Launchgrad News, Events & Opps w/c 30th November 2020

November 30, 2020



HCA Library Click & Collect for Graduate Associate Members

HCA library is pleased to be able to offer Graduate Associate Members a ‘Click and Collect’ library service, up until Christmas 2020.​You will be able to reserve up to five books from the library, which you can then collect from Reception at College Road Campus. You can search the library catalogue and reserve books online here: or you can just email us your requests on

  • ​​To log onto the library catalogue –  your Reader Code is the number under the barcode on your student ID card and your PIN number is the last four digits of that number.

We will then let you know when they are ready for collection. Please email us on with any questions.


Graduate Outcomes Survey

If you graduated from a BA course at HCA in the Summer of 2019 you may have already been sent a link to a national survey capturing the activities and perspectives of graduates, known as Graduate Outcomes.

We’d like to thank those who have already filled out their surveys – thank-you SO much – this really helps us. And if you haven’t already been sent a survey please keep an eye out for a link or text from the Graduate Outcomes team.

We will use your survey responses to help us develop our courses here at HCA. Find out more about the Graduate Outcomes survey on their website, on our blog or by contacting us.


Graduate Associate Membership and Residencies

We have had to freeze access for Graduate Associate Membership so that we comply with COVID safety guidelines around physical access to buildings. For the same reason we have also had to freeze the Graduates in Residence scheme, but will soon be circulating a short  ‘expression of interest’ form to this years grads so we have a record of those who may be interested in the scheme in future.

Please email Lily Morris if you are interested in applying for Associate Graduate Membership



HCA Maker’s Meeting

Wednesday 2 December, 12.15pm

The next HCA Makers’ meeting for HCA student and graduate makers will be on Wednesday 2nd December at 12.15 to 12.55 on Zoom. We will have a general catch up and chat about anything anyone is making at the moment.

Click here to join

Meeting ID: 754 5237 4984

Passcode: gc141e


HCA Arts Market

Every Thurday, 9.30am – 4.30pm

Take a look at the online HCA Arts Market, open every Thursday from 9.30am – 4.30pm. The Facebook page showcases work from HCA students, from jewellery to weaving, all available to purchse!

See the page here



1 December – 31 December

MicroPlays is a series of short digital plays made by Herefordshire-based Open Sky Theatre. Orginally released in October, this is your second chance to watch them! They’re absorbing digital theatre collaborations between the always-interesting company and some of the UK’s most exciting writers, and all under 10 minutes long. All five micro-plays explorecultural polarisation and questions the idea that our differences define us.Start with Iman Qureshi’s beautiful “The Ceremony” with performances from Amaka Okafor, Yaz Zadeh and Erika Poole.

Watch them here




Hereford Community Land Trust Housing and Workspace Survey

A group of local organisations are working together to try to launch an artists’ and makers’ quarter in the Aubrey St and Berrington St area of Hereford. An initial bid has been submitted to the Hereford Towns Fund, and, with others, has been submitted by Hereford Community Land Trust, who have the experience to deliver this project. Please can anyone who might in the future or currently be interested in obtaining a workshop within a creative quarter, with or without accommodation, complete this questionnaire – Hereford Community Land Trust Housing and Workspace SurveyYour information will strengthen this bid and ensure it is relevant for those artists and makers wishing to make Hereford their affordable working base and home. Many thanks for your help in completing this questionnaire.

Please contact if you would like to find out more about the project. The closing date for completion of the questionnaire is Dec 31st


OPEN CALL: Workplace scholarship for designers

Deadline: Sunday 13 December

feldfünf awards a three-month workplace scholarship for designers – feldfünf promotes the dialogue between art, design and everyday life. In cooperation with neighborhoods in the southern part of Friedrichstadt and international cultural practitioners, feldfünf is a platform for process-based, intercultural projects and long-term, collaborative ideas. In our project rooms, we offer a workplace for 3 months to a designer to realize a project, that has already begun or to develop a new creative approach. In addition to the workplace, our spacious project rooms are also available for experiments and presentations. The scholarship is aimed at all those who are active as designers, architects or artists, and whose work process is enriched by the exchange with other people.

Find out more and apply here


Open Call: Sustainable Studio Practice

Deadline: Monday 14 December

This residency has been established as a safe space where you can develop a project focusing on the topic of sustainability within your artistic practice. It doesn’t have to be built around the production of art – quite the opposite: we are looking for art thinking projects that provide a new approach to studio practice in times of climate crisis. You will be working in a temporary community which will include artists from around the world. What most interests us is sustainability as a method, not as a subject. Our overall goal is to prepare a manual for sustainable studio practice which we can use in the future.

Find out more and apply here



Deadline: Monday 14 December

The SSW x Counterflows Caregivers residency is shaped to support artists who undertake this essential care work and is set up to provide a nourishing, open and flexible residency structure to serve their diverse needs. Counterflows and SSW support artists working across all disciplines, but for this residency applicants should have experience in working with sound and/or experimental performance in some form. Through this residency we want to learn with the selected artist to develop how both organisations can best support caregivers, in this residency and wider activity.

Find out more and apply here



Cluster Craft Artist in Residence

Deadline: Sunday 20 December

Cluster London is delighted to announce the launch of its first artist-in-residence programme, which will offer artists the opportunity to experience the capital’s creative vibrancy through a fully-funded residency, and to develop their network in the city through a tailored mentorship programme.

The Cluster Residency seeks to offer artists a life-changing opportunity to kickstart their practice in London, and to equip them with everything that they could need to develop an exhibition or project in this international art hub. The residency will last 4 weeks, and will include transportation to London, meals, equipment and materials, accommodation, and a private workspace in East London.

Find out more and apply here

See also: Photography Artist in Residence, Jewellery Artist in Residence, Illustration Artist in Residence


Jobs & Funding


The Best of Digital 

The National Centre for Writing are seeking a pair of artist collaborators (2 x individuals), one writer and one from another discipline, to co-produce a digitally native piece. The budget available for this work (from devising to delivery and including professional fees) is £3,000 (inc. VAT) in total.


British Council open call for creative commissions 

Deadline: 13 December 2020

The British Council are inviting applications for creative commissions that bring together art, science and digital technology and offer innovative responses to climate change. The commissions will be part of the cultural programme in the build-up to the United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26), which the UK is hosting in Glasgow in November 2021.

Grant: up to £50,000 – Open to: individuals or organisations

Connections Through Culture: China  

Connections through Culture is a long-term programme to develop exciting cultural collaborations between artists and arts organisations, supporting long-lasting relationships between China and the UK.

Grant: £2,500 – Open to: artists and arts organisations in the UK and China

Connections Through Culture: Taiwan

British Council in Taiwan has launched the ‘Connections through Culture’ Grants starting in July 2019. It is an arts grant scheme which aims to develop exciting cultural collaborations between artists and arts organisations, also to support long-lasting relationships between Taiwan and the UK.

Grant: £2,500 – Open to: artists and arts organisations in the UK and Taiwan

Nesta, the innovation agency, announces changes to a fund which offers investment up to £150,000 for arts and culture organisations: the Cultural Impact Development Fund will now include grants up to 50 per cent of the total investment. Organisations can submit a funding enquiry via the Arts & Culture Finance website ( or by emailing

The Finnis Scott Foundation offers a biennial award to support and promote the practice of botanical painting. Aimed at groups and organisations that are looking to go beyond their day-to-day activities, the Award recognises those who have helped raise the profile of botanical art and seek to further extend their reach to new audiences. Projects might include (but are not limited to) a new education programme or the development of an existing course, exhibition, publication, event or collaborative project. Awards are made to UK and Ireland-based botanical art groups and organisations, not individuals


Curatorial Fellow (Jerwood Creative Bursaries Programme 2020-22)
Grand Union Gallery, Birmingham

Freelance Marketing Manager
Buzzing Roots CIC, Leicester

Young Audiences R&D Commission
Trinity Community Arts, Bristol





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If you are involved with a project, or would like to mention something for next week’s Launchgrad newsletter, please get in touch!