Doing our part

Doing our part

The world as we know it has changed.

Over-night we have become uncertain and isolated. Our arts institutions are trying to retain their sense of purpose. Balancing their need to serve their audiences remotely in new ways, whilst making sure their doors remain opened to us once we emerge from our homes.

In the past week we have worked hard on understanding how we can serve you meaningfully with the resources that we have.

These are the measures we are taking to do our bit.

For Arts Organisations & Charities

As of today, any calls that don’t take submission fees, can use our services completely free.

By removing the costs associated to managing open calls online, we hope to allow you to continue supporting the creative eco-system with opportunities during this time.

If you’ve never run an open call, this might a good way for you to maintain relationships with your communities and audiences during this time. We’re also happy to advise you for free.

We haven’t set an end date to the above, as we don’t know when this will be over. But rest assured, any call out you start running in this period is on us, regardless of future notices.

For Creators

It’s hard to create something meaningful to support you during this time, however, we have tried our best to alleviate the loneliness of being home and make the most of the time we will have in isolation. When we emerge from our homes, we want to be better at what we do.

Therefore, we are proud to be announcing our portfolio review challenges. These aim to motivate you to spend this time on giving your portfolios a lick of paint, create a peer to peer network of people wishing to receive and give feedback – and offering winners portfolio reviews with exciting judges.

We have launched our first call to submissions aimed at Photographers – and will be launching our Graphic Design, Craft, Short Story, Painting calls very soon!

Going forward

The creative industries are vital in providing our communities with spaces which serve our societies mental well-being. They allow us to dream, imagine better worlds, inspire us to grow and sometimes escape our current realities. It is vital for us to do our bit to keep them going.

Although I can’t tell you what will happen tomorrow; I can tell you that today we stand together shoulder to shoulder (2 meters apart of course) ready to take on the challenges it may bring.

We’re not doctors, we’re not banks, but we are here if you need us – our chat button is on the bottom right of this page.

Stay safe


About the author


Guy Armitage founded Zealous to simplify access to opportunities in the creative sector. He was voted Guardian’s Creative Entrepreneur of the Year in 2013, has discussed the world-changing potential of creativity at TED and in Forbes; and is a proud trustee of Firstsite (Colchester) and Arebyte (London). Prior to Zealous, Guy kept the London Stock Exchange open during the 7/7 bombings and founded a creative startup in Cairo. Contact Guy

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