Launchgrad News, Events & Opps w/c 7th September 2020

September 7, 2020



Graduate Associate Membership and Residencies

We have had to freeze applications for Graduate Associate Membership so that we comply with COVID safety guidelines around physical access to buildings and our current graduate associate memberships remain frozen, with members asked to not access physical facilities in college.

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 us if you would like to be kept informed about the scheme.


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 are pleased to let you know that Launchgrad will be going online from October. Recent Graduates will be invited to online Enterprise Thursday events and to other visiting (online) key speaker events.

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!




Launchgrad News, Events & Opps w/c 7th September 2020

Land into Art

Tuesday 1 September – Wednesday 30 September

The Land Into Art exhibition features 15 artists celebrating the rich landscape of Herefordshire and explores the diverse way this landscape can be creatively interpreted.

Find out more here



4th September – 21st September

Short films made by young creatives during lockdown will be premiered this month. Interface and The Followers, both entirely devised and produced by young people living in north Herefordshire over past few months, will be streamed live on Rural Media’s YouTube channel in September.

Find out more here


Meet the Maker: Get your work noticed – top tips for good photography

Wednesday 16 September, 1-2pm


Nothing can replace the quality of professional photography; but we don’t all have the budgets to contract each time we need to take a photo. An experienced guest photographer will share top tips on taking good images at home and finding a style that demonstrates your brand values in this free online class.

Book your free place here




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A Letter in Mind: National Brain Appeal

Deadline: Friday 25 September

Get involved in this year’s art fundraiser. There’s no better time to show your support for an NHS charity and to get creative using a simple envelope as your starting point. The theme is ‘Everyday Things’. Artworks will be exhibited at gallery@oxo, Oxo Tower Wharf on London’s Southbank from 5-8 November, priced at £85, and will be anonymous until sold and the exhibition ends.

Find out more and submit your work


Red + Green = Yellow – OPEN CALL

Deadline: Wednesday 9 September

Red + Green = Yellow is an experimental exhibition which will explore visual communication through imagination, abstraction and making. Through this Open Call 5 artists will be selected to make a new work as a visual response to another work featured in the exhibition.

Find out more and submit your work here


AD INFINITUM: Call for Artists

Deadline: Friday 11 September

Ad Infinitum is inviting applications from artists to collaborate on our latest project exploring the elderly care system in the UK. We’re looking for an artist who has experience in podcast making and a visual artist/designer/photographer. We have spent hours chatting with people whose relatives have received care at home or lived in a care home, hearing from those that struggled with the system or found it helpful, and people who work in the system. With permission we have recorded these conversations and we are looking for an experienced podcast maker to edit the material into a coherent podcast/s; and also a visual artist to create a response to this material.

Find out more and apply here



Deadline: Tuesday 15 September

Independent & Image Art Space (Chongqing, China) presents an online exhibition open call with the theme of “Post-COVID-19 Era”. There is no limit on the art medium, size, year of production, artist age, or nationality, but the submitted works should respond to the exhibition theme “Post-COVID-19 Era”.

Find out more and submit your work here


Half Moon Theatre, London: Gallery Call Out

Deadline: Wednesday 16 September

Half Moon Theatre is seeking expressions of interest from visual artists who wish for their work to be presented in our Foyer Gallery during 2021/2022. Half Moon is a professional theatre venue specialising in work for and with families and young people and based in Limehouse, E1. As a result, the work must be family friendly. Note the work must be affordable within the £30-200 price range. We also welcome artists who may also have books, greeting cards and other merchandise.

Find out more and submit your work here


Zero Corners: Body in Algorithms

Deadline: Wednesday 30 September

The Body in Algorithms – a publication project led by Georgia Perkins and Ashley Middleton – invites artists, writers, performers, healers, scientists, technologists, et al., to submit work related to the body in coded systems: technological, sociological, economical, political, or otherwise.

Find out more and apply here


Clairvoyants: Children’s Illustration Competition

Deadline: Tuesday 15 September

We invite artists from Poland and abroad to participate in the competition, performing individually or as a team. Participants must be at least 18 years old. The purpose of the competition is to prepare a project (draft) of an illustrated children’s book in Polish or in English language. Submission should include a storyboard or a script of the whole book, together with 3 finished double spreads and a summary in English (obligatory) and in Polish (only if the whole project is in Polish).

Find out more and apply here


Apply for the London Art Biennale 2021

Deadline: Wednesday 30th September 2021

An artist can apply with a maximum of three artworks and each artwork will be judged individually. Accepted artistic disciplines include works on canvas, works on board, works on paper, applied arts, digital art, sculpture and installation.

Find out more and apply here


Jobs & Funding


Artist and Event Manager

PopUp Painting & Events LTD, Birmingham


AirSpace Gallery, Stoke on Trent



Deadline: Monday 21 September


Reverberate is a new funding scheme – up to £2,000 available for grassroots organisations to run small, locally-based projects that enable and empower young people (aged 11-25) to re-discover, re-imagine and re-create their local heritage through creativity, and share their vision with their communities.


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