ActionSpace’s Guide To Making Art Whilst Social Distancing


In this time of social distancing and staying at home, continuing to create and keep up our art skills is important to our wellbeing. ActionSpace have put together a list of creative ideas, tasks, activities and opportunities that have been shared by art organisations and artists to support, inspire and ensure that we can all keep creating art from home.

We will be updating this regularly with new information. 


ActionSpace At Home – art workshops for social distancing

ActionSpace artist facilitators are creating fortnightly videos of creative ideas that can be made at home. We will also be creating an easy read document to go with each video. To request one please email

Visit here for the latest video. 


Project Ability – Weekly Art Challenge

Each week Project Ability are setting a weekly challenge for people to join in and share their creations. The first week saw a self-portrait challenge with a new challenge announced at the start of each week. To see the next challenge visit their YouTube page and share it to their social media pages.


Firstsite Gallery – Artist Activity Packs

Firstsite Gallery are working with a number of contemporary artists such as Antony Gormley, Gillian Wearing, Grayson Perry and Ryan Gander to create free artist activity packs that can be downloaded and worked on at home. Sign up to their mailing list to find out more about how to get your art pack.


Pencils for the People

ActionSpace artist facilitator and artist Pia Bramley has started the Instagram page called Pencils for the People where Pia shares at home, daily drawing challenges.


64 Million Artists – Create To Connect

64 Million Artists will be hosting a month on daily creative challenges throughout May. They will also distributing free tailored activity packs that enable you to engage others in your communities in the challenges. Find out more in the link below.


Outside In online creative workshops

Outside In will be running a series of online art workshops. For the full programme of events visit the link below


Outside In #shareartonline

OutsideIn are sharing artworks that are made in isolation with the hashtag #shareartonline on social media. Share you artwork with them by getting in touch with or simply post on social media using the hashtag #shareartonline.

See here for an example of the work being shared


Heart n Soul at Home

This is a downloadable creative pack which has been designed by artist Ben Connors. They have also created online versions of 2 projects ‘Do Your Own Thing’ and ‘Allsorts’ which feature online visual art, choir and music sessions.


Art Rabbit – Art From Home Guide

Art Rabbit have put together a guide of art that you can experience from your home. Including virtual tours of international exhibitions, films and art projects.


Manchester Museum – Resources for Carers: Cultural First Aid Kit

This is a great downloadable, easy read guide of activities to be done at home. Created by artists, musicians and therapists it is aimed at carers to provide them with step by step information on different art and craft activities as well as exercises.


Disability Arts Online Commissions 

Disability Arts Online has announced a new commissions for disabled artists. The £8,000 commissions has a deadline of Monday 6 April and has 3 parts – Artist Presentations (up to £200 with up to 10 artists selected); Day in the Life Articles (£120 for written articles, £150 for videos with up to 10 artists selected); and Open commissions (£50 – £500). For information on how to apply visit the link below.

Disability Arts Online Artist Development Sessions

Disability Arts Online are offering one-to-one artist development sessions that cover from how to write about your work to how to set up and plan an artist website. Sign up to their sessions online in the link below.


Artist Support Pledge

The Artist Support Pledge is the scheme set up by artist Matthew Burrows to ‘create a small but dynamic market where all can contribute’. Based on Instagram it includes features such as the weekly Tyson Award supported by artist Keith Tyson, and curated online and virtual exhibitions with guest selectors.


Isolation Art School

Isolation Art School has been created by Keith Tyson to establish ‘an art school for all by all’. It features lessons, tips and projects. Artists can get involved by posting a short free creative project, a short lesson or tip, with the aim to encourage everyone to try out new creative ideas.


Grayson Perry’s Art Club 

Join Grayson Perry’s Art Club and submit your work to be featured on his latest television series. For week 1 follow the step by step guide on what to do.



Together2012 have put together a series of accessible and inclusive ideas and activities that can be done from home using standard art materials.


Welcome Collection – Zine Making Workshop

On their Instagram stories, the Welcome Collection will be doing a live zine making workshop on Wednesday’s between 2-4pm.


Royal Academy of Arts – Access & Community programmes

The Royal Academy have put together a range of resources that can be access on their website and social media. Search the Royal Academy collection online and explore a range of artworks here.

Join their #RADailyDoodle on social media and post a doodle with this hashtag.


Image: ActionSpace artist Cecilia Caulder painting at home.

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