Mutual aid for creatives in a pandemic

The #CovidCreativesToolkit was a crowdsourced compilation of free & open source resources, from digital gathering and organising tools to syllabi, aimed at supporting creative practitioners who needed to go digital quickly during the covid-19 pandemic. It began as an open call which I initiated in the early days of social distancing around the virus in 2020, and I was soon joined by 30 other curators and many unnamed contributors from across the arts, technology, community, academia, and gig work. Together, we compiled an open archive of mutual aid resources for creative practitioners (from artists and makers to curators and educators) who found themselves needing to migrate their practice onto digital spaces. The kit’s 7 sections reflected on all aspects of the virus’s going-digital requirements, from co-creation tools to zoom dance parties, collective action platforms, self-care apps and other much-needed offerings. In doing so, the kit provided many of us with an example of what crowdsourced solidarity could look like in a pandemic.

Featured in:

together, we dance alone: building a collective toolkit for creatives in a pandemic’, interactions magazine, may 2020
what can designers do to respond to covid?’, university of the arts london (UAL), april 2020
'new arts & humanities projects at the forefront of COVID-19 response', king’s college london, april 2020
‘furtherlist #19’, furtherfield, april 2020
team picks: working with artists’, university of exeter arts & culture, april 2020  
'covid-19 resources and funding for artists & freelancers', watts gallery artists village, may 2020
crowdsourced tools & methods’, methods lab, goldsmiths university, may 2020