Creative Challenge in response to the coronavirus pandemic

18/05/2020, PR-9403

​Wakefield Council is this week investing almost £50,000 in creative individuals and cultural organisations to generate new work inspired by, and responding to, the coronavirus pandemic.

Charities, community organisations, artists and creative businesses are set to benefit from new grants as part of the ongoing Creative Challenge support.

Fourteen new projects will launch this month which will reach communities across the district in projects spanning theatre, film, photography, visual arts and dance.

Creativity and culture plays a key role in helping communities during these challenging times when families are isolated and socially distancing. The newly commissioned projects will provide opportunities for many Wakefield residents to be creative - helping to boost mood, wellbeing and building social connections whilst experiencing social distancing.

In addition, some of the newly developed projects will creatively document and capture life across the district during the coronavirus outbreak. New work will be produced which celebrates key workers, explores the pandemic’s impact on our environment and shares the experience of young people during this period.

Cllr Jacquie Speight
Cllr Jacquie Speight

​Cllr Jacquie Speight, Wakefield Council’s Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Sport, said “We are immensely proud of the diverse arts and culture sector we have across the district and so I am delighted to be able to announce our support to many creative individuals, businesses and organisations this week.

“We’re committed to supporting residents and helping them though this difficult time and that’s why these projects are so important, culture and creativity have a proven role to play in the wellbeing of individuals and our communities, as we’ve seen with our previous Culture Cures programmes, and can help to keep our spirits high and give us all something to look forward to in these difficult times.”

There will be two further rounds of funding in May and June. Creatives interested in applying are encouraged to join the newly established Creative Wakefield, a network for creative organisations within the district to access support, funding and build connections. 

This activity is part of Creative Wakefield and has been supported by The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, who fund the Cultural Development Fund, which is administered by Arts Council England.

To find out more about future funding, and to see these projects develop, visit and join as a member. You can also follow our Creative Wakefield social media accounts: Facebook - @creativewfd, Twitter - @createwakefield and Instagram – creative_wakefield