Launchgrad News, Events & Opps w/c 27th July 2020

July 27, 2020


This week’s newsletter features an opportunity with Fresh Air Sculpture – well worth checking out (if your work meets the criteria) as we’ve had previous HCA students display their works at the Old Rectory only last year!


Launchgrad upgrade!

We’ve had a bit of a facelift and are very excited to present our new Launchgrad website! It’s now part of an entire site dedicated to graduates of Hereford College of Arts and we will be posting our monthly blogs and opportunities content here from now on, whilst slowing phasing out our old site and also our Twitter page.

Also, HCA Launchgrad now has an easy email address if you wish to contact with us (Sarah-Jane Crowson and Lily Morris) – get in touch using

If you don’t already go follow us on Instagram for posts about grad life and opportunities for artists!




Ai WeiWei 360 @ The Royal Academy

Ai Weiwei at the RA was the groundbreaking cultural phenomenon of 2015. This immersive digital tour is a chance to revisit the seminal exhibition, or experience it for the first time online. Take an immersive tour of the galleries from anywhere in the world, accompanied by commentary from the exhibition’s curators and interviews with the artist himself.

With a voiceover from Channel 4 News anchor Jon Snow, the tour consists of navigable 360º imagery, video and audio channels. A huge range of specially-created video helps to uncover the meaning, context and technical detail of Ai Weiwei’s work.

View the experience here


Extreme Views – Armchair Walks

Chapter 1: Wednesday 29 July 5:30 – 6:30pm

You are invited to join architects, artists, naturalists, and landscape designers on a tour through Barrow-in-Furness, from the comfort of your own home. Extreme Views Artist in Residence, Owen Griffiths, will host three Extreme Views Armchair Walks looking at the history and significance of parks, urban landscapes and utopias.
Book your free place here


Dancing at Dusk — A moment with Pina Bausch’s The Rite of Spring

Until 31 July


In this stunning film, Pina Bausch’s iconic choreography The Rite of Spring is danced in an extraordinary setting, on the beach in Toubab Dialaw, Senegal. Filmed as the world descended into lockdown it captures the last rehearsal of a specially assembled company of 38 dancers from 14 African countries, and documents a unique moment in their preparations for an international tour. A rare opportunity to watch one of the world’s greatest dance works.

Watch the trailer and rent the full film here


Online Art Café; Artist Opportunities post COVID

Thursday 30 July 11.00am

 Episode 3 of the Visual Artists Association (VAA) Art Café featuring Artist & creator of the Artists Support Pledge, Matthew Burrows. Learn how Matthew’s initiative, marketing expertise & quick thinking founded £50m sales for Artists globally.

Book your free place here


Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair 2020

Saturday 25 – Friday 31 July 2020

An opportunity to see and buy unique handmade work from 160 selected makers. GNCCF online will go live from 10am, Saturday 25th July until midnight Friday 31st July.

View the show here


Meet the Maker: Making the most of online selling – E-Commerce how to guide

Wednesday 19th August at 1pm

The guest speaker is Camilla Westergaard from Folksy; the dedicated craft platform to selling work by makers across the UK. Earning money from what you make requires you to focus on the business side and not just the creative side. If you don’t have a selling capability on your own website, how do the general public know the work is for sale? Find out how to market and sell your work with this online event.

Book your free place here


Fresh Air Sculpture

Deadline 30 September

We are now accepting applications from artists/sculptors for Fresh Air Sculpture taking place 13 June – 4 July 2021. The show takes place in the extensive organic gardens of The Old Rectory in Quenington, Gloucestershire and promotes the work of emerging and more established artists. We favour experimental work in the traditional applied arts and crafts. We aim to support and promote makers in a multitude of disciplines. Work must be of sufficient scale for an outdoor setting, and robust enough to survive the vagaries of the British weather in the long term.  Artist bursaries of between £250-£1,000 available.

Find out more and apply here


Skint Museum Workers: Zine call out

Deadline 17 August

SKINT MUSEUM WORKERS is a collaborative zine looking for submissions from working class people who are current/former museum workers or trying to enter the sector. The museum sector is a notoriously difficult for working class people to progress in due to low wages and the old school tie. This zine aims to highlight working class staff from all areas of the sector to share experiences and advice. Contributions can be in any form so long as it can fit on no more than 2 sides of A5 paper. This could include essays, rants, photography, art work, poetry.

Find out more and submit your work here


Free wellbeing support

Headspace are offering 1 year’s free subscription to those who are furloughed or unemployed. Sign up now and have access to hours of meditation, mindfulness and workouts.

Register here


Weaver (digital) needed for temporary role

Shoreditch, London

 Mr. Grieves Originals is a textile design studio specializing in woven and print design across fashion and interiors markets. We are unique to market as a (mainly) menswear focused studio, known for our application of colour and pattern. We develop seasonal collections that are shown internationally at trade shows and on appointment. We have a temporary role available based in our studio. You will be helping prepare and convert digital weave files for website use. Approx 7-10 days’ work. Starting ASAP

Apply here


Seamstress wanted


VerityAnne Clothing are looking for a self employed seamstress on a full-time basis. The ideal candidate would have sewing experience on both basic and industrial sewing machines, an eye for detail and a creative flair. VerityAnne is an independent, handmade online clothing company aiming to create and deliver the highest quality items to customers both in the UK and worldwide. The Verity Anne concept was inspired by a love for fashion and the evident need for customisable clothing for girls of every shape and size. Our studio is based in the beautiful Herefordshire countryside and is home to our small, but very friendly team.

Apply here


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