things to watch · artist opportunities, advice, support
Updated 19 September 2023


• Our Performance Programme continues with a day out for the curious in Emergency 23probably England’s longest-running Live Art event, this 23rd edition presents 23 Live Art and contemporary performance works at Contact on Saturday 30 Sept, Noon-10pm
• Find other work to watch by reading the latest Weekly Warning (our signpost to performance live and online in Manchester + beyond);
• Visit our YouTube channel to watch archived livestreams and more (includes Helena Ascough’s short film from Works Ahead 2022);
• Have a look at HOME SCREEN, Lowry Digital, Sadler’s Wells Digital Stage, Unity Online.
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Essentially industry-facing, hÅb advises and supports artists and freelancers in our sector where we can — signposting help and opportunities below.
• Join hÅb’s artist mailing list, the Emergencymcr Google Group.
• Other mailing lists that you (as an artist) may find useful to join include: Arts Jobs & Arts News from Arts Council England · Live Art UK · LIVEART from JISCmail · SCUDD (Standing Conference of University Drama Departments) from JISCmail.
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hÅb offers free 30-minute Advice Sessions via Zoom on Mondays (excluding Bank Holidays) with Tamsin Drury (our Director).
• Our specialism is Live Art and contemporary performance, though all-comers are welcome.
• If you’re an artist wanting to discuss creative ideas, funding, opportunities, or just need a chat, please book an Advice Session here.
• Watch a recording of August 2022’s in-depth look at Arts Council England’s DYCP with Tamsin & guests on YouTube; see our DYCP guidance page.
• Watch a recording of April 2022’s in-depth look at Arts Council England’s NLPG with Tamsin & guests on YouTube; see our NLPG guidance page.
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• Arts Council England’s Developing Your Creative Practice Round 18 closed 10 August; Round 19 opens 16 November at Noon.
• Arts Council England’s National Lottery Project Grants are available (with updated guidance since November 2021, and new guidance to be issued soon).
• Arts Council England host information webinars for DYCP & NLPG applicants — find dates & book on the ACE North eventbrite page.
• Arts Marketing Association’s Coronavirus Support Facebook Group — for all arts, culture + heritage professionals who work to engage audiences.
• Arts Professional’s CovidCulture microsite — news + info plus resources, ideas + virtual events that could help you through the days ahead.
• Factory International’s Artists & Freelance Creatives’ facebook group facebook group.
Freelancers Make Theatre Work has comprehensive guides to financial support, advice + resources.
• Greater Manchester Combined Authority’s mental health services for people affected by social restrictions.
• Money Saving Expert — Martin Lewis & his team’s information is regularly updated.
• The Space’s guide to live streaming for the arts by Jason Crouch — lo-fi and low cost options.
• UK Theatre + SOLT’s Theatre Support Information — advice/info about how + where you can access support from leading theatrical charities.
• Unlimited’s blog includes opportunities and resources for disabled artists + freelancers.
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