What’s New Online

April 2, 2020 by Perthshire Creates

Fast change and rapid adaptability are now part of many people’s daily routine, and the response from the creative sector has been incredible with new online initiatives and ideas popping up on a daily basis.  Here are a selection of recent links which may be of help and interest.

If you are developing a digital diversification activity and want to share your story and what you are up to, we would love to feature your activity on our website and share what you are doing via our social media accounts.  Get in touch via contact@perthshirecreates.co.uk


GrowBiz are working hard to keep their site regularly updated with news on business support for freelancers and small businesses, you can get their latest updates here.  They are running a number of different online learning and networking events and more info on these can be found here, their next online peer support group for creatives is planned for Tuesday 7 April at 2pm, it’s free to join in, however you can register you’ll be joining in here.

Craft Scotland are keeping the sector informed and have a special edition of the Opportunities newsletter, focusing on Coronavirus (COVID-19) related support and opportunities, including A Maker’s Guide to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Creative Scotland are regularly updating their Coronavirus (COVID-19) Advice and can be seen here, with particular information on new support for creative sector during COVID-19 outbreak.

The most recent Perth & Kinross Council support information can be found on www.pkc.gov.uk/coronavirus/business

Visual Arts Scotland  have set up The Emergency Artworkers Support Fund (EAWSF), a temporary relief fund that aims to support Creative Practitioners who have been impacted by COVID-19. The aim of the fund is to ensure fixed micro grants of £250 will go to individuals who have no other current financial support or savings, who are facing an immediate loss of income from their creative freelance work, to help cover losses incurred by cancelled or postponed work in recent weeks.


Join Talenthouse, The World Health Organisation and the United Nations in combating Covid-19. The UN need your help in translating critical public health messages, into work that will engage and inform people across different cultures, languages, communities and platforms. Have a read of the #UNCovid19brief to learn how whilst you are staying at home you can create art to help get the messages out to the world. The deadline is April 9th.

Artmag have launched a new initiative to showcase new work from artists over the coming weeks.  You can find out how to submit images of your work here.


Wild Soul Films have put a call out for anyone wanting to submit a short video clip made on your phone to be in the ‘Comrie Community Film – Life in Lockdown’, they are creating.

If you live in Comrie and want to get involved in making a fun and creative video about your experiences of living life in lockdown, you can take part from the safety and comfort of your home and the only equipment you need is your phone. It’s a video project for families and people of all ages, find out more information here. The deadline for video clip submissions is Wednesday 15th April 2020 at 6pm.


Hospitalfield in Arbroath, Angus are dedicated to contemporary art and ideas, a place to work, study, learn, visit and enjoy. Whilst their doors are temporarily closed, they have started Lets Draw Together! with the Free Drawing School artist Laura Darling, who will introduce a weekly drawing challenge every Monday, the next one is at 10am on Monday 6 April.  Check out what you need before you start here.

Hospitalfield ‘Let’s Draw Together’ Free online drawing school

TextileArtist.org recently launched their Community Stitch Challenge 2020, with a different weekly challenge set by talented textile artists.   The current Week 2 challenge has been set by Cas Holmes and all the details of how you can join in can be found here.  You can join their Facebook group and upload your work (if you wish), there is also a video introduction from the artist and a downloadable workbook.

Another textile ‘Join In’ project has been launched by artist Dionne Swift, who has jointly launched the creation of an amazing community virtual quilt.  Designed for all levels to join in you can find out more about the Virtual Log Cabin Quilt Project here.

Image from Dionne Swift #virtuallogcabin on Instagram


The Design Trust have a number of online events including this Product Photography and Styling with Yeshen Venema which is on this Friday 3 April at 2pm.   Yeshen is a freelance photographer who specialises in working with small businesses and designer makers, photographing everything from ceramics and textiles to jewellery and papercuts – so he knows a thing or two about the challenges of a product photo shoot.  In this session he will share is expertise and tips to help you style and photograph your own products.  You can sign up for this FREE session here.

Image styled by Emma Shipley, taken by Yeshen Venema and showing work by Bespoke Binny


Starting this evening and every Thursday evening at 7pm, join the National Theatre At Home as they stream much-loved National Theatre Live productions on YouTube, and available for seven days. Their first production streaming is One Man, Two Guvnors featuring a Tony Award-winning performance from James Corden as Francis Henshall in this hilarious West End and Broadway hit, streaming from 7pm and available until 9 April.   Next Thursday 9 April, Jane Eyre will be streamed, a bold and innovative reimagining of Charlotte Brontë’s masterpiece uncovers one woman’s fight for freedom and fulfilment on her own terms.  Jane Eyre will be available until 16 April.

In the absence of any new music in the Byre at The Inchyra Arts Club, they’ve been busy looking through their archives and editing videos and plan to post videos of shows from the last six years since they opened.


Tippermuir Books have launched their Tippermuir Book Club.  Check out Page 74 of the April issue of The Perthshire Magazine for full details of how you can access their first Book Club title Trust by Ajay Close, a local writer and former Perth & Kinross writer in residence.

Currently unable to run their photography workshops from their studio in Glen Lyon, Wildgrass Studio are looking to launch online learning via their Wildgrass Classroom, initially they are offering their courses free of charge, so watch out for news in their next Newsletter and on Social Media, you can Sign up to the Wildgrass emailing list for regular updates here.


If you’ve not already seen the April issue of The Perthshire Magazine, have a flip through their digital pages to enjoy many (hastily re-written) articles about how to get the best of #stayingathome in this #lockdown issue, and in the absence of being able to get out and about in person lots of beautiful images taken from throughout the region.  Subscribe to The Perthshire Magazine and also enjoy looking through past issues, equally packed with interesting articles and beautiful photography.