1. Send post cards to people you love in faraway places. Take pleasure in the physical experience of choosing the most silly, sweet or tacky postcard possible. Doodle and draw, find a stamp and post it off with lots of soppy kisses and love hearts drawn in biro.
2. Contact your favorite community arts space or venue. Let them know you’re looking forward to returning to them and ask if there’s anything you can do to support them. Buy their merch, share their events, attend their digital ones and invite your pals.
3. Talk about creativity. When researching this I got so much from just sharing experiences of creative drought, low points in self-confidence, and difficulties getting work off the ground with others. People are generally supportive and aren’t as judgmental towards us as we are towards ourselves. They’ll often have helpful advice and guidance we may never have considered otherwise.
4. Share online and purchase the work of POC, queer and disabled artists if you’re financially able to. It’s still important and always will be.
5. Try and do something little when you feel like it- garden, draw, cook, write, dance, read. Setting massive unattainable goals has never been a productive way to be productive, and this is especially true right now. Just because we’re getting used to living at a distance from each other, doesn’t make living through this any less emotionally draining.