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Arts Council: Latest Covid-19 Support & Resources

Ensuring the people and organisations in the cultural sector are supported during the Covid-19 crisis is now our number one priority. 

We're making £160 million of emergency funding available for individuals and organisations who will need it during this crisis. Today we've published the guidance for our emergency response funds open to individuals and organisations who aren't part of our National Portfolio. 

Along with this, we've collated guidance and resources from the government and other professional bodies, which might be helpful to you.

We know these are tough times. It's been amazing to see artists, creative practitioners and organisations coming together to support each other: we've pulled together a list of just a few of the many resources and workshops that are on offer across the sector.



Emergency funding package

We've launched our Emergency Response Package, which is made up of: £20 million available to individuals, £50 million to organisations outside of our National Portfolio and £90 million to our National Portfolio Organisations (NPOs). 

Today, we've published the guidance for our first two funds, and details for NPOs will be available soon. 



Additional support available to you

We've pulled together the latest support and guidance available from the government and other professional bodies, for both individuals and organisations. 



Digital skills and networks

Tech tips from the Digital Culture Network

If your organisation is trying to get to grips with new ways of working, get in touch with the Digital Culture Network. Our Tech Champions are on hand to help you work remotely, keep engaged with your audiences, find alternative ways of generating income online and much more. They've made lots of resources available already, with more to come soon. 


Digital skills webinars

The Arts Marketing Association is running free webinars on topics such as crisis communications and connecting with your audiences. Recordings of past webinars are also available, as well as other useful resources. 


Join the #CreativeNetwork

Voluntary Arts has launched #CreativeNetwork, an online get-together of people involved in arts, culture and creativity. Join the network at 9.30am every weekday to chat about current challenges and to make new connections.


Fundraising advice

Don't miss Art Fundraising & Philanthropy's free 'Power Hour' of consultancy support every day. It's open to any arts or cultural organisation needing help with income generation, fundraising strategy or donor management.


Creative isolation

Check out this great resource from March Network, which pulls together the huge range of creative initiatives available to support our mental health and wellbeing during this social distancing period. 


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What's on

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Mon, 23/03/2020 - Sun, 31/05/2020

In light of the latest announcement from the UK Government and the continuing global public health crisis, all physical events and workshops listed on this website have been cancelled or postponed.  Many of our members have cancelled their events and activities, but they haven't gotten round to deleting their entries and listings on this website so to be sure it's best to check with them for more information about what happens next.

However, most of these events and activites will be rescheduled for later in the year and we hope that you will continue to support artists, makers and creatives in Bristol and beyond during this difficult time.  Most of our members are self-employed so the coming weeks and months are going to be particularly difficult, so where possible please accept rescheduled events rather than request refunds.

In the meantime if you are interested in finding out about fun creative things you can do at home then read this statement from Voluntary Arts about their new #GetCreativeAtHome campaign. 

Also please read this useful advice that is currently published on Visit Bristol:

Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Bristol – latest information and advice

The health and safety of visitors and residents within Bristol is of paramount importance to us all and we want to share ongoing advice related to COVID-19 (coronavirus) here.

Last updated: 30 March 2020, 9:23am

Key information: 

- Find the latest information on the official UK government website.   

- All visitor attractions, venues, pubs, bars, restaurants, places of worship, parks and non essential shops are now temporarily closed. Public events are cancelled until end of July.

- Some outlets may be offering a take away or delivery services.

- Some accommodation businesses are offering rooms for those needing to self-isolate away from home and for key workers.

- The current guidance is to stay at home and away from others. More information can be found here.

- Guidance on prevention measures, which includes ensuring the washing of hands regularly, and covering your mouth/nose with tissues when coughing or sneezing, can be found at

- For travellers already in the UK and who need medical advice, use the 111 online coronavirus service to get further information.  

How will coronavirus impact my travel to and around Bristol? 

In response to the current coronavirus outbreak, the UK government has advised against all 'unnecessary travel' and has asked public to stop 'non-essential contact' for around 12 weeks from 16 March.

This means that all Bristol attractions, restaurants and businesses are temporarily closed and events and conferences are being postponed.

There are changes to the public transport network to and within Bristol. Please check this page on the Travelwest website for further information.

Stay up to date with the latest advice on the official government website.

Closures and cancellations include:

Please note that all visitor attractions, venues, galleries, museums, bars, restaurants, places of worship and non essential businesses are now closed until further notice under the directive from UK Government.

Bristol City Council announced on 25 March that all public events were cancelled until the end of July 2020, this includes annual events such as Pride, Bristol Harbour Festival and Upfest.

We will continue to keep this page updated as the situation changes.

Further resources:

Visit Bristol, Meet Bristol and our member businesses are continually revising policies in line with the latest Public Health England (PHE) advice, which includes increased cleanliness and hygiene procedures as well as travel advice.

Guidance on prevention measures, which includes ensuring the washing of hands regularly, and covering your mouth/nose with tissues when coughing or sneezing, can be found at and more information can be found via the UK Government website.

Advice for tourism businesses is regularly updated by Visit Britain

Conference organisers and delegates, please check directly with any venues for up to date information.

Visit the  official UK government website for the latest information on the coronavirus outbreak and advice for travellers, or take a look at the frequently asked questions on coronavirus on the  National Heath Service (NHS) website

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Royal West of England Academy: Wilhelmina Barns-Graham’s ‘Inspirational Journeys’ Touring Exhibition

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