ACAVA Newsletter 15 July 2020
New outdoor areas at ACAVA Maxilla Men's Shed

Dear subscribers,

With most of our team still working from home, we have been slowly reinstating our community programmes in North Kensington. Grenfell Memorial Community Mosaic sessions are now underway and ACAVA's Maxilla Men's Shed has reopened yesterday. Read more about it on our website.

In today's issue we list six exhibition opportunities, commissions and a scholarship for artists and makers as well as three recommendations of things to visit, watch and do.



Celia Toler, Weather Change, 2020

Riverside Artists Group Lockdown Exhibition

Riverside Artists Group has launched on 4 July 2020 a new online exhibition by 16 of its members of work made during the lockdown. Visit the show on their website here.


QEST Craft Funding

The Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust is offering scholarships of up to £18,000 to further education through traditional college courses, vocational training, apprenticeships or one-to-one training with master craftsmen. Apply by 24 August, more information here.


Delfina Foundation Associates

Seeking three UK associates to participate in their science, technology and society thematic programme, apply by 28 July. More information here.

Touretteshero's 'Not I', 2018, taken from DaDaFest website.

DaDaFest Festival Commissions

d/Deaf and/or disabled artists can apply for one of 10 micro commissions of up to a £1,000 or one of four festival commissions of up to £2,500. The commissions will be presented as part of DaDaFest’s 2020/21 season of activities. Apply by 20 July for the micro commissions here and for the festival commissions here.


LCR Short Film Commissions

LCR Pride Community Fund is offering support to LGBT+ filmmakers or those producing films that focus on all parts of LGBT+ life, apply by 3 August. More information here.


Art in the Archive Bursary

The Women’s Art Library and Feminist Review are inviting submissions to create a “remote residency” based in the Women’s Art Library collection as an unofficially digitised archive. Apply by 1 September, more information here.

Image taken from AirSpace Gallery website


Exhibition opportunity in one of the country's leading artist-led art galleries. The AirSpace Gallery Window reaches a large, varied and appreciative daily audience. Apply to this opportunity by 22 July, more information here.

'Bar Jester', 2020, Graphite on paper. Courtesy the artists and Arcadia Missa. Image: Anna Lukala

ACAVA Recommends

Focal Point Gallery, in Essex, has reopened with the exhibition 'In My Room' by Hannah Quinlan and Rosie Hastings presenting a new body of work tackling the artists’ enquiry into the politics, histories and aesthetics of queer spaces and culture. For more information visit the gallery's website here.

The BBC is streaming 'Whoever Heard of a Black Artist? Britain's Hidden Art History', where Brenda Emmanus follows acclaimed artist Sonia Boyce in the lead up to a new exhibition at Manchester Art Gallery, highlighting groundbreaking artists of African and Asian descent. Watch it on the BBC website here.

Taking the premise that personal and plant care are interconnected, DJ Freedem initiated the Underground Plant Trade so white people can send plants to Black people. The network started in the US but is taking off in the UK as well, for more information visit this page.


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