Covid-19 and arts and culture: Fellows’ case studies

Churchill Fellow Sylvie Fourcin has organised art workshops for pensioners in Leeds (above)

Churchill Fellows are taking action against Covid-19 in a multitude of crucial areas, including working on measures to support arts and culture. Here are their latest activities and insights.

Sylvie Fourcin: vulnerable adults 

Arts director Sylvie Fourcin from Leeds has been providing fortnightly creative toolkits of art materials for 200 adults living in supported housing who are isolating due to Covid-19. The art materials are accompanied by ‘how to’ training videos and distributed to adults living with dementia, elderly adults and people with learning and physical disabilities, to help them keep busy and connected during lockdown. Sylvie has been awarded £41,000 of National Lottery funding to assist this work, which will run until January 2021.

Dan Boyden: personal experiences

Arts consultant Dan Boyden launched The World From My Window, a new website providing an anthology of stories from people around the world sharing their personal experiences of isolation and lockdown. The initiative has brought hundreds of people together from every continent across the globe to create a shared moment in history. 

Zain Dada: community art 

Community worker Zain Dada has been supporting the Muslim community through his organisation, Maslaha, including providing health advice and how to keep safe particularly during Ramadan. In addition, he has been writing about the need for continued investment in community arts spaces at this time, in publications such as Arts Professional. This is linked to his Fellowship research project. Read Zain's Fellowship Report: Space, survival and sustainability: the future of community arts organisations.

Henry McGhie: museums 

Museums consultant Henry McGhie has written a free guide for museums on disaster risk reduction and how to build resilience. The guide is available to all museums and their networks to help them survive the pandemic and build back better. Henry was awarded funding from Arts Council England to support this work. The guide is called Museums and Disaster Risk Reduction and is available to download via Henry’s website.

Fellows' activities on Covid-19

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