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COVID-19: Resources for the arts and health sector

Date posted: 26 March 2020

Image shown: The Wishing Balloon Project by Brigid Teehan, 2003. Photo by Aidan Dunne

This resource page includes information on current supports for artists and arts organisations during the COVID-19 pandemic, specific supports and sharing opportunities for the arts and health sector, online networking hubs for practitioners to exchange experiences and brainstorm ideas, and government information on COVID-19. This page will be updated on a regular basis as new information becomes available.

We are deeply grateful to all the healthcare workers, carers and frontline staff who are going above and beyond to care for people at this most challenging of times.


The Arts Council
The Arts Council is operating fully throughout the COVID-19 crisis. All existing funding commitments will be honoured and grantees will be able to draw down 90% of their funding to allow them in turn to fulfil their own business commitments, especially to artists. In response to COVID-19, the Arts Council is due to announce new ways that artists can access support. Please check the Arts Council’s dedicated COVID-19 page for further information on sectoral support (link in title).

COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment 
This payment of €350 per week is available to all employees and the self-employed who have lost their job due to the COVID-19 pandemic and will be in place for the duration of the crisis. If you have been temporarily placed on a shorter working week, you may qualify for Short Time Work Support.

Illness Benefit
When a worker is told to self-isolate by a doctor or the HSE or has been diagnosed with COVID-19 (Coronavirus) by a doctor, they can apply for an enhanced Illness Benefit payment of €350 per week. It will be paid for a maximum of 2 weeks where a person is self-isolating and for a maximum of 10 weeks if a person has been diagnosed with COVID-19. Freelance practitioners can avail of this benefit (no minimum PRSI contributions are required).

Artist Emergency Relief Fund
*Due to demand applications are currently suspended*
The Civic Theatre has established a fund to provide financial relief to Irish artists experiencing lost income related to COVID-19. Small grants of up to €500 have been made available on a first-come, first-served basis to affected artists and groups. As further funds are raised, applications will reopen. Grants will be paid out in order of application receipt.

Create, the national development agency for the collaborative arts, is available for advisory sessions via phone and email. Create is currently working to reimagine opportunities and supports for collaborative artists and community partners. Online initiatives and CPD opportunities are being developed.

National Campaign for the Arts
NCFA has launched a survey to collect data on cancelled events, postponed performances, lost opportunities and loss of income in the sector to understand the impact of COVID-19 and provide potential solutions.


Advice sessions
Waterford Healing Arts Trust, which manages artsandhealth.ie, is offering advice sessions for arts and health practitioners. If you would like to avail of a virtual advice session email ClaireA.Meaney@hse.ie / info@artsandhealth.ie

Online exchange
Would you like to take part in an online exchange with fellow arts and health practitioners to share challenges you are facing due to COVID-19 and to brainstorm ideas with peers? Email info@artsandhealth.ie with the subject line ‘arts and health online exchange’. We would like to gauge the level of interest in organising a Zoom meet-up and will then plan accordingly.

artsandhealth.ie initiatives
artsandhealth.ie is currently planning new online initiatives for the arts and health sector in response to COVID-19 which will be announced on the website and our social media pages.


Voluntary Arts UK & Ireland #CreativeNetwork
Arts practitioners in the UK and Ireland who would like the chance to speak to peers at this difficult time can take part in a daily online #CreativeNetwork get-together (Mon-Fri) from 9:30-10:30am. No log in is required.

Sharing moments of beauty
We know that art can provide solace, laughter, beauty, hope and moments of discovery on our best and worst days. With this in mind, artsandhealth.ie has initiated a #momentsofbeauty campaign on our social media channels to highlight innovative ways arts and health practitioners are adapting to the current climate, to showcase practice via our extensive online archive, and to share cultural activities that can be enjoyed online.

Tag on us our social media channels and we’ll share your initiatives and moments of beauty:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/artsandhealth.ie/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/artsandhealthie
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/artsandhealth.ie/


HSE: Minding Your Mental Health
Advice and support page for minding your mental health during the coronavirus outbreak.

SpunOut has collated a list of mental health supports available during the COVID-19 pandemic. They have also initiated a Crisis Text Line, a 24/7 messaging support service with trained volunteers available to listen to people going through a tough time. This service provides in-the-moment anonymous support and problem solving when you need it most. Text YMH to 086 1800 280 to begin right now. (Standard SMS rates may apply)


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