We are monitoring the COVID-19 situation closely and we know it is very challenging for everyone. Our paramount concern is the health & wellbeing of our team, artists, participants, audiences and local community. We are heartened by how kind and supportive so many of you have been and, as things continue to change daily, everyone at Activate will do all that we can to support those in our local arts and creative sector.
This page is our way of sharing resources, advice and guidance that might be most relevant. We are updating it regularly.
Work in the arts and cultural sector?
- Follow the latest updates from Arts Council England here.
- Take a look at the latest government advice for businesses and self employed people here.
- HMRC webinars are available for advice on employment.
- Voluntary Arts have set up #CreativeNetwork, now mainly weekly sessions open to anyone involved in arts, culture and creativity.
- Outdoor Arts UK are are offering fortnightly 1-2-1 sessions via Zoom every Thurs with a member of the OutdoorArtsUK team. Sign up & find out more here.
- Culture Health and Wellbeing Alliance have got a whole host of resources for arts practitioners and organisations.
- Creative Industries Federation have a dedicated page for advice and resources.
- If you’ve moved your event or art project online during this period, consider submitting it to the Social Distancing Festival or to Culture Fix.
- Check out this guide for artist’s new to working online from Sonia Boue.
- Tune in to the 101 Outdoor Arts podcast and hear reflections on the crisis.
- SOLT and UK Theatre have lots of webinars available as part of their Theatre Means Business programme.
- ArtsProfessional have made their Covid Culture resource page free to non-subscribers.
- Keep up to date with Arts Council England’s blog.
- Stagetext are providing free training on how to subtitle your videos.
- OutdoorArtsUK have dedicated COVID-19 resources page.
- Sign up to be included in the OutdoorArtsUK Professionals Directory – under ‘artistic’, ‘production’ or ‘producers’.
- Ready to tour or present your show in the current climate? Add it to the OutdoorArtsUK Bookable Shows Directory.
On Thursday 24 September 2020, Activate ran an online workshop, ‘Working Safely during Coronavirus’ with Head of Production and Health and Safety Specialist Mat Ort.
It was aimed at those delivering workshops or events with members of the public and offered advice on presenting activities safely. Here are some of the resources Mat shared (these were in line with government guidance given on 22 September 2020 and may be subject to change, although the government pages are regularly updated):
General COVID-19 guidance and what you need to do
Coronavirus outbreak FAQs: what you can and can’t do
Meeting with others safely – social distancing
DCMS guidance for people working in performing arts
Guidance for the safe use of multi-purpose community facilities
Guidance for the public on the phased return of outdoor sport and recreation in England
NHS Hands, Face, Space guidance film
Other guidance for getting back to work in the Events and Arts sector:
Events industry Forum – a guide on keeping workers and audiences safe during COVID-19 in the outdoor event industry in England (July 2020)
Eventbrite – COVID-19 Safety Playbook for Events – a resource for how to determine the risks for events and how to address them (June 2020)
Brass Bands England – guidance for getting bands and musicians back into the rehearsal room (April 2021)
UK Association for Music Education – Music Unlocked contains specific information relating to the risks of singing and playing musical instruments (June 2020)
Docjon.org – article to help understand the airborne spread of COVID-19 (June 2020)
Activate Performing Arts COVID-19 risk assessment template (September 2020)
Working Safely during Coronavirus workshop notes (September 2020)
Based in Dorset?
- Dorset Council’s website has information for businesses and employers.
- If you’re able to volunteer in Dorset, or require help yourself, there is information from Dorset Council.
- Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership has a dedicated COVID-19 page with advice and guidance.
- If you’re spending more time online, shopping or connecting with loved ones, and need a little help, Dorset Council’s Digital Champions are offering phone support.
- Dorset Community Action are offering free webinars and advice on reopening.
- Visit Dorset have created a page signposting to delivery services and online shops for local produce.
- Keep your mind and body active with Dorset’s Daily Dose from Active Dorset.
- If you need someone to talk to, Connection is a 24/7 mental health helpline for people of all ages anywhere in Dorset.
Looking for some relief?
- Discover how arts organisations are taking their work online and get your Culture Fix.
- Access behind the scenes tours of arts institutions across the globe via Google Arts and Culture.
- Stay connected with Fun Palaces tiny revolutions of connection.
- Check out the Social Distancing Festival.
- Our friends at Artsreach have put together a digital diary of arts events taking place online.
- The Southbank Centre are keeping their blog full of cultural stories and activities.
- From April-July 2020 Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra held a programme of weekly artist-led discussions called BSO@Home all still available to watch online.
- Listen, read and explore thousands of poems in The Poetry Archive.
- Remember to look after your mental wellbeing with these tips from the Every Mind Matters campaign.
- Local artist Darrell Wakelam creates art projects for families to enjoy, follow Darrell on Twitter for inspiration.
- Join Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra’s Hugh’s Musical Walks (commissioned by The Arts Development Company).
- Dorset History Centre produced activity packs for children.
- No Fit State have created an amusing short video in homage to their show Lexicon.
- Enjoy theatre with a rural story at its heart from Pentabus.
- Learn new skills for free with the Drillaz Circus School by SeaChange Arts.
- Catch up with productions from Motionhouse via their #TogetherInIsolation playlist.
We have moved our team to working from home, but we are still very much contactable and would like to share the advice and guidance that we receive along with moral support. We are working closely with other local arts organisations and Arts Council England South West to ensure the negative impact of coronavirus on our work and those of our peers, friends and colleagues is as minimal as possible.
Staying connected to others is very important at times like this. If you are an artist, freelancer, producer or creative based in Dorset, please do get in touch. Whether you have concerns about the impact of coronavirus on your work or just want a break from enforced isolation, we will listen and try to find the best way through this together.
Feel free to contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org or 01305 260954. Please also visit our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts where we will continue to share updates, information and ideas that we think might help.