Image: Sharon and Yash by Ciara Leeming
We are now very used to life in lockdown but that doesn’t make it any easier, so we have gathered a range of information and resources (updated for 2021) that we hope you will find useful.
If there are any errors with this page or anything you think we have missed off then please let us know through the contact form, or direct message to @RedeyeNetwork on twitter.
Government Financial Support:
- You may be able to claim a grant through the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme. Details about the fourth grant will be announced on 4th March
- You could apply for Universal Credit.
- The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme has been extended until 30th April 2021.
- Smaller businesses can apply for a Coronavirus Bounce Back Loan.
- If you need any advice you can contact Citizens Advice.
Arts and Cultural Sector Financial Support:
- Arts Council England are running National Lottery project grants – open until April 2021.
- Arts Council Developing your Creative Practise grants are open for applications until 12pm on 18th February.
- Manchester City Council and HOME have announced a fund for freelancers working in the Arts and Culture sector, which opens for applications at 9am on 1st February.
- The Eaton Fund helps artists and students working in the visual arts fields with grants to fund art materials, items of equipment, and exhibition costs, such as framing.
- Creative Debuts run a Black Artists Grant, providing financial support to artists for whatever they need- costs for equipment, travel, research etc. These grants are given out monthly.
- PHmuseum 2021 Photography Grant is open for submissions, Deadline is 11:59pm on 18th February.
- Feast are running grants for artists in Cornwall who use their skills for the benefit of their communities. Deadlines at midnight on 10th February and 7th March.
Continuing with photography during lockdown
- Photojournalists are considered key workers so can continue to work during lockdown, but they must carry a UK press card with them at all times in case they get questioned. Here is some information from the NUJ. However as of the 18th of January, Journalists are no longer exempt from overseas travel restrictions. More info here.
- Photographers that work for a key service employer (e.g. police or armed forces) are also key workers and will be given guidance on how to continue working in a safe way by their employer.
- Photography students will be advised by their University on changes to the course to accommodate lockdown restrictions, but are expected to stay at home and avoid travel. If there is an essential part of the course that involves travel, and there is no alternative possible, then risk assessments should take place to ensure the work can be done in a COVID-safe way, while adhering to social distancing. More info here.
- Everyone else that is not a key worker is expected to adhere to lockdown and stay at home and avoid travel unless essential.
But you can still be creative with photography at home!
- You can take your camera with you and take photographs while out on your daily exercise. However, you are not allowed to go out for recreational/leisure activities so setting up equipment (tripod, lighting etc.) wouldn’t likely be allowed.
- You could organise a photoshoot with a friend over a video call - just take screenshots of the call instead of using your camera.
- Try and be creative with the things you have around you at home - a simple home studio can be made by hanging a white sheet as a backdrop and playing around with natural light, or by moving around different lamps you may have at home.
- Now might be a good time to practise areas of photography that you don’t often do. For example, you could try taking self-portraits or images of the people you live with, or perhaps try out still life photography using items found around the house.
- If you don’t feel inspired to take photographs you could take this time to organise you archive, or create/update a website for your photography. Format and Squarespace are easy to use website builders. Our colleagues at The Photographic Collections Network have a lot of advice and info, and also offer free 1:1 digitisation advice for members (their membersip starts at £25).
- There are also countless online classes and workshops you could take to develop your skills. Skill Share run a variety of different online classes, many of which are free to access, and Affinity are offering 50% off their photo editing software.
Upcoming Events and Opportunities
- FORMAT Portfolio reviews are available during FORMAT21 on 19th and 20th March. Booking open in February.
- Photoworks and The Ampersand Foundation have launched an open call for mid-career photographers living in the UK to make and exhibit new work. The deadline is on 28th February at midnight.
- Belfast Photo Festival is open for submissions. There is no theme and the deadline is 5th March.
- OpenWalls photography award is open to submissions under the theme of ‘Then and Now’. Deadline midnight 9th March.
- PhotoIreland Festival are looking for submissions and proposals on the general topic of ‘Food and the Politics of Food’. Deadline midnight 1st March.
- The South West Collective are looking for submissions to their upcoming exhibition ‘Finding a Way Home’. Deadline 28th February
- The Royal Photographic Society has an open call for their International Photography Exhibition 163. Closing date 27th April.
- Grain are running an online Photo Café on 10th February at 6pm. Tickets are free to book.
Some photographic inspiration
- Rachael Munro Fawcett: Photographers in Isolation project.
- BBC has put together a few home photography ideas.
- Nikon has several photography and videography presentations that you can watch live or catch up on.
- TED Talks include several presentations on photography, or you can take a look an any other topic you may be interested in.
- FOAM Talent 2020 is an online exhibition concentrating on photographic work.
Other resources on support and wellbeing
- Unlimited website article on ways in which neurodivergent artists can gain equal access to funding in the arts.
- Advice for freelance artists in the UK
- Support for your personal wellbeing during COVID-19
- Turn2Us has lots of support and information about grants and loss of income due to COVID.