Are you under 30? This might be of interest

Great Place/Rural Media is hosting a youth focused event on June 25 @ the Green Dragon Hotel in Hereford. It’s called Create/Fuel and there’s room for around 100 young people. 

Tickets are free and available here:

 From 12pm to 4.45pm, the day is for 16-30 year olds who might be interested in creative jobs or hobbies, the arts, and history.

There are talks and ‘group chats’ with young creatives who live and work in Herefordshire. Keynote speakers on the day will be Cecilia Knapp, Max Low an illustrator, and Murf from the Beefy Boys. 

From 5pm, the event opens to everyone (all ages) and we’re having a special networking session where arts and heritage groups can meet younger people. Good chance for younger people to be heard when they have their say about culture in the county, maybe seek work experience, mentors, find out more about what’s available locally.

Creative Fellowships at Swansea University

Great potential opportunity for graduates this year –

“Each 12-month fellowship includes a stipend of £10,000 (plus travel and accommodation expenses of up to £1200) paid in three instalments across the fellowship year. The Creativity Fellows will each engage with a specific research project, collaborating with the lead academic and their team to create a new work of art to be delivered, performed/exhibited in the December following the fellowship period.

The Creativity Fellows will also be expected to hold at least 3 public work-in-progress sessions in Swansea with the lead academic of their chosen research project, as well as one student workshop and one community workshop.”

Deadline July 30th

Thanks to Vivian Barraclough for sharing this useful opportunity with Launchgrad!

Review of Graduate associate membership

Just to let everyone know that we’re currently reviewing our graduate associate membership scheme.

In response to your feedback, we are piloting further access to IT facilities as part of Graduate Associate Membership. This includes times you can use library computers and specialist printing access through individual arrangement with IT. You will need to prepare a file stating size and paper type.  IT will print the file and arrange collection directly with students. Email for full details. Email directly to arrange printing.

As Graduate Associate Members, charges will be the same as current student prices but prints will need to be paid for prior to collection.

Please let me know if you’re a recent graduate and have any comments or feedback about the scheme as this will help us review. Sarah

Invitation to ‘Forging Sustainable Futures’ event at HCA

Forging Sustainable Futures: Interrogating energy efficient blacksmithing.

Forging sustainable futures symposium provides a forum for exploring alternative approaches to sustainable forging. Speakers from industry and craft present alternative models to manipulating metal that seek to reduce the traditionally large carbon footprint of traditional approaches. The day seeks to present and share new methods of working and provide a forum for the blacksmithing community to come together to discuss how a shift to more sustainable ways of working could be made.

Date: Saturday 16th Feb

For more details, and to book tickets, please click on the Eventbrite link below:

Funded PhD opportunities

The University of West London has just released their funded PhD opportunities. 

These include art and design projects around:

  • The intermediality of art cinema
  • Modern European cinema, landscape and environmental awareness
  • Overcoming the barriers of conventional recruitment and hiring methods in the creative industries
  • Smart brands: a design challenge for smart learning ecosystems

If you are interested in the above and could live/work in London then worth investigating!

Exploring the portfolio career

I was sent a link to this really interesting article by Heinz Bulos which explains the portfolio career. As many of you will be embarking on just such a career – balancing multiple jobs and exploring fluid projects with different people I thought worth sharing.

In other news, I’m working with IT here to set up a forum space so we can discuss and share ideas regardless of where we’re based post-graduation.





Opportunities for grant funding!!!

Here’s a heads-up on a couple of funding opportunities from Herefordshire’s a Great Place project that may be of interest, particularly if you are involved with local community projects or working as a freelancer. Full details in the link below.

Go + See Bursaries
Funding research trips to inspirational and pioneering arts and heritage sites across the UK

My Places
Grants of up to £2,000 for new artwork or arts activity that celebrates Herefordshire places