The Ford Collective
The Ford Collective are a group of 50 + artists and arts workers from across Herefordshire who initially came together to support each other through the Covid-19 Pandemic. Through open dialogue, weekly Zoom gatherings, research and creative sharing it became very clear to them that Herefordshire needs a collaborative sector approach to ensure the visibility, viability and recovery of the Cultural Sector in Herefordshire in the short,
medium and long term. For more details of The Ford Collective and how to join, check out their facebook page and their open letter posted here on Launchgrad.
As part of Grain’s online programme they have a series of commissions and bursaries aimed at exploring, responding to and documenting the current historical and significant time we are experiencing.
2 x £2000 Commission – Deadline 10th June
6 x £500 Micro Bursary – Deadline 15th June
2 x £250 Writing Bursary – Deadline 15th June
It’s also worth looking at Grain’s programme of artist talks and support in the Photo Cafe which includes exciting talks from photographers but also practical advice around, for example, how to write an artist’s statement in this free online talk on the 21st July.
Grants and Coronavirus support
Hereford Funding Update has collated some useful information on support available to artists during the current crisis. It’s also worth checking out their Arts Funding pages which are frequently updated and promote local and national funding opportunities.
New National online platform to support graduates in selling work
A new online platform called Kovet.Art will showcase works by graduates fresh out of UK colleges. It will also give guidance in areas such as sustaining a market, editioning and pricing as part of a mentoring scheme, says the company founder Saras Rachupalli.The Art Newspaper, news online https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/new-online-platform-for-emerging-artists
You can read more about Kovet.Art and find out their first featured eight artists on their website.
new digital collaborative grants
Culture Central, in partnership with Arts Council England and the British Council have launched Digital Collaborative Grants to support artists and arts organisations as part of the Transforming Narratives project.https://www.culturecentral.co.uk/features/new-digital-collaborative-grants-launched/
It’s Enterprise Thursday this week, and our activity this week invites you to engage with some quick and dirty research. Quite simply, find an artist’s website or online space that you think ‘works’ and post the URL on our online pinboard. If you feel like it, share why you think it works, too.
The activity aims to bring us some ideas about how we can best use the digital environment to authentically share creative practice. I’ll be lurking in the board on Thursday to comment and post too.