things to watch · helping artists, gm artist hub, artist support
Updated 2 June 2023


This year’s Performance Programme continues with a free afternoon of Live Art for all ages in Haphazard at Hulme’s historic Z-arts building on Sat 22 July, Noon-3pm — with artists & programme to be announced later in June. In the meantime…
• Visit our YouTube channel to watch archived livestreams and more — including Helena Ascough’s short film from Works Ahead 2022;
• Find other work to watch by reading the latest Weekly Warning: our signpost to performance live and online in Manchester + beyond;
• Have a look at HOME SCREEN, Lowry Digital, Sadler’s Wells Digital Stage, Unity Online.
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Where we can, hÅb continues to advise and support artists and freelancers in our sector, signposting help and opportunities below.
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GM Artist Hub is a joint artist development project to support independent artists and freelance creatives across our city region…
• Discuss your creative ideas, or get some advice, or simply stay connected in a free, private, 30-minute Advisory Session via Zoom or phone call:
BOOK HERE to meet a GM Artist Hub producer and please check the rota if you’d like to see our Director, Tamsin.
• Watch a recording of last April’s in-depth look at Arts Council England’s NLPG with Tamsin & guests on YouTube; see our NLPG guidance page.
• Watch a recording of last August’s in-depth look at Arts Council England’s DYCP with Tamsin & guests on YouTube; see our DYCP guidance page.
GM Artist Hub partners: Community Arts Northwest, Contact, Factory International, FutureEverything, hÅb + Word of Warning, HOME, Octagon Theatre Bolton, Oldham Coliseum Theatre, Royal Exchange Theatre, SICK! Festival, Sustained Theatre Up North, The Lowry, The Old Courts, Waterside Arts & Creative Industries Trafford, Z-arts.
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• Arts Council England’s Developing Your Creative Practice Round 17 closed on 27 Apr; Round 18 opens at Noon on 11 July & closes 10 August.
• Arts Council England’s National Lottery Project Grants are available (with updated guidance since November 2021).
• Arts Council England host information webinars for DYCP & NLPG applicants every month — 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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