Launchgrad news, events and opportunities July 2021

July 7, 2021


Hello, and welcome to July 2021 Launchgrad.  This blog post contains key information about the relaunch of HCA’s ‘Graduates in Residence’ scheme, and signposts to useful news and opportunities. 

To find out more about other Launchgrad activities, please check out our webpages. These include current information about Graduate Associate Membership and the current Launchgrad offer 

As lockdown lifts, we will return to our 2019/20 practice of posting information on our blog monthly during the academic year. 

Graduates in Residence  

We are pleased to be unfreezing our pilot ‘Graduates in Residence’ scheme. Graduates from our B.A (Hons) courses who graduated in 2019, 2020 or who are due to graduate in 2021 can apply to benefit from continuing ‘student’ access to HCA facilities for free. 

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

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. 

Graduate Associate Membership 

We currently offer library access to GAM’s. To find out more and how to book a slot, please look on our website. We anticipate further limited access to buildings in September, but please keep an eye on our website and our newsletter for details. 

If you are interested in signing up to become a Graduate Associate Member, email   

Graduate Outcomes Survey 

Graduate Outcomes is the biggest UK annual social survey and captures the perspectives and status of recent graduates. All graduates who completed a course will be asked to take part in the survey 15 months after they finish their studies.  

More information on the Graduate Outcomes Survey Website 



British Council Arts Opportunities 

There are some exciting international arts opportunities currently on the British Council website, including ‘Connections through Culture’ which aims to foster creative connections between China and the UK. 


Artsite3 Studio Award 2021 

Artsite Studio awards for final year HCA students are now open. Please check out the Artsite website for further details and how to apply. 


The Courtyard Hereford seeks makers for a new retail space 

To find out more about the space,  find out whether you align with their ethos and values and to apply/express interest, look on their webpages. 


Crafts Council Opportunities 

The Crafts Council has a range of new local and national opportunities on offer, including Summer School Residencies and gallery applications. To find out more, look on their business/opportunities website. 


HCA Festival of Arts – still just time to attend! 

Join us for our summer show and celebration of HCA talent featuring live music, performances, exhibitions, talks and pop-up shops. Check dates and book your place here 


Funding and Careers

Developing your Creative Practice Arts Council fund 

Round 11 will open for applications on 05 August 2021. In the meantime, check out the details on their website to find out more about this grant aimed at supporting individual makers and creatives to develop their practice 


Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust open for applications 
The Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust will be accepting new applications for funding between 12 July and 16 August 2021.  For further details and to apply please visit Deadline for applications is 5pm, Monday 16 August. 


Herefordshire Council Funding Update  

This local funding directory offers great guidance around local and national current opportunties 



Don’t forget to check out Artquest’s website for a comprehensive range of up-to-date local and national grants and opportunities for artists. 


‘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. 


UAL Creative Opportunities UAL’s ‘Creative Opportunities’ searchable jobs board offers an interesting range of arts-focussed jobs.


Concerned about protecting your Intellectual Property? 

Have a look at this guide to intellectual property law. You may also want to think about Creative Commons licenses if you might share your work in various ways. You can read more on the CC website. 


Thinking about setting up your own business? 

For an overview of the basics, you can’t go wrong with’s overview of setting up a business. They also offer advice on where to find funding and extra support. Our local Growth Hub, which also offers support, can help you with networking and finding funding.  


Keep in Touch

 If you have an event you would like to submit to Launchgrad newsletter, you can submit this through our events/opportunities form.  

Please check out our website to find the appropriate email contact for each part of Launchgrad or email for general enquiries. 

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