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Below you will find a list of online content, workshops, talks and projects which you can access from home, during this period of social distancing. To be featured or to suggest an addition to this list, please email

We encourage you to take a look at Consequences, a free downloadable pack presented by Metal Peterborough, and The Water Replies, a creative journalling project presented by Metal Southend and Cement Fields, the partners of Estuary 2020. These projects are designed for all ages to take part, welcoming people from all walks of life and creative experience levels.

At the very bottom of this list, you will also find resources, links and advice which can help in maintaining positive wellbeing during this time of uncertainty. Metal Southend and Southend Borough Council co-present The Netpark Wellbeing Project, which supports people with low levels of mental health throughout the year. You can view their online gallery here, where participants artwork features regularly.

Social Distancing Festival

A site for celebrating art across the world, showcasing amazing talent and community.
View the listings here.

Virtual ExhibitionsV

Installation views of exhibitions from across art forms.
View these online here.

30/30 with 12ocollective & ArtQuest

Over 1000 artists across the world are following the challenge of creating 30 works in 30 days.
View the online gallery here.

Make 500

Create your own mini-course – A 7 day guide
Get started with your own course here.

Work Show Grow

A programme of virtual events, guides and classes
View the timetable here.

Free Theatre Screenings

An extensive list of free theatre screenings, presented by Shakespeare’s Globe, Berlin State Theatre, National Theatre and many more.
View the listings here, in a Google Doc

Stay At Home Festival

Daily comedy shows which you can watch on the site or through Youtube, including Robin Ince, Jo brand, Brian Cox, Stewart Lee, Sara Pascoe and many more.
See what’s coming up here.

New Digital Collage

Online gallery of digital artworks, submitted by the public. Send in your own artwork to see it featured.
View the online gallery here.


Watch events, short films and artist talks for free, presented by the Live Art Development Agency.
View live and archived footage here.

Why Don’t You…

An online programme from Focal Point Gallery in Southend, with artists’ suggestions and off-screen activities which you can follow along with at home in your own time.
View the programme here.

Mental Health during COVID-19. 

Information and tips for managing your mental health during the coronavirus outbreak through.

Help and information from Mental Health UK
Public health guidance for the public for wellbeing during COVID-19
Support from mental health charity Mind
Find your local Mutual Aid group, supporting vulnerable people in your area.
Advice from Young Minds on talking to your child about Coronavirus.
Easy-read advice for understanding self-isolation and Coronavirus.

Suggestions for our Southend community :

Support for Carer’s from Southend Borough Council
Health and Wellbeing advice from Southend Borough Council during COVID-19.

COVID-19 – Digital programming from our wider network & mental health support advice.