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Open Source Arts continues artists’ grant schemeduring Covid-19 crisis

Kirkstall Road creative hub Open Source Arts is continuing the online Art SOUP grant scheme to help artists and organisations out of the lockdown period.

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 Covid period, in collaboration with Hyde Park food waste charity; Rainbow Junktion.

Building on the success of their previous Art SOUP Online event, Open Source Arts are continuing to use the SOUP model to provide local grassroots artists with the opportunity to
realise their projects.

Six 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:

“Now that we’re taking the first steps towards emerging from lockdown, we want to make sure our connection to the creative community is as strong as ever.

“The event is people-powered so by buying a ticket, you are actively investing in the local arts scene!”

The SOUP event will take place online on the 6 August at 7pm, 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 empowers creative, practical action towards healthier, more resilient
citizens, neighbourhoods and sustainable futures.

It works with communities to make better places to live and with emergent creative professionals to support them in developing new work.

Based in an 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.


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