As of July 2020 we have disbanded Nice Time. We knew it would be a struggle to get a grassroots accessible and affordable arts organisation off the ground at the best of times, but we’ve hit various hurdles in 2020 – most notably the effects of Covid-19.
We want to thank everyone who has supported us and attended our events during our short time. It was a joy to spend some creative time with you, and we hope to see you under our other ventures once it is safe for us all to spend time together again.
Ellie is running her disability-centered craftivist network and website Still Ill Ok, and runs a stationery, stickers and supplies shop, Stationary N’ Stationery. She is also involved with #WeShallNotBeRemoved – a campign by disabled to have their voices heard and truly listened to as part of conversations about the industry’s recovery and reopening.
Vicky is running Pen Fight – a(n online) queer feminist zine and book shop and tiny press. She’ll be looking to run more zine clubs in accessible venues when it is safe to do so.
We would like to recommend you support the following organisations and their work during this difficult time:
- Venture Arts – a visual arts charity based in Hulme, Manchester. Who support people with learning disabilities to reach their full potential through arts and culture. They currently need additional funds to make their studio safe for their artists to return.
- UK QTIBIPOC Emergency relief & Hardship Fund – an emergency relief and hardship fund set up to provide short term support to Queer, Trans and Intersex, Black, Indigenous, People of Color (QTIBIPOC) currently living in the UK who are affected by the outbreak and ongoing shutdown caused by Covid-19
- Books Beyond Bars – send books to incarcerated LGBTQ people in the UK. They are looking for donations of books, and money for postage.
- Drawn Poorly – are raising money for online accessible zine club sessions to provide a space for ill/disabled makers to come together.