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Open Source Arts Launch Online Grant Scheme to Fund Artists During Covid-19 Crisis

The Kirkstall creative hub are collaborating with waste food charity Rainbow Junktion to turn their Art SOUP grant scheme into an online grant platform for artists.

Open Source Arts is hosting a livestream event that will give an artist or arts organisation a funding grant to conduct a project during the lockdown period, in collaboration with Hyde Park food waste charity; Rainbow Junktion. Building from the success of their previous Arts SOUP events and community funding efforts, Open Source are adapting their funding approach to support grassroots arts and artists during the Covid-19 crisis.

4 artists will be able to pitch their ideas to a voting audience in an online livestream. The individual or group that receives the most votes will then walk away with a pot of money that the audience have created from buying a ticket or donating online. Jacob Justice, Events Programmer at Open Source Arts said; ‘As the current health crisis presents unique challenges to the artists and creatives in our community, we believe our funding opportunities must adapt to fit new needs and circumstances. We want to help brilliant individuals and organisations to continue delivering amazing and adaptive projects during this period!”

The SOUP event will take place online on the 8th of May at 7:00pm, and attendants will be given recipe cards for delicious homemade soup ideas, entertainment and a chance to vote. More information as well as an application to apply can be found on the Open Source website: Open Source Arts Open Source Arts empowers creative, practical action towards healthier, more resilient citizens, neighbourhoods and sustainable futures. Open Source Arts works with communities to make better places to live and with emergent creative professionals to support them in developing new work. Based in a homely urban warehouse space opposite the ITV Studios on Kirkstall Road, it hosts a range of regular open skills training throughout the week including circus, dance, yoga, and theatre. Their seasonal programme also boasts regular full day introductory workshops, open mic evenings, and taster courses.

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