Useful Websites for Artists and Writers

Links for:

64 Million Artists

64 Million Artists is a national campaign to unlock the potential of everyone in the UK through creativity. We use a simple, fun and free process: Do, Think and Share to support people who’d like to use creativity to express themselves, get a bit more of a spring in their step, or connect better with others. View website

a-n (The Artists Information Company)

a-n stimulates and supports contemporary visual arts practice and affirms artists’ value in society. With over 20,000 members, they focus on conversations around the critical and professional environment for the visual arts, bringing together artists, art students, producers, arts professionals, researchers, arts organisations and universities. View website

Abidemi TV

Offers help and advice on the craft and business of writing, from writing books to launching your freelance writing career/business. View website

Ability Net

AbilityNet’s Advice and Information Services provide free specialist support to thousands of people every year, including free to download factsheets, telephone support and direct IT support from their network of ITCanHelp volunteers. View website


Accentuate challenges perceptions of disability by providing life changing opportunities for Deaf and disabled people to participate and lead within the cultural sector.

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ActionSpace supports the development of artists with learning disabilities and creates innovative projects for people with learning disabilities to engage with the visual arts. View website

Active Lightworks

Active LightWorks was formed in 2006 to coordinate the provision of low cost and free therapy to those who need it most. Our consultative approach matches the skills of volunteer therapists with the needs of community groups, hospital wards and individuals in the Brighton and Hove area. View website


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And Other Stories Publishing CIC

And Other Stories is a grassroots social enterprise that works with writers and translators to handpick the best international books for its subscribers. View website

APPG Inquiry in Arts, Health and Wellbeing

The National Alliance for Arts, Health & Wellbeing are a voice and resource for arts and health activity.  Here you will find resources to support your own work, and examples of the ways that creative activity can benefit the health and wellbeing of individuals and communities. View website

Apples & Snakes

Apples and Snakes is England’s leading organisation for performance poetry and spoken word, with a national reputation for producing exciting, engaging and transformative work in performance and participation. View website

Art in Mind

Raising awareness of mental health issues through art. View website

Artists’ Benevolent Fund

Our grants programme sets out to help artists in England and Wales to launch, sustain or develop their careers. We take a broad view of artistic practice and aim to support work which is innovative and challenging as well as high quality work in traditional media. View website


Artquest encourages critical engagement and provides practical support to visual artists throughout their careers. View website

Arts & Creative Industries Commission

The Arts & Creative Industries Commission is an independent partnership supporting arts, creative industries and the cultural sector in Brighton & Hove. View website

Arts Council

The Arts Council champion, develop and invest in artistic and cultural experiences that enrich people’s lives. View website

Arts Development UK

Arts Development UK is a professional association for those working in the creative industries sector in England and Wales. View website

Arts Jobs & Arts News

Arts Jobs & Arts News lists adverts for a range of job opportunities within the art and culture sector. You can search or submit jobs, or use Arts News to announce arts-related events, news and call-outs for exhibitions. View website

Arts Marketing Association (AMA)

The AMA is a membership organisation dedicated to helping you connect arts and culture and the public.  View website

Arts Professional

The UK’s arts management journal for industry professionals, covering theatre, visual art, dance & classical music. View website


Artsadmin is a unique producing and presenting organisation for contemporary artists working in theatre, dance, live art, visual arts and mixed media. View website


ArtsHub is your definitive source for arts jobs, industry news, reviews and data. View website

Aspex Gallery

Portsmouth’s leading contemporary art gallery, located in the prestigious Gunwharf Quays. Supporting emerging artists and makers for over 35 years. View website


Since 1968, Arvon has been offering people time and space to write, with an annual programme of residential courses and retreats at three rural writing houses. View website

Be Smart About Art

List event for those wanting to make a career out of being an artist. View website
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Be Smart About Art

#besmartaboutart networking is a monthly opportunity to meet artists, curators & other art world peers, view exhibitions and spaces, and expand knowledge – creative and professional alike! View website

Bethlem Gallery

The Bethlem Gallery is an art gallery in Beckenham, Bromley, England. It was established in 1997 to support and exhibit artists who are current or former patients of the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. View website

Blue Monkey Network

Blue Monkey Network is an artist network run by artists for artists, in partnership with Towner Art Gallery. View website


Covering everything from philosophy to politics – with occasional great articles about famous writers or books. View website

Brighton and Hove Camera Club

A photographic society club whose aim is to help photographers improve their image-making, both in terms of art and technique. View website

Brighton Digital Festival

Brighton Digital Festival is a celebration of digital culture that takes place across Brighton and Hove every September. View website

Brighton Photo Fringe

Brighton Photo Fringe 2016 is a free city-wide open-access festival of new photography, with a packed programme of exhibitions, talks, screenings, workshops, tours and parties. View website


This can be a good source for writing resources, and you can sometimes find useful lists around books and writing. View website


Carousel helps learning disabled artists develop and manage their creative lives, true to their voice and vision, challenging expectations of what great art is and who can create it. View website

Comma Press

Comma’s Mission is to put the short story at the heart of contemporary narrative culture. Through innovative commissions, collaborations and digital initiatives, they explore the power of the short story to transcend cultural and disciplinary boundaries, and to enable greater understanding across these boundaries. View website


Commonword is a writing development organisation based in Manchester, providing opportunities for new and aspiring writers to develop their talent and potential. View website

CoolTan Arts

CoolTan Arts is an award winning arts in mental health charity run by and for adults with experience of mental health conditions. View website

Counselling Directory

Find a counsellor near you. They only list professional counsellors and psychotherapists View website

Counterpoints Arts

Counterpoints Arts engage with refugee and migrant experiences through arts and cultural programmes. View website


Free online courses View website

Creative Boom

Tips, advice and resources for artists. View website

Creative Minds

Creative Minds brings together artists and performers with learning disabilities and a range of people from the wider arts world to look at quality, leadership, inclusion and collaboration. View website

Creative Response

Creative Response is an independent, arts related organisation established and run by professional practising artists who share their practice with vulnerable people View website

Critical Network

Critical, contemporary British art: exhibition and event listings, free subscription service. The UK’s leading artist-run initiative. View website

Culture Shift

Culture Shift creates dynamic partnerships where the creative and cultural sector work with community, business and education partners to produce bespoke, creative, action-based solutions. View website


The Contemporary Visual Arts Network’s ultimate goal is to nurture contemporary visual artists and organisations in order to produce internationally regarded, critically engaged work that is valued by our society.

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De La Warr Pavilion

A grade one listed modernist building housing a contemporary art gallery and auditorium. View website

Disability Arts Online

Providing details of arts activities for the disabled with future projects, a directory of resources and employment opportunities. View website

Disability Fact Sheets

Help with all areas of disability. View website

Drawn to the Page

Drawn to the Page is a 2 year creative partnership project funded by Arts Council England.  Drawn To The Page will be initiating a new conversation between literature and the visual arts in the South East and providing a platform for emerging and more established writers to publish their creative responses.
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English PEN

English PEN is the founding centre of a global literary network. They work to defend and promote freedom of expression, and to remove barriers to literature. View website

Evolution Arts

Evolution Arts offers a variety of courses in the Brighton and Hove area, including art and writing courses. The organisation is founded on Buddhist principles. View website


An art gallery in Brighton, committed to promoting understanding of contemporary visual art and craft. View website

Fire Safety & Disabilities Guide

Fire Safety and Disabilities Guide. View website

Flapjack Press

Flapjack Press: exploring the synergy between performance and the page. View website

Flash Fiction Magazines

Sends a new flash fiction story to your inbox every day. View website

Fleeting Books

Assessment and Editorial support View website

Fragmentary is an arts website focusing solely on exploring the complex issues of mental health and emotions through photographic projects and artworks. They are looking for works that move, provoke, and stir a dialogue surrounding mental health, the psychology of the self and others, or projects with therapeutic potential. They showcase works from artists at varying points in their careers and create a hub of inspiration for those wishing to explore the role of mental health within the arts. View website

Frame and Reference

Frame and Reference is a visual arts magazine that explores the work of 18 leading arts organisations in the South East UK. View website

Free Anti-Virus Software

The best free anti-virus software around View website

Free Word Centre

Free Word is an international organisation dedicated to literature, literacy and free expression. View website

Funding For Artists

Funding directory for visual artist via the Paul Hamlyn Foundation View website

Get Creative

Get Creative is a campaign run by a group of cultural organisations to celebrate and support the everyday creativity happening in homes and public spaces.  It aims to inspire people to try something new at home or at a Get Creative event and to encourage people to share their own example of everyday creativity. View website

Hammer & Tongue

Brighton Hammer & Tongue presents a year round programme of poetry slams with touring guest artists at Komedia on Gardener Street. The events take place on the first Thursday of every month and the annual final is in December. View website

Home Accommodation Cost Guide for the Disabled

Home Accommodation Cost Guide for the Disabled. View website


Lapidus provides networks and information for people interested in writing and creativity for personal development and in working with others View website


Lighthouse is an arts and culture agency that connects new developments in art, technology and society. View website

Literature Works

Literature Works SW – Nurturing literature development South West England. View website

London Artist Quarter

Find up to date calls to artists, exhibition opportunities, funding information, competitions and other arts opportunities. View website

Milton Keynes Theatre & Gallery Company

Host to national performing arts productions plus 5-6 annual exhibitions by international artists. View website

Modern Art Oxford

Modern Art Oxford aim to make contemporary art accessible and engaging to the widest audience through presentation and participation. View website

Modern Poetry In Translation

MPT Magazine offers an extensive poetry archive of translated poems. View website


Mslexia are committed to helping women writers progress and succeed, through their quarterly magazine, writer’s diary and annual writing competitions. View website

Myriad Editions

Myriad has a proven track record of spotting talent and helping writers and artists to reach their potential. They work with a team of highly skilled authors and editors whose creative talent and knowledge of the publishing world is second to none, and they offer these skills to the wider creative community to support new writers and encourage excellence beyond their bespoke publishing programme. View website

New Writing North

News, opportunities & events for writers, mostly in northern England. View website

New Writing South

Creative writing organisation in the South East of UK for writers, and agencies. Includes playwrights network, directory of writers and competitions, workshops and more. View website

Nightjar Press

Nightjar Press is an independent publisher specialising in limited edition single short-story chapbooks by individual authors. View website


ONCA is an arts charity based in Brighton. Their mission is to cultivate environmental and social wellbeing through the arts. They have an ONCA Gallery where they curate and host exhibitions, performances, outreach and events that ask questions, tell stories and initiate conversations about environmental and social change. Above the gallery is a meeting room, library and co-working/ studio spaces used by creative freelancers, academics, businesses and charities. View website


A charity that works to enrich and empower the lives of people who are marginalised because of learning and communication difficulties, and is co-run by people with a learning disability View website

Outside In

Outside In provides a platform for artists who find it difficult to access the art world. View website

Pallant House Gallery

Houses a collection of twentieth century British art and offers exhibition, events, education and outreach programmes. View website

Paul McVeigh

Short story opportunities. View website

Peepal Tree Press

Peepal Tree aims to bring you the very best of international writing from the Caribbean, its diasporas and the UK. View website

Periscope Books

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Phoenix Brighton

The largest artist-led arts organisation in the South East of England. 100+ studios, exhibition galleries, arts courses, arts events, professional development. View website


Photoworks commissions new photography, produces exhibitions and events including the Brighton Photo Biennial, publishes books and an annual magazine. View website


Platform combines art, activism, education and research in one organisation, creating unique projects driven by the need for social and ecological justice. View website


Platforma arts and refugee network supports and develops arts by, about and with refugees and migrants from marginalised communities. View website

Project Art Works

An artist led organisation that works with people who have complex needs on a range of visual art projects View website

Provocative Publishing

Creating opportunities for writing and recording stories, which might otherwise remain unheard. View website

QueenSpark Books

Since 1972 QueenSpark Books has been dedicated to gathering, preserving and making accessible Brighton & Hove’s histories, through publishing oral histories or creative responses to local history, via books, e-books, exhibitions, events, websites and other projects. View website

Rattle Tales

Rattle Tales is a collective of eleven Brighton based writers. They are joined for each show by quality guest writers, chosen from open submissions. View website

RedDoor Publishing

RedDoor Publishing is a new and innovative publishing house that bridges the gap between traditional publishing and self-publishing services. They operate exactly as a traditional publishing house would except that their authors underwrite the cost of publishing the UK edition of their book. View website

Shape Arts

Shape provides opportunities and support for disabled artists and cultural organisations to build a more inclusive and representative cultural sector. View website


ShortStops will keep you up to date with what’s going on in the short story world across the UK & Ireland. They announce the latest news, calls for submissions, new lit mag issues, live events, short story competitions & workshops and more. View website

Society of Authors

The Society of Authors works to protect the rights and further the interests of authors in the United Kingdom. FAQ, membership information, news, and publications. View website

Spread the Word

Spread the Word is London’s writer development agency. They provide high quality, low cost opportunities for writers to improve their craft and develop their careers. View website

Studio Upstairs

Studio Upstairs is a working arts community. It is a place for people to express their talents through the arts who for reasons of mental health difficulties or emotional distress, choose not to participate in traditional arts institutions. View website


SundaySurgeryScripts is a monthly development workshop for new drama scripts of all genre with the aim of bringing writers, actors and directors together to collaborate within a rehearsal-room setting so as to help writers progress their scripts. View website


A free website for short story writers to test and develop their work. View website

The Grammarly Blog

For those interested in all things grammar, including fun articles about how language and grammar are changing. View website

The Literary Consultancy

TLC provide manuscript asessment and editorial advice for writers. View website

The Mechanic’s Institute Review

MIROnline extends the exciting and high-quality writing of the Review into a wider space, for the exchange of ideas, fiction, non-fiction and poetry pieces. View website

The Millions

A fantastic blog about literature – it’s less focused on writing and more about the state of books in general, but well worth a read. View website

The Picador blog

This is focused on poetry, but does occasionally feature articles about writing and publishing more generally. View website

The Poetry Foundation

The Poetry Foundation are Publisher of Poetry magazine, and an independent literary organisation committed to a presence for poetry in American culture. View website

The Poetry School

The Poetry School is a national arts organisation providing inspiring tuition and opportunities for poets and poetry audiences. View website

The Space

The Space helps artists and organisations make great art and reach new audiences digitally View website

The Talent Bank

An arts organisation that provides a free to use platform for artists and other creatives to connect and share their work. View website

The Write Practice

The Write Practice is here to kick-start your practice. You have to write millions of words no one is ever going to see before you can write the ones that will change someone’s life. View website

Towner Art Gallery

Towner is an award-winning contemporary art gallery and museum for South East England. View website

Turner Contemporary

Turner Contemporary is one of the UK’s leading art galleries, situated on Margate seafront. View website

UKAT – UK Addiction Treatment Centres

UK Addiction Treatment Centres provide excellent care and treatment to enable all those suffering from addictive disorders to achieve a goal of life-long recovery. View website

Unlimited Impact

Unlimited Impact focuses on developing and inspiring the next generation of young disabled people passionate about making change through the arts; extending Unlimited’s reach by supporting venues across the country to successfully programme ambitious and high quality work by disabled artists; and deepening discussion and debate around work by disabled artists. View website


Wasafiri is Britain’s premier magazine for international contemporary writing. Published quarterly, it has established a distinctive reputation for promoting work by new and established voices across the globe. View website

Waterloo Press

Waterloo Press offers readers an eclectic list of the most inventive and stimulating poetry from the UK and abroad. View website

How to Start a Blog Guide – from scratch, in 20 minutes, step-by-step. View website

West Sussex Writers

West Sussex Writers aim to help writers in all genres, to encourage their work and offer advice, if wanted, towards publication or gaining a wider readership. They achieve this through a mix of talks, workshops and competitions, offering something different at every meeting. View website


WOOLOO.ORG is an online community created by artists with the aim of facilitating interactions and collaborations between artists, curators and Open Calls. View website

WORDfest Crawley

WordFest: Crawley Festival of Words.  A program of events dedicated to the word. Spoken. Written. Performed. Printed. Thought. View website

Writer’s HQ

Courses, retreats and workshops for badass writers with no time or money. View website

Writing East Midlands

Writing East Midlands is the writer development agency for the region. They run creative writing events and projects and they develop opportunities for emerging and established writers. View website

Writing West Midlands

Writing West Midlands are the Literature Development & Delivery Agency for the West Midlands region. View website

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