The HF Arts InfoBoard has been created, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, to provide connections to websites that, in an Arts context, have interesting online content. Some of these contain interactive elements and activities whilst others have sheets, photos, video or live-streams to view.
HF have included both local, national and international organisations where the content was easily accessible. Some local sites are currently working on their digital offering and have been included for this reason.
We will try to regularly update this list and would encourage you to highlight sites containing events or activities that may enhance this resource further. Thank you.
Whilst care has been taken by us when checking these websites, we would ask that normal internet safety practices are exercised by all users.
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Bodgeners Gallery (contact Daphne Sandham)
Dovercourt Art Club – Early Spring Exhibition of paintings of this virtual showcase reflecting a variety of styles and mediums.
Their site is also running weekly competitions and links to art information.
Old Bank at Home – An online art and craft community based at Harwich Based Old Bank Studios.
Positive Pencils – Free art lessons and activities for young people.
Compton Verney – Art Gallery and Park
Courtauld Gallery – Virtual tour
Guggenheim, NYC – Visit the Guggenheim from Home, including free downloads of Modern Art books
Jan Van Eyck – Portaits and alter pieces
Kettles Yard – House tour of Jim Ede, who was a previous curator of the Tate Gallery – contains his family art collection
Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC – Online features and tours
National Gallery – Google virtual tour https://tinyurl.com/rn6x79m
National Portrait Gallery – Gallery at St Martins Place ‘Stay Home With Us’ online
Tate Gallery – Art and Artists and Tate Kids online gallery, activities and events
Arts Events and Tutorials
One Little Project – Arts, craft and baking projects for children and adults
“I can’t do Art”- Live stream Thursdays at 7pm (1hour), previous tutorials too
Milan Art Institute – Free webinar May 9th, 2020 at 11.00 am
Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours – Wide selection, click on desired Artist link
Art Enthusiasts London – Free online Art workshops and webinars for children and adults
Royal Academy of Arts – Online arts exhibition
The Sculpture School – Feature focus tutorials and other information
FirstSite – Colchester Artists Activity Pack(s) ‘Art is where the home is’ Free downloads.
Mary Gilkerson Online Art ideas and workshop links
You Tube Art Tutorials – e.g. Lois Cordelia Mad March Hare, mixed media painting tutorial.
Media Parclose – Digital art technique sheets, various.
Ryman – Free activity sheets for download
Petra’s Hand Maid – Studios within the Harwich Arts and Heritage Centre.
Crafty Tea Cup – Creative ideas for young and old.
Easy Craft Ideas – Some nice craft ideas.
One Little Project – Facebook activities for childrem (or adults)
Ballroom Business – Harwich based ballroom and Latin dance school for all ages.
Boogie Shoes Dance Academy – Ramsey based dance academy have been busy posting videos.
Leading Lights Morris of Dovercourt
Pas De Deux – Harwich based Dance Studio.
Silver Swans (Colchester) – Weekly free ballet videos/classes aimed, not exclusively at the over 55s.
Silver Swans Facebook Page
Maria Vega Dancer – Free online Flamenco workshops, open to all
Dance East – Ipswich based free online classes from Monday 30th March, 2020 – All age groups.
English National Ballet – ENB At Home
Saddlers Wells – Digital stage Free Dance Performances and Workshops
The Bolshoi Theatre of Russia – Streams are advertised at the bottom of their press release.
Dovercourt Theatre Group
Dramatic Pause Productions
Flamin’ Thesps – Mayflower 2020 historical vignettes, recent filming inside Christopher Jones House.
Colchester Arts Centre – Podcasts, daily poetry readings, activities and more
Mercury Theatre, Colchester – Mercury Online Masterclasses, Competitions and more (all ages)
Red Rose Chain Theatre Company – Live online play reading “Fallen in Love” available to catch up until end May, 2020.
*The link above is well worth a visit as it highlights many Free Online shows across many venues*
What’s on Stage – Various live streamed shows and links advertised on this site.
Culture at Home – List and links to various live streamed shows
National Theatre – Free online theatre programme.
The Globe, London – Free ‘play a week’ streaming of Shakespeare plays.
Grand Theatre Blackpool –“At home with you” links, via youtube, to a variety of learning and entertainment for differing ages, young and old
Royal Shakespeare Company – Lessons and Performances online
Electric Palace, Harwich
Visit Felixstowe – Local events and information on activities online.
Turner Classic Movies:TCM #LetsMovie – Classic movie streams and talk, all things classic movie and artists
Beacon Hill Fort – Military outpost from the 1500s until the end of WW2, now being resurrected.
Harwich Arts and Heritage Centre – Ongoing activities, exhibitions and events.
Harwich & Dovercourt – Historical information, photographs and postcards.
Harwich Railway and Shipping Museum/Harwich Mayflower Heritage Centre
The Harwich Society
LV18 Radio Station and Museum – Based at The Quay, Harwich.
Amazon – Books and audio stories for children and students of all ages (whilst schools are closed).
Audible – Free Online books for all ages.
Essex Libraries – offering free e-book and audio book downloads
Nosy Crow Covid-19 book for children, free download artwork by The Gruffalo illustrator
Dovercourt Ukulele Club
The Essex Open Mic Page – Interactive FB Group encouraging people to upload videos from home.
Harwich and Dovercourt Choral Society
Harwich Shanty Festival
Harwich Sing Tendring Voices – Digital ‘Harwich Sing’ by subscription for all ages.
Mike Carran – Lockdown guitar beginners instruction video and notes
We are Music/Rock School – registered charity helping young people by creating new and popular music.
Snape Maltings – Digital site launched Snape Maltings, music, tutorials, workshops and more
TV Concerts and Competitions
ARTV – TV Concerts, all genres by selection
BBC Four Music Young Musician 2020 – new series starts Sunday 3rd May, 2020 at 7.00pm
Online Live Music
Culture as a Dare – Local music acts streaming from 12 midday Saturday 23rd May, 2020
Chelmsford Theatres – Lunchtime concerts at 1pm resume online each Wednesday and other family activities and festivals including the Play at Home Fest 3foot pre-schooler stage which is on this bank holiday weekend.
Plugged In – Addictive TV and others: Live stream sets and catch up available from Friday May 15th, 2020.
Big Sing – London Contemporary Voices and COTW Choirs, Fridays at 7.30pm
Great British Home Chorus – Aims to give everyone the opportunity to contribute their voices and instruments to a digital music project, You Tube has previous videos
How the Light Gets In Online Festival 2020 – Philosophy and Music Festival, ticketed, 22nd – 25th May, 2020
Isolation Festival – Sundays 12.50pm to 6pm weekly and Specials on Fridays
Sofa Sessions – bring you live gigs straight to the comfort of your home.
Lockdown – Music Festival, free live-streamed concerts available to view, Saturday concerts 10pm.
Royal Albert Home – Royal Albert Hall live streamed exclusive performances.
Web Gig Live – Mid week music festival, Wednesdays at 7.30pm.
Spreckels Organ Society – Weekly Concert Webcast and Live Chat Sundays at 10.00 pm
Steinway – Steinway’s Lunch Concerts series streamed daily at 1.00pm or online at other times
Yamaha Live From Home – Series of live-streamed concerts performed by several artists #YamahaLiveFromHome
Isolation Festival – Dave Thomas and When Rivers Meet Blues and Rock Duo Sunday 24th May, 2020 from Midday
Lockdown Music TV – A Very Bluesy Saturday – 16th May, 2020, available to view online.
UK Blues awards 2020 – Virtual Awards Show 17th May, 2020, available to view online.
The Jazz Centre (UK)/ Essex Easter Jazz – Free Online Workshops starting Friday 15th May for five weeks (Live at 10-11.30am, repeated 7.30pm)
Global Music Foundation (GMF) Concerts online – Courses and regular Events, please select tab at top as required.
International Jazz Day – Videos and more from the International Jazz Day 2020
Tommy Scott Music – Jazz Masterclasses and more
Gerry English – Ipswich Community Radio Jazz Grooves Thursdays 8pm-10pm (link in Fleece Jazz below)
Fleece Jazz – Jazz events, videos and information
Freddie Freeloaders Jazz Jam – Hosted by Dave Warren Jazz Quartet, Chelmsford, activities Fridays and Sundays
Email for Zoom signup. Improvisation/vocabulary sessions plus an opportunity to play the heads and solo throughout every chorus on tunes, sheet music. Singers can join in as well as front liners, guitarists, pianos and jazz ukulele players.
Southend Festival Chorus – Dr Joseph Fort, on Wednesdays at 7.30pm, talking through different Choral pieces each week
Daily Classical Music Post – Discover a new piece of Music every day
English Touring Opera
Metropolitan Opera – Free nightly Opera stream
Royal Opera House – Free online Opera/Ballet programme on You Tube. https://tinyurl.com/ndn3fq7
Paris Opera – Shows to discover online, beautiful ballets and operas to stream for free.
London Symphony Orchestra – A wide variety of resources and information
Northern Chamber Orchestra – Event streams and catch up specials
RSNO Scotlands National Orchestra – Online every Friday at 7.30pm and RSNO challenge every Wednesday
In the Parks Concerts – Various throughout July 2020 including Katherine Jenkins, Maldon Promenade Park
Essex Rocks – Local Music Promoters showcasing music videos & live performances.
Live from my living room to yours Mike Carran – online videos and live events.
Steve Forward guitarist – Live stream of the Big ‘Friday and Saturday night’ Rock shows from 9pm
Meerkat Music Festival – Take That and Robbie Williams, streaming from their homes to yours, Friday 25th May, 8pm
Let’s Rock Norwich – Thursday 28th May, 2020 from 6pm Martin Fry of ABC live Q&A
Isolation Festival – Free weekly online festival, with established and unknown acts, Sundays 12.50pm-6pm. Each act plays live for 18 minutes. Previous Isolation performances since 28th March, 2020 are online to view.
Towersey Festival – Home-made Towersey 29th August, 2020 Save the Date
Jack Lukeman plays Bob Dylan – Saturday 23rd May, 2020 at 8pm
Green Note, London – Online events throughout May and beyond including Wednesday 3rd June, 8pm Harbottle and Jonas
Waveney Valley Folk Collective – Acoustic roots and beyond Live Lockdown session, Thursday 21st May, 2020, 8.15pm
Folkdance Remixed – Creating unique fusions between folk and hip hop styles with live music – videos and more
Downend Folk Club – Online concert footage from May 1st, 2020 and other information
Folk on Foot – Front room festival and online content
Leigh Folk Festival – Front room folk festival catch up of this May, 2020 festival
Harwich & Surrounding. “Life through the lens” – Locally contributed photography.
Arts at The Assembly House Norwich – livestream events programme, Thursdays 7.30pm
To include talks, screenings, discussions, poetry, artist-led quizzes, critical reading etc..
Arts and Culture Online
Arts Council England ‘Let’s Create – A multitude of interesting links, activities and ideas
BBC Arts – Culture in Quarantine
Google Arts and Culture
Londonist – YouTube channel for interesting miscellaneous in London
Ipswich Radio – Stream radio channels from Ipswich
Felixstowe Radio 107.5 FM – Keep up to date with local news with a local station. Competitions.
Radio Mi Amigo 6085kHz – Shortwave and 24/7 online radio broadcasts.
Ashmolean Museum, Oxford – Ashmolean from Home, exhibitions including young Rembrandt
Colchester and Ipswich – Museums at home
Ipswich Museum – Museum from Home
Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery – Staffordshire Hoard (Anglo Saxon) You Tube tour
Louvre Museum, Paris – Online Tours
Victoria and Albert Museum – Explore the collections
Buckingham Palace Buckingham Palace
Eiffel Tower Eiffel Tower
Gioto Arena Chapel, Padua Gioto Arena Chapel
Pyramids of Giza Pyramids
Londons Royal Parks (online tour) Royal Parks
Sainte Chapelle, Paris Sainte Chapelle
Sistine Chapel/Vatican Sistine Chapel
Uffizi, Florence Uffizi, Florence
Britten Pears Arts – Snape Maltings and The Red House
RHS Chelsea Flower Show – May 18th – 23rd May, 2020 Virtual RHS Chelsea flower show
R.S.P.B. – Garden birds and their song
Dovercourt Skating Rink – one of the last UK outdoor rollerskating rinks, hosts the Essex Comic Con.
Lockdown Learning – Many sites offering free resources and videos
Type Lockdown Learning into Facebook
Makaton – Videos for Learning Makaton with Lucinda (daily words and/or themes)
University of Oxford – Curious Minds – World online for free – Museums, libraries, language.
National Creative Arts – Competition for the over 70’s in quarantine – Entries accepted in writing, poetry, drama, music and art. The closing date is Friday 29th May, 2020.
Jigsaw Planet – Free online jigsaws.
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This database is currently in development in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
We will endeavour to keep it updated with local and relevant national arts online events. Please feel free to drop us a line if you feel that there is something that may be of interest to our readers. Thank you.