West Leeds arts organisation launches grant scheme for artists

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Credit: Mai Brightling’

A creative hub in Kirkstall Road is collaborating with waste food charity Rainbow Junktion to launch an online grant platform for artists during the Covid-19 pandemic.

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.

Four artists will be able to pitch their ideas to a voting audience in an online livestream.

The individual or group who 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 8 May 2020 at 7:pm, and attendants will be given recipe cards for delicious homemade soup ideas, entertainment and a chance to vote.

More information and an application form can be found on
the Open Source website.


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