Launchgrad News, Events & Opps w/c 24th August 2020

August 24, 2020


Graduate Outcomes Survey

Did you graduate from a BA course at HCA in the Summer of 2019? You will soon be sent a link to a national survey capturing the activities and perspectives of graduates, known as Graduate Outcomes. This launched in 2018 and is the biggest annual social survey in the UK. We will use your survey responses to help us develop our courses here at HCA. Find out more about the survey on their website, on our blog or by contacting us.


Keep in touch

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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!



Movement workshop

Wednesday 9 September, 2pm


Our very own Gillian Hipp is running a webinar in September around ‘Grounding’ to help with overthinking things, working specifically with creative professionals to help them find their creative flow and stop procrastinating via 1-2-1 online sessions.

Email Gillian for more info and to book your free place


Bromyard Artwalk 2020

Sunday 22 – Monday 31 August

Artworks from a range of local artists are currently displayed in shop windows in Bromyard and online for ten days.

Find out more here


Deep Fat Fried Collective – New Realities Online Exhibition

14th August 2020 – 3rd August 2021

Showcasing the work of a selection of 2020 creative graduates, including MA Fine Art student, Johnny Burrage. All projects included were made during the time when our world got turned uʍop ǝpısdn.

View the exhibition here


Wax Carvings and Gilding Processes with Emefa Cole Jewellery Designer

Wednesday 26 August, 4pm

In this event, Emefa will be talking about the process she uses to create her jewellery and demonstrate some of her wax carving and casting techniques. You will be able to ask questions to the artist in a live Q&A.

Register your interest here




Fire! Call Out for Artists, Makers, Sculptors & Fabricators

Seachange, in Great Yarmouth, is looking to commission a number of artists, makers or sculptors experienced at working with metal and fire to create installations for use in a Fire Garden environment. If designing and fabricating braziers, gas jet burners, fire contraptions, fire sculptures, water based fire installations and the like is your area of expertise and you would be interested in working with us, please get in touch.

Find out more and apply here


Art Hole Magazine – Call for Artists

Deadline: Friday 25 September

 Art Hole is an independent artist-run and ad-free international print and online publication dedicated to showcasing and promoting experimental and progressive contemporary art, which reflects modern society and its environment, provokes conversation and action; fosters innovation and diversity of mediums which make today’s art scene so intriguing and versatile. Artists are welcome to submit works in any medium to be published.

Submit your work here

Chapter Arts Commission

Deadline: Tuesday 1 September

Chapter Arts centre in Cardiff is re-opening in the Autumn and to celebrate we would like to commission an artist to create an artwork for the front of our building. We are inviting applications from Wales-based or Welsh-by-birth visual artists to create an impactful work to celebrate our re-opening. The artwork will be in situ until the end of January 2021.

Find out more and apply here

Be Red Ribbon Inspired Artwork Competition

Deadline:  Monday 31 August

The Be Red Ribbon Inspired artwork competition is an exciting chance for aspiring artists and designers to gain exposure and have their work judged by Sir Antony Gormley. We want you to be inspired by the red ribbon, the international symbol of HIV and AIDS, to create something unique and engaging. The winner will receive £500, be commissioned by Paintings in Hospitals, and appear on our exclusive World AIDS Day tote bag.

Find out more and submit your work here


Sell your work online with Handmade In Britain

The Handmade in Britain online marketplace offers our dedicated audience the opportunity to shop online with us throughout the year. There are no application fees, joining fees or annual fees, and we are currently accepting applications from UK-based artists working in all contemporary disciplines.

Apply here


Open Call for Lens-based Artists

Deadline: Monday 31 August

We are looking for artists who use the historical as a means to understand our present. Do you explore political histories in your work? Do you reflect on the way in which history is read or interpreted through the lens of the present? This exhibition will be listed as a self-curated exhibition as part of Photo Fringe 2020, a city-wide arts festival in Brighton.

Find out more and apply here

Jobs & Funding

National Lottery Project Grants from Arts Council

£59.8 million to support thousands of individual artists, community and cultural organisations. Until April 2021, the fund will focus on the needs of smaller independent organisations and individual practitioners.

Comic Relief Change Maker Grant

Funding of between £150,000 and £600,000 will be available for projects lasting up to 3 to 5 years. The focus is on work in areas that are of particular interest to Comic Relief. This includes addressing homelessness, forced migration, gender justice, mental health, and early childhood development.

Help Musicians Do It Differently Fund

Grants of £3,000 are available to help professional musicians aged 18 and over with no significant backing, who are finding their health, and performance and teaching commitments affected by the Coronavirus.

Hereford Council Discretionary Grant Scheme – Exceptional Circumstances Fund

The Exceptional Circumstances Fund is available to Herefordshire based self-employed, micro businesses, small businesses as well as registered charities who were trading on 11 March 2020.

The Hopper Prize

The Hopper Prize is a grant-making institution and digital archiving platform offering a series of individual artist grants of $1000 available to international artists working in any media.



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