Launchgrad News, Events & Opps w/c 13th July 2020

July 13, 2020

Welcome to this week’s mix of events and opps that we hope will be of interest to HCA graduates. We’re waiting for our blog to migrate onto a beautiful new space on the college website, but will keep you posted when we move across!


Artsite3 Studios are offering one final year student a private studio space at Artsite3, free for a year! The annual Artsite3 Award will provide a graduate student with an amazing opportunity to develop their professional career alongside a community of other artists and designers. Without worrying about rent payments, you can dedicate your time and budget towards building your craft and starting your own business, ideal if you are thinking of staying in Hereford after graduating this year!

The winning artist/maker will be chosen by a panel of Artsite3 artists based on who the panel feel will benefit most from being at the studios, commitment and passion for their practice. All kinds of artists will be considered for the award; previous winners have included ceramicist Paige James, jeweler illustrator Brittany Davies and mixed media artist Ita Drew.

The studios are conveniently located at the bottom of Aylestone Hill on Rockfield trading estate and currently house a wide variety of artists/makers. You will have 24-hour access and there is onsite parking, shared access to kilns, sinks, kitchen and an outdoor space. The studio is yours to with what you want for 12 months from September. The prize is open to all final year BA students at HCA. Find out more about Artsite3 on their websiteFacebook or Instagram.

To apply, you can fill out a short application form on their website before 31st August.


As a response to the recent covid-19 related end of year showcase cancellations, i-D and ARTSTHREAD have launched a global graduate showcase initiative for the class of 2020. The competition is open to all art and design students graduating this year 2019-20 (undergraduate and postgraduate) in any related discipline, located anywhere in the world. The Global Design Graduate Show 2020 is your chance to share your creative work alongside your peers from around the world and get it judged by industry leaders. Awards will be given in a variety of categories: fashion, textiles, accessories, fine art, photography, journalism, visual communication, moving image, film, industrial, product, interiors, architecture, ceramics, jewellry, glass and craft. Not only will the panel of judges be looking at your final outcome, but they will also be assessing your concept and entire creative process. The closing date is 31st July.

Find out more and enter here.


Wales Contemporary / Cymru Gyfoes is an international open competition developed by the Waterfront Gallery in Milford Haven, in association with the Welsh Government, and is now in its second year. Wales Contemporary celebrates all aspects of the country by inviting artists to submit work that is ‘Inspired by Wales’ i.e. by its ancient history, its art history, its heritage, its landscape (rural, urban or political) and its contemporary culture. For the opportunity to win prizes up to £4000, artists can submit 2D or 3D artworks in any medium (excluding photography and film) until 1st September 2020. Artists can submit up to three works but must be over the age of 18.

Find out more and submit your work here:


The WAC Awards is an open competition for contemporary visual art that is gaining praise and respect in Britain and abroad. The award is open to artists working in any medium and closes on 1st August. Artists may enter up to four works and must be over the age of £18. Usually, the exhibition would take place at Well Cathedral in Somerset, but this year the WAC 2020 exhibition will go ahead as a creative virtual exhibition highlighting the selected artworks, enabling visitors to buy work online. This year, WAC has also collaborated with Cass Art to offer a special discount to every artist that enters Wells Art Contemporary 2020.

Find out more and submit your work here:


The Time and Tide Bell organisation (T&TB) is inviting Expressions of Interest from artists or arts organisations in a broad range of disciplines interested in working with us. The
aim is to create a project that will link the very varied bell communities to make the whole greater than the sum of the parts, and which will explore a core theme – changing sea levels.
Time and Tide Bell Project

Closing date August 16th. Further Details here.


The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport has announced that cultural and heritage institutions, such as theatres, historic palaces, museums, galleries, live music venues and independent cinemas can now access a share of £1.57bn that has been made available to help with the impact of Coronavirus.

The funding will consist of a mix of grants and low cost loans. The funding will include £120 million to restart construction work at cultural and heritage sites paused as a result of the pandemic. Decisions on awards will be made working alongside expert independent figures from the sector including the Arts Council England and other specialist bodies such as Historic England, National Lottery Heritage Fund and the British Film Institute.

The new funding will also mean an extra £188 million for the devolved administrations in Northern Ireland (£33 million), Scotland (£97 million) and Wales (£59 million).

More info


After a brief closure of the fund in the immediate aftermath of the Covid-19 crisis, National Lottery Project Grants will be back later in July.

The Arts Council are making improvements to make the fund more responsive to the needs of smaller independent organisations and individual practitioners during Covid-19.

They have prioritised reopening this programme to help fund independent organisations, creative practitioners and freelancers as quickly as possible. More info here.