Coronavirus Covid-19: Information, support and guidance for artists, creative freelancers and arts organisers

Posted on 1 April 2020

We are aware that coronavirus Covid-19 will be impacting the livelihoods of individual artists, creative freelancers and arts organisers, including Castlefield Gallery’s Associates, and those we are working with through our exhibitions, commissions and artist development programmes.

Whilst our gallery and premises are closed to the public, we are continuing to provide support to artists, curators and writers. Our artist development programmes remain live and are now being delivered online.

If you need to make contact with us, please do not hesitate to email Castlefield Gallery at, or where applicable

We appreciate that many individual artists, creative freelancers, and arts organisers across the wider visual arts community are being impacted by coronavirus Covid-19, in a number of different ways. We will use this page to signpost the wider visual arts community to a range of key opportunities.

We will update this page as often as we can, as key opportunities are announced, and as more details are shared about the schemes we have already highlighted.

Freelands Foundation Emergency Fund

Applications will open on Thursday 7th May 2020 at 2pm, close on Thursday 18th June 2020 and decisions will be made on a weekly basis. This fund will support grants of £1,500 to £2,500 per person, assessed by need, with £1 million going to those living in England and £500k to those in Northern Ireland.

The Freelands Foundation Emergency Fund is part of a total of £3m of funding committed by the Freelands Foundation to support artists and creative practitioners across the UK during the pandemic. This 1.5m fund follows a £1m contribution to the Creative Scotland Bridging Bursary and £500k to the Arts Council of Wales Urgent Relief Fund for Individuals

Further info:

a-n Artist Bursaries: time, space, money, plus financial support for artists and arts organisers

To help support a-n artist members whose livelihoods have been impacted by Coronavirus Covid-19, a-n is accelerating their application process for the next round of a-n Artist Bursaries, and working with Arts Council England to distribute £300,000 of financial support for artists and arts organisers who make exhibitions happen:

The next round of a-n Artist Bursaries, available to artist members, will focus on giving artists time and space to continue to make work. The a-n Artist Bursaries: Time Space Money programme has now been announced and applications will open at 12 noon on Thursday 16 April.
Time Space Money is an open programme for artists and arts organisers; a-n members and non a-n members are eligible to apply for Bursaries of £500 – £1,500 for continued professional practice and the awards will support activities taking place up until 31 December 2020.
Deadline for applications: 12 noon, Thursday 7 May 2020.

a-n are also working with Arts Council England to distribute £300,000 of financial support for artists and arts organisers who make exhibitions happen, in England. This fund will be available to (but is not limited to) self-employed art handlers, technicians, art installers, conservators and restorers, and those who help other artists in the production of their work. Applications will be open soon and details shared via a-n social media channels.

a-n The Artists Information Company recently carried out a Covid-19 impact survey with over 4,000 a-n members to gauge the impact of the virus on their work. You can view the results below:

Download the a-n report.

Download an infographic of the a-n survey results .

Read more about the a-n survey.


Arts Council England

Arts Council England has announced a £160 million emergency response package to support individuals and organisations across the cultural sector in response to the Covid-19 crisis. This includes £20 million being made available to individuals working in the cultural sector, including artists, creative practitioners, and freelancers and £50 million for organisations outside the National Portfolio. nb applications for these funds have now closed.

Register here to receive the latest Arts Council England COVID-19 advice, guidance and emergency .

Self-employment Income Support Scheme

HM Revenue and Customs has published guidance on its scheme for self-employed people whose income has been affected by coronavirus Covid-19.

Full details of this scheme.


IPSE, the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self Employed

IPSE is posting regular updates and advice for freelancers and the self-employed, including this proposal for a fund for the self-employed facing coronavirus.


This page has been updated with the latest information, to the best of our knowledge, on Tuesday 5 May 2020.