ACAVA Newsletter 18 November 2020
Gal Leshem, Land, 2018, APT Gallery, London, Courtesy the artist

Dear subscribers,
In this issue we share news of our recent Living Wage accreditation, announce a new vacancy at ACAVA and share the names of the three artists selected for this year's Young Artists Programme.
We also include recommendations and resources selected by our team, and news from two ACAVA artists.



[Image description: Large wall based artwork of stretched beige cream colour fabric, with 3D tent-like sections emerging from it, pegged on gallery floor by rope and black ceramic pebbles.]


Living Wage Accreditation

Last week ACAVA was accredited as a Living Wage Employer. Our living wage commitment will see everyone working for ACAVA receive the real living wage for the real cost of living. Read this announcement on our website.

[Image description: Graphic of text and colourful circles on paper texture background. Text reads "We're celebrating becoming an accredited Living Wage Employer because we believe a hard day's work deserves a fair day's pay". Inset of Living Wage Employer logo and orange circle with text "For the real cost of living".]


We are Hiring

We are looking for an Administrator to assist with studio allocations, customer service and art programmes delivery. Are you highly organised, have interpersonal and communication skills and have worked in office administration before? Apply by 4 December, more details on our website.

This role is supported by the Governement's Culture Recovery Fund.

[Image description: Black text and grayscale image of a minimal artists studio on pale yellow background. Text reads "We're hiring / Administrator / To assist studios, programmes and management teams. More info / Image by Jason Garcia / ACAVA logo / / @acavaarts, Role supported by HM Government 'Here For Culture'.]

Anna Reading, Feeding Frenzy, 2020, Courtesy the artist

YAP Selected Artists

We are thrilled to welcome Anna Reading, Emily Motto and Gal Leshem as this year's artists leading our Young Artists Programme. They will be working with children from North Kensington over the course of the school year, read more about this programme on our website.

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Develop Your Work as a Director

Yard’s Live Lab will support six artists from a wide range of performance practices to develop as directors, strengthen their artistic style, and work on a new idea for a show over four months, with financial support. Apply before 30 November, more information here.

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Raisa Kabir, Cove Park Resident in 2019, Photo by Alan Dimmick

Cove Park Residencies

Cove Park, in Scotland, has published next year's programme of fully funded residencies on their website. Deadlines to apply range from 7 to 16 December.

[Image description: Photograph of artist Raisa Kabir posing in her studio wearing a black sweatshirt with bold yellow text reading "WHY". There are threads and weaving equipment on tables and woven text and other textile artworks on studio wall.]

Photo by Robert Keller, Satori Photos 2019

Watershed Spring Residencies

Watershed are seeking projects that explore technology, environmental emergencies and possible futures from Bristol based creatives. Apply by 7 December, more information here.

[Image description: Ella Good and Nicki Kent at the Mars Desert Research Station in Utah, wearing orange astronaut suits.]


SPACE Artist Awards

18 × £5,000 to be awarded to artists based in London who have been working for under 10 years. Apply before 1 December, more information on the SPACE website.

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Emergency Exit Arts creative protest for Greenpeace


ARTCRY is a small grants fund to support urgent artistic responses to current social and political events. Learn more about the fund and support it here.

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Circular Arts Network

Circular Arts Network is a circular economy tool created to support the arts. Use it to share tools, transport and to access free or cheaper resources. Visit their website for more information.

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Furniture maker Hugh Miller, Courtesy the artist and Crafts Council

Crafts Council Survey

Crafts Council have launched a survey on makers' needs which will help shape their future work. Completed surveys could draw one-to-one advice sessions with a Crafts Council member or vouchers for art materials, more information here.

[Image description: Furniture maker Hugh Miller photographed in his studio leaning against workbench and looking at the camera.]

Ian Gouldstone, 'because because because because because', 2020, Still from video documentation

News From Our artists

Ian Gouldstone (Borthwick Street Studios, London) is showing a new digital installation titled 'because because because because because' at Sim Smith, London, until 19 December. View it live on the gallery's website.

Rosalind Davis (Honeypot Lane Studios, London) discussed her practice with Unit 1 Gallery's founder Stacie McCormick on 17 November, watch their conversation here.

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Guillaume Paris, 'We Are the Children', 2004, Still from video in DRAF Broadcasts

ACAVA Recommends

DRAF Broadcasts showcases podcasts, live conversations and videos providing in-depth views to works in the David Roberts Collection. Browse the website here.

Watch two new moving-image works by this year's Jerwood/FVU Awards 2020 awardees Guy Oliver and Reman Sadani – until 13 December.

Listen to Radio Web MACBA's podcast with artist Olivia Plender on productivity and care here, and scroll through their Son[i]a podcast series for dozens of in-depth interviews with other artists, curators, critics, activists, and thinkers.

Illiterati sends carefully curated weekly artworks under 300 words directly to your inbox, subscribe here.

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