1. Keep creating. Use this hibernation time to create. Most of us beaver away in isolation anyway so it might not feel so different. Jot down your ideas. Sketch them out. If you don’t have the exact materials or equipment, think of other ways. You never know, you might just come up with your best work during these next few weeks.
2. Know where you stand. Central, regional and local government are all offering support in various ways at present and this is likely to continue for the forseeable future. Check out the government’s response package, Creative New Zealand, WellingtonNZ.com, and KCDC for starters.
3. Keep connecting. It may surprise you to know that your past and current clients, audience, and buyers will wonder how you are doing at this time. By making time to connect, you demonstrate that you care and this is memorable. Money cannot buy connection and loyalty. Take people on your journey with you and strengthen your relationships. Think about whether your old ways of connecting will work or whether there are new ways, new tools you can put in place.
4. Upskill. Always dreamt of having the time to play around with a different art form? A new material or technique? Technology always had the better of you? Maybe now you can play around, have a go, see where it takes you. There will be increasing availability of online workshops and training to support you at this time in the coming weeks. Creative New Zealand has a lot of resources. Currently, there are useful tips in online workshops through WellingtonNZ.com Maybe moving your event opening online, or teaching via a paid webinar is something of interest? Here are some Tips for moving your event online or to develop a paid webinar:
5. Review. Do you need some new photography? Do you need to catalogue your work? How is your website and social media looking? Ask others to take a look too and provide feedback.
6. Research. Now is a great time to do a virtual tour of an international museum or gallery, listen to new music, and see what other creatives are making, playing, designing, etc
This is a challenging time in our history. I will leave the final word to Terrance McNally, playwright and four time Tony award winner, who has sadly succumbed to Covid-19. “The world needs artists more than ever to remind us what truth and beauty and kindness really are.”
Kia kaha one and all.