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Welcome to the DASH newsetter. In this edition we focus on funding, freelancers, feedback and the future as the effects of the pandemic continue to impact on our personal and working lives.
Arts Council England: Emergency Funds Access Support
Are you a Disabled artist who requires access support to apply for the Arts Council England’s emergency funds? If you do you must request this support through with ‘ACCESS INFORMATION’ in the subject line.

You can nominate DASH to be your access support provider.

Visit the Arts Council England website for more details about the emergency funding available.
Calling Artists and Visual Arts Freelancers: We NEED to hear your voice!

Contemporary Visual Art Network is calling on artists and and visual arts freelancers to complete a short survey.

Following emergency sector support measures announced by Arts Council England and HM Treasury, they are keen to develop their understanding of the impact of these measures upon the visual arts sector.

Knowing more through this research will help to coordinate their efforts, and lobby effectively for the sector. Through the findings of this survey they hope to have an evidence base to use to advocate for artists and arts professionals in a position of hardship over coming months.

This research has been commissioned by CVAN in partnership with  Artists’ Union England, a-n The Artists Information Company, ArtQuest London, AxisWeb, Curator Space, DACS, Engage, and Guild.

This survey is open to the whole range of individuals that work in the visual arts sector, from artists and makers to technicians and fabricators, from curators to consultants working in the sector. 

If you would like to play a part in the research please complete the survey at Earthen Lamp

Disabled Artists Mentoring Support

There is still opportunity to benefit from the Disabled Artist Mentoring Support currently being offered by DASH.

Mike is offering phone/skype/zoom mentoring on a first come first served basis to any Disabled visual artist across the UK.

There will be a maximum of 3 sessions plus a short introductory session where you will decide the topics you want to cover. Each session will last up to 2 hours and can be spread over several months.

Sound interesting? Contact Artistic Director, Mike Layward at for more information.

a-n Brings Artist Bursaries forward

To help support a-n Artist members whose livelihoods have been impacted by Covid-19, they’re bringing the application process forward for the next round of a-n Artist Bursaries. Working with Arts Council England to distribute £300,000 of financial support for artists and arts organisers who make exhibitions happen.

Full details will be announced in due course so keep an eye on their website and social media for updates. 

NAWM Proposals Deadline approaches

New Art West Midlands are redirecting the focus of the next round of Engine Micro Bursaries (a go-and-see resource in previous years) towards evidence gathering around the impact on artists’ livelihoods caused by the Coronavirus outbreak and the unprecedented measures taken to slow the spread of the disease.

They are inviting artistsand arts professionals living in the West Midlands to share experiences of the current situation – case studies and points of view around practice in these exceptional times. 

They have 10 Micro Bursary opportunities to award and are looking to cover a variety of impacts on practice. These focus points include the impact on studio-based artists, on freelance curatorial activities, on practitioners based in rural contexts, on the student perspective, on those working internationally, and on artists and curators who are commonly disadvantaged due to race, class, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion and disability.

Applications will be selected by New Art West Midlands in collaboration with a range of partner organisations located across the region to seek different perspectives and to ensure fair access. These include AirSpace GalleryDASHIkon GalleryMeadow Arts and other partner organisations to be announced.

Please email your short proposal to by 4pm on Wednesday 15 April, stating ‘Micro Bursary’ in the subject line.

One last thing ...
We always welcome your feedback about our latest news and projects, however in the current times it seems that a lot of people are finding more and more creative ways of working as well new inspiration.

If you have anything you would like to share with us please do get in touch and share your iddeas via Facebook and Twitter - or feel free to email us.

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