Keep Creating and Culture Online

March 25, 2020 by Perthshire Creates

“Vulnerability is the birthplace of innovation, creativity and change.” Brene Brown

As the Covid-19 crisis dominates our world and we all adapt on a daily basis to do what we can to unite and work through the fast changing situation, our priorities are to do what we can to stay well, support loved ones, friends and our extended work and social families. It’s also no surprise to see the creative sector (no stranger to thinking and working outside the box) responding in many diverse, original and creative ways, this post shares a few that have popped up on social media over the last week.

One word appears on almost every Covid-19 related post: ‘unprecedented’.  Keen to read an alternative and a quick thesaurus check highlighted a number of very positive options; extraordinary, outstanding, exceptional, remarkable, unique, novel, original, new, groundbreaking, revolutionary, pioneering.  All wonderfully positive in a time of uncertainty.

When we’re on the other side of corona virus, everything will be pre-Covid-19 (BCvD) & post-Covid-19 (ACvD), some of the initiatives we see popping up now will evolve and be part of our world ACvD.

Many of these links are changing daily, however at the time of writing, this is what’s out there.  We’re happy to share any online cultural activities you’re involved in, let us know via contact@perthshirecreates.co.uk

SUPPORT – There are a number of places where creatives running a business can find support, as this is changing daily, it’s worth signing up to receive daily updates:

Invest in Perth – Corona Virus Bulletin – Tues 24 March 2020

Perth & Kinross Council Corona Virus Business Support Fund

Perth & Kinross Council – General Business Advice

GrowBiz – Corona Virus Updates

Creative Scotland – General update

Creative Scotland Resource Directory for Covid-19 – An A-Z of funding and resources available to those in the creative community, who have been affected by Coronavirus (Covid-19).

Scottish Government

TUNE IN – Most of the time we’re increasingly time poor, yet suddenly many of us find ourselves with more time on our hands than we’re used to filling.  Maybe a clear up of your usual creative workspace is one place to start, but when you want a break from that, there are many creative folk and organisations running daily features to brighten the day and keep culture in our day.  Many Perthshire based creatives are doing just that.  You can follow them on their socials to keep up with their daily posts.

Pitlochry Festival Theatre have started an online series #PFTLightHopeJoy, follow the Pitlochry Festival Theatre Facebook page for daily updates which include poetry, music and even origami tutorials!

Horsecross Arts have a new webpage you can follow featuring blog posts from staff and performers; keepgoingtogether.co.uk/blog

The Cateran Ecomuseum have started their #Cateran100 programme, aiming to cheer, inform & uplift you with images, songs, stories, poetry, music & archives during this crisis for the next 100 days.  Follow the Cateran Eco Museum Facebook page for daily updates.

Image from the Laing Collection featured in the #Cateran100 programme of daffodil pickers from the early 1930’s

GET INVOLVED

Culture Counts are running a survey open to organisations and individuals in Scotland’s arts, screen, heritage & creative industries. The survey is to both understand the unique impacts on the cultural sector of Covid-19 and to communicate the sectors needs to government.  It remains open until May 2020 and you can make multiple responses as guidance and situations change.  Responses are reviewed weekly and can be seen on their website.

Birnam Arts want to hear from artists and makers working away in their studios.  They are creating an online gallery and are happy to share projects you’re working on, ideas to inspire all age groups, collections of your work.  Get in touch and send your content to kate@birnamarts.com.

GrowBiz are running an online Creative Peer Support Session on Monday 30 March. Open to anyone involved in the creative services sector and their March meeting will focus on support and planning during the current Coronavirus situation.  A brilliant way to maintain contact with others and have a safe space to share and discuss concerns. This Peer Support session will take place on Zoom, as an online session. Register to attend using this link.

Our Summer Design Market was due to take place on Saturday 20 June, we’ve cancelled the event in person, however, instead we are exploring the idea of a Digital Design Market, applications are open with an extended deadline, you can submit your application using this link.

Visible Fictions presents innovative and dynamic theatrical productions that inspire, challenge, engage and entertain, and they’re encouraging you to get creative. This Facebook post explains in full, they are seeking pitches for 1 minute stories from artists based in Scotland – whether that’s a monologue, a stop motion animation, a puppet piece, a song… anything original! And something that you can film on a mobile phone from the comfort of your own home.

HAVE A GO

The Peacock and The Tortoise  in George Street Perth is known to many who love quilting, textiles and workshops.  Follow their Facebook page for daily updates on their collections and mini projects.

Check out how to get involved in this Art Refuge Corona Quilt Project.  Art Refuge uses art and art therapy to support the mental health and well-being of people displaced due to conflict, persecution and poverty, both in the UK and internationally. Now, they are offering art as a thread to connect with each other and offer hope and ways of coping through the coronavirus and invite you to sit around a virtual community table and help create a patchwork tablecloth, whatever your age, wherever you are, you’re welcome to create a piece of the corona quilt on the theme of ‘Rituals of the Everyday’.

TIME FOR LEARNING

Having just finished setting up the rural Maker_Spaces across the region, it’s frustrating for many not to be able to access the creative technology.  However, watch this space as we develop online learning options to share with you over the coming weeks and months.  In the meantime you can watch a number of Adobe Creative Cloud online tutorials and sign up for a free 7 day trial using different Adobe Creative Cloud packages.

The Design Trust already run a number of online courses and are offering a number of new online events you can join in response to the current situation, such as this free online workshop and Q&A, How to Stay Confident Right Now with creative coach, Pete Mosley on Wednesday 25 March at 3pm.

If you already run online workshops or in the process of developing one, let us know and we’ll help share the information.

SIT BACK AND ENJOY

Join local band The Mad Ferret Band, a contemporary Scottish Folk Duo, this Friday 27 March at 8pm as they live stream on You Tube, subscribe to their You Tube Channel  to join in. More details can be found on this link.

Whilst visiting Art Galleries and Museums in person is currently on pause, you can sit back and enjoy world-class art from around the world, from the comfort of your own home, thanks to this article featured in The Guardian on Monday 23 March, 10 of the world’s best virtual museum and art gallery tours provides links which will take you from the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam to the Guggenheim in Bilbao.

Bilbao, the Guggenheim Museum of modern and contemporary art museum designed by Canadian-American architect Frank Gehry. Photograph: P Eoche/Getty Images

Another recommended site is art21 for some amazing videos and high quality documentaries on some of the most prolific contemporary artists.

WORTH KNOWING 

Arts Professional Magazine are removing their subscription paywall for all Covid-19 related news, resources and content to support arts workers. All these resources can be accessed on their new CovidCulture microsite, a dedicated space for all the news on how the coronavirus is affecting arts workers.  Regular updates will provide details on news, ideas, information to support creative careers, and support the sector’s workers, including money matters, campaigns, health & wellbeing.

The Creative Entrepreneurs Club are offering free membership in order to offer the wider creative community a place to organise work and provide support around mental health,  advice, and more.

AND FINALLY…

Spring won’t go into lockdown! Thankfully!

Top image: ‘Hope’ by Photographer Gavin Ritchie, as seen on his Facebook page.   Gavin captured this image a few weeks ago (BCvD) at the end of a trip to Torridon with his Dad. He hopes this picture will bring some joy, peace and a little bit of hope.