Covid-19 Artist Support
It is obviously a difficult time at the moment and so to help support creatives, freelancers, indie businesses, arts organisations and charities, we have adapted the services that we offer to help in the current crisis.
What We Can Offer:
Free Appeal Videos-Edited from your archived content (photos/videos etc.) For an example of our work please check out our highly successful appeal video for the National Videogame Museum here.
Promotion Via Podcast-Be a guest on our special lockdown podcast series and publicise any campaigns or fundraisers.
Online Webinar/Event Facilitation-We can host/promote any creative web based event; handling all the admin.
Social Media Promotion-We will promote and support any relevant campaigns via our social media channels and newsletters.
Reduced Editing and Podcasting Services- Reduced fees of £10 an hour for eligible individuals/organisations.
Free 1-2-1 Literary Consultancy
Virtual Writers Cafe- A free weekly online meet-up for writers who want to connect, chat about their work and set targets.
Want to know any more about these, get in touch via our contact page.
Below you will also find information on how to support other businesses/creatives who are in danger the current crisis.
Covid-19 Mental Health Support
With Sheffield Flourish
During the current crisis, things can be even harder than usual. So to support those struggling at this time, Sheffield Flourish have compiled a list of resources, activities and support networks available throughout this time.
You access it as well as their usual Sheffield Mental Health Support Guide via this link.
If you would prefer to talk they also have a help-line available, with Information Co-Ordinators who will listen and direct you to the right service. The number to call is 0114 273 7009
Flourish have also gotten together with CAST to create art packs that engage, support and prompt creativity and wellbeing during lockdown. These are free and can be downloaded via this link.
For any more information please check out Sheffield Flourish's website.
The Big Art Lock-In
Help save The Art House
We are trying to save our friends at The Art House during this unsettling time and we'd love you to join us. Here's a message from them and more info on how you can help:
Being a city-based arts and well-being centre we are relying on the public's support in donations. Info can be found on our website or you can support us on our gofundme page. You can also join our Big Art Lock In on Facebook where you can share stories, creativity and take part in daily challenges. Finally please keep buying gift vouchers for fellow Art House supporters and help our doors stay open!
Save the NVM
Help support the NVM
We are trying to save our friends at the National Videogame Museum during this unsettling time and we'd love you to join us.
The UK's only museum dedicated to videogame culture, education, exhibitions and school workshops is threatened by permanent closure due to the current Coronavirus pandemic. If you can, please support them by donating to their JustGiving page or checking out their social media for other ways to support them.
Cat-Ching Need Your Help!
Looking out for Sheffield's Homeless Cats
75% of kittens born outside don't make it to 6 months old.
Is there a pregnant stray cat in your area?
Do you work on or near an industrial area where there are a load of feral cats and every year there are kittens but they disappear?
Did your neighbour move away and leave their unspayed cat to fend for itself?
Is your cat pregnant and you've realised you can't cope and there's no alternative but to abandon them?
So many people will be facing or be aware of this dilemma near them, and with lockdown continuing through kitten season, people might not know where to turn. This is where Cat-Ching comes in. They adopt and rehome homeless cats and kittens and they need your support in this time, whether that be through information or donations, so please check out their website here or if you need to get in touch you can do here.
Please also check out their social media and share far and wide.
Helping young people in South Yorkshire
Chilypep is a wonderful youth empowerment charity based in Sheffield working to empower and improve the lives of children and young people in South Yorkshire.
They protect and promote the rights of vulnerable young people through working with organisations, providing training to schools and other youth organisations and most importantly working with the young people themselves.
To learn more about their work or to donate please check out their website here
They are also currently crowdfunding in order to develop a central Wellbeing Hub in Barnsley to provide effective early help to young people with lived experience of mental health.
This will be a safe, supportive, comfortable and empowering space, allowing Chilypep to engage with more young people than ever before. To learn more or to donate to the hub crowdfunder you can do so here
The Treehouse Quiz!
Help support the Treehouse!
Unfortunately due to the pandemic, the Treehouse Board Game Cafe has had to temporarily shut.
However, you can still support them by joining in on their legendary quiz every fortnight on a Sunday Evening (with the next one on the 19th April).
Entry is £5 per team and all proceeds go to supporting the Treehouse. The winning team will receive a £30 voucher for The Treehouse to be used once it reopens.
You can also purchase the quiz sheet at a later date for £2.50 if you want to have a go without the pressure.
For more info and how to enter check out their website here.
Be Part of UnShut Festival
A Festival of Live Art and Performance Art
Unshut is a festival of experimental and radical new performance work committed to creating a space that allows creativity to flourish.
This year's festival will be taking place on 2nd-4th July 2020 online and are currently looking for submissions. To enter or to learn more go here.
Free Online Piano Tuition Trials
With renowned tutor Madge Woollard
During Lockdown, renowned music tutor Madge Woollard will be providing free 15-minute online Piano tuition trials to creatives, professionals, novices and anyone else who may just want to pick up a new skill.
Full lessons after trial period run at £14 per half-hour session.
Madge also provides tuition on musical theory, specialising in supporting clients wanting to pass exams on the subject.
Whilst due to the current crisis, these lessons will occur online, they usually take place at Hagglers Corner on Queens Road; and so when the current crisis has passed, feel free to pop in and chat to Madge in person about her work. For more information and to book check out her website here.
Free Artist Bauhaus Workshops
with That Looks Queer
Zwischen is a re-imagining of the Bauhaus workbook for the 21st Century, taking place online each Tuesday at 6pm. Each session will feature a 25-minute talk and a mediated discussion/workshop on a featured area of practice.
The sessions are organised by That Looks Queer a blog aimed at shining a spotlight on the work of LGBT+ artists and art with a social focus.
Support S2 Foodbank
with Bloc Projects
Bloc Projects is a not for profit contemporary arts organisation that supports a wealth of emerging artistic talent; also offering an innovative and inspiring public programme of talks, workshops and events.
As an organisation, they have moved their current programme online which you can view via their website.
They also usually collect items for S2 Foodbank but due to Bloc Projects being closed during the current crisis, they are currently unable to.
They encourage you to continue to support the Foodbank in this time by donating here.
"Thank you so much for getting behind us and supporting us. You've been amazing and we're so grateful for your time. We think what you're doing's wonderful. On behalf of us all, thank you."- Tara Brown, Wellbeing Manager, The Art House
"I just wanted to let you know how much I love and appreciate Kurious. We are all in such a time of uncertainty and panic with social media becoming a platform to scare rather than inform. I love the fact you are setting daily tasks, as it gives those who are struggling some form of structure and purpose to their day at a time when we have little work and even less hope. You are the ones, that once this storm has blown over, people will hopefully remember for their support."- Charlotte Blackburn, Producer and Founder of Unshut Festival