Our COVID-19 update

Deborah Levy, Swimming Home, 2018. Photo: Rosie Lonsdale

Deborah Levy, Swimming Home, 2018. Photo: Rosie Lonsdale

While we continue to follow Public Health England’s guidance on the COVID-19 pandemic, in the interests of our employees, artists, partners and the public, on Friday 13 March, we decided to take further proactive and precautionary measures and postponed all our public programme until 27 March and adopted a remote working policy for staff. These measures will be in place for the foreseeable future, until the current government restrictions are lifted, and in line with advice from government, NHS and Public Health England.

We wholeheartedly support the position Arts Council England has taken to best support the sector during these challenging and unprecedented times, which can be found here:

We will continue to create opportunities and support artists and freelancers. In regard to programmes that are supported by external bodies, outside of our direct control, please be assured that we are working closely with partners to get a clear position on funding commitments as soon as possible.

Along with the rest of the nation, we are reviewing the situation on a daily basis and will post any updates across our social media channels. We hope that everyone is taking good care, and looking out for one another and their communities. 

The Cement Fields team.


We can call help stop the spread of COVID-19 by following Government, Public Health England and NHS advice.

You can find your local mutual aid group here. Always follow Government advice on how to help others safely.


Arts Council COVID-19 Support – The latest advice, guidance and emergency funding measures the Arts Council and several other organisations have put in place.

A-N – A list of resources and updates for artists and art organisations

Covid-19 & Freelance Artist – A list of free resources, opportunities, and financial relief options available to freelance artist and creatives

Unlimited Arts – Resources for disabled artists and freelancers, including a link to the regularly updated Shape Arts blog.

Self-Employment Income Support Scheme – If you’re registered as self-employed and have been adversely affected by COVID-19 you can use this scheme to claim a grant from the government.

Published 16 March 2020