Creative Network

At the moment there are a lot of people feeling isolated, working from home, with events and meetings being cancelled, who might welcome the chance to speak to someone else at this difficult and worrying time. Voluntary Arts has nearly 30 years experience of remote working, working at home and supporting a distributed network of staff, freelancers and volunteers.

In March, Voluntary Arts launched #CreativeNetwork - a daily online get-together open to anyone involved in arts, culture and creativity who would welcome the opportunity to talk to others about dealing with the current situation, the challenges of working from home and what we can do together to make positive changes in difficult circumstances.

Each weekday morning we meet each other via Zoom between 9:30am and 10:30am. Join any session by clicking the Join link below.

Monday 1 June Jess Rudkin, BBC, on the Lockdown Upload archiving project Join
Tuesday 2 June Creativity and Libraries Join
Wednesday 3 June #CreativeNetwork - Coventry Join
Thursday 4 June #CreativeNetwork - Local Arts Wales Join
Friday 5 June #CreativeNetwork - Crafts Join
Monday 8 June #CreativeNetwork - Participatory Arts

With guests:

Eleanor Shaw, Artistic Director, People Speak Up
Jane Latham, Development Director, UCAN Productions
Steve Davis, Creative Director / Theatre Manager, Spectacle Theatre Ltd

Tuesday 9 June #CreativeNetwork - Ireland Join
Wednesday 10 June #CreativeNetwork Join
Thursday 11 June #CreativeNetwork Join
Friday 12 June #CreativeNetwork Join

Feel free to keep up the conversation by joining @voluntaryarts on social media and using #CreativeNetwork to share your thoughts. We've also made a Facebook group to sustain the conversation.

#CreativeNetwork Clips

See clips of previous guests on the #CreativeNetwork on our YouTube playlist, including Darren Henley (Arts Council England), Baroness Deborah Bull (Kings College London), Hilary Carty (Clore Leadership), Nick Capaldi (Arts Council Wales), Gary Cameron (Creative Scotland) and Baroness Beeban Kidron (5Rights).

laptop remote working

If you're new to working independently or working from home, try our new Briefing on Remote Working: a guide to working from home. We explain the common tools used in plain English, including video conferencing, cloud storage and live collaboration on documents, plus there are tips on how to manage your work and your workspace to ensure you have an uncluttered mind before and after work.