ACAVA Newsletter 27 January 2021
'Untitled' by Sher-ron Freeman on display at Jennifer Lauren Gallery
Dear subscribers,

In this issue we share details of a new vacancy at ACAVA plus 14 exciting opportunities for artists with deadlines between now and end of March.

Our ACAVA Recommends section lists the best online screenings, exhibitions, festivals and talks available to view right now.



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We Are Hiring

We are seeking an Assistant Property Manager to support ACAVA’s property team in the smooth running of the buildings portfolio in London. Apply by 15 February, more information on our vacancies page.

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Image by Grand Union

Support for Midlands Artists

Grand Union is offering ten virtual ‘One-to-Ones’ sessions plus £50 to artists working in the Midlands. Five of these sessions are exclusively for Black artists. Apply by 31 January, more information here.

The New Art Gallery Walsall will be adding to its permanent collection work made in response to the impact of COVID-19 and Black Lives Matter. Artists based in West Midlands are invited to submit existing work by 12 February, more information here.

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not/nowhere Callout for Films

not/nowhere are looking for films that explore themes of community and collectivity and are open but not exclusive to themes of health and wellbeing including social, political and environmental implications. Apply before 1 February, more information here.

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Artist Commission for Garden Installation

Sudbury Hall and The National Trust Museum of Childhood are looking to commission an artist to create an outdoor installation that encourages exploration, discovery and play by children, young people and families. Submit your interest by 1 February, more information here.

Image taken from the Horniman Museum's website

Decolonising Natural History

In partnership with the Delfina Foundation, the Horniman Museum and Gardens is offering a three-month residency opportunity to a UK based artist to engage with its Natural History collection and produce a new commission. Apply by 5 February, more information here.

[Image description: Low angle photograph of a museum room at night, with ceiling illuminated by a colourful and abstract projection of artists' work, and on the ground large glass display cabinets with taxidermised animals.]

Image by Roxene Anderson taken from Magic Me's website

Inside Out Callout

Inside Out is seeking three artists to collaborate with care professionals from three care homes in Waltham Forest, East London. Submissions accepted until 8 February, more information here.

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Single Use Plastic Sculpture Callout

Wild Rumpus are looking for an artist to design and create a large scale animal sculpture made from single use plastic bottles to be exhibited as part of an interactive outdoor exhibit at Chester Zoo. Submit your draft idea by 12 February, more information here.


Artworks Together

Artworks Together is an international art competition for adults with learning disabilities and/or autism organised by Artworks South Yorkshire. Submit your work by 12 February, more information on this website.


Liverpool Biennal × a-n Artist Bursaries

Liverpool Biennal and a-n are offering five support and research bursaries of £1,500 each for artists as part of the 11th edition of Liverpool Biennial. Apply by 12 February, more information here.

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Dover Prize

The Dover Prize is offering a bursary of £10,000 and five awards of £1,500 to artists based in the UK. Apply by 14 February, more information here.


Unit 1 Gallery's Residency

Unit 1 Gallery is calling all artists not currently enrolled in a university course to apply for Unit 1 Gallery's Solo Residency programme by 27 February. An application fee of £35 applies, more information here.

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Support for Artists in Wandsworth

Re:Create 2021 business support programme will help 50 artists, makers, and creative businesses in Wandsworth to be bold in their business plans by providing tailored, one-to-one support and networking events. Apply by 28 February, more information here.

Dean Kenning, ‘The Origin of Life’, Mark Tanner Sculpture Award Winner 2020-21

Mark Tanner Sculpture Award

MTSA offers financial support towards the production of new work and a solo exhibition at Standpoint Gallery to an exceptional emerging sculptor. This year's award will be selected by Eva Rothschild RA, Lewis Gilbert, Rebecca Scott and Dean Kenning. Apply by 31 March, more information here.

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Somerset House Young Producers

Somerset House's Young Producers Programme offers London Living Wage paid opportunities to develop skills and creative practice to 18 to 30 years-old. Subscribe to their mailing list to receive updates on the programme.

Huw Lemmey, Companion Walks, 2017

Support Constellations

UP Projects is raising money for Constellations, a free artist learning and development programme dedicated to socially-engaged art practice. Read their pledge here.

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Alice Rose Floyd, Taken from Shape Arts' website

Free Marketing Guides

Shape Arts and Artsadmin have produced an Accessible Marketing Guide for those working in the arts to ensure that their communications are inclusive of disabled people and showing how all audiences can benefit from inclusive design.

Independent Cinema Office prepared an excellent Marketing Guide for creative organisations to help develop their brand and think more strategically about marketing and communications. Useful for artists as well.

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Mohamed Bourouissa, 'Horse Day', Film still, Guest Projects Digital

ACAVA Recommends

Watch films by Raqs Media Collective and John Smith at Guest Projects Digital today and tomorrow. This year's festival revisits past works by the artists to think about 'Migration, Mobility and Crisis'.

Jennifer Lauren Gallery is presenting an online exhibition of breathtaking gestural paintings and drawings by self-taught artists Nnena Kalu, John Black, Éric Derochette, Robert Fischer, Sher-ron Freeman, Joe Goldman, Judy Lopez and John Maull. View the exhibition here.

Every Rupture by Sasha Litvintseva was filmed during and after the Brexit referendum, juxtaposing the infinite and every day at the intersection of media, ecology and the history of science. Watch it until tomorrow at Douglas Hyde Gallery's website.

This year's edition of Present Futures will look at how local and global can come together to consider post humanism, bodily representation and speculative futures with artistic experimentation at its core. Book now for a collection of short film, artist moving image, immersive audio, online discussion and workshops between ⁠5 and 7 February 2021⁠.

Framework for Resilience is a three-part series of online conversations which bring together activists, artists, researchers and educators who will think about how we can better align ourselves with the needs and desires of our environment, as well as of every being within it. This series is happening over three Thursdays in February, book your free place here.

Stuart Hall Foundation welcomes poets Linton Kwesi Johnson, Roger Robinson and Jay Bernard for an evening of readings and discussion on 3 February. This event is free but needs booking, more information here.

As Far As Isolation Goes is a live-streamed, 1-on-1 performance by Tania El Khoury and Basel Zaraa that uses touch, sound and interactivity to bring audience members in contact with those faced with inhumane detention centres and a mental health system that disregards their political and emotional contexts. Book a session by 20 February.

A Lament for Power by Larry Achiampong and David Blandy will screen online on 3 February. An ambitious new film exploring the ethics of scientific discovery and the complex relationship between science, politics and race in our age of avatars, video gaming and DNA Ancestry testing. This event is free but needs booking, more information here.

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