CCA Supports


CCA Supports is our programme that is aimed at supporting emerging artistic practice as well as artists at any stage of their career.

During these unprecedented times we are using this page as a resource to share the latest information on health and safety as well as financial support schemes and creative initiatives that may be helpful for artists and others.

Wednesdays 2 & 9 June 2021, 2pm–4pm

Sessions starting at 2pm, 2.30pm, 3pm, 3.30pm

Our next batch of 1-2-1 surgeries are for artists who want to chat about their work, or receive critical and practical advice from CCA’s Director Catherine Hemelryk. We will have four slots available per day, each lasting for 25 minutes. The Zoom invitation will be sent to participants in advance of their time slots.

Free tickets will be available from our Eventbrite page here.

Fridays 21 & 28 May 2021, 10am–12:15pm

CCA is hosting another two-part online crit group for artists and creatives at any stage of their career who are trying something new. The crit group is being held over the two Fridays with eight artists presenting per session. Across the two sessions, eight artists in total will share a piece of their work with the rest of the group facilitated by CCA Public Programmes Curator Laura McCafferty. Participants would need to be available for both sessions. This is a platform for artists to receive feedback and the chance to generate a discussion around your work. The Zoom link for this event will go live and be sent to you on the day.

Free tickets are available from our Eventbrite page here.

Beginning Friday 27 March 2020, 1pm

Time is speeding up and slowing down simultaneously. Individually and collectively we attempt to make sense of these collisions to find a new rhythm. CCA’s reading group booksvscigarettes will move to Twitter delivering one line daily of The Machine Stops. E.M. Forster’s 1909 novel describes a time when human life can no longer live on the surface of the Earth. Individuals live in isolation pods deep under the ground. The supercomputer ‘The Machine’ that they rely on for all human needs suddenly stops. #booksvscigarettesccadld

Missed the start? Not a problem, click here and click on the thread.

Northern Ireland is entering a four-week period of semi-lockdown and Derry & Strabane is in a local lockdown. NI Executive guidelines recommend all to:

If you are showing symptoms however mild, or if anyone in your household is showing symptoms:

  • Self-isolate for 10 days
  • If someone in your household shows symptoms, self-isolate for 14 days
  • End isolation after 7 days if you feel better

For more information visit NI Direct.

There is still guidance for everyone to stay safe.

If you are shielding you can:

  • Leave your house provided you stay 2 meters (6ft) away from other people.
  • Wash your hands as soon as you get home.
  • You can spread the virus even if you don’t have symptoms.
  • Form a support bubble if you live alone with one other household.

If you are not shielding the guidelines state:

  • Stay 2 meters (6ft) away from other people.
  • Wash your hands as soon as you get home.
  • You can spread the virus even if you don’t have symptoms.
  • Up to 6 people from two different households can meet outdoors provided they socially distance with at least 2 metres.
  • Check your local area for other restrictions. In Derry City & Strabane from Monday 5 October 2020 no meetings inside households for at least 2 weeks.
  • Form a support bubble if you live alone with one other household.

For full information visit NI Direct.

Volunteering North West are putting people in touch with local organisations who are working collectively to ensure that the most vulnerable are supported. Visit their website to sign up.

Derry Community Drive is a Facebook Group that has been set up for people to ask for help if they need and to support one another. You can join the group via Facebook here.

The Chancellor of the Exchequer announced a package of support measures for businesses and employees on Friday 20th March. This package includes support for businesses including: a Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme where HMRC will reimburse 80% of workers wage cost, up to £2,500 per month a Statutory Sick Pay relief package for small and medium sized businesses to reclaim pay for sickness absence due to COVID-19.

Click here for more information on eligibility.

A new scheme has been set up to support people who are a self-employed individual or member of a partnership. This package includes a taxable grant, which will be 80% of the average profits up to £2,500 per month.

Visit here for more information on eligibility.

The Department for Communities has also published new information on Universal Credit. New claims to Universal Credit can still be made online with additional telephone support available if you need help with a new claim. Click here for more information.

You will find the latest and other recent updates on UK Government Advice, how to Plan and Prepare, Arts Council Support, existing funding awards, Applications currently submitted for assessment and New Funding Applications here.

Current ACNI funding Programmes are listed here as they open.

The ACNI Individuals Emergency Resilience Programme has closed.

The ACNI Emergency Programme for Artists and Performers has closed.

The ACNI Support for the Individual Artist Programme (SIAP) fund has closed.

For artists and freelancers in Northern Ireland in partnership with a-n The Artists Information Company. The Freelands Foundation Emergency Fund is supported by the Freelands Foundation, as part of a landmark commitment of £3m towards emergency funds for artists and freelance creative practitioners across the UK affected by the Covid-19 crisis. Funds will be available for Northern Ireland based practitioners. Applications opened on Friday 25th September 2020.

Who can apply: Freelance creative practitioners based in Northern Ireland who work in the visual arts and are experiencing severe financial hardship due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
What: Grants of £1,500 – £2,500
Deadline for applications: Applications are accepted from 2:00pm on Friday 25th September 2020 and decisions will be made on a monthly basis. You can apply at any time. Applicants will be informed of decisions within approximately 5-6 weeks of submitting an application. We encourage applicants to make a submission early due to the limited funds available.

Enquiries: [email protected]
Visit the website for more information here.

The Bank of Ireland Begin Together Arts Fund, in partnership with Arts & Business Northern Ireland, was launched on 21 September. The Fund will support or commission artists and arts organisations to develop arts projects, enhancing the wellbeing of the participants, audiences and communities involved. All art forms are eligible and the aim is for the projects to benefit a range of audiences. The Fund will also support arts projects that have been adapted due to COVID-19, or are inspired by / respond to COVID-19.

Applicants can request funds between c. £2,500 – £8,400, and average grants will be £4,200, with maximum grants of £8,400. Arts projects with larger budgets that have secured funds elsewhere are encouraged to apply. With each grant round, the Fund aims to provide funding to an arts project in each county on the island of Ireland.

Closing date for the first round of applications is Wednesday, 4 November at 5pm. The second round will open in April 2021. For more information click here.

VANI have moved online. For the latest list of events keep an eye on their website here.

The Help-Desk online will be running online every Wednesday. These 30-minute web chats are free for VANI members, £5 for non-members. Booking is available here. For VAI events visit here for further information.

Support freelancers: “Create an emergency fund to support freelancers with Coronavirus income loss.” A petition launched by Creative Industries Federation.

Public Health Agency guidance: click here

UK Government Coronavirus (COVID-19) action plan: click here

Independent Arts Projects:
Covid-19 Links to Advice and support for Arts Workers

HM Treasury: Budget 2020 – Support for those affected by COVID-19

Bread & Butter Fund: a crowdfunder to offer ‘gig’ fees of £200 to artists affected by Coronavirus. This project is still live here.

The Department of Economy has partnered with the Open University and are offering a wide range of free training to those who have become unemployed or who on furlough leave due
to Corona virus. Some of the areas include:
– Digital skills
– Cyber Security
– Communication
– Leadership
– Essential skills – English and Maths.

You can undertake training during Furlough without it creating a break in the furlough leave, just a reminder that when undertaking training you must be paid at least the national minimum/living wage rate.
Here is the link to access the training here.

Visual Arts Ireland has put together an information page the COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment available to those experiencing loss of income: click here.
There is information that tells you if you are eligible and how to apply.

Arts Council for Ireland’s survey has closed. Current funding opportunities are available here.

For the latest Culture Ireland grants, click here.