Covid-19 Support & Resources

This resource is a LADA initiative that responds directly to the impact of Covid-19, and gathers information to support artists and arts workers affected by the pandemic. We want to remain a resource for our community and hope these lists will be of use to many of you in this time of crisis.

These lists are continually updated, but please get in touch if you know of something you think we should include.

Here you will find –

– Lists of LADA opportunities and resources, including specific opportunities we have developed in response to Covid-19

– Lists of practical information and advice from Government, local councils, health services etc

– Lists of resources and opportunities from funding bodies, artistic organisations, grassroots initiatives etc

– Lists of artistic responses to the impact of the pandemic

– Lists of resources and recommendations of things to read and watch

LADA's Statement on Covid-19
An image of laptop screen with the LADA team in a zoom meeting, accompanied by a drawing of the team. LADA Staff, 2020. Image by Katherine Borchsenius.

LADA Opportunities

LADA opportunities, including specific opportunities we have developed in response to Covid-19:

We do not currently have any open opportunities, a list of our previous open calls can be found below.

Three warped and distorted figures in front of a screen screen DIY 2019: Green Screen Charivari, led by Adam Patterson

Playing Up: Virtual Play In

While families are staying indoors amid the current pandemic, we are thrilled to announce that we are publishing a selection of PLAYING UP cards for families to download and play.

PLAYING UP is an artwork by Sibylle Peters and Theatre of Research, exploring the potential of Live Art to bridge generations. Drawing on key Live Art themes and seminal works, PLAYING UP takes the form of a game played by adults and kids together.

Although these cards can be played at any time we invite you to play along with us as we post new cards. Stay tuned on Tuesdays and Fridays and share your collaborative artworks using the hashtag #VirtualPlayIn!

To find out more about PLAYING UP, please visit our dedicated website, alternatively, if you wish to purchase your very own pack, please visit our online bookshop on UNBOUND.

To download the cards, simply click on the box below!

The illustrated artwork on the PLAYING UP Box. PLAYING UP. Artwork by David Caines.
A young person and their parent wear gorilla masks in the Tate Modern Turbine Hall. PLAYING UP, Turbine Hall, Tate Modern, 2016. Image by Seraphina Neville.

LADA Resources

Some LADA things to watch, listen and read during the days inside:

Artists Nando Messias and Franko B in conversation Franko B and Nando Messias in conversation, Live Art Now, Queen Mary University of London, July 2019. Still from video, by Claire Nolan.


Things to read and watch:

Glimpses of Before: Bernsteins 'Taking Measurements of yourselves as Artists` Fairlight Glen, Hastings 1972
Looking for Looking for Langston, Adam Patterson, Edge of an Era, 2019. Still from video, courtesy of the artist.
Rose has O'Brien facedown across her lap. She is spanking him. Martin O'Brien and Sheree Rose. Photograph: Manuel Vason.

Here are a few other ways people are coming together (virtually):

  • Participating in Mutual Aid Groups – offering grocery store runs or meal delivery to the elderly and those at greater risk; phone calls to those who are isolated; spreading the word about grassroots initiatives.
  • Purchasing gift certificates to local theatres, venues and retailers to provide an alternative revenue stream
  • Donating to artists, performers, and venues to show solidarity and continue the celebration of the arts
  • Buying tickets to future community events to show support for the greater community
  • Contributing financially to food banks for children who have lost access to daily meals during closures
The Garrett Centre interior. 11 October 2017 Opening Event at The Garrett Centre, credit George Hunt

Banner image credit:

Garrett Centre (2020), Bethnal Green, Alex Eisenberg