITY FOR BAME ARTISTS TO TAKE PART IN DIGITAL RESIDENCY

Trickster, Teacher, Chaos Clay Digital Residency (TTCC) is an opportunity for Kent-based BAME artists to develop and research work in response to Octavia E Butler’s unfinished parable series.

ART JAMEEL DIGITAL COMMISSIONS - OPEN CALL

Art Jameel Commissions: Digital invites artists to propose projects, artworks or experiences that engage with TIME. This opportunity is for artists from or based in MENA or artists around the world who have a meaningful understanding of MENA region.

 

WATCH / VIEW

UK

NEW: CAMDEN ARTS CENTRE - THE BOTANICAL MIND ONLINE

This new online project by Camden Arts Centre investigates the significance of the plant kingdom to human life, consciousness and spirituality across cultures and through time. It brings together digital commissions, podcasts, films, texts, images and audio in an expanding archive that will be updated and added to regularly over the coming weeks.

Recommended by Jenny White – Head of Visual Arts Programme

NEW: HAYWARD GALLERY - AMONG THE TREES VIRTUAL TOUR

Ralph Rugoff leads a virtual tour of Among the Trees, a group exhibition that looks at how artists over the past 50 years have explored our relationship with trees and forests. 

Recommended by Nicola Heald – Collection Manager, Visual Arts

NEW: BLOCK UNIVERSE PERFORMANCE ART FESTIVAL

25 May - 30 May 2020

Sessions is Block Universe’s first virtual festival featuring workshops, podcasts, film and video, spoken-word, live performances and music. Audiences can experience live performances, an augmented reality performance, an online cooking workshop and a collaborative work which will forge connectivity to those separated by the current pandemic.

Recommended by Emily Medd – Visual Arts Programme Coordinator

GLASGOW INTERNATIONAL - DIGITAL PROGRAMME

23 April - 31 May 2020

The postponement of Glasgow International to 2021 has meant the organisers have created a digital programme with panel discussions and works from artists including Alberta Whittle, Urara Tsuchiya and Liv Fontaine.

Recommended by Emily Medd – Visual Arts Programme Coordinator

TRANSMISSIONS

An online platform commissioning artists to share their work online through the TV-show format. The show is as much hilarious as intriguing and will give you the opportunity to see new work by some of great visual artists, including: Mark Lecky, Jesse Darling, Patrick Staff and Tai Shani. Streamed only twice, then gone forever – you can catch it on Twitch.

Recommended by Emily Medd – Visual Arts Programme Coordinator

LUX: PICTURING A PANDEMIC - ART AND ACTIVISM OF SURVIVAL ON SCREENS FROM THE WOMEN'S HEALTH, LGBTQIA, CRIP AND DECOLONIAL ARCHIVE

Our partner for our moving image exhibition programme WE ARE HERE, LUX, are presenting a new series of screenings, texts and discussions with artist and writer Conal McStravick that considers how video has been used for women, LGBTQIA, people with chronic conditions and people of colour to collectively survive crises and work together.

Recommended by Emily Medd – Visual Arts Programme Coordinator

MENA

ASHKAL ALWAN

Ashkal Alwan has made available for streaming five films and videos by artists Anja Dornieden and Juan David González Monroy, Rami El-Sabbagh, Haris Epaminonda, Marianne Fahmy, and Maged Nader selected by guest curator Maha Maamoun.

ATASSI FOUNDATION

Online exhibitions from the Syrian arts initiative The Atassi Foundation, includes exhibitions such as Personal Revolutions, charting the integral role of women in the development of the Syrian Arts Scene.

Recommended by Oriana Calman – Visual Arts Programme Manager

WIDER EUROPE

ALMOST THERE

A digital exhibition with artworks from the British Council Collection, Georgia, Turkey and Ukraine, curated by Teona Burkiashvili from Georgia, Tatiana Kochubinska from Ukraine and Seyhan Musaoğlu from Turkey.

SSA

COLLABNOWNOW

A digital exhibition bringing together artists from across Africa and the UK. The artists were selected from an open call on the basis of their strength of practice, commitment to collaboration and willingness to share their skills.

SOUTH ASIA  

CHHATRAPATI SHIVAJI MAHARAJ VASTUS SANGRAHALAY MUSEUM ONLINE EXHIBITIONS 

The Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalay Museum in Mumbai has partnered with the Google Arts & Culture to feature some of their best and most memorable graphic exhibitions online. 

EAST ASIA 

NEW: NATIONAL MUSEUM OF MODERN ART, TOKYO: PETER DOIG

Step into the first solo exhibition in Japan by the contemporary Scottish "painter's painter" and British Council Collection artist Peter Doig. You can now explore Peter Doig's exhibition at the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo @MOMAT60th via a 3D VR tour! #CultureConnectsUs @Brit_VisualArts @jpBritishArts

Recommended by Oriana Calman – Visual Arts Programme Manager

FRANCES HODGKINS: EUROPEAN JOURNEYS

Christchurch Art Gallery, New Zealand, have created a video presentation of the exhibition Frances Hodgkins: European Journeys, which includes British Council Collection works by Hodgkins that we lent to the exhibition. 

Recommended by Nicola Heald – Collection Manager, Visual Arts

 

CREATE / PARTICIPATE

UK

NON-SUCH STUDIOS - CREATIVE QUARANTINE

A daily email of from Nottingham-based studios Non-such of creative goodness for adults and children alike.

Recommended by Emily Medd – Visual Arts Programme Coordinator

ROYAL MUSEUMS GREENWICH AND RISE ART: SOUND AND VISION | VIRTUAL DRAWING CLASS

A virtual drawing class where participants are invited to creatively respond to the collections of Rise Art and Royal Museums Greenwich whilst listening to a specially compiled soundtrack.

Recommended by Jenny White – Head of Visual Arts Programme

FORCED COLLABORATION

Forced Collaboration is an online platform matching artists’ practices and creating a space for cross disciplinary collaborations.

Recommended by Emily Medd – Visual Arts Programme Coordinator

EUROPE 

NEW: THE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART IN WARSAW: CONTEMPLATION IN THE TIME OF PANDEMIC #2

In the time of pandemic the art historian and audio describer Marta Przasnek is sharing instructions, which can be followed anywhere at any time, not necessarily in front of a computer screen. The exercises are to help you in developing a caring attitude toward yourself, others and the planet.

Recommended by Jenny White – Head of Visual Arts Programme

 

CONNECT / LEARN

UK

NEW: PERFORMANCE EXCHANGE

Online conversations from Performance Exchange: A dispersed performance programme in commercial galleries. 

Recommended by Oriana Calman – Visual Arts Programme Manager

NEW: CONNECTING CLASSROOMS

A new resource of three fun challenges for students aged 7-11 using the British Council Collection and featuring works by Grayson Perry, David Shrigley and Anya Gallacio. 

Recommended by Oriana Calman – Visual Arts Programme Manager

NEW: IKON

Family Activities to try at Home including Ikon's Art Explorer Packs made for each exhibition for kids to try at home

Recommended by Oriana Calman – Visual Arts Programme Manager

NEW: Newlyn Art Gallery & The Exchange

Lunchtime School is open to all who are curious! Join Newlyn Gallery on alternate Fridays to learn and create with artists and makers followed by informal group discussions

Recommended by Oriana Calman – Visual Arts Programme Manager

FIRST SITE: ARTIST ACTIVITY PACKS

Stay inspired with Firstsite’s downloadable artist created activity packs for children and young people during lockdown. These packs feature contributions from UK artists including Antony Gormley, Sarah Lucas, Gillian Wearing, Idris Khan, Richard Wentworth, Cornelia Parker, Jeremy Deller, Vanley Burke, Mark Wallinger and more.

Recommended by Oriana Calman – Visual Arts Programme Manager

 

 

SUPPORT ARTISTS

#artistsupportpledge

Follow this hashtag on Instagram to find artwork for sale for no more than £200 (200 USD/200 Euro/ 20,000 JPY plus postage). Every time an artist makes £1,000 ($1,000) in sales they commit 20% on purchasing the work of another artist using the hashtag. There are no enforcements, it is a system based on trust where everyone, at every level can contribute in supporting artists and makers.

GLASGOW INTERNATIONAL EDITIONS

Editions to purchase from artists such as British Council Collection artists Lubaina Himid, Mark Lecky and Hardeep Pandhal.

2020Solidarity

Famous visual artists have contributed to this poster project launched by Wolfgang Tilmans to raise money for arts and cultural venues. Check it out and nab a poster from the likes of British Council Collection artists such as Yinka Shonibare, Gillian Wearing and Wolfgang Tilmans himself.    

ART TECHNICIANS EMERGENCY FUND

Art technicians are the backbone of Visual Arts and many have lost livelihoods dur to Covid-19 – support them by taking part in this silent auction of fantastic donated artworks from the likes of Collection artists, David Batchelor, Jeremy Deller and past British Council Visual Arts colleagues: Natalie Lazarus.