COVID-19: Useful Resources for the Outdoor Arts

The XTRAX team are all currently working from home. The best way to contact XTRAX staff is via email at info@xtrax.org.uk or if you would like to speak to an individual member of our team visit this page for further details.

We have gathered several links below to relevant websites and information that may be helpful to those working in the outdoor arts and festival sector in the UK and abroad during these uncertain times. We will also share the latest information on our social media channels, please follow us on Facebook or Twitter.

We will continue to explore all possible ways in which we can support those in our community to come through this crisis safely. We will also share the latest information on our social media channels, please follow us on Facebook or Twitter. If you have anything you would like to share with us, please get in touch. 

Useful Resources

Working from Home: A Guide to Creating a Healthy and Productive Workspace, Cotswold Co. has developed an insightful resource about working from home, with practical tips and advice to set up a productive and healthy workspace at home including links to other useful resources.

Arts Council England:  Coronavirus Update: The latest guidance from the government on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak for our UK funded organisations and projects.

Visit OAUK listings for the latest updates on event postponements and cancellations across the outdoor arts sector in the UK and internationally, also read Outdoor Arts UK:  A Statement on Coronavirus.

See here for guidelines for the OAUK Sector Support Fund, a Benevolent Fund created in response to the Coronavirus Emergency to support professional individuals and freelancers who work specifically in the Outdoor Arts sector, who have suffered a loss of earnings because of the crisis.

OutdoorArtsUK Online is a developing series of initiatives devised to support the sector during this time, keep connected and keep you up to date with the latest news. This includes weekly drop in’s and 1-2-1’s with a member of the OutdoorArtsUK team via Zoom.

See this survey launched by Circostrada Network, which aims to list all circus and street art events currently being cancelled or postponed in the frame of the coronavirus pandemic.

On the Move – Cultural Mobility Network and Circostrada have joined forces to pull together an extensive list of international coronavirus resources and advice for those working in arts and culture

Latest update from Creative Europe: Corona Virus: Consequences for Creative Europe programme and related activities.

Join the Covid-19 Outdoor Arts Information, Questions & Advice Forum Facebook group for the latest knowledge sharing and community peer support.

Artist at Risk Association has compiled a list of resources for relief funds, legal advice, webinars for artists working in the US and internationally here.

World Health Organisation: Global updates on Coronavirus and advice on travel.

Visit Coronavirus (COVID-19): UK government response for all the latest advice and daily briefing updates from the UK. Also: UK Government: Guidance for employers and businesses  And: UK Government: COVID-19 guidance for mass gatherings.

NCVO Coronavirus guidance for charities, community groups and social enterprises in the UK.

Local Government Association: Coronavirus: Information for Councils in the UK.

A-N: Coronavirus Covid-19: Information and guidance for artists and arts organisers.

Please take a moment to fill in the Creative Industries Federation’s rapid response survey to help feedback and advocate for our sector during this challenging time.

The trustees of Future’s Venture Foundation have provided information on much needed benevolent funds. This list may be of use to those in the cultural sector who are experiencing financial and/or wellbeing difficulties. You may already be aware of some of these charities/funds, but there might be one or two unfamiliar ones worth exploring. This list covers as many of the creative fields as possible.

Equity Charitable Trust (Actors) 

Actors Benevolent Fund 

Film and Television Charity (Film, TV and Screen (changing areas) 

The Artist General Benevolent Fund (Artists)

Help for Musicians (musicians and music-related roles)

NABS (advertising and media industries) 

Royal Variety Charity

Live Events PSA Stagehand Welfare and Benevolent Fund 

The Function Central – Inclusive Event Planning after COVID-19

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