Launchgrad News, Events & Opps w/c 17th August 2020

August 17, 2020



Launchgrad new site

We’ve updated our new Launchgrad website with weekly news, events and opportunities. We hope to release monthly blogs with more specific advice and resources for creative graduates from the start of the next academic year.

We’d love your feedback about what you’d like to see on our page and other ways we can support you!

You can always get in touch with one of us (Sarah-Jane Crowson and Lily Morris) using our email address – And if you don’t already, follow us on Instagram for posts about grad life and more opportunities for creatives!



Ice Age Herefordshire Exhibition

until 31 October

This intriguing exhibition of Ice Age scenes, extinct species and some of the oldest human artefacts in the West Midlands outlines changes in local landscapes and environments with a particular focus on the creation of ‘Ice Age Ponds’. A National Lottery funded project with Herefordshire Wildlife Trust brings the investigations of these intriguing landscape features to life. Artwork created by HCA students includes work by Amanda Attfield, inspired by ice age ponds. Hereford Museum and Art Gallery is open Tuesday and Wednesday 2pm to 4pm and Thursday, Friday and Saturday 11am to 1pm.

Photo: Amanda Attfield

Find out more here


Around the Studios – h.Art @ Applestore Gallery

12 Aug– 19 September

Apple Store Gallery will be holding an exhibition both in the gallery and on-line, featuring recent work of their artists and studios. The gallery will be open Wednesdays to Saturdays, 10am to 1pm and plans to open every day during the week of 5th to 13th September, 10am to 3pm.

Find out more here



Artsite3 Award 2020

Deadline: Monday 31 August

Artsite3 studios, Hereford is offering one final year degree student at HCA a private studio, free for 12 months! The award provides the graduate with the opportunity to develop their professional career alongside a community of other artists and designers.

Find out more and apply here


Wye Valley River Festival Creativity Award for Young Artists and Creators

Deadline: 7 September, 23:59

The Wye Valley River Festival is offering up to 4 awards of £400 to young artists who live, work, train or attend education in the Wye Valley area. The 4 selected works will be put to a public vote during the festival to win an additional £400. This is an opportunity to create digital content which can be premiered at the online Valley River Festival from 21-27 September. It will also be used in social activities supporting the Wye Valley River Festival and the ongoing work of the Wye AONB Partnership. The theme is ‘Wye Valley Inspiration’ and you can take your inspiration from anything you’ll find within the Wye Valley AONB – the current situation, history, nature, people, water, sounds, smells etc. – the judges want to be surprised! The artwork can be any medium, but must be presented digitally to engage audiences watching online and which speaks to young people. Creatives may be artists, illustrators, designers, musicians, dancers, photographers, film makers, poets or writers. Work can be submitted by individual artists or groups as long as all members are between 16-25 years old.

Find out more here and apply here


Ways of Protest

Deadline: Friday 28 August

Artists are invited to contribute to ‘Ways of Protest’ an extensive exhibition at Elysium gallery, Swansea, aimed at exploring and utilising the arts as a vehicle for protest, and how activism and a desire for change can drive individual and collective creativity. The exhibition aims to research & look at different Ways of Protest, and ask What types of protest work? Are the big headline grabbing activist campaigns always the best? How can we address political concerns, stigma’s, vulnerabilities, oppression and giving voice to the voiceless? How can we explore different forms of protest?

Find out more here


VIA Arts Prize

Deadline: Sunday 27th September

The VIA Arts Prize is the UK’s only Ibero-American-themed arts prize. Artists of any nationality residing in the UK are invited to submit an original artwork specifically inspired by Ibero-American arts and culture. Its mission is to celebrate the significant global and historical reach of art and culture from Latin America, Spain and Portugal, both past and present and to deepen cultural awareness and strengthen visibility of these regions within the UK. The Prize also seeks to encourage mutual cultural exchange and enhance relations between these locations. Three cash prizes of £2,000 will be awarded to the jury committee’s first, second and third choices. A cash prize of £1,000 will also be granted to the winner of the ‘People’s Choice Award’ (to be determined by the public via an online voting system). The four winners of the 2020 VIA Arts Prize will also be awarded a joint exhibition in the Embassy of Brazil’s Sala Brasil in 2021.

Find out more and apply here


Omni Artist Award

Deadline: Tuesday 1 September

Omni Print are awarding £4,000 of digital print to enable artists to realise new work or to continue ongoing projects. The award will be split equally between 4 artists, each receiving the value of £1,000 of production support at Omni. Using their print and fabrication facilities, they will work with you to realise the project, which could be experimental, as part of the development of your practice, large scale, a series of unique prints, a limited edition, direct print to a flat substrate or a mixture of these processes. For details of how you could use the sponsorship, including a pricing guide to help you structure your proposal email with the subject line ‘AWARD INFO’. Final applications should be sent to with ‘AWARD APPLICATION’ in the subject line and include: 150 word outline of your current practice, 250 words proposing how you would use the award and how it would benefit your wider practice and up to five images of previous work.

Find out more here


TOAST & Crafts Council artist-in-residence

Deadline: 4 September

TOAST has partnered with Crafts Council to invite an artist in residence to showcase their work in our upcoming TOAST Virtual Creative Residency. The chosen artist will be required to create an artwork inspired by Flux and Flow, the inspiration behind our Autumn Winter collection. Following the words of the Greek philosopher Heraclitus, Flux and Flow celebrates continual growth and evolution, and how we all have the capacity for great change and innovation. The finished work will be presented at the TOAST Virtual Creative Residency taking place on 15th – 17th October, and will become part of the Crafts Council collection. The project will be featured in the TOAST online Magazine and in Crafts Magazine, and there will be a £1,000 (plus material costs) contribution to support the creation of the artwork.

Find out more and apply here


Jobs & Funding


Graphic Designer
Avant Digital, Sheffield

Apparel Production Coordinator (Fashion and Textiles)
Learn to Recreate, Sheffield

Kitchen & Bathroom Design/Sales Consultant,
Wickes, Hereford