CCA Supports is our programme that is aimed at supporting emerging artistic practice as well as artists at any stage of their career. During these unprecedented times we are using this page as a resource to share the latest information on health and safety as well as financial support schemes and creative initiatives that may be helpful for artists and others.
This page will be updated frequently.
Click here for the full page.
Over the coming weeks we are hosting social media takeovers from our Reciprocal Residency artists Niamh Seana Meehan and Ginte Regina, and CCA’s 2020 Research Associates; Renèe Helèna Browne, Alessia Cargnelli, Ciarán Ó Dochartaigh, Borbála Soós and Katharina Stadler. Over the course of a full day, they will share with us their research, development and interests. To keep up to date with CCA and find out about the takeovers, follow us @CCADLD on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
CCA CRIT GROUP
Fridays 19 & 26 June 2020, 2–4pm
CCA is hosting another two-part online crit group for artists and creatives at any stage of their career who are trying something new. The crit group is being held over the two Fridays with five artists presenting per session. Across the two sessions, ten artists in total will share a piece of their work with the rest of the group facilitated by CCA Public Programmes Curator Laura McCafferty. Participants would need to be available for both sessions. This is a platform for artists to receive feedback and the chance to generate a discussion around your work. The Zoom link for this event will go live and be sent to you on the day.
To book you free ticket, visit our online shop (Note: tickets are not yet available, this page will be updated when the tickets are released).
Our next batch of 1-2-1 surgeries are for artists who want to chat about their work, or receive critical and practical advice from CCA’s Director Catherine Hemelryk. We will have four slots available per day, each lasting for 25 minutes. The Zoom invitation will be sent to participants in advance of their time slots.
Book free tickets for slots here (tickets will be available soon).
Beginning Friday 27 March 2020, 1pm
Time is speeding up and slowing down simultaneously. Individually and collectively we attempt to make sense of these collisions to find a new rhythm. CCA’s reading group booksvscigarettes will move to Twitter delivering one line daily of The Machine Stops. E.M. Forster’s 1909 novel describes a time when human life can no longer live on the surface of the Earth. Individuals live in isolation pods deep under the ground. The supercomputer ‘The Machine’ that they rely on for all human needs suddenly stops. #booksvscigarettesccadld
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RESOURCE: CURRENT COVID-19 INFORMATION FOR ARTISTS IN OUR REGION
Northern Ireland is beginning to ease lockdown and guidelines recommend all to:
- Stay at home.
- Only go outside for essential shopping, health reasons or work (only when this absolutely cannot be done from home).
- Stay 2 meters (6ft) away from other people.
- Wash your hands as soon as you get home.
- You can spread the virus even if you don’t have symptoms.
- Up to six people from different households can meet outdoors provided they socially distance with at least 2 metres.
For more information visit NI Direct.
Volunteering North West are putting people in touch with local organisations who are working collectively to ensure that the most vulnerable are supported. Visit their website to sign up.
Derry Community Drive is a Facebook Group that has been set up for people to ask for help if they need and to support one another. You can join the group via Facebook here.
SUPPORT MEASURES FOR BUSINESSES AND EMPLOYEES
The Chancellor of the Exchequer announced a package of support measures for businesses and employees on Friday 20th March. This package includes support for businesses including: a Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme where HMRC will reimburse 80% of workers wage cost, up to £2,500 per month a Statutory Sick Pay relief package for small and medium sized businesses to reclaim pay for sickness absence due to COVID-19.
Click here for more information on eligibility.
SELF-EMPLOYMENT INCOME SUPPORT SCHEME
A new scheme has been set up to support people who are a self-employed individual or member of a partnership. This package includes a taxable grant, which will be 80% of the average profits up to £2,500 per month.
Visit here for more information on eligibility.
The Department for Communities has also published new information on Universal Credit. New claims to Universal Credit can still be made online with additional telephone support available if you need help with a new claim. Click here for more information.
ARTS COUNCIL NORTHERN IRELAND
You will find the latest and other recent updates on UK Government Advice, how to Plan and Prepare, Arts Council Support, existing funding awards, Applications currently submitted for assessment and New Funding Applications here.
ACNI have launched a survey to understand the human and financial impacts of coronavirus here.
UPDATE: This fund is not currently accepting new applications but we anticipate it will reopen.
ACNI have launched their Emergency Programme for Artists and Performers. The programme offers grants of up to £5000 for proposals ending March 2021. Applications launch 27 April–2020 until further notice and decisions will be made within 2 weeks of receipt of proposals. Expression of Interest forms and guidance notes are available here.
From the ACNI website, the aims of the fund are:
- to support proposals for the research, design and future presentation of specific showcases, performance(s) and/or other forms of public presentation aimed at groups and communities otherwise facing barriers to the arts on a range of platforms
- to engage the arts sector in employment by providing individual artists, creative practitioners and performers with financial support to create work and make a vital contribution to the well-being of communities.
There is an expectation that funding from the Scheme will lead in the future to some form of meaningful public engagement and/or other forms of public access opportunity, in large or small scale.
Deaf & Disabled Artist Support Fund: Arts Council of Northern Ireland and University of Atypical are delighted to announce a new fund specifically for D/deaf and disabled artists in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.
Artists of all disciplines are invited to apply for 25 grants of up to £1,000 each, in order to support their practice, by 31st March 2021. The grants can support artistic output across any discipline and scale, alongside any associated access support requirements that D/deaf and disabled artists have. This fund is in addition to, not instead of, Arts Council’s other schemes such as the Artists’ Emergency Programme – D/deaf and disabled artists can apply for both. iDA recipients, or other artists who work on existing projects with University of Atypical, or have worked with the organisation previously, are also eligible to apply. DEADLINE: Wednesday 20 May 2020, 5pm. Details on how to apply here.
VISUAL ARTISTS NORTHERN IRELAND
VANI are moving online. For the latest list of events keep an eye on their website here.
The Help-Desk online will be running online every Wednesday. These 30-minute web chats are free for VANI members, £5 for non-members. Booking is available here. For VAI events visit here for further information.
Public Health Agency guidance: click here
UK Government Coronavirus (COVID-19) action plan: click here
Independent Arts Projects:
Covid-19 Links to Advice and support for Arts Workers
HM Treasury: Budget 2020 – Support for those affected by COVID-19
Bread & Butter Fund: a crowdfunder to offer ‘gig’ fees of £200 to artists affected by Coronavirus. This project is in its fundraising stage here and the applications for funds will go live shortly.
The Freelands 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. Click here for more information.
DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMY & OPEN UNIVERSITY FREE TRAINING FOR UNEMPLOYED/FURLOUGHED PEOPLE
The Department of Economy has partnered with the Open University and are offering a wide range of free training to those who have become unemployed or who on furlough leave due
to Corona virus. Some of the areas include:
– Digital skills
– Cyber Security
– Essential skills – English and Maths.
You can undertake training during Furlough without it creating a break in the furlough leave, just a reminder that when undertaking training you must be paid at least the national minimum/living wage rate.
Here is the link to access the training here.
FOR THOSE IN THE REPUBLIC OF IRELAND
Visual Arts Ireland has put together an information page the COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment available to those experiencing loss of income: click here.
There is information that tells you if you are eligible and how to apply.
Arts Council for Ireland’s survey has closed. Current funding opportunities are available here.
For the latest Culture Ireland grants, click here.