Creatives launch fundraising arts platform online Two of Bristol’s creative agencies have joined forces to launch a brand new arts community to raise money for Above & Beyond and Mind charities amidst the current COVID-19 crisis. Duchess Media and Hey! What? have come together to launch ‘Life on Hold’, a campaign designed to generate a new creative community, producing designs, illustrations, animations and music inspired by the current change in pace of life for a lot of other agencies, freelancers and creatives in digital, music and arts, who have suddenly found themselves out of work. Life on Hold has launched online with a selection of curated pieces of art and music, all based around the theme of ‘Life on Hold.’ The produced works will then be made available to participants for download through the Life On Hold website for the creative community to remix. Participating artists will then take elements from the original creations to produce their own pieces of work. Their creations can then be passed on to other creatives, generating a chain of ever-evolving ‘remixed’ art, graphic design and music. The project will culminate in an online exhibition including the original pieces of work alongside all of the remixed prints and music tracks, all of which will be available for purchase with all profits raised going to Above & Beyond. Speaking about the project, founder Hamish McWhirter said: “The NHS and charities like Mind are so vital to our society at times like this. Using our connections within the creative community to show them some gratitude and support for what they are doing is the least we can do. It’s also a great way for creatives to produce works that connect with what will be remembered as a seminal moment in our generations history. Doing good is the best we can do right now.” Life On Hold launched on Friday 27 March with original pieces now available for application, with artworks available for ‘remixing’ on Friday 3 April. Anyone wanting to participate will be able to make a charitable donation to support the amazing work being done by the NHS in Bristol’s city centre hospitals during this crisis and all the time. The remixed pieces will then be showcased and be available for purchase at a later date. Applications are now open at www.lifeonhold.org.