ACAVA Newsletter 10 February 2021
Clare Burnett, Coptic Echo / Adoration, 2019

Dear subscribers,

In this issue we share ideas of things to do next week during half term, and list 12 opportunities for artists handpicked by our team.

We also share news from three of our artists, and have included recommendations of good things to read, view and listen online.



[Image description: Photograph of two blobby medium sized sculptures on thin and narrow metal plinths, one pale pink and the other red.]

Flourish in the Forest, ACAVA Programme in North Kensington, London, Photo by Zute Lightfoot for Young Kensington and Chelsea

Get Creative This Half Term

Our team have compiled a list of fun, creative and engaging ideas to do from home this school half term. Read our suggestions here.

[Image description: Photograph of two children using a hosepipe to water a raised bed in a garden.]


Whispering for Help Callout

Whispering for Help is a project funded by Arts Council England and led by artist Marie Smith which seeks to document women of colour's lived experiences with their mental health and wellbeing. The artist is currently seeking participants to take part in her free and accessible photography workshops. Learn more about the project here.

[Image description: Grayscale frontal portrait of a person standing in front of a tree with eyes closed. White text centred on image reads "Whispering for help / A call out to join free photography workshops focusing on mental health and wellbeing for women of colour / /".]


The Hepworth Wakefield Online Print Fair

The Hepworth Wakefield are calling all artists, designers or illustrators who would like to take part in this year’s fair, to apply by 14 February. More information here.


Chisenhale Artist PhD Studentship

Chisenhale Gallery and Kingston School of Art are welcoming applications for a new practice-based, artist-led AHRC-funded PhD 'Making, Unmaking and Remaking History: Exhibition Programming at Chisenhale Gallery in the late 1980s', offered under the TECHNE Doctoral Training Partnership Scheme, to begin in October 2021. Apply by 15 February, more information here.

[Image description: Square photograph of the Chisenhale's gallery entrance, white block text centred on image reads "Open Call: Artist PhD Studentship".]

Katz Mulk, Vital Attachments, Experimentica 19, Photo by Simon Ayre

Chapter Experimentica Commission

Chapter are looking to commission three artists based in the UK whose practice focused on live art or contemporary performance prior to the pandemic, and who need support to explore ways of adapting their approach to making and sharing their work. Applications end on 15 February, more information here.

[Image description: Stage photograph of three people wearing colourful tops moving and dancing, one singing onto a microphone.]

Grant recipient Matthew Angelo Harrison, Photo by Claire Gatto, Courtesy the artist and Jessica Silverman

LACMA Art + Technology Lab

LACMA Art + Technology Lab are looking for projects that explore artistic applications of emerging technologies and ideas related to technology and culture. Individuals and collectives are invited to apply by 25 February, more information here.

[Image description: Photograph of an artist in their studio polishing the sides of a medium sized resin block with an encapsulated African tribal sculpture, on a work bench.]


Onassis Air

Onassis are calling all international practitioners to enrol in Onassis Air, a collective and interdisciplinary research program to think, practice and study together the issues of governance and economies. Apply by 26 February, more information here.

[Image description: 3D graphic of a large grey ∞ symbol with white block text "Onassis Air Open Call 2021/2022 / The School of Infinite Rehearsals", against a dark and glittery text background in an extended bold font.]


Adur & Worthing Trust Commissions

Adur & Worthing Trust are offering grants of £300 to £700 for production of new work in Adur or Worthing. Apply by 28 February, more information here.

Image by ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe, Photo by Uli Deck

Intelligent Museum Residency

The ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe and the Deutsches Museum are seeking international artists who use machine learning in their artistic practice, especially Deep Learning, to work on innovative project proposals at the intersection of art and artificial intelligence. Applications end on 28 February, more information here.

[Image description: Photograph of two people sitting in deck chairs in a room and talking to each other whilst looking at two large rectangle screens showing tech news stories, the largest text reads "Making generative fictions out of deep learning".]


LGBTQ+ Composers Open Call

British Music Collection are seeking to support UK-based LGBTQ+ composers, music-creators and collectives to create new sonic works as part of a series celebrating LGBTQ+ histories, sounds and stories. This opportunity ends on 14 March, more information here.

Image taken from DBACE's website

Deutsche Bank Awards

Deutsche Bank Awards for Creative Entrepreneurs will offer a £60,000 prize fund and £100,000 worth of business support to five young individuals who want to drive positive social impact through their creative enterprise. Applications end on 31 March, more information here.

[Image description: Photograph in pink and purple hues of a closeup of a person staring at and holding the camera lens, as if trying to adjust it.]


International Photography Exhibition

The Royal Photographic Society is welcoming submissions from new, emerging and established photographers for alternative and experimental photographic work. Entry fees start at £18. Apply by 27 April, more information here.


Support Fresh Talent Development

British Ceramics Biennial are asking for support to run Fresh Talent Development, an ambitious new programme to help talented contemporary ceramicists facing particular disadvantage build a career in contemporary ceramics. Support their programme here.

[Image description: Photograph in pink hues of an artist standing next to their ceramic work in an industrial space, alongside a large antique sideboard. Layered over the image are: BCB's logo, artist's name "Toni De Jesus, Fresh Winter, 2019" and #SupportNewTalent 2021 Fundraiser graphic, in a thin white font.]


Resonance Fundraiser

Resonance has launched their fundraiser on 5 February and are seeking donations to continue being a radical and prolific alternative to mainstream broadcasting and an invaluable community resource. Support the project here.


Make Your Videos Accessible for Free

StageTEXT are offering free or heavily subsidised subtitling services to individual artists and small to medium sized cultural organisations. Learn more about their offer here.

Larry Achiampong, Photo by Emile Holba

News From Our Artists

Larry Achiampong (Limehouse Studios, London) has been named as Artist in Residence for the Smithfield public realm redevelopment in the City of London. His work will focus particularly on engagement with Black youth and elders in the City and adjacent boroughs to encourage wider representation and new narratives within the design process. Read the full press release here.

Clare Burnett (Blechynden Street Studios, London) will be displaying work in the show In Conversation: Part I at bo.lee gallery, alongside artists Adeline de Monseignat and Benjamin Cohen. The show is due to open on 25 February, more information here.

Chloe Fremantle (Hythe Road Studios, London) is presenting new work on Bankside Gallery's The Online Spring Mini Picture Show. You can view the show online until 14 March, more information here.

[Image description: Portrait of artist Larry Achiampong wearing a white t-shirt and jeans, standing under a motorway.]

Exhibition view 'Thirteen Ways of Looking', Shiyi Li, Dreamerfly, Photo by Garry Jones

ACAVA Recommends

Thirteen Ways of Looking is an exhibition by The Herbert Art Gallery and Museum that explores different strategies of resistance that overlap and intersect, challenging where art belongs, where it's experienced and who is addressed.

Influenced by the global political movement Black Lives Matter, What I am Reading Now… invites Black practitioners and practitioners of colour to select and share five readings that are shaping their current thinking, research and practice.

Barbican's Soundhouse is a shared listening experience tackling intimacy and distance through three 'listening rooms' and four specially commissioned pieces of writing.

The second series of In the Open presents new audio works by Ayo Akingbade, Rosa Barba, Mikhail Karikis, Tarik Kiswanson, Lawrence Lek and Cally Spooner, which have been designed to accompany daily walks and time spent outdoors.

Collect international art fair for contemporary craft and design will take place online from 26 February to 2 March and will include free virtual events and talks from leading figures across art, fashion, interiors and culture.

Frieze is presenting Anniversary Sessions, a three-day digital festival of conversations, specially commissioned videos, cocktails and music from 17 to 19 February.

The BFI Future Film Festival is the UK’s largest festival for young, emerging filmmakers and will run from 18 to 21 February.

Stay Home Collecting Project is asking people how they feel about their homes, and how they are using them over the pandemic.

[Image description: Exhibition view of a large cubic projection structure in the middle of a dark gallery room, screening a colourful illustrated animation of large eyes and hands against a starry space background.]

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