Launchgrad news, events and opportunities December 2021

November 26, 2021

Hello, and welcome to December 2021 blog post, which contains some invites to online professional practice lectures at HCA and links to creative opportunities and events.

We’re happy to let you know that the application window is now open to apply for 18 months of free Graduate Associate Membership of HCA.  

The application window will remain open until 30th December and you can read more details and apply online 

Just a reminder that we’re doing some housekeeping and tidying up our mailing lists so if you graduated more than 18 months ago and would still like to stay in touch with HCA, please sign up to our alumni newsletter here. 

To find out more about other Launchgrad activities, please check out our webpages 


Graduate Outcomes Survey 

Huge thanks to those students who are completing or have completed the Graduate Outcomes survey this year. We really value your responses and use your feedback to help us develop our courses at HCA. 

More information on the Graduate Outcomes Survey Website 




Graduate Associate Membership 

Was your graduation ceremony from an MA or BA course held in September 2021?  

Did you receive your degree award in 2020 or 2021? 

If so, then from Tuesday 9th November until 30th December you will be able to apply for 18 months of free Graduate Associate Membership of HCA. 

During academic year 2021-22 Graduate Associate Members of HCA will be able to access:  

  • The library at CRC to benefit from our fantastic range of specialist creative art books and journals  
  • The opportunity to exhibit in the library at CRC  
  • The cafe at CRC, to catch up with friends and stay connected to the wider HCA community  
  • The art shops at CRC and the chance to purchase art materials at a subsidised rate.  

We can’t offer access to IT or printing facilities, but you are welcome to bring your own device and access free CRC guest Wi-Fi whilst on site (ask reception teams for a password).  

Our application window is open until the 30th December 2021 5.00pm. 

***More Information and an application form*** 

 We regret that as we are a small team, we will be unable to process applications after the deadline or email you individually about your application. 


Graduates in Residence  

You can read more about the pilot scheme on our GiR web pages. We regret that as a small team we cannot respond to individual email queries about the scheme. 



An invitation to attend online professional practice sessions at HCA 

 Ethics & Morality 

Thursday Dec 2nd 3.00-4.30pm 

Ethics, Morality and your career, An overview of how the Media operates censorship & self-censorship/audience/working ethically/sustainable choices… 

All lectures take place online over TEAMS. For further information about TEAMS check out the microsoft help pages, which have useful information and videos to support you. 

We regret that as a small team we cannot respond to individual queries about lecture content or support with IT issues.  

Please contact for a joining link for sessions. 


Emergence(y) | Emerging Curators Call Out 

Volunteers, Coventry Biennial 

Coventry Biennial is a social, political and critical platform for contemporary art, taking place every two years, we produce significant exhibitions, events and activities in Coventry and the surrounding area for diverse and widespread audiences and participants. 

Full details: 

There is a rolling deadline for this opportunity, and volunteers are needed until February 2022. 


Commission for Visual Artists/Designers/Illustrators, Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery 

Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery are seek to appoint 5 Visual Artists, Designers or Illustrators to produce unique designs inspired by one of their collections:
archaeology; geology and fossils; decorative arts (ceramics) fine art, or; costume. Alternatively, the candidate could produce ranges based on key objects.
The designs will be owned by Shropshire Museums’ Service and will be used to create ranges of bespoke merchandise for sale in their in-person and online shops. 

Full Details: 

Deadline: 24 Jan 2022 


Commission for Artist (Consultation with Children and Young People), Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery 

Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery seek to appoint an Artist to support their engagement of and consultation with children and young people. The purpose of the public consultation on the Partnership Gallery is to engage audiences and ensure that the Partnership Gallery gives their customers the best possible experience – including underrepresented audiences such as children, young people and families. 

Full Details: 

Deadline: 24 Jan 2022 


Call for entries – The Healing Power Of Art Exhibition, The Arches Project 

Join The Arches Project in their celebration during our 2022 Commonwealth Games by creating beautiful and unforgettable memories in your life, to display in’The Healing Power Of Art Exhibition’. 

Full Details:

Deadline: 13 June 2022 


Lucca Biennale Cartasia Indoor 2022 – Open Call 

 LUBICA – Lucca Biennale Cartasia is the world’s biggest art event dedicated to paper art. 

The Biennale takes place every two years, in 2022 it will be held from the 31st of July until September the 25th. 

Every artist that creates art such as performances, sculptures, drawings, video-art, and much more with paper, cardboard, or its by-products is encouraged to participate in the call. 

 Full details: 

 Deadline: 15 January 


Arts Council Developing your Creative Practice grant 

Developing your Creative Practice supports individuals who are cultural and creative practitioners and want to take time to focus on their creative development. 

This is a rolling funding opportunity and Round 12 is now open 

The deadline for applications is 12pm (midday) 7 December 2021. 

More details and useful guidance on how to apply on the Arts Council website 



 ARTCRY is a new fund which aims to encourage artists to create bold political work with funding in seven days to enable fast action. ARTCRY aims to encourage artists to create bold political work, with fast-turnaround funding to enable fast action.  

 For more information and criteria see the ArtCry website. 


British Council Connections through Culture Professional Development Grants 

For over 16 years, the British Council has run a well-established Connections through Culture programme, which enables collaboration between creative and cultural professionals in China and the UK. Included in this are Professional Development Grants – a limited number of small grants to enable artists or members of arts organisations to work with their counterparts in China or the UK online, to develop projects, exchange skills or see others’ work. 

More details on the British Council website 


Advice on applying for funding 

If you’re wondering whether you’re reading to apply for grant funding for your project, have a look at ‘When to apply for Grants’, an excellent article from Artquest which talks you through what you’ll need to critically consider before downloading that application form. 


‘Steps to Success’  

Office for Students have released an interactive resource/guide to support graduates.   

This guide is for students who are about to graduate and are at the start of their career journey. It has been produced with 2021 graduates in mind, but current students and recent graduates may also find it helpful. 

 The Next Generation 2021  

This helpful series of articles from It’s Nice That offers up-to-date information and advice for creative graduates, including around networking in a pandemic world and what to charge for projects. 

 Funding for Further Study 

Find out about doctoral loans (government funding) on the government’s website. 

Funding for doctoral level study in the Arts and Humanities is generally made through the Arts and Humanities Research Council. Look at the AHRC website for more details. Alternatively, you can use specialist websites like ‘Find a Phd’. 

Careers Advice  

We are very pleased to be able to offer graduates who have graduated within the last 18 months the opportunity to apply for free careers advice with HCA’s careers advisor, Gail Kilminster. There will be around 16 tutorial opportunities with Gail each month. To book one please email Slots will be allocated on a first-come, first-serve basis. This is a pilot offer and will be reviewed regularly.