tiata interventions: COVID response grants
In 20/21, we had planned to launch a new strand – #tiatainterventions as a way to bring fast and furious change and relief to the sector we love. In March, as our sector ground to a halt, it felt like there was no better a time to launch.
We were so inspired by the individual artists across the nation fundraising for their peers – Bryony Kimmings, Luke Barnes and Amahra Spence to name just a few. And we had been waking up every morning thinking there must be more for us — an NPO — to do than pay our freelancers no matter whether they can deliver what we engaged them to do, send flowers to our cancelled show #seedstf company and minimise our overheads so when we’re out of this, we have more to spend on artists and art.
So, in March and then again in June, we released some money to issue 21 x £250 hardship grants for African heritage artists and tiata fahodzi freelance alumni. We wanted to play a tiny part in making sure they/you could make it through the coming weeks. We wanted to do something to say “we got you and we need you”. These were distributed on a first come first served and no questions asked basis.
We got you and we need you.