Online Resources and Assistance

Image credit: still from Antipodes (she sleeps so loud) by Meaghan Stewart, part of SCRAMBLE


Online Resources and Assistance for Artists

In these disorienting times, we hope we can still offer a touchstone for advice and guidance, and continue our artist support and development work. In the recent days and weeks we have been keeping track of online content that might help, educate, entertain or distract from the crisis at hand.

Here are our findings. This page will be updated as we hear of more.
If you’d like us to add something please email us.

Help & Resources

Covid-19 – Resources for the Self-Employed collated by Lucien Anderson

Coronavirus and claiming benefits

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

Creative Scotland’s A-Z of funding and resources available to those in the creative community, who have been affected by Coronavirus (Covid-19).

The Arts Council of Wales: Responding to Coronavirus (Covid-19)

The latest guidance from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland for the arts sector on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Compilation of advice and useful links for businesses and freelancers by Metal

a-n: Information and guidance for artists and arts organisers

Manchester International Festival’s guide for artists and freelancers

Become a member of Artists’s Union England!

Emergency Support Fund

Twitter thread of resources from Shape Arts, who work to remove barriers for disabled artists

UNLIMITED: Resources for disabled artists and freelancers in response to Covid-19

Rent Strike Resources from The New Enquiry

Generator are posting lots of useful content and webinars on their Vimeo page

Not eligible to apply for the Arts Council emergency fund? Form a Solidarity Syndicate

Apply for a-n Bursaries: Time Space Money

Sail Creative have made a map of support available in Newcastle


a-n: Artists and Mental Health

Advice from Mind on Coronavirus and your Wellbeing

Mental Health Foundation: Looking after your Mental Health during the Coronavirus outbreak

NHS: Mental wellbeing while staying at home

30 days of Yoga – free YouTube classes

Free Mindfulness resources

Free trial of the Headspace app

Mental Health Advice from The Recovery Village

Online Meditation Sessions with The Newcastle Meditation Centre

Helping Others / Solidarity

Find out how to volunteer for the NHS

Citylife Line – a new volunteer service for Newcastle City Council

Grainger Market Delivery Service – gets booked up quickly!

Slugtown are crowdfunding to fix up their new premises in Shieldfield, with some amazing artworks as rewards

Commercial Union House are crowdfunding to support their community of artist spaces

A lot of artists are taking part in the #artistsupportpledge – an initiative whereby artists promise to buy £200 of another artist’s work for every £1000 they sell themselves. Follow the hashtag on instagram to find others involved.

Donate to support Alphabetti Theatre

Donate to support Tyneside Cinema

Crisis donations page

Donate to The Hygiene Bank to help provide nappies and other hygiene products

Art Online

You can view our latest exhibition by Chris Alton online here and SCRAMBLE, an exhibition by our Collective Studio artists and Jessica Bennett online here.

Curated online moving image screenings from The New Flesh

LOOSE THREADS a new digital gallery platform by Threads

Virtual tours of past and present exhibitions at Eastside Projects

LUX Online Exhibitions

BALTIC What’s Online

Explore the Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums collections online

Monthly online resident artist on The White Pube homepage

12o Collective’s 30works30days will be running throughout April

Alchemy Film Festival will be a one-off live stream over three days this year

sadgrads2020 is an instagram page devoted to sharing the work of art students graduating this year

Glasgow International’s Digital Programme is online 23 April – 10 May 2020

NewBridge Members’ Work

Graeme Hopper recently released this great album under the band name Chlorine

Tom  Lines just released an album too, under the name That Which Crawls

Make your own Chimera Collage with Mat Fleming

Keep up to date with the current Collective Studio artists on their instagram

Musings from a Lockdown on Helen Shaddock’s blog

The Spaghetti Factory interviewed by Jessica Bennett on Young Artists in Conversation

The monthly open decks DJ night Roiler Boom has now become a facebook group

BALTIC videos about Kara Chin and Ben Jeans Houghton‘s solo exhibitions at BALTIC 39

TOTALLER have a new website!

Creative Responses

Shuttered: short reflections on closed exhibitions for Corridor8

Thought Foundation’s call for a People’s Street Art Gallery

Compilation of creative responses to the virus by Conway & Young

A new collaborative Google Doc a day by Folium Publishing to continue sharing thoughts, work and create a document filled with fragments from artists life’s during social distancing

Invite to use RTM.FM online platform to continue reaching your audiences

Apply for Virtual Residencies with Cel del Nord

Submit to Gaada’s monthly Quarantzine published every month until ‘the end’

SITE have launched an open submission of sound and text works that will be circulated daily

Apply to Forced Collaboration: Self-Isolation Special

Creative Waves is a project to share thoughts and art about the current situation

Listening Material

Group Show is a podcast and now radio show developed by Caitlin Merrett King in residency at NewBridge

Laura Yuile records each episode of Asset Arrest during a viewing of a luxury property where she poses as a potential buyer

Alex Lockwood’s Shift & Signal podcast is a series of aural explorations of the urban space in Newcastle and Gateshead

Wysing Arts Centre Podcasts

Aesthetica’s pick of Art Podcasts

Spotify playlist of music to make art to by Foundation Press

NTS Radio’s music to relax to mixes

Live Streamed Gigs

Live Streamed Disco

The Late Junction has lots of great episodes online, we recommend Roy Claire Potter and Park Jiha’s session and Sonic Self Care

Furtherfield: A cultural discussion podcast grounded in news from where we are

Check out the new Star & Shadow Radio

To Watch

Stay at Home Movies curated by Herb Shellenberger for Map Magazine

CABIN FEVER: Coping with COVID-19 playlist of online experimental films & videos

Open Culture: Watch 1,150 movies free online

UbuWeb has loads of artist films, we recommend ‘The Way Out: A Portrait of Xentos Jones’ as a starting point

List of free queer films online from Leeds Queer Film Festival

MUBI are currently offering three months of films for £1

Lots of good artist films to rent and watch for free on the LUXPLAYER

Ian Nesbitt has made all three of his feature length films free to watch online:
Arise, You Gallant Sweeneys! (2009)
Taking The Michael (2012)
Acts Of Quiet Resistance (2019)

The BFI have put a large selection of films from London Film-Makers’ Co-op (now LUX) online for free – lots of artist film from the 70s & 80s

Goldsmiths CCA’s new streaming channel will be updated with two new artists’ films every Monday

Bob Mortimer’s Train Guy

To Read / Learn

Interview with Chris Alton on his NewBridge exhibition, by Lesley Guy for Corridor8

There’s a wealth of northern art writing on The Double Negative and Corridor8

Guggenheim’s archive of books

Free Quarantine ebooks from Verso

Project Gutenberg is a library of over 60,000 free eBooks

Take the ART of the MOOC: Public Art & Pedagogy course

A whole host of free Open University courses, including several on arts and culture

Music Therapy

Online drum machine

Online Theremin

Online Stylophone

Moog synth apps free for now

Korg synth stuff for free for now

In fact there’s loads

BBC sound archive

The Newbridge Project