News & Opportunities

Welcome to a AR+ Online. 


In the absence of exhibitions and events caused by the recent closures of galleries and arts organisations we have decided to temporarily open up our AR+ Online to all non members giving all artists access to commissioning and exhibition opportunities, available studio space and a selection of professional development services in the area.

We hope that this will inspire and encourage creativity in these hard times and continue our work with artists albeit virtually.

If you would like to join the membership to support the scheme. Artists are invited to join our AR+ Membership for £15 a year. This gives you exclusive access to AR+ Online, updated at least once a month with commissioning and exhibition opportunities, available studio space and a selection of professional development services in the area. All subscriptions help fund the artist-curated news and opportunities page and other artist services. 


We’re delighted to offer subscribers to AR+ Online a 20% discount at Cass Art on your next online or in-store order, plus free standard delivery. To redeem this offer, simply enter the bespoke discount code FABRICA20 at the online checkout at To redeem in-store print a copy of this webpage and show it at the checkout or you can show it on your mobile device.

To receive regular updates via email you can subscribe to our AR+ newsletter here



Black Artist Grant

A new Black Artists Grant has just been set up; a monthly £500 no-strings attached grant for artists of all ages in the UK. It is funded by @creativedebuts and the first few recipients are being selected by @rootedzine
The Black Artists Grant is £500 given out monthly to a black artist in the UK. The BAG is no-strings attached financial support to help the selected artist in whatever they want – be that make new work, buy equipment or materials, travel, research, visit exhibitions or conferences, or to even just cover some life expenses. This is specifically for Black artists; not politically black, not POC or BAME. For more information,  follow @thewhitepube.


Deadline: ongoing






Free access to the latest issue of the Engage Journal

Engage, the National Association for Gallery Education, has published Issue 44 of the Engage Journal, Engage 44: Biennials and beyond. 
In recognition of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, individuals can enjoy free access to the Journal until 31 July 2020.


Free Digital Resources & Training 


Arts Council England

Digital resources, training and upcoming events, updated regularly. Digital skill development training and webinars with Tech Champions are also available.


Arts Marketing Association

Resources, online training, tips and free webinars for those working in the arts.


Arts Emergency

Fun and practical downloadable resources on their website for artists and creative professionals.


Covid Creatives Toolkit

Digital resources, ideas and pathways for freelance artists and practitioners, updated daily.


Creative Industries Federation

Free 6 month membership for freelancers with access to relevant news, updates and funding guidelines during the Covid-19 crisis.


Disability Arts Online

Information about free one-to-one artist development sessions for disabled artists and practitioners during Covid-19.


Handsome Frank

Free video portfolio reviews for illustrators from leading agency.


Live Art Development Agency

Resources, opportunities and artist responses to Covid-19 crisis.



Resources for art, craft and design educators created for working and/or teaching in isolation.


Shape Arts

Funding opportunities, guidance and advice on support for disabled artists and practitioners.


The Dots

Online platform for creative jobs, opportunities, networking and skill sharing.

The Space

Video and audio, toolkits and information on supporting artists during Covid-19.



List of resources for disabled artists and freelancers during Covid-19 crisis.


Wyatt, Clarke & Jones

Free Skype portfolio reviews for BA and MA students from leading agency.




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