Artist Opportunities

Opportunities in the Tees Valley

  • FLOURISH, Helix Arts – 5 Oct – here
  • Teesside Print Prize, 1 Nov – here

Our face-to-face volunteering programme has now re-opened, please get in touch to find out more.

Open Opportunities & Support for Artists

Open employment opportunities.

These are open employment opportunities promoted through our Artist and Makers mailout:

  • Freelance Role, Guild, East Street Arts – 4 Oct – here
  • Business Development Manager, Helix Arts – 12 Oct – here
  • Workshop Opportunities, Rural Arts – 30 Oct – here
  • Sky Writes Coordinators, New Writing North – 6 Nov – here
  • Writers in Residence, New Writing North – 6 Nov – here

Places artists can apply for financial support.

A number of funds have been established to provide financial support for artists to mitigate the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. We’ll update the list below as we’re informed of opportunities.

Arts Council England

Arts Council England provided funding through three emergency streams, they were: funds for individuals/freelance practitioners (£16m), funds for organisations (£50m), funds for NPOs (£90m).

These schemes are now closed, but we would welcome if you could let us know if you’ve been successful in applying to any of these funds, or the funds which remain open below. You can let us know here.

  • a-n Fund (£300,000) – closed 
  • The Dancers Hardship Fund (undisclosed) – here – from 29 June
  • Equity Charitable Trust Coronavirus Emergency Welfare Support for Freelancers (undisclosed) – here
  • Help Musicians Coronavirus Financial Hardship Fund (undisclosed) – here
  • The Outdoor Arts Sector Support Fund (£500,000) – closed
  • The Theatrical Guild (undisclosed) – here
  • Authors Emergency Fund (undisclosed) – here

Please note: Arts Council England is cross-referencing applications and will only support applications made to one body to ensure that as many artists as possible have access to funding.

Other sector specific funders

  • Actors Benevolent Fund – here
  • The Artists’ General Benevolent Institution – here
  • Film and TV Covid-19 Emergency Relief Fund – closed
  • theMU Coronavirus Hardship Fund – here
  • PRS Emergency Relief Fund – here
  • Royal Literary Fund – here
  • Royal Variety Fund – here
  • Stagehand – The PSA Welfare and Benevolent Fund – here
  • Youth Music Fund – closed

Other places artists can find support.

  • Arts Council Englandhere
  • a-nhere
  • Crafts Councilhere
  • Creative Industries Federationhere
  • Creative Factory Crowdfunderhere
  • XTRAXhere

Get involved in your Community

Covid-19 specific support.


  • Coronavirus Support for Vulnerable Darlingtonhere


  • Hartlepool Community Action Group: Covid-19 Coronavirushere


  • Help Boro programme by Middlesbrough Council – here
  • Middlesbrough Covid-19 Mutual Aid Grouphere

Redcar and Cleveland

  • Redcar and Cleveland Support Grouphere


Long-term support.

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