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Creative Challenge 2020

Creative Challenge 2020, managed by Wakefield Council and funded by Cultural Development Fund, was launched in response to the Coronavirus pandemic and its devastating impact on creative sector.  

On 23 March 2020, the UK entered its first national Lockdown in response to the emergence of the Covid-19 pandemic. Local artists who had suddenly lost their work and their income were invited to apply for Creative Challenge grant funding, designed to respond to the impact Covid-19 on the district and our communities, and to work with some of our most isolated communities where possible, with a creative approach.

The grants supported creatives and cultural organisations from across our district and ranged from £1k to £10k. The grants had three strands: responding and chronicling Covid-19, WordFest 2020 and Festival of the Earth 2021. The projects took place across our district in every ward of our district and online.