As creatives around the globe are feeling the impact of the pandemic, it’s spurring a wave of support from people and companies keen to help.
Read on for CR’s guide to the programmes and initiatives that are on offer to help creatives through an uncertain time. The most recently announced opportunities will be added at the top. Got something to add to our list? Get in touch via @creativereview on Twitter or email us.
Portfolio reviews from Wyatt-Clarke & Jones
The photography agency is offering free portfolio reviews every day until the office reopens. The opportunity is open to all established photographers, as well as BA and MA students who are missing their graduation shows, and will take place over Skype calls.
Digital skill development from Arts Council England
As part of Arts Council England’s Digital Culture Network, those running a business in the arts and culture sector can get in touch with the network’s Tech Champions for guidance on boosting digital skills. Free resources and webinars are on the way, too.
Anorak Magazine Slack channel
Illustrated kids’ magazine Anorak is launching a private Slack channel for any artists and illustrators. There will be a daily discussion between 4-6pm GMT where chat members can share, discuss and support one another.
Remote access to Adobe Creative Cloud for students and educators
Adobe has opened up its Creative Cloud apps for students, so they can have free, temporary ‘at-home’ access until the end of May. Universities must apply on students’ behalf.
Free premium Skillshare membership for students
Skillshare is offering high school and college students – with a .edu or .k12 email address and over the age of 16 – free two-month memberships. Its collection of online classes cover design, illustration and photography taught by the likes of Aaron Draplin and Jessica Hische.
Portfolio reviews with illustration agency Handsome Frank
Artists in lockdown can video chat with the agents at Handsome Frank, who are doing video portfolio reviews with anyone that sends them a link to their work, tagged with #hfreview.
Junior creative book reviews
Up and coming young creatives from around the world can add their name to this lengthy Google Sheet, to be paired with a senior creative for a portfolio review.
Don’t want this to come across as arrogant or egotistical. Just an offer for any graduates or students who are may need some advice, portfolio support or anything. You can DM me and I’ll do my best to help. It’s hardly anything I know, but I will try and offer some assistance 1/2
— Studio DBD (@studiodbd) March 18, 2020
Student and graduate portfolio advice from Studio DBD
Manchester-based Studio DBD has opened up its DMs to students and graduates in need of advice or portfolio support.
Birmingham Design Slack community
Designers and creatives in the West Midlands can stay in touch – and help curb some of that quarantine boredom – via the Birmingham Design Slack, which invites people to chat, swap tips, and compare woes.
The Illustrators Slack
There’s quite a community building over on The Illustrators Slack, set up by Ben The Illustrator. It’s currently 500+ members strong, and accepting new ones every day. DM Ben on Twitter to join.
We now have a private Slack channel for illustrators, 100+ members already, to help get through the current stuff but also build a community for the future.
I need to get on with some work, but if you’re interested in joining DM me your email address and I’ll sort out invites pic.twitter.com/hw0mvp3emB
— Ben The Illustrator ✏️✌️ (@BenIllustrator) March 17, 2020
The Dots Coronavirus support feed
Questions about freelancing, working from home, or anything else creativity and Coronavirus-related? The Dots has set up a support page where people can pick up tips and share their worries.
Agency owners and directors Slack
Ben Steers has set up a Slack workspace for agency owners and directors to share info and resources, as well as work opportunities for anyone struggling with the impact of Covid-19. Contact him to be added.
Marguerite’s Freelancers Unite
Women’s members’ club Marguerite is inviting freelance job seekers and people looking for freelancers to share their details via the site, in the hope that it might help anyone facing missing income over the coming months.