Coronavirus – useful arts and culture websites and resources

Because of the Covid-19 crisis, The Cultural Spring hasn’t been as active within our Sunderland and South Tyneside communities as we’d like.

What we have been doing is planning for our Phase 3 and contacting venues and residents groups in our new wards of Ryhope, Doxford and Silksworth in Sunderland, and Hebburn North, Hebburn South and Primrose in South Tyneside.

We’ve also been sharing some great ways of keeping you creative while staying in your own home.

And we’ve also collated a helpful list of websites to keep everyone ‘artistically active’ during lockdown. The links below are to virtual screenings, galleries, museums, TV documentaries and online activities.

If you’ve come across a great resource, activity or website, please send a link to us and we’ll add them to our Lockdown List.

COVID-19 – HELPFUL WEBSITES AND INFORMATION:

National resources

NATIONAL THEATRE
Every Thursday at 7pm National Theatre at Home broadcast a new NT Live show via YouTube. The first was One Man, Two Guvnors, starring James Corden and this week’s play is Treasure Island. Find the magic here https://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/nt-at-home 

BBC CULTURE IN QUARANTINE
BBC Arts with Arts Council England has launched Culture in Quarantine fund for England-based artists of any discipline to produce new works in creative media – video, audio and interactive. Depending on their nature, each work will be hosted by the BBC online and/or on-air. You can find out more here https://www.bbc.co.uk/arts

And don’t forget to keep an eye on @bbcarts on Twitter for some great content

VIRTUAL EXHIBITIONS/TOURS
Wesbite Chatterpack has collated a brilliant list of virtual museums and galleries from around the world … https://chatterpack.net/blogs/blog/list-of-online-resources-for-anyone-who-is-isolated-at-home

FRIDA KAHLO EXHIBITION
The Google Arts & Culture platform has produced an exhibition of more than 800 paintings and pictures from Frida Kahlo – here https://artsandculture.google.com/project/frida-kahlo

POETRY AND STORYTELLING
Poets, Prattlers, and Pandemonialists are changing the world one poem at a time. Find out how here https://www.pandemonialists.co.uk They’re also using Twitter to host events, so keep an eye on their account.

MUSEUM OF YOUTH CULTURE
Fascinating downloads available at this website to stimulate debate and keep families busy https://museumofyouthculture.com/activities/

GET CREATIVE 2020
Get Creative is a campaign that shines a light on all the great cultural activity that takes place on a regular basis in local communities and encourages people to try their hand at something new and creative. Normally a physical festival, it’s now a great online resource … https://getcreativeuk.com

FUN PALACES
Fun Palaces supports local people to co-create their own cultural and community events, across the UK and worldwide, sharing and celebrating the genius in everyone. They have some online and offline family activities that are well worth a look …  https://funpalaces.co.uk/news/tiny-revolutions-of-connection/

Information for artists

ARTS COUNCIL ENGLAND FUNDING
How Arts Council England has responded to the crisis, and what funding is available for artists … https://www.artscouncil.org.uk/covid19

ARTS PROFESSIONAL RESOURCES
Arts Professional have started CovidCulture – a space for news and information relating to the coronavirus pandemic, and how it might affect people working in the arts. This is where you can find resources, ideas and virtual events that could help you through the days ahead. Fine the information here … https://www.artsprofessional.co.uk/magazine/covidculture Keep up with the conversation on Twitter by following #CovidCulture

Things to do

NHS POSTERS
A great idea to keep you busy and show your love and respect for the NHS …http://www.nhsmillion.co.uk/nhs-posters

SUNDERLAND CULTURE’S EASTER FUN FOR FAMILIES

Our friends at Sunderland Culture have pulled together two weeks worth of family fun and creative challenges that you can enjoy in from comfort of your own home. Their great ideas can be found here https://sunderlandculture.org.uk/easter-family-online-programme/?dm_i=517P,6QVL,1LTTLZ,PMIU,1#Day-1

PITMEN PAINTERS
A brilliant documentary about the Ashington Group, brilliantly narrated by Robson Green https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hhr3AbHYAF8&fbclid=IwAR31fu6_7FNZ8Ew3jkfrHIz-bbUEFzG2q7r5_Rh8afJKeOXGHBk_fH3AErI&goal=0_5a160cdd3c-829a22ace6-38962145&mc_cid=829a22ace6&mc_eid=543db6d4bb

WE MAKE CULTURE
Our wonderful friends at @we_make_culture are busy with online projects, including online singing groups. Follow them on Twitter to keep up!

SUNDERLAND LIBRARIES 
E-books, E-audio books and E-magazines are available free from Sunderland Libraries – details here https://www.sunderland.gov.uk/libraries/opac

SOUTH TYNESIDE LIBRARIES
There’s some great content and helpful advice on South Tyneside’s Libraries’ Twitter feed … @SouthTyneLibs

LAING ART GALLERY
The folks at Newcastle’s Laing Art Gallery are producing some great colouring sheets to download for free. Find them here https://laingartgallery.org.uk/whats-on/the-laing-art-gallery-at-home-colouring-sheet and don’t forget to have a look round their website at the same time for some excellent blogs about their collection https://laingartgallery.org.uk

The Laing also has a section for young artists that’s worth exploring https://laingartgallery.org.uk/whats-on/the-laing-art-gallery-at-home-little-artists

BALTIC
The Baltic has uploaded a range of Meet and Make activities with some of its regular artists recording helpful YouTube videos – fun for all the family https://baltic.art/whats-on/family-activities

FREE UNIVERSITY ART CLASSES
If you are looking a challenge http://Artsy.net has compiled ten university art classes you can take online for free.

LOO ROLL ART CHALLENGE
Turn an empty loo roll into a piece of art rather than clogging up your recylcing? Post your images across your social media and tag #pinkfootloorollchallenge

TV GAMESHOW TASKMASTER
The popular TV gameshow Taskmaster is running a series of stay-at-home challenges. These are regularly posted on YouTube channel here https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCT5C7yaO3RVuOgwP8JVAujQ  Previous tasks have included; turn your bathroom into a venue of your choosing and make the best dancing elephant. These are fun activities that can be done with adults and kids. All you need to do is submit a 20-second clip via their Twitter page with the hashtag #HomeTasking. They will then post a video to show you a compilation of submissions and you get to see all the creative ways people approach a task.

LEARN TO DRAW WITH PETE MCKEE
Also on YouTube, artist Pete McKee is producing cartoon-drawing tutorials. His first classes are on how to draw cartoon faces, ageing and bodies.

For families and young people

JON BURGERMAN
Join illustration and chief doodler of fun characters Jon Burgerman who is posting regular videos of things to make and do on his YouTube here https://www.youtube.com/user/jonburgerman

TATE KIDS
The Tate have a great Twitter feed for young people, with loads of great ideas for activities and inspiration. There’s also more direct on their website here … https://www.tate.org.uk/kids

ANORAK MAGAZINE’S HAPPY DOWNLOADS
Anorak have lots of fun activities to download including word searches, story-telling challenges and colouring pages. Website here https://anorakmagazine.com

YOUNG DESIGN MUSEUM
The Design Museum is hosting a weekly programme to bring the world of design to life through everyday materials and household objects.  The museum’s learning team and friends will be getting creative to keep everyone from early years to budding young designers inspired. Website here …https://designmuseum.org/whats-on/workshops/young-creatives


* If you have websites or events to add to this list, please email rob.lawson@theculturalspring.org.uk