Regional Arts WA


Currently we are experiencing a change in our social and economic landscape that is directly impacting our arts sector. As an organisation we are committed to providing you with support during this time.

Content is being added to this page as we receive new information, check back regularly for updated advice and resources.

Last updated Monday 25 May 2020 1.45pm

  • Support Act Wellbeing Helpline expands to include all artists and arts workers. The free, confidential 24/7 helpline will provide sector-wide support for the next 12 months in order to help address the mental health challenges of COVID-19. Click here to read more

Click below to see resources

News and Updates

Monday 25 May

Wednesday 20 May

Monday 18 May

  • Restrictions have been further relaxed as part of the COVID-19 WA roadmap, The Government of Western Australia

Monday 11 May

Tuesday 5 May

Tuesday 21 April

Thursday 9 April

Tuesday 31 March

Monday 30 March

Friday 27 March

Thursday 26 March

Wednesday 25 March

Sunday 22 March

Thursday 20 March

Wednesday 18 March

Tuesday 17 March

Monday 16 March

Staying Creative

Resources you may find useful  include:

  1. Creative @ Home, North Midland Project
  2. Art at Home Guide 
  3. #DistanceBetweenUs is a staff wellness program that integrates arts into the home workspaces around Australia
  4. 10 Creative Online Courses You Can Take for Free Online, Artsy
  5. Learn-to-weave Kits, start weaving your own baskets, you can buy starter-kits from Tjanpi Desert Weavers
  6. Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators’Creative Learning Resources, West Australian creators of children’s books has collated a range of materials for all ages to help teachers/parents during the COVID-19 crisis
  7. Small Town Culture and Friends of the Alliance brings a virtual musical collaboration inviting the regions to contribute ideas for a song title and lyrics
  8. Bird Makers Project, Co:3 Australia launches an online activity perfect for social distancing
  9. Short Story Contest (Close 30 June), win $15K and more
  10. Celebrate Western Australia’s writers and books, Writing WA

Available creative programs and opportunities:

  • Stories For Impact Scholarship, available as DIY course to complete independently, in your own time (COVID-19 scholarships available for personal capacity, rather than a professional capacity)

Staying Connected

Even as we practice social distancing, it’s important to stay connected to your peers in the arts sector. Keeping in touch reduces the burden on everyone, and lets us support each other wherever possible. We recommend checking in on:

  1. Australian Arts amidst COVID-19 Facebook page
  2. Not for Profit Happy Hour Australia Facebook group for Australian Not for Profit professionals needing peer support
  3. Little Lunch Online (LLOL), Arts Front providing a chance for us to check in regularly and connect with each other
  4. Arts and creative industry: digital support Facebook group created by Australia Council for the Arts
  5. First Nations Roundtables, Australia Council for the Arts is hosting regular First Nations’ Roundtables to discuss the current situation in relation to COVID-19
  6. Artist Online Meet-Ups, Stay connected and informed through a series of artist-led Zoom conversations hosted by APAM
  7. Support people impacted by COVID-19, submit your details to our emergency support volunteer list

Thinking about starting your own videos and webinars? Check out some of these tips and guides:

For First Nations Communities

To keep up to date with the latest First Nations news, please follow the below:

Information that may support First Nation Communities:

For CaLD Communities

Some resources and information from Diversity Arts Australia:

  • Survey gathering data to help us advocate for culturally and linguistically diverse (CaLD) creatives affected by cancellations and postponements in the creative industries. See the results so far here.

Resources for the CALD community:

Current COVID-19 Grants Available

For more WA grants information relating to COVID-19:

Other grants that is available:

Curious about other States and sector funding opportunities? Please check out the Funding Centre

Work Opportunities

Some opportunities to consider if you are an artist:

  • Art in the Time of COVID-19 (closes 24 May), small job opportunities to provide visual art, writing and livestreamed workshops responding to isolation
  • 2020 Artist Callout, 2020 National Young Writers’ Festival
  • Come to Where I Am (closes 25 May), Critical Stages Touring is inviting Australian-based playwrites to create a new 10 minute story about isolation
  • Stave It Off, connecting potential students and with some of the best freelance musicians in Australia for online lessons
  • #AloneTogether Commissions: Australian Content Online, 10 x $1000 bursaries will be available to the Australian music community to create online materials for our students that we can deliver in 2020

Looking for job opportunities? Some listings below:

Other information, you might be interested in:

Online Learning and Webinars

Regional Arts WA has coordinated a calendar in an effort to collate the vast amount of webinars and workshops available online. Please click here to view the full calendar filled with online learning opportunities across the state and nationally.

We are continuing to host a series of webinars in the coming weeks:

Thinking about starting your own videos and webinars? Check out some of these tips and guides:

Working From Home Resources

From 18 May, restrictions have been further relaxed as part of the COVID-19 WA roadmap. Thinking of returning back to the office? Here is the latest information from the State Government, it details the businesses which can be re-opened along with safety guidelines and plans.

Resources you may find useful  include:

Templates and guides that may support you working from home:

More info you may consider:

  • Employees working from home, ATO provides some guidelines on how to claim a deduction for working from home
  • If you do need to travel between WA communities, apply for a G2G PASS. This is a initiative by The Western Australia Police Force

Governance Resources

Governance resources to support your organisation:

Specific COVID-19 resources you may find useful  include:

Finance Resources

A range of how-to information relating to finances:

More info you may consider:

Events Cancellation Advice

Resources you may find useful  include:

The State Government, through Lotterywest, is committing $159 million into a COVID-19 Relief Fund to respond to the hardship being experienced by the Western Australian community as a result the COVID-19 pandemic and this includes Event Cancellation Relief for Arts, Sports and Community Groups.

Arts Law also released this guide: Putting works online: COVID-19 FAQs for Artists and Arts Organisations

Surveys and Advocacy

If you are an artist or arts worker effected by COVID-19, please complete the below surveys. They are designed to capture the full impact of COVID-19 to our sector and also provide a tool for our state and national peak bodies to ensure the arts sector is not forgotten in any relief packages.

A huge thanks to everyone who spent time writing to local members and responding to surveys.  As a result, the stimulus package announced included support for creative and cultural businesses and not-for-profits as well as increased support to many casuals and sole traders in the cultural and creative sector who lost income. Read more about the package here.

Australia Council for the Arts provides a summary of a number of peak bodies who initiated surveys to track impacts of the pandemic on artists and arts organisations. Click here for details, this is correct as of 6 April 2020.

Wellbeing Resources

There are some free services available specifically for the arts culture and entertainment sector:

There is also other crisis support services available, they are incredibly important and helpful.

The World Health Organisation guides for Coping with Stress  and Helping Children Cope with Stress that may assist you during this time.

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