Exciting opportunity for digital artist!

Exciting opportunity for digital artist!

Herefordshire Museum Service is looking to work with a digital artist from July 2019 to July 2020, for a collaboration  with the museum and communities to make the fabulous museum collections accessible to a wider audience. 

We want to explore innovative ways of taking objects which are by their nature stored in secure, controlled environments, and introduce them to new audiences in the places where people live, work and learn.

We shall be applying for funding from Herefordshire’s a Great Place, Hidden Gems fund and will be submitting an application by the end of May.

 If you would like to find out more and have a conversation  with us, please contact Judy Stevenson:

Tel: 01432 383383/383593

Email: jstevenson@herefordshire.gov.uk or

Sarah Chedgzoy schedgzoy@herefordshire.gov.uk . 

Thinking of starting your own business?

Following a successful Enterprise session on Friday (I will blog about this in more depth later), I’ve had a few queries from students about where they might find resources about starting their own business.

I would recommend a visit to https://www.gov.uk/set-up-business which talks you through the basics of setting up a business with some useful links, including to potential funding opportunities and how to start- http://www.greatbusiness.gov.uk/start/

There is great information about the different types of business on Prospects –


If you are interested in setting up a social enterprise (look at the link above to find out more) then have a look here – https://www.socialenterprise.org.uk

And, finally don’t forget, if you are a current student or a Graduate Associate Member we have a workshop session on Wednesday 12th June here at HCA. This will help you discuss your business idea and create a mission and vision. Book here:



Small, interesting funding streams

I was asked recently for any small funding pots I knew about that didn’t have loads of strings attached to them (for example, you didn’t have to be a registered charity).

I haven’t had direct experience with these, but they looked interesting –

The Awesome Foundation

The Pollination Project

(you can only apply to this if your project is sustainable and meets their ethical standards)

Helium Grant

I was also asked about funding for MA courses – and good news here – yes, you can get funding through a Master’s Loan.

Hopefully this is helpful, and have a lovely weekend! Sarah.

Shout-out for Enterprise Thursdays

Huge thanks to the whole of the Thursday Launchgrad group for all their ideas and for working with me to find out what Enterprise at HCA looks like.

I wanted to distill some of the ideas we’ve had around important things to think about around how we create our online professional identities.

So far, Vivian and David have showed us their very different artists websites, Lin showed us a website that she didn’t feel reflected her current practice and Kirstie shared her non-website more fluid based digital spaces, which link together her instagram presence, her blog and an online selling space.

What is great here is that the digital presences shown reflected different personalities and bodies of work. That’s perhaps our first distilled piece of wisdom:

  • Create an individual presence that reflects your practice and your personality.
  • Try to keep your digital space updated if possible, and if it isn’t possible, drop a note in the space which explains why or shares your awareness of this.
  • Occasionally search your name on a search engine, to see what this brings up.
  • Choose a platform that best suits your needs, balancing your technological competencies with time available and what you want to achieve.

We’re taking a break this week (because I’m off to London for an Learning and Skills Research Network meeting and dissertations call)

Thanks again to everyone sharing their thoughts. We meet next on the 21st March where we’re going to bring 5 objects that we’d like to see featured in a portfolio of practice and justify/discuss with the group.

All graduate associate members and current students at HCA welcome! Contact me for further details. Sarah

Short Courses – Business Workshops at HCA

This term, the short course programme offers a selection of Business Workshops with John Pring from Designbysoap Ltd, including ‘The Creative’s Guide to Working with Clients’ on 22 March, and ‘An Introduction to Data Visualisation’ on 12 April 2019.

Both workshops run between 9.30am and 12.30pm and cost £55. For further information please contact the Short Course Team by email.

Possibly interesting opportunities

The Being Human Festival has just put out its call for pathways. This isn’t a direct call for arts practitioners, but if you’re working with Uni-based humanities researchers in any way it could be a lovely way to support cross-disciplinary working.

If you’re interested in joining the debate on student loans and live near Manchester, the Institute for Fiscal Studies are hosting a free talk at the University of Manchester.

Thinking of a Masters?

I’ve had a couple of Level Six students approach me looking for advice on MA courses. If there are any more students who would like to discuss what MA level study looks like, either around specific research ideas they have or just general advice, please let me know by email, and I’ll arrange a larger workshop.

I’m pleased to also let you know that initial graduate feedback around our ‘starting a creative enterprise’ short online course has been very positive. Please get in touch with me if you’re interested in trialling this course with them.