Launchgrad News, Events & Opps w/c 3rd August 2020

August 3, 2020


Holland Otik Shop is now open

Previous HCA student and staff member, Holland Otik has opened a heavenly looking shop in Bastion Mews, Union Street, Hereford. Partly a studio for her own ceramics practice, the shop stocks works by (local) artists including t-shirts, ceramics, zines, jewelry and other beautiful oddities! It’s well worth a look inside as she has kindly offered 20% off books to HCA students writing their dissertation or masters report.

Launchgrad new site

We’re now updating 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 soon.

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



Can’t make it to an exhibition? Have a look at the books in the online shop! At the moment, galleries have past exhibition catalogues at competitive/reduced prices if you fancy treating yourself over the summer!


Joana Vasconcelos: Beyond

Until 3 Jan 21


If you are able to make a trip up to Yorkshire Sculpture Park, check out this outdoor exhibition! Celebrated Portuguese artist Joana Vasconcelos creates vibrant, often monumental sculpture, using fabric, needlework and crochet alongside everyday objects from saucepans to wheel hubs. She frequently uses items associated with domestic work and craft to comment from a feminist perspective on national and collective identity, cultural tradition and women’s roles in society.

Find out more here


Electronic: From Kraftwerk to The Chemical Brothers

until 14 Feb 21


Heading to London? Visit The Design Museum to lose yourself in the history of electronic dance music.  Evoking the experience of being in a club, the exhibition will transport you through the people, art, design, technology and photography that have been shaping the electronic music landscape.

Booking essential – find out more here


Making It: 3D Digital Sculpture with artist Sumit Sarkar

Wednesday 5th August, 7-9pm


Build your skills set with this interactive, online workshop, from Sumit Sarkar. He will demonstrate his working process and the type of creative tools you can use online. In the session you will have the opportunity to experiment with Blender, a free online programme. By the end of the workshop you will have produced a piece of sculptural digital art work.

Book your place here


New Designers Educates 2020

The 2020 ND EDUCATES programme featured a variety of inspiring talks, workshops and advice from leading professionals in the design industry. Catch up online with a range of videos to learn more about crowdfunding, selling online and more about starting a career in craft!

Watch the talks here



Reduced a-n membership for graduates

a-n (The Artists Information Co) is offering 50% off Artist Membership for 2020 art and design graduates – just £19 for 12 months. To access all of the professional benefits of a-n membership and join the largest artists membership organisation in the UK, please email for the DISCOUNT CODE. You will be asked to provide details of your college and course. Membership covers you for public liability insurance, updates you with resources, job opps, bursaries, professional development programmes and keeps you part of a network of other artists.

Find out more here


The Collective Studio – 10 month development programme

Deadline: Thurs 27 August, 12 noon

Are you working out what you want to do next? Do you know what you want to do and need support and guidance? The Collective Studio provides spaces to test out ideas and experiment within a supportive and critically engaged community at The NewBridge Project, Gateshead in Newcastle. The Collective Studio provides affordable studios and workspace, and a programme of training, events, mentoring, socials and opportunities to exhibit work, which will suit a diverse range of practices and are tailored around the cohort.

Find out more and apply here


The Shire: Young Creatives Board

The Young Creatives Board are looking for more artists to get involved in First Fridays – if you’re interested, please email Rural Media. YCB was established in 2019 and is supported by Herefordshire’s a Great Place, a project delivered by Rural Media on behalf of the Herefordshire Cultural Partnership. The members decided to host a First Friday in Hereford to bring people together for art, music and spoken word. The theme of the online First Fridays is well-being and the project has brought the artists together to host live watch parties on YouTube and share the work of local artists.

See their work here


RBSA Prize Exhibition 2020

Deadline: Wed 19 August, 4pm

The Royal Birmingham Society of Artists (RBSA) stages an annual Prize exhibition as part of its charitable work to support artists, providing an opportunity for artists to show their artwork and be rewarded for their talents. All media accepted, excluding photography and the top prize is £1000, second prize is £500, and several more cash and gift prizes are to be won.

Find out more and enter here


RWA Open 2020

Deadline: Tues 22 September, 5pm

Every year, the Royal West of England Academy holds an Open Exhibition – Anyone can enter their work for this mixed discipline show: previous years have included painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, film, sculpture and illustration, and attracted entries from artists across the UK and beyond. Artists will have the opportunity to win £8,000+ in cash prizes and to be featured on the cover of Evolver magazine.

Find out more and enter here


Jerwood Art Fund Makers Open 2021

Deadline: Wednesday 26 August, 5pm

Jerwood Art Fund Makers Open 2021 is a major award for five early-career UK-based artists and makers to develop and present ambitious new works. They invite proposals for bold new work(s) using all forms of making and material experimentation. There are five awards of £8,000 each plus curatorial and production support from the Jerwood Arts team to support the making of new work over a six month period for a group exhibition in London, followed by a three-venue national tour through to 2022 including Aberdeen Art Gallery, Scotland.

Find out more and enter here


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