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We are offering one to one conversation slots with arts professionals in our network for artists, creative practitioners and freelancers based in the region who are looking to apply for Arts Council England’s Funding for Individuals scheme. This is a chance to ask them any last minute questions you might have in relation to your application’s content and focus before pressing ‘submit’.

These conversations will take place over the telephone on Wednesday 15 April and Wednesday 29 April prior to the two deadlines for the Emergency Response Fund – Individuals.

Please find all the details of Arts Council England’s scheme, including key information, deadlines and eligibility criteria here: https://www.artscouncil.org.uk/funding/financial-support-artists-creative-practitioners-and-freelancers

Please email info@newartwestmidlands.co.uk with ‘Telephone conversation’ in the subject line if you would like to request one of the slots. There are a limited number of one to one telephone slots available and these will be offered on a first come first served basis.

We are offering telephone conversations Wednesday 15 April and Wednesday 29 April for artists, creative practitioners and freelancers based in the region who are looking to apply for Arts Council England’s Funding for Individuals scheme.

The New Art West Midlands team is shifting the way we work over the coming weeks, in response to Government advice and supporting the efforts to reduce the impact of COVID-19. During this difficult time, we are working with our partners to postpone and where possible reschedule our face-to-face activities and opportunities (see further information below).

We will redirect the focus of our next round of Micro Bursaries (a go-and-see resource in previous years) towards evidence gathering around the impact on artists’ livelihoods caused by the Coronavirus outbreak and the unprecedented measures taken to slow the spread of the disease.

Shortly we will open this as a paid opportunity, inviting artists and arts professionals to share experiences of the current situation – case studies, points of view and thought pieces around practice in these exceptional times.

Alongside, we are undertaking some research to run over the course of the next few weeks to gather information on the precarious position of the visual arts workforce – those working in freelance capacities and dependent on the prevalent gig economy.  Watch this space and please engage.

Together we hope to build an evidence base to use to advocate for artists and arts professionals in a position of hardship over coming months and to gain a better understanding of the economic position of the keyworkers as the sector looks towards recovery. We are in conversation with Arts Council England to ensure that the evidence we collect is as useful to the sector as it possibly can be.

In the meantime, we are not going anywhere. We will continue to champion and support artists, arts professionals and culture across the region. If you need to reach us, please email us at info@newartwestmidlands.co.uk or get in touch via our social media channels.

Further guidance and support is shared below, including Arts Council England’s latest update and MAIA’s fundraiser to support West Midlands’ artists. Please continue to share your opportunities, news and work with us – and most importantly, stay safe.

Craig, Anneka and Annabel x

 

Some useful resources: 

Anti-viral work for freelancers and small businesses is a growing Facebook group and support system set up in response to the impact of COVID-19 on the self-employed – many from the creative industries.

MAIA have launched a fundraiser to provide hardship funds for artists, cultural workers, practitioners and creative freelancers that cannot work during this time or who have been affected by cancellations or other impacts. Donate or find out how to apply here.

The arts community in the USA is mobilising fast to organise support for artists during the crisis. These resources, shared by Arts Council on Twitter have an international focus, and are not only relevant for American artists.

HMRC have launched a helpline to help businesses and the self-employed concerned about paying their tax due to coronavirus.

An update from New Art West Midlands in light of the ongoing Covid-19 crisis.

https://www.artscouncil.org.uk/news-and-announcements/coronavirus-information

“Arts Council England’s No.1 Priority for the next three months is to support people who work in the arts, museums and libraries. We want as strong a sector as possible as we come out the other side of this crisis.” Arts Council England publish their latest guidance regarding Coronavirus.

https://www.artscouncil.org.uk/letscreate

“By 2030, we want England to be a country in which the creativity of each of us is valued and given the chance to flourish, and where every one of us has access to a remarkable range of high-quality cultural experiences.”

Arts Council England publishes their 10 year strategy.

https://www.artsprofessional.co.uk/magazine/330/feature/what-has-lottery-done-artists

Artists are the lifeblood of the arts, but their direct funding has steadily declined over the past two decades. A change in approach is now essential, says Susan Jones. – via Arts Professional

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2020/jan/01/arts-council-boss-vows-more-funding-early-stages-career-nicholas-serota

More artists, writers and composers at an early stage of their careers should get public money from Arts Council England, the body’s chairman, Sir Nicholas Serota, has said. ACE will publish its 10-year strategy for the arts next month outlining its strategic visions and goals. It replaces its previous strategy, Great Art and Culture for Everyone, which covered the years 2010-20. – via The Guardian

https://www.theguardian.com/inequality/2019/dec/16/arts-council-takes-steps-to-tackle-working-class-gaps-in-workforce

Next year arts organisations will have to provide data on the socio-economic background of employees as a step towards tackling working class gaps in their workforce – via The Guardian.

Image: Shiyi Li, ‘Minister of Loneliness’, 2018

New Art West Midlands invites you to the launch of No Limits, the visual arts strategy for the West Midlands, devised following consultation events across the region.

The launch will be followed by a very special performance by artist Shiyi Li of her percussion and live collage work ‘Minister of Loneliness’.

No Limits
Friday 15 November 2019
6 — 8pm

The Studio
The Herbert Art Gallery & Museum
Coventry
FREE
Register for the event here.

Supported using public funding by Arts Council England. Additional support from Coventry Biennial, Birmingham City University, Coventry University, Hereford College of Arts, Staffordshire University, University of Wolverhampton, University of Worcester, International Curators Forum, The Herbert Art Gallery & Museum and The New Art Gallery Walsall.

 

(Image: Shiyi Li, Minister of Loneliness, a collaborative performance involving chamber music, animation and live art performances made in conjunction with international percussionist Gloria Yehilevsky and originally performed by Aisling Reilly).

New Art West Midlands invites you to the launch of No Limits, the visual arts strategy for the West Midlands, devised following consultation events across the region.

The launch will be followed by a very special performance by artist Shiyi Li of her percussion and live collage work ‘Minister of Loneliness’.

https://www.artsprofessional.co.uk/news/inquiry-future-national-lottery-launched

A parliamentary inquiry is to examine the future of the National Lottery and how it can raise more money for good causes like the arts. – via Arts Professional

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2019/apr/17/arts-contribute-more-to-uk-economy-than-agriculture-report

Arts and culture has overtaken agriculture in terms of its contribution to the UK economy, according to research from Arts Council England, whose chair is warning that continuing cuts threaten further growth – via The Guardian

https://www.artsprofessional.co.uk/news/arts-council-england-urged-replace-grantium

In a consultation on its new 10-year strategy, the funder also heard from ‘many’ that funding should be reduced for the largest organisations, and that it is seen as using too much jargon – via Arts Professional

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2019/feb/12/english-arts-bodies-slow-to-become-more-diverse-report-shows

Arts organisations in England are ‘treading water’ when it comes to improving the diversity of their leaders and workers, with progress particularly slow for disabled people. An annual statistical report, published by Arts Council England, showed slow progress. – via The Guardian.

Five hundred artists will be commissioned to make fresh and innovative short films, audio and interactive works in a new talent development scheme launched by BBC Arts and Arts Council England.

New Creatives will give artists aged 16-30 the chance to develop their technical and creative skills and have work commissioned for BBC platforms. The programme will particularly focus on giving opportunities to young artists from backgrounds that are currently underrepresented in the arts and broadcasting. Commissioned artists will be encouraged to push creative boundaries, reach new audiences and reflect their experiences of living in Britain today.

A New Creatives Network of five creative media production organisations across England are being tasked to find, nurture and showcase emerging talent, including Rural Media in the Midlands.

Each centre will act as a regional development hub to support talent and work with other partners across the wider area to support diversity and social mobility in the arts and broadcasting.

The deadline for applications for New Creatives is midnight, Sunday 10 March 2019. Full information can be found here.

Five hundred artists will be commissioned to make fresh and innovative short films, audio and interactive works in a new talent development scheme launched by BBC Arts and Arts Council England.

https://www.artscouncil.org.uk/advice-and-guidance-library/eu-exit-guide

Arts Council England have published an EU exit guide signposting to relevant government information to help art and cultural organisations prepare in the event of a ‘no deal Brexit’.

We are delighted to announce that we have been successful in our application to Arts Council England, securing a Project Grant and enabling New Art West Midlands to deliver an 18-month programme of activity.

In collaboration with Higher Education and Arts partners, we will be delivering an ambitious sector development programme, building resilience for the Visual Arts in the West Midlands, placing diversity and diversification at its heart. Our programme will continue to include ENGINE, supporting professional development and creating resilient artists and curators, as well as a change to the format of the New Art West Midlands exhibition in 2019. Introducing our new Midlander Research Hub, we will be brokering new research opportunities for artists and curators, and evidencing the public impact of the Visual Arts here in the region.

Further information will follow in the New Year.

In the meantime, thank you to Arts Council England for their continued support.

We are delighted to announce that we have been successful in our application to Arts Council England, securing a Project Grant and enabling New Art West Midlands to deliver an 18-month programme of activity.

During October and November there will be series of consultation workshops in Birmingham and Nottingham to debate and discuss Arts Council England’s next ten year strategy.

Arts Council have been developing their thinking drawn from insights from the Conversation they ran earlier this year as well as a wide body of evidence. This has helped them develop a set of strategic outcomes that will help inform priorities for the next ten years. The workshops will test Arts Council’s thinking so far.

The workshops aim to bring together people with different perspectives on culture, including individual artists and practitioners, those from education, local government, organisations who work with children and young people, community focussed organisations, support organisations and arts organisations, museums and libraries.

The workshops are invite-only, and those registering their interest in attending should note:

Independent practitioners: If you are an independent artist/ creative practitioner, register your details to attend.

Organisations: Places are limited to two per organisation. Attendees should be the Director/CEO or Chair/Trustee of their organisation.

There will be also be networking event with lunch provided between the morning and afternoon sessions from 12.45-1.15pm.

Register your interest here.

During October and November there will be series of consultation workshops in Birmingham and Nottingham to debate and discuss Arts Council England’s next ten year strategy.

https://www.artsprofessional.co.uk/news/cultural-sector-ace-we-need-support-not-measurement

The priorities that the cultural sector want Arts Council England to address over the next ten years have been laid out in a new report, Arts Council England: The Conversation, following a consultation by the funder. It reveals a desire for ACE to advocate more strongly for culture, while finding low levels of support for quality measurement. – via Arts Professional

Developing your Creative Practice is a new development fund from Arts Council England designed to support independent creative practitioners to ensure excellence is thriving in the arts and culture sector.

This fund will create more pathways for individuals, from a range of creative practices and backgrounds.

This fund will open for applications on 12 April.

Developing your Creative Practice is a new development fund from Arts Council England designed to support independent creative practitioners to ensure excellence is thriving in the arts and culture sector.

http://www.artscouncil.org.uk/NPO

Arts Council England Chief Executive, Darren Henley, welcomes 831 organisations to the 2018-22 portfolio. Find out more about the picture in the West Midlands and across the rest of the country.