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Freelands Foundation Emergency Fund

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. 

Who can apply: Freelance creative practitioners based in England and Northern Ireland who work in the visual arts and are experiencing severe financial hardship due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

What: Grants of £1,500 – £2,500

Deadline for applications: Applications will be accepted until 2:00pm on Thursday 18th June 2020 and decisions will be made on a weekly basis. You can apply at any time. There are no deadlines. Applicants will be informed of decisions approximately two weeks after submitting their application.

The Freelands Foundation is committed to supporting artists, organisations, audiences and staff during the Covid-19 crisis. More than ever, these extraordinarily challenging times have shone a light on the transformative power of the arts and creativity, inspiring individuals and connecting communities across the UK.

Therefore, the Foundation is pleased to announce that it has now committed a total of £3m in emergency funds to support artists and freelance creative practitioners in urgent need of financial support as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic across the four nations of the UK.

The Foundation has partnered with a-n The Artists Information Company to set up a new £1.5m Emergency Fund, Freelands Foundation Emergency Fund, for artists and freelancers in the visual arts sector living in England and Northern Ireland. Open from Thursday 7 May, the new fund will support grants of £1,500 to £2,500 per person, assessed by need, with £1 million going to those living in England and £500k to those in Northern Ireland.

The new fund follows a £1m contribution to the Creative Scotland Bridging Bursary and £500k to the Arts Council of Wales Urgent Relief Fund for Individuals.

Jayne Knight, Chair of a-n Board, said: “We know that getting money to artists is the most useful, practical action that a-n can take during this challenging period. We are proud that Freelands Foundation has chosen a-n to distribute their hardship funds to the visual arts.”

More information on how to apply

Apply here

 

VAA – #CREATEART4HOPE- May 2020

UK Artists give free Art for all donations to

Mental Health Charity Appeal

A national emergency appeal to support Mental Health charities including Mind has been launched, which will give every donor a thank-you gift of art from leading British artists. The #CreateArt4Hope’ appeal organised by The Visual Artists Association, will help Mental Health charities in delivering vital front-line services in response to the Covid-19 crisis.

Everyone who contributes to the appeal will receive a curated collection of A3 limited edition prints generously gifted by four award-winning artists’ including international sculptor Emma Rodgers; London based illustrator’ Carne Griffiths; Scottish fine landscape artist, Michael Batey; and contemporary animal painter, Tammy Walters.

Laura O’Hare, Director of the appeal commented “It is a mental health emergency and artists want to support the national effort to fight this pandemic. The appeal makes art accessible to all, given the financial hardship some are facing. The gifted artwork is an inspiring and rare collection symbolising hope and peace”.

Beth Knudsen from the charity Mind commented “As we start to feel the impact of coronavirus on our mental health, it is incredibly important that we take action now. This is our window of opportunity to support vital services. A donation to Mind supports everyone experiencing a mental health problem during these difficult times – whether they’re struggling with isolation, anxious about their or their loved one’s health, worrying about the future, or fighting on the frontline to save lives.

Speaking about the appeal, artist Emma Rodgers commented “When I heard about this project I wanted to help the cause and show support to those who are finding thing particularly difficult in these current times, as it is so important to look after our mental health as well as physical health. I felt compelled to create this artwork and specifically raise much needed funds for Mind. ‘RiseUp – The Dove, a symbol of peace and hope seemed the perfect subject, as it lifts

in flight, the traces of it’s wing movements are created by clapping hands, lifting the Dove, and indeed our hope in together overcoming Covid-19.

Emma Rodgers is a UK-based International artist who with works held in several major collections including National Museums and Galleries and featured in R.A., V&A, Saatchi and leading private collections.

To receive the free artwork collection, make a charitable donation via the fundraising page on www.createart4hope.co.uk Postage and packaging of £4.99 to receive the artwork is paid separately online. The limited edition art collection comes with a stamp and certificate of authenticity. Organisers are planning to release a 2nd collection of artwork at a later date. Further details are available online at www.createart4hope.co.uk

#CreateArt4Hope Set of Prints:

  • ‘Rise Up – The Dove’ by Emma Rogers
  • ‘The Stallion’ by Tammy Walters
  • ‘Spring Thaw’ by Michael Batey
  • ‘Peace’ by Carne Griffiths

VAA – Newsletter – April 2020

Dear Member,

We know that during this lockdown period Artists have had Shows cancelled and Art Galleries have closed their doors. So here at the Visual Artists Association HQ we have been focusing on what our members can do RIGHT NOW on their Arts Business!

1. INCOME If you haven’t already done so; check what you are entitled to claim from the Government during the Covid-19 lockdown. Here is a brief lowdown on what might be applicable to Artists.

a) Support for businesses that pay little or no business rates. The government is paying £10,000 grants to businesses that occupy premises that pay little or no business rates. So, if you are an Artist and pay little or no business rates but occupy a business property, you may be able to claim a one off grant of £10k.

b) Self-employed Income Support Scheme – This is a grant worth 80% of trading profits up to a maximum of £2,500 per month for next 3 months. Ask your Accountant for details.

c) Grants – Research specialist grants that you might be eligible for. Please see: https://www.artscouncil.org.uk/covid19 e) Start Selling Online

2. GO ONLINE. Get online – Now is the time to make sure that your platforms are up to speed and you can directly connect with your audience. Once we are out of lock down you will be able to move on with pride knowing that everything is ready to go! The good news is there are only three main areas for you to work on:

1/Email list What do you check every day? Your inbox. So does the rest of the population. If you haven’t already done so start your email list now or bring it up to date. Why not use this as a great opportunity to have a direct one to one conversation with a Buyer?

• Start by making a list of every single person who has bought your art/ is interested in your art;

• Compose an email with 3 key ingredients; ask how they are, that you are taking a moment to thank them for appreciating your art/buying your art; conclude with a link to your website/image of your work.

• For those who respond, tell them what you are up to; show them new artworks, do you have slots open for commissions, let them know? Action re-cap: Compile Email list/compose email

2/Artist Website Now is the time to update your website, it should be fresh, clear and above all reflect the very best version of you and your art.

• Domain name? This must be short, to the point; and professional.

• Email Address should be likewise – get rid of that old hotmail account with a cutesy name attached. It doesn’t look professional or serious.

• Update with Fresh new and available work, include prices.

• Update your events

• Make sure Visitors can sign up to a newsletter and that they newsletters are updated on a regular basis

• Check for clarity of image and upload speed. Consider some close up images where texture is involved.

• An outdated statement, bio or cv immediately hint that you are not focused.

Your website should raise your credibility. There are plenty of simple tools and sites for building websites out there, so there is no excuse. Your website is your selling platform that never sleeps.

3/ Instagram This is the number one social media platform for Artists and is your calling card. Use it to tell followers about what you are up to with your posts – what are you creating. No personal life posts though;

• Put your works in context

• Quality over quantity while keeping it varied

• Compare Yourself with your top three favourite artist accounts – why is yours so different? Audit yourself, and fill the gap. Work on these areas in the next few months and you will be making excellent progress.

If you would like to look at these areas or any other of your Art Business in more detail why not join the Visual Artists Association (VAA) https://visual-artists.org/join – for as little as £4.99 per month to receive £5million Public and Products Liability Insurance, Online Resources, Helpline and much more . We are also offering FREE 1-2-1 Strategy calls for the first 100 Artists who join.

Arts Council Emergency Fund Update – COVID-19

We have received clear and updated information from Arts Council England regarding their COVID-19 Emergency Funding. These are attached.

Emergency Response Fund – For organisations outside the National Portfolio (Easy Read)

Emergency Response Fund – For individuals (Easy Read)

We hope you find this useful! If you have problems with registering on the Grantium portal or have any other issues, please contact the ACE Customer Services Team:

Arts Council England Emergency Response Fund: A link to the full guidance on the ACE emergency funding is: https://www.artscouncil.org.uk/covid19 The Arts Council Customer Services Team can help you with the online Grantium form or talk about other ways they can help you. The phones are closed for the time being but you can contact The Customer Services Team online at:  https://www.artscouncil.org.uk/contact-us or email:   enquiries@artscouncil.org.uk