Liverpool’s Unity Theatre has released details of an emergency response programme it has developed for artists, designed to support theatremakers throughout and after lockdown.
Created following a consultation with more than 30 creatives in Liverpool, the Artist Emergency Response Programme is described as a direct response to conversations about what artists said they want and need during this time.
It consists of three strands, including a guest speaker series in which creatives such as Matthew Xia, Luke Barnes, Jess Thom and Scottee share their career journeys and lessons in order to "debunk some of the myths of what a stereotypical arts professional looks like".
The Unity is also setting up a networking resource that will exist as a database of Liverpool-based artists and help individuals connect and collaborate.
The third strand will focus on business skills, with workshops on fundraising, audience development, producing and programming.
Revealing the plans, the Unity’s leadership team said in a statement that the different strands were shaped following focus groups and an open call for a consultation.
"We’re incredibly grateful to the artists who took the time to speak to us on these calls for sharing their concerns and needs so honestly, not just with us, but with each other. As a result of their help we have tried to address initial requests and concerns with this new scheme, though we acknowledge our learning is ongoing and so further feedback can be voiced here," they said.
The artists’ programme sits alongside existing audience and community focused work, which includes an online calendar of digital theatre content and a resource centre featuring links to financial, educational and wellbeing advice.
The Unity said it would be engaging with artists and audiences again to explore how it can reopen safely and comfortably when able to do so.