There's a flood of information at the moment as everyone struggles to get their heads around the coronavirus pandemic and its implications.
This page summarises the most useful information we are aware of, and is updated regularly. If anything is wrong or needs adding, please email us, or send a direct message to @RedeyeNetwork on Twitter.
Redeye is running the Rethink Sessions, free online talks to help you adapt your work.
UK Government financial support
- Self-employed and lost income - the Self Employment Income Support Scheme
- If you are not eligible for the above, apply for Universal Credit
- If you need advice on the above, Citizens' Advice is independent of government
- Claim for your employee’s wages through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
- NB: if you fall through the gaps for state provision because of unusual work patterns, please contact us with specific details.
Arts and cultural sector financial support
- Arts Council England has emergency grants for individuals. Registration deadlines 13 and 27 April 2020
- Creative Scotland support requests open 20-25 April 2020 only
- Arts Council of Wales resilience fund for artists opens from 7 April 2020
- If heritage or organisations are at risk: the Heritage Emergency Fund for organisations
- The Culture in Quarantine Fund is for projects responding to the pandemic. Deadline 8 April 2020, 5pm
- FACT, Liverpool - 10 grants for early career artists locked down in the North of England - deadline 26 April 2020
- The Pay It Forward scheme allows you to fundraise in advance of a project by pre-selling
- a-n is managing a fund for those who work on exhibitions.
Mental health support
- Dozens of links on the March Network website - stay-at-home festivals, live art, online museums
- Thought pieces from Sian Alex, Michael Topic.
Work-related networks and guidance
- Guidance page from the Association of Photographers
- From the NUJ: general guidance and police guidelines for those working as photojournalists.
- British Journal of Photography network (private Facebook group - application process)
- Very active Anti-viral work for freelancers group (private Facebook group - application process)
- IPSE, the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed, advice page
- Manchester International Festival holds regular drop-in sessions for artists and creative freelancers
- Resources and digital training from the Arts Marketing Association
- Sometime - a new platform linking creative freelancers to those who might need help.
Photographic and arts projects for inspiration
- FORMAT Festival Mass Isolation project
- Rachael Munro Fawcett: Photographers in Isolation project
- First of the Photo London talks online (registration needed).
Commercial services and offers
Some companies are offering price reductions in response to the pandemic, so worth checking if there is something specific you want.
- Half price software and 90 day trials from Affinity including Photo, Designer and Publisher
- Some videoconferencing software is temporarily free including Teams, Webex
- Nikon Online School is free for April 2020.
Online exhibiting ideas
- Anim18 VR Gallery
- Some online museums and galleries from Art Fund
- Coldwar Steve online gallery
- Occupy White Walls - via Steam
- Ikonospace - 3D and VR galleries company.
Here's our earlier page with some ideas on adapting your work.