Launchgrad news, events and opportunities March 2022

March 3, 2022

Launchgrad Newsletter March 2022

Hello, and welcome to March 2022 Launchgrad newsletter. We hope that some of you were able to attend the online professional practice lectures we invited you to last month – and if you didn’t there are more coming up this month (see details later in the newsletter).

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Launchgrad news, events and opportunities January 2022

International Women’s Day – Sunday 6 March

International Women’s Day continues to be a powerful global platform that unites women and drives action for gender parity, while celebrating the achievements of all women.

A chance meeting with Clare & Lin Mathias, HCA’s BA (Hons) Fine Art Graduate gave birth to an idea for International Women’s Day: ‘’A Poster Parade’’.

As modern-day suffragettes, female, male and all genders are invited to continue in the footsteps of our foremothers. People are invited to dress in contemporary costume or in the style of the period in black & white & sepia as a photograph of that era depicts. The Suffragette colours, white, purple, and green will be used as accent colours.

The parade will be a silent event as were the suffragette protests. They hope to raise money for a local for WMRSASC (West Mercia Rape & Sexual Assault Counselling).

The event will take place at 2pm Sunday 6 March 2022 from Hereford Cathedral to The Courtyard.

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An invitation to attend online professional practice sessions at HCA


Jennifer Collier – ‘The Art of Paper & Stitch’

Thursday 3rd March 11.30 – 12.30pm

Paper pioneer Jennifer Collier creates exquisite sculptures from vintage recycled materials in conjunction with stitch; a contemporary twist on traditional textiles, and a way of giving new life to things that would otherwise be thrown away. Jennifer has regularly exhibited her work in a number of solo and group shows across the UK and abroad.


Bob Thomas – ‘Building a 21st Century Craft Business’

Friday 6th March 4.30 – 5.30pm

HCA Alumni and Founder of Robert Thomas Iron Design explores all aspects of forged metal design.


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.


Jerwood Curatorial Accelerator

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Jerwood Curatorial Accelerator is a new pilot scheme to support curatorial and leadership development for UK-based visual arts curators from low socio-economic backgrounds. Through a 12-month cohort-based learning and mentoring programme, curators will develop new networks, skills, and knowledge to enable them to lead and impact the future of the visual arts sector. More information here.

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 here.

Deadline: 13 June 2022


Ceramicist at Granby Workshop

Granby Workshop is a Community Interest Company based in the L8 area of Liverpool. They are looking to hire a ceramicist to join the team in making handmade ceramics.  As well as taking a hands on approach to improving the quality and efficiency of the batch production process, this role will also support the research and development of new products at Granby Workshop.

Full Details here.

Deadline: 14th March


Innovate Grants for Artists + Photographers

Innovate Grant awards 2 x £550.00 grants each quarter, to one Visual Artist and one Photographer. In addition to the grant money, successful applicants will receive 4 x honourable mentions and will be featured and recognized on our website and join a growing community of vibrant and talented artists.

Full details here.

Deadline: 24th March


Call for entries – Craft Festival, Cheltenham

Cheltenham’s Christmas Craft Festival are calling artists to exhibit their work in the iconic Town Hall in November.

Full details here.

Deadline: 25th March


Call for entries – Otley Carnival

They are seeking artists and makers to sell their creations at Otley Carnival, 18 June 2022 1pm-5pm

Full details here.

Deadline: 31st May


Artist Opportunity: Shelanu New Collection

They are looking to recruit an experienced artist who works in jewellery or adornment to support Shelanu to collectively design and make a new range.

Full details here.

Deadline: 14th March


Paid Internship opportunity with Hay Castle

Hay Castle is opening as a venue for the arts, culture and learning on 1 May 2022. They have an opportunity for an intern to work full time over a period of six months (April to end of August) with funding available to them through the National Skills Sharing Partnership at The National Portrait Gallery.  This is a paid role at the National Living Wage, currently £9.50/hr.

The inaugural exhibition is Portraits of Writers, featuring 14 works from the National Portrait Gallery’s permanent collection. Guest curated by Dylan Jones, former editor of UK GQ Magazine.

Hay Castle is working toward museum accreditation, and will have a collection that tells the story of Richard Booth, the self-proclaimed King of Hay and bookselling entrepreneur from the latter part of the 20th Centenary.

The opportunities available under this appointment of the role include:


  • Planning and installation of the exhibition
  • Planning and delivering creative workshops to members of the public (around the disciplines of printmaking and portraiture)
  • Invigilating the exhibition
  • Working with volunteers to ensure operations are running smoothly Assistance with designing the signage
  • Assistance with gathering visitor feedback for project evaluation


  • Setting up Richard Booth museum exhibit
  • Assistance fitting out and setting up the museum office and castle space

Training will be provided by the Volunteer Coordinator around; Health & Safety, Policies, Customer Services. Training will also be provided by the Activities & Learning Manager around; Delivering workshops and visitor experience, technical training in how to use the vintage letterpress and creative workshop facilities and training in marketing.

Please note that you will not be required to work in all of these areas but if you would like to explore or gain skills in these areas opportunities to do so are available.

If you’re interested in the opportunity, please email Kath Ayres ( to register your interest.

Please include a statement (400 – 700 words) outlining why you are interested in the internship role, what skills you could bring to the role, what you hope to learn and achieve and other relevant information. No formal qualifications or prior experience in the arts are required in order for you to be considered.


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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



ARTCRY is a new fund that 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.

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

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.


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