Archived News


Thanks to 314 freelancers and consultants who generously and openly took the time to respond to the survey in March and April this year, Museum Freelance have many insights to share about freelancers and freelancing in the sector.


A new forum is being established to advise the London Borough of Lewisham on how the borough can use culture to amplify black and other diverse voices and celebrate how Lewisham is strengthened by its diversity.


One of the new features of LEAN's new website will be the opportunity for our members to have a public profile. Get in touch with to be one of the first members featured when we launch! 


After a successful run of monthly online Arts Freelancer Breakfast Clubs, we're taking a break for summer. But what should the event look like when it returns in September? We need your valuable input! 


An open letter to self-employed and freelance theatre and performance makers in the UK has been signed by over one hundred (and counting) cultural organisations. 


Lewisham College will introduce a new creative arts and design provision this September with a range of courses designed to help students develop their skills in production, performance and design.


Lewisham COVID-19 Response Hub wants to look at a longer term response to the impact of this crisis – while continuing their current support to individuals -  and understand how they can work better together with a broad number of mutual aid groups.  


Charity Digital have created a guide to some creative workarounds to create content from home including links to DIY resources.


With arts venues closed and the UK currently on lockdown, LEAN are encouraging people to be creative at home. Let's Create at Home is a booklet listing a selection of resources and arts activities for children, young people and their families. 


Find advice from across the sector to provide guidance to those in the creative industries affected by the Coronavirus. This list has been adapted from one helpfully compiled by the Creative Industries Federation. 

Information on funding and grants can now be found in our opportunities section.


ACE say 'artists and creative practitioners will be able to apply for grants of up to £2,500 if they have a track record in publicly funded culture.' 


This is for organisations who are not in receipt of regular funding from the Arts Council. You can apply fora maximum of £35,000. 

Round 2 open now, deadline 30 April 2020.


All organisations within the Arts Council’s 2018-22 National Portfolio of Organisations (including Bands 1-3, and Sector Support Organisations) are eligible to apply.


In response to Covid 19, Brent is rescheduling its Borough of Culture programme until later in 2020, Lewisham's programme will move to 2022 and Croydon will remain scheduled for 2023.


We will still be offering our information and guidance sessions but by phone, Skype, Zoom or what ever virtual method suits you best. 


Until at least the 20 April we will be working remotely and the LEAN office will be closed. You can still contact us by email and social media and we hope to stay mentally healthy and well by lots of digital/virtual contact!


Creative Industries Federation and Arts Council England are producing some helpful guidance into what to do about the virus and how budget announcements might support freelancers and small arts organisations.


Understanding the active lives of young people in Lewisham. Make sure dance is included in this survey.


Blown away by the news that Lewisham has been chosen to by London Borough of Culture 2021, part of London’s Mayor Sadiq Khan’s plans to support the arts in London.  


The ‘enterprise hub’ will connect great ideas – from local entrepreneurs, small businesses, students and alumni – with Goldsmiths’ research expertise, while also providing workspace for creative collaboration and business growth.