Norwich and Norfolk Artists’ Hardship Fund

Our header photo is from the recent Norfolk Arts Forum at Norwich Arts Centre. A fantastic day, with a room full of artists.

Inspired by the brilliant artist-led leadership of Luke Barnes  (in Liverpool), Bryony KimmingsMiddle Child (in Hull) (and others), curious directive is happy to administrate a very important, unprecedented fund.

COVID-19 will affect many people across the UK. The arts industry, one of our most treasured assets, is facing an incredibly complicated and challenging time. We are not sure how long this will last. 

curious directive, a small theatre company in Norwich, manages The Nave , a social enterprise co-working space for freelancers. Over the last 3 days, we have received some heartbreaking messages from our residents about loss of income and potentially livelihood. We have stayed open for them. These are arts workers who have been brave. They have gone out on their own to forge their own path. They are now unable to work, losing contracts. We are sure this will be the same for countless artists across our fine city and across Norfolk. 

We are aiming to provide 10 x £100 hardship fund donations (hopefully much more) to 10 freelance artists living in Norwich and wider Norfolk. 

As per the inspiring model and work of Luke Barnes, Bryony Kimmings, Middle Child Hull (and now others), 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 funds will be available in a month’s time when we have a better idea of how it will impact us.'

curious directive will receive no funds for this - at all. No funds raised will be used to pay anyone employed by curious directive. We are merely acting as hosts of this GoFundMe page and will not profit from it in any way.

Thank you.


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