ARTCRY is a new fund for artists making work in the public realm in response to social and political events. We need your help to keep this fund going.
In summer 2019 the world was already looking bleak, Brexit was tearing the country apart, our democracy was being stretched to breaking and people on all sides were digging into their trenches.
We started to look around and wonder why there was not more protest and argument coming from artists around the issues at the time on either side of the debate? Was it to do with a lack of motivation or did artists not have an opinion that they could express through their chosen medium? We thought not.
We realised that one clear barrier was funding. There wasn't a fund that could get money to artists fast enough even in small amounts. And we need artists to be making responsive work because artists have the power to use their creativity to express themselves in a way which can challenge a narrative, shine a light on an untold perspective, provoke conversation and galvanise a community.
So here's the idea...
To create a small grants fund led by a panel of creatives, artists and activists. The panel will rotate every six months, so that the people making decisions regularly changes.
Decisions are made on applications within 7 days so that artists can start making work immediately.
Light touch admin and simple application process.
All the work funded will be presented for free and in the public realm.
It can be just as hard to raise £200 as £10,000 and take just as long. Even before lockdown it was increasingly difficult for artists and small organisations to make work responsively because our funding structures don't support it, the fastest turnaround fund at the moment is six weeks and we need to change that. Application process are long and difficult and prevent a lot of brilliant individual artists from applying for funding directly. We need to change that too.
Most importantly we need artists to startle some sense into the world with radical and inspiring ideas. We need to invest in artists and quite often it isn't a huge amount of money needed. We can come together and start making a difference.
But but but....
WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT to do it. We haven't started ARTCRY with a pot of money. It's been started by a group of creatives who saw the problem and decided to try and solve it.
We aim to raise £50,000 a year as a grant funding pot. It's significant, but it's not impossible if we come together to make it happen.
"We need to get more political voices out there. It's not even about left or right. It's about us, the people, having something to say" - Jonzi D
Where are we now?
We've started! In October 2020 we launched into a crowdfunder campaign creating seven new pieces of work to kick us off and have raised over £15,000 so far.
We have gathered a completely brilliant group of Advocates who are supporting the project including James Graham, Ivan Michael Blackstock, Stephanie Dittmer, Jude Kelly, Deb Mullins, Arji Manuelpillai, Alan Lane, Keisha Thompson, Kate McGrath, Akram Khan, Nathalie Teitler, Dan Glass, Le Gateau Chocolat and Deborah Frances-White.
We opened for applications on 30 November 2020 and have received over 100 applications and funded four brilliant projects including a public art and community project in Leith standing up against hate, an arts publication bringing together the work of 50 young artists + patients locked up across the globe, a giant mural creating a platform for conversation about the treatment of minority communities in Cardiff and a dance film responding to violence against women and girls on our streets - check our our news page for all of the latest on our grantees.
We know it's needed. We know it works. And now we need your support to make is sustainable in the long run.
Please consider donating to ARTCRY today. Every single penny counts. Our first £10,000 was made up of donations averaging £87, many of those were £50 and under. Whether you can give £20, or £20,000 ARTCRY is all about coming together to have an impact.
100% of your donation will go directly to an artist grant and make sure ARTCRY can be an ongoing, deadline free source of funding.
We need artists to startle some sense into the world with radical, inspiring ideas. And we need to support each other to do it.
If you donate at any level we will list your name on the website with a big thank you and we'll keep you up to speed with our grantees activity and the difference your money is making.
We will share behind-the-scenes supporters only content for each piece of work created.
Access to behind-the-scenes content plus invitations to events with our funded artists.
If you would like to get in touch about supporting or getting involved in ARTCRY, or just want to hear a bit more, then please contact Kathryn Bilyard, Director on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Together we can make a difference.