Resources for artists and creative practitioners

This is a growing list of resources that has been put together to support artists further. Thank you to the artists and organisations that have made these resources possible and available. All credits belong to the people citied on each link.

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General useful organisations to look at 

Including memberships for artists and curators with insurance and legal advice. As well as further opportunities and funding. 

a-n (The Artists Information Company)

a-n is the largest artists’ membership organisation in the UK with over 30,000 members. They support artists and those who work with them in many practical ways, acting on behalf of our membership and the visual arts sector to improve artists’ livelihoods. Memberships £38 per year / £16 students. 

Axis web 

Axis’ mission is to support artists both on and offline. They create a culture of nurturing, collaboration and growth through opportunities for artists, via meanwhile spaces, commissions and knowledge sharing. They encourage and facilitate good practice in the visual arts and lead on sector research. Memberships – start from £17.50 per year.

Artists’ Union England 

Artists’ Union England are a trade union organisation who support freelance artists based in England. They take on casework and support members through workplace disputes, offer bespoke guidance and advice when members need it. They connect artists in their local area, support them in financial hardship and campaign for sustainable futures, equality, respect and access. Memberships £42 per year. 

VASW (Visual Arts South West) 

VASW is a free directory for visual arts events, job listings and opportunities with individuals and collectives across the SW and beyond. They connect artistic communities throughout South West England as a way of raising visibility, advocating diversity and developing resilience across the visual arts sector. See their opportunities page for funding, jobs, grants, training, mentoring, access support and further events. 


Artquest supports visual artists at all stages of their careers in England. They provide free access to robust and trusted careers information, advice, opportunities and resources. They also carry out specialist research on artists’ livelihoods to produce insights that support the wider arts sector help artists meet their ambitions.

AUB Alumni 

AUB Alumni is a network of artists wanting to connect. You can access support from peer mentors working in your industry, fellow graduates and AUB staff. Organise events, set up groups and expand your personal and professional network as well as share your success, work and personal projects.

Social Art Network

Social Art Network is a UK based community of artists committed to building agency for the field of art and social practice. They are a UK wide artist-led initiative developed to support creative professionals working with and dedicated to community-led projects.


Engage is the leading charity for promoting engagement and participation in the visual arts. Through advocacy, research, and training they help ensure the quality, inclusivity, and relevance of engagement and participation opportunities across the UK.


Established by artists for artists, DACS is a not-for-profit visual artists’ rights management organisation. Passionate about transforming the financial landscape for visual artists through innovative new products and services, they act as a trusted broker for 180,000 artists worldwide. They collect and distribute royalties to visual artists and their estates through Payback, Artist’s Resale Right, Copyright Licensing and Artimage. 


Artsadmin creates the conditions for art to explore the spaces in-between. Their work and projects explore the areas between social and environmental justice, the hyper-local and the international. They support artists working in contemporary performance at all career stages. See their artist page for opportunities, resources and workshops. 

Digital Skills Hub 

From basic computer skills and resources for residents, to business training for SME owners and aspiring entrepreneurs – the Digital Skills Hub offers inclusive, accessible and FREE education and advice for locals and businesses in the Boscombe-Bournemouth area. 

Arts Development Company 

Arts Development Company uses culture to improve people’s lives in Dorset and beyond. 

Support groups/ networks
Funding and Grants
Paying artists
Care and access
    Anti Racism resources and support
    • Anti Racism Resources, compiled by Sarah Sophie Flicker & Alyssa Klein
    • Anti Racism Resources – Social Art Network 
    • Black Curators Collective  – BCC is a collective and forum for Black women and non-binary curators in the UK.
    • Migrants In Culture. Migrants In Culture is a migrant-led design agency. They work towards their collective capacity to imagine and to live without borders.
    • Black South West Network  is a Black-led racial justice organisation based in Bristol that supports the development of dynamic, independent, and strong Black and Minoritised communities, businesses, and organisations to flourish whilst challenging systemic barriers.
    • Diasporas Now is a platform for expanded performance by the global majority.
    • APR – A Particular Reality is a collective formed by students, alumni and educators from the Fine Art departments at Goldsmiths University of London, Kingston School of Art, Manchester Metropolitan University and Middlesex University; with a commitment to building creative learning environments upon the values of equity and care.
    • KAINAAT (Formerly known as Rising Voices). is a poetry showcase of Dorset based writers of colour from across the spectrum of migration and immigration: asylum seekers, immigrants, second and third generation people of colour , and mixed heritage people of colour. The writers have developed their work through a series of workshops on decoloniality, covering topics such as racialized trauma, performing within coloniality and world literatures and languages. See a past event here.
    • iniva is an evolving visual arts organisation dedicated to nurturing and disseminating radical and emergent contemporary artistic practice centring Global Majority, African, Asian, & Caribbean diaspora perspectives.
    Contracts / Budgets
    Exhibitions and events

    Galleries in the SW/Dorset areas include: 

    Useful art magazines
    • PIER Journal –  is an independent community journal celebrating the creative culture of Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole.
    • Art Monthly –  published by the Art Monthly Foundation registered charity, is the UK’s leading magazine of contemporary visual art.
    • gal-dem  – is a media publication, committed to telling the stories of people of colour from marginalised genders. They have sadly closed down, but you can visit their archive.
    • Art Licks is a London-based organisation that supports the work of early career practitioners and artist-led activity across the UK.
    Art jobs / residencies
    • Art Jobs UK. Sign up to their mailing list to hear about the latest arts jobs and commissions. 
    • runthecheck. Platform for creative paid opportunities.
    • Res Artis is a member organisation for the international arts residencies in over 85 countries. Founded in 1993, it operates a website and the largest existing network of artist residency programmes. 
    • Delfina Foundation is an independent, non-profit foundation dedicated to facilitating artistic exchange and developing creative practice through residencies, partnerships and public programming.
    • Gasworks commission emerging UK-based and international artists to present their first major exhibitions in the UK; and develop a highly-respected international residencies programme, which offers rare opportunities for international artists to research and develop new work in London.
    Online workshops
    Specific discipline websites
    • AOI – Association of Illustrators – Since 1973 the AOI has been championing illustrators and the illustration industry with education, promotion and campaigning to achieve a thriving industry for us all.
    • IC-Visual Lab (ICVL) is an independent cultural organisation based in Bristol (UK). They create projects that bring together communities to explore overlooked issues that matter to them through collaborations with leading artists, photographers and writers. 
    • Node Center is the first e-learning program for curators and art professionals.
    • International Curators Forum (ICF) was founded by artists and curators in 2007 to offer a programme of commissions, exhibitions, projects, publications and events that respond to the material conditions and cultural contexts impacting creative practitioners today.

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