Looking for things to do but have no place to go? Christine Pungong has put together a collection of 10 online events to keep you productive and entertained during lockdown

In these incredibly difficult times, the expectation to stay productive and increase your creative output can often feel exhausting and even stressful.

The lack of access to physical art spaces as well as limited funding opportunities during lockdown means that finding the motivation to create, especially on your own, can be particularly challenging. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of ten free online events happening this June where you can learn directly from experienced creatives who will share important skills, resources and advice from their various fields.

These workshops, webinars and talks are a great way to stay creatively motivated and keep your imagination active without putting too much pressure on yourself.

Gender*uck

When:

16th June, 6:30pm – 8pm

Who’s talking:

National Gallery X, an organisation working in partnership with King’s College London, has teamed up with curator Olive Gingrich.

What it’s about:

This will be an evening of talks from Birgitta Hosea, Jake Elwes and Paula Callus who are all part of the next generation of artists investigating the boundaries of gender concepts using new media.

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Discussions on new media art and how cutting-edge technology brings the possibility of innovative museum experiences

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Caramel Rock Textile and Craft Heritage Festival

When:

16th - 18th June, 11am – 4pm each day

Who’s talking:

Caramel Rock, a creative arts and fashion charity based in East London, is teaming up with Rosetta Arts and Newham council

What it’s about:

This will be a three-day event consisting of various textile heritage design development activities and workshops for young people. The festival aims to promote the cultural heritage of textile and craft as a driver of creativeness and a substantial source of motivation for new generations of artists.

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Insight into the textile craft of various cultures by professionals.

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Getting into the Performing Arts Sector, Live Q&A

When:

18th June, 11am – 12pm

Who’s talking:

Jasmine Wilson, the Director of Engagement at Studio Wayne McGregor.

What it’s about:

Hackney Council’s Employment & Skills team have set up this Q&A in order to answer some of the most asked questions about the different roles within the performing arts sector.

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Advice on how to begin or change your career in the performing arts.

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Virtual Cinema: From the Troxy to Aldgate Pump

When:

18th June, 5-6:30pm

Who’s talking:

Tower Hamlets Local History Library & Archives.

What it’s about:

They’re doing a virtual screening of a documentary by Aumie Shapiro, which follows a 1980s visual record of what was left of the historic Jewish East End, shaped by Jewish refugees and their descendants from 1880s onwards.

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The visual and political history of the East End.

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Site Salons – Intimacy/Solidarity/Auriel/Siân with Site Gallery

When:

19th June, 1pm – 2:30pm

Who’s talking:

Art professionals Auriel Majumdar and Siân Williams.

What it’s about:

This event is the first in a series of online talks focusing on potential shifts in artistic practice as we navigate 'the new normal' given our current global condition.

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A thought-provoking dialogue on how we create intimacy and connection during lockdown – and how that extends into a sense of solidarity.

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Artist workshop – using autobiography by Phosphoros Theatre

When:

20th June, 11am – 1pm

Who’s talking:

The workshop will be led by Phosphoros Theatre’s creative team - a London based company that makes radical performance starring refugee and asylum-seeking actors.

What it’s about:

They are offering a practical online workshop for early-career artists interested in making work that engages with autobiography.

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Learning new artistic techniques, as well as a discussion about practical, ethical and methodological decision making.

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Rights and Arts Engagement During Coronavirus

When:

20th June, 11:30am – 4:30pm

Who’s talking:

East London-based arts organisation Autograph’s ‘Rights in Focus Network’

What it’s about:

Join them for an afternoon of online talks, discussion, and networking with socially engaged artists, curators, arts educators and those working in community settings

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The opportunity to reflect on the meaning and uses of artistic practice during a global pandemic as well as to share learning, skills, and resources.

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Spoken Word Sessions with Rakaya Fetuga

When:

20th OR 27th June, 6:30 - 7pm

Who’s talking:

Rakaya Fetuga, a poet who is Roundhouse Resident Artist 2019-20 and winner of the 2018 Roundhouse Slam and 2017 STW Poetry Prize

What it’s about:

Through The CARAF Centre, Rakaya is offering online weekly group spoken word lessons for any person aged 18+

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Brushing up on your poetry skills

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Art in Climate Change with The Courtauld Institute of Art

When:

25-26th June, 12:45 – 5:30pm

Who’s talking:

A number of incredible artists, curators, researchers and academics.

What it’s about:

Exploring the role art and representation plays in our understanding of climate justice, and thinking about how art can contribute to creating a greener world, especially when so many arts organisation risk permanent closure due to the global pandemic.

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Discussions on what it might mean for art to ‘tell the truth’ of the climate crisis.

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Frida Kahlo Online: Self Portraits and Symbolism by London Drawing Group

When:

25th June 6:30 – 8:30pm

Who’s talking:

Luisa-Maria MacCormack – the London Drawing Group tutor – will be guiding you through this class

What it’s about:

This class will be a chance to explore one of Frida Kahlo's favourite mediums of self expression: the self-portrait. Through this class you will be given a brief overview of Frida's incredible life, the techniques and styles she pioneered, followed by a series of specially designed exercises that will help you explore her personal way of working.

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An easy way to stay creative at home by helping you learn to express yourself through painting.

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