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Creativity, Inspiration & Covid-19

Whether it’s musicians taking to balconies for morale-boosting songs, writers and readers coming together for virtual book-clubs, orchestras and pop stars live-streaming concerts from home or art fans making the most of virtual tours offered by the world’s biggest galleries – creativity is rife and reaching the masses in new ways, finding digital audiences instead of physical ones.

Along with the very important business support and resources being released there are a lot of lovely schemes & initiative appearing to encourage creativity in this trying times, so we’ve collated some here. We haven’t tried all of them out yet so can’t make any personal recommendations but hope you’ll find something here that inspires you. We’ll add to this list as we come across more fantastic resources and stories to share.

Online Performances & Events

Our friends at Cornwall 365 What’s On just sent out their Let’s Get Digital newsletter, filled with their Cornish Top Picks of online events for digital audiences.

BBC’s Culture In Quarantine across television, radio and online, will give the nation access to the arts. Providing extraordinary access to shuttered exhibitions, performances and museums, a virtual book festival and much more besides. The BBC mission is to increase access to the arts, at a time when the buildings that support them are closed, and to support artists and arts organisations in the process.

The Social Distancing Festival is asking artists and organisations to submit details of work that has been cancelled, disrupted or delayed, such as rehearsal videos or photos of artworks that were never exhibited. Dezeen have announced a Virtual Design Festival  that will bring the architecture and design world together.

The Royal Opera House is offering free online performances of ballet and opera, Bachtrack has put together a guide to live-streaming and on demand offerings of ballets, operas and orchestral performances and The Guardian have put together a list of classical music to stream at home.

Follow The Stage to keep up to date with coverage of live-streamed performances and new ways to access theatre that seem to be constantly emerging. Actors and comedians have launched The Stay at Home Festival, live streaming a mixed bill of comedy nights and conversations most days. Theatre Together has announced All the Web’s a Stage, while The Show Must Go Online is bringing together actors from across the globe to perform the complete plays of William Shakespeare online. The  National Theatre has announced a project that will see its National Theatre Live collection of filmed live productions streamed for free on YouTube.

Gareth Malone’s Home Chorus brings together isolated singers or, if you fancy playing along rather than just listening and watching, you can link up with other amateur and professional musicians around the world by jamming together, or using the Soundtrap app to make music and collaborate with others.

Online Learning & Creative Activities

The Invisible Arts Network has released the Actuality app, a virtual cinema available straight from mobiles and tablets, providing immersive AR entertainment for everyone while in isolation.

Voluntary Arts is curating a daily update of creative ideas – by and for creative workers – to be explored and enjoyed in response to the coronavirus.

Creative network project Canopy has established an online social drawing page, based on BBC Four’s Life Drawing Live! programme, to encourage people of all ages to pick up their pencils and start drawing sessions.

Nonsuch have launched Creative Quarantine – a daily email of creative activities for all ages to do at home, Led by a group of artists and creatives.

Isolation Art School (@isolationartschool) is an online art school delivering projects, lessons and tips by artists to help people get creative while housebound during Covid19 crisis.

ChatterPack have compiled a list of free, online activities including virtual tours, arts & culture, and online learning.

Keep active, make connections, join in, collaborate and have fun with Arts Professional’s Creative Communities! Use your downtime as an opportunity to take part in inspiring activities being promoted and shared by the creative community.

Stay connected with Fun Palaces tiny revolutions of connection.

Museums, Galleries & Cultural Institutions Online

Access behind the scenes tours of arts institutions across the world via Google Arts and Culture, and while you’re browsing you can use Treasure Jam, an online resource that encourages people to create something inspired by an object or work of art they’ve found in an online museum or gallery.

Galleries and museums are stepping up to the challenge of losing all their visitors overnight by moving programmes online – through virtual tours, videos, podcasts and social media coverage. Crafts Council Crafts Magazine have collated some of their top picks for virtual art and craft exhibitions here.

And some fantastic twitter hashtags to follow and join in with:

Find a celebration of positive isolation ideas, resources and good news stories using the hashtag #CreatingPositivity.

As a small pick-me-up during the ongoing pandemic, museums have started sending virtual bouquets of flowers to each other using the hashtag #MuseumBouquet.

64 million artists is trialing #CreateToConnect, a daily creative challenge to “keep us doing, thinking and sharing at home”.

The #Artist Support Pledge is an initiative set up by the Sussex-based artist Matthew Burrows, where artists are invited to post pictures of their works for sale for £200 or less on Instagram using the hashtag #ArtistSupportPledge. Every time an artist makes £1,000 in sales they then pledge to spend £200 purchasing the work of another artist using the hashtag.