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UK Artist Grant Writing Support is a network of artists, curators and producers working in contemporary art organisations, who are coming together to provide in-kind support to artists requiring help with emergency grant applications. This network has been established in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and its increasingly serious economic impact on artists.

We recognise that artists in our communities encounter barriers in accessing grant support, and that the skills and experience generating applications for funders and stakeholders are often disproportionately held by producing staff within organisations. This is a callout for artists who feel that they need feedback on their application as part of the grant writing process. Together we will offer feedback on application drafts to those who feel that they need some extra support. We particularly welcome requests from those who are underrepresented within the arts and face multiple barriers, in particular BIPOC and LGBTQI+.

UK Artist Grant Writing Support will be providing support over the next eight weeks, and hope to help as many people as possible. The current working group is comprised of:

Edward Gillman, Director at Auto Italia
Ellen Greig, Curator: Commissions at Chisenhale Gallery
Laura Hensser, Managing Director at Gasworks
Deborah Joyce Holman, Associate Director at Auto Italia
Kim McAleese, Programme Director at Grand Union

If you feel that you need some additional support with emergency grant application writing during this time please email ukartistgrants (at) with the subject line UK Artist Grant Writing Support_Your Name and the following information:

1. Your draft grant application in Word format
2. The full grant criteria in PDF format
3. The deadline for the grant application

Please note that this is only an advisory service and no one in this consortium can guarantee an application to a funder or stakeholder will be successful. Submissions will be reviewed on a first come first serve basis until Sunday 31 May 2020.

We are unsure at this stage of the demand for this service, but will endeavour to support as many people as possible. We recommend getting in touch at the earliest possible moment to ensure the greatest possibility of receiving support and feedback.

We also welcome expressions of interest from peers at contemporary art organisations across the UK who feel that they would like to contribute their time and expertise to this initiative by joining the working group. If you are interested in participating please email info (at)

Image credit: Josefin Arnell