Launchgrad News, Events & Opps w/c 23rd November 2020

November 23, 2020



HCA Library Click & Collect for Graduate Associate Members

HCA library is pleased to be able to offer Graduate Associate Members a ‘Click and Collect’ library service, up until Christmas 2020.​You will be able to reserve up to five books from the library, which you can then collect from Reception at College Road Campus. You can search the library catalogue and reserve books online here: or you can just email us your requests on

  • ​​To log onto the library catalogue –  your Reader Code is the number under the barcode on your student ID card and your PIN number is the last four digits of that number.

We will then let you know when they are ready for collection. Please email us on with any questions.


Graduate Outcomes Survey

If you graduated from a BA course at HCA in the Summer of 2019 you may have already been sent a link to a national survey capturing the activities and perspectives of graduates, known as Graduate Outcomes.

We’d like to thank those who have already filled out their surveys – thank-you SO much – this really helps us. And if you haven’t already been sent a survey please keep an eye out for a link or text from the Graduate Outcomes team.

We will use your survey responses to help us develop our courses here at HCA. Find out more about the Graduate Outcomes survey on their website, on our blog or by contacting us.


Graduate Associate Membership and Residencies

We have had to freeze access for Graduate Associate Membership so that we comply with COVID safety guidelines around physical access to buildings. For the same reason we have also had to freeze the Graduates in Residence scheme, but will soon be circulating a short  ‘expression of interest’ form to this years grads so we have a record of those who may be interested in the scheme in future.

Please email Lily Morris if you are interested in applying for Associate Graduate Membership


Move into Balance with Gillian Hipp

Wednesday 2 December, 8.15pm

Gillian is offering the last ‘Ground yourself’ workshop of the year on 2nd December at 8.15pm. Join artists, writers from across the globe to find your own unique way to connect with yourself and ground yourself.

The ‘Ground yourself’ workshop which will take a movement improvisation approach to grounding. The session will help you to:⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

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– connect with your body⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

– discover what you can to do in order to ground yourself when things get busy ⠀

To book onto the workshop use this link ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

For more information visit:

Illustration Guest Lectures

Lauren will introduce herself and her practice –

Lisa will talk about the effect of Lockdown on the illustration and Graphics world, regionally nationally and internationally –

Click on the link below at the appointed time and you will be able to attend the lecture via TEAMS:


Enterprise Thursday

Thursday 26 November, 12.30pm – 1.10pm

This week’s Enterprise Thursday will consider writing cover letters. We have Gail Kilminster, HCA’s excellent careers advisor, live during the session to offer advice and support.

Click here to join the meeting

Propositions for Alternative Narratives Exhibition

Please pop into room A16 to visit this contemporary Photographic pop-up exhibition curated by our 3rd year students.





Deadline: Sunday 10 January 2021

The European Investment Bank (EIB) Institute is looking for emerging European artists (under 35) and collectives to join the 2020 edition of its Artists Development Programme (ADP),a six to eight week residency programme in Luxembourg, under the mentorship of renowned Finnish photographer, Jorma Puranen. There are two  calls for applications targeting visual artists (EU nationals, under 35 years of age) with a thematic focus on:

Click here to find out more and apply


Environmental Racism is Garbage

Deadline: Monday 30 November

The aim of this interactive virtual research-creation and art symposium is to bear modest witness to waste as a symptom of environmental racism 

Environmental Racism is Garbage seeks knowledge production and acts of resistance at the intersection of art, politics, and the relationship between racialized injustice and ecological crisis. We invite contributions and collaborations from visual and performance-based artists, curators, theorists and activists, to create submissions that engage with the interconnections between environmental health, socio-economic conditions, racialized discrimination, social justice. We are interested in new or recent work in any medium that could be displayed in a browser. Transdisciplinary work driven by creative inquiry and lived experience will be fore fronted. This virtual (web-based) symposium will be synchronous and asynchronous and feature artwork displayed in the browser as well as keynote speakers, discussion panels and other additions. The symposium will be archived on a dedicated website.

Click here or more info and to submit


ArtScience Residency Program

Deadline: Sunday 29 November 2020

In keeping with the focus of Art Collection Deutsche Telekom on contemporary art from Eastern Europe, the new residency will be dedicated to artists from / or who stand in relation to this region, who work at the interface between art, technology and science and who are particularly interested in researching the social impact of technological developments.

This new artists-in-residence program aims to foster interaction between international artists, researchers and scientists and Eastern European partners from research or industry. This program is intended to create a space for encounters in which artistic practice and scientific research can be combined in the best possible way.


World Photography Organisation – Student Photographer of the Year

Deadline: Monday 30 November

The Student competition rewards and showcases the work of the world’s most talented photography students. Open to academic institutions worldwide, students are challenged to submit a series of five to ten images responding to a particular brief. Ten shortlisted students are then chosen (one from each continent and four judges’ picks). The ten shortlisted students are each given a Sony camera to shoot a new series of images to answer a second brief. From this work, one overall Student Photographer of the Year is chosen and receives €30,000 worth of Sony digital imaging equipment for his or her institution.

Find out more and submit your work here

Ashurst Emerging Artist Prize 2021

The seventh year of the internationally successful Ashurst Emerging Artist Prize is open for entries! The prize is open to artists working across all genres, styles and backgrounds. Artists who enter before the 29 November 2020 are eligible for a detailed written feedback on their application. PRIZES INCLUDE: – £10,000 prizes and exhibitions, for the Overall Winner, the Choice Award, the Sculpture Award, the New Media Award with partners Rich Mix and Photography Award with partners Genesis Imaging.

Find out more and apply here


Jobs & Funding


FutureYOU live graduate careers event

Thursday 26th November

Chat with employers, postgraduate course providers, career advisers, and other organisations to discover the wide variety of opportunities available to you. Ask them questions, hear their advice and watch the sessions to gain an understanding of what will be right for you.

7 Good Questions to ask at an interview (from Prospects)  

 This is a chance for you to find out more about the employer and display your enthusiasm for the role, so make sure you have some questions to ask your interviewer


Arts Council Benevolent Funds open for applications

 These funds can help support freelancers less likely to access our funding through National Lottery Project Grants and Developing your Creative Practice. They have two areas open in the current funding round; Theatre Artists Fund and Help Musicians.

Grants for artists and new visual arts projects – The Elephant Trust

Deadline: 25 January 2021

The Elephant Trust offers grants to artists and for new, innovative visual arts projects based in the UK. The Trust’s aim is to make it possible for artists and those presenting their work to undertake and complete projects when confronted by lack of funds.

Who can apply: Artists, small organisations and galleries within the UK. Student applications are not supported – but graduates can apply.

Amount available: The Trust normally awards grants of up to £2,000 but larger grants up to £5,000 are occasionally considered


Innovate Grant for Artists & Photographers

Our $550.00 grants act as sparks of financial support that ignite your creative development. Our grant cycles are open 4 times a year (Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter) giving you more opportunities to access the support you need. Our process is simple so you spend less time on the application and more time making your important work.


Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries Opportunity with The Work Room & Tramway

The Work Room & Tramway are seeking a dance artist at an early stage of their career, to join us. This new, one-year post is part of the Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries programme which is seeking to make the arts a fairer and more inclusive place to work. For this reason, this post is designed to support the career progression of someone from a lower socio-economic background. The Early Career Dance Artist will work across The Work Room and Tramway, and be supported by us to develop their own choreographic skills and creative practice and work as part of The Work Room & Tramway teams to develop understanding and experience in dance management, producing and programming

ATLAS Arts: Assistant Producer Vacancy

ATLAS Arts is looking to recruit an Assistant Producer to join the team and assist with the planning, production and delivery of our programme. The ideal candidate will have a keen interest in the impact that contemporary art can make to the communities of Skye and Lochalsh and will be enthusiastic about creating connections between artists and communities, responding to the unique qualities of the region, its landscape, its culture and its people. Supported by the Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries (WJCB) programme, this role is specifically aimed at people who have experienced social and/or economic barriers to employment in the arts. We welcome applications from people who have been historically underrepresented in the arts and cultural workforce. As part of the WJCB programme the selected candidate will attend a series of professional development events alongside ATLAS’ team and board, designed to support the learning across our organisation, and to support your future development.


You are welcome to 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!


If you are involved with a project, or would like to mention something for next week’s Launchgrad newsletter, please get in touch!