The recent situation caused by the Coronavirus has led to the closure of many venues, the cancellation of performances and exhibitions and a potentially devastating loss of income for many of those working in Hull’s creative sector. After an incredible few years for Hull’s art scene we think it’s time that we came together to show the freelancers who help to make this city so special just how much they mean to us, and help support them in difficult times. A donation of any size can help to ensure that Hull’s artists survive this crisis and continue making world-class work long into the future.
For context, many freelancers are about to enter into a particularly challenging time. Many artists make their living either by performance in front of groups of people, working together in rehearsals rooms or, often, by having another job to help support work. With the oncoming disruption brought to us via the Coronavirus it's important that we bear in mind that many artists are about to be unable to work due to the closure of theatres, television and film production and the many industries that employ artists when they're making their art such as restaurants, bars, and events.
Inspired by Middle Child associate artist Luke Barnes and his Liverpool fundraiser , we are aiming to be able to provide a minimum of 10x £200 hardship funds for any artists that cannot work during this time. These will be distributed on a first come first served basis and there will be no questions asked. If you need it, you can have it and once it's gone it's gone. If we make more additional money in this instance then that will also be made available. The first will be available in a month’s time when we have a better idea of how it will impact us.
Update : Thanks to your kindness we reached our initial £2k target at 13:40 on Thursday 19th March. We're going to keep the fundraiser running and see how far we can get, with each new milestone meaning we can help support more freelance Hull artists in this uncertain time.
Please note that no money donated as part of this fundraiser will go to Middle Child Theatre Company, nor will any of the money raised be used to pay those employed by Middle Child Theatre Company. We are merely acting as hosts of this GoFundMe page and will not profit from it in any way.
- Martin Lennon
- David Cleary
- Martin Walker