Featured Resources

During the current COVID-19 crisis our amazing librarians are sending out weekly links to exciting online resources. You can find these on the Opportunities pinboard on our digital working space.

March 2020: Support for creatives affected by the COVID crisis. There are two chances to apply for funding support during COVID-19 from the Arts Council. So, if you’re a graduate or current struggling because of income from creative work lost through the COVID crisis, please visit their pages and find out more. You have until the 30th April to apply.

February 2020: The Arts Council Funding Finder offers a searchable directory of other possible funding streams, many of which are suitable for individual artists.

January 2020New Arts West Midlands website offers a great way to catch up on creative news and opportunities across the West Midlands. It offers a wide range of information from funding news and exhibitions through to studio visit opportunities.

December 2019: The British Libraryand in particular (for those of us who can’t always get to London, it’s online collection. A hugely rich resource, with information from mediaeval bestiaries through to the 1924 edition of Vogue.

November 2019: The  Arts and Humanities Research Council website. This is the place to look at if you’re looking for postgraduate funding in the arts or doctoral opportunities. It’s also a great place to look at current research trends and news. They’ve recently launched the ‘new thinking’ podcast series  with Radio Three. The latest podcast looks at  Fashion, New Design and Sustainability. 

October 2019: the Arts Council’s Arts Jobs site. This offers a searchable directory of arts jobs and opportunities which is frequently updated. You can also follow them on twitter @artsjobs  A huge variety of opportunities and positions are listed.  

September 2019:  the Herefordshire History digitisation project. This brings together material illustrating the history of Herefordshire, making it available to everyone. So far a searchable online database containing over 40,000 items has been populated – an amazing resource for creatives and researchers. If you’d like to get involved with the project, please email herefordshirehistory@herefordshire.gov.uk. 

Resources for starting a small business

Prospects offers useful general advice on how to start a small business.

The government also offers a list of possible funding streams, including government-backed start-up loans and loans targeted at specific areas, like this one for the West Midlands.

Again closer to Herefordshire, the Marches Growth Hub offers advice on funding for start-ups, information about grants and awards and practical support (for example, if you are wanting to apply for a Princes Trust award). They have a comprehensive programme of networking events.

Resources for finding a career in the industry

Your career choices will vary depending on the discipline/industry you studied, and the Enterprise programme will offer more general advice, but a good starting point is the prospects career search facility. Also useful might be the Creative Skillset website, which supports creative business and talent.

Artquest is also a valuable source of help and support.