Last night, the AbilityNet Tech4Good Awards announced this year’s award winners in an exciting online live ceremony. This year brought a high standard of finalists who have worked to create innovative, accessible, assistive technology and projects to help groups and individuals during COVID.

Sponsored by us at iDiversity and the Arts Council England, the Arts & Culture Award brought in many inspiring visionaries with leading-edge entrees. However, the fantastic winner is The Artist Support Pledge, funded by Matthew Burrows, a scheme designed to help artists during the COVID 19 pandemic. It is now a group of globally connected communities committed to an equitable and sustainable economy for artists and makers of all countries, media, and ethnicities.

Using Instagram, Artists and makers can post their images using #artistsupportpledge giving details of their works and price, which can be up to £200. If people are interested in buying, they can message the artist. Anyone can buy the work and artists don’t need permission to join. Every time an artist reaches £1,000 of sales, they pledge to buy £200 of work from other artists. 

The Artist Support Pledge vision believes that ” Our vision is for a sustainable economy and supportive community FOR ALL artists and makers, in all countries and all media and traditions

The Artist Support Pledge is a brilliant way to express creativity and showcase artwork within the arts community, as well as help, provide a sustainable income for artists to help support the vision and individualism they give. At iDiversity we represent celebrating different backgrounds and abilities coming together on common grounds, boasting opportunity for learning and creativity.

The pledge provides a platform and a supportive community for all artists to engage within an open society and continue to make their cultural contributions.

Author: Jay Cochran
In my role as the Chief Operating Officer for iDiversity, I oversee all of the company’s operational procedures, development and deployment of our services, and administer our Marketing and and web-based services. Returning to Cambridge after graduating with Plymouth University with a degree in Web Technologies, I joined iansyst and iDiversity and further developed my passion for equality and diversity, particularly within the workplace. My university years gave me a first hand experience of the needs of disabled students, both within education and transitioning into employment and further fuelled my desire to make accessibility a national issue for which i strive to raise awareness of within my role.