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Graduating art student? Read on for advice and opportunities

If you’re finishing your art degree this summer and uncertain about the future, remember there’s plenty of support out there from the university and beyond.

Consider how you can sustain your university network after your course finishes, for example by embarking on collaborative projects with other graduates to build on your portfolio.

Keep in touch with the wider artist community through organisations like a-n and Artquest . Sign up for artist newsletters with organisations such as Parker Harris .

a-n membership includes contact with industry experts, artist news updates and opportunity listings.  A 50% discount on a-n membership is available to 2022 graduating artists. To claim your discount email your name, email address, university/college email address, institution name and course title to  The offer closes on 31 October 2022.

Apply for a mentor through the university’s Graduate Mentoring Scheme to support you with your career goals and help build your confidence.

Volunteering is a great way to bring you work experience and employability skills! If you’re in Brighton or Sussex over the summer and looking to get some work experience to add to your CV, complement your degree or try a potential career out, contact Active Student, the university’s volunteering service.  Active Student work to support students find rewarding, safe and supported volunteering roles as part of the Careers and Employability Service. To find out more and to register  take a look at our webpage

If you’d like advice and guidance about your next steps or feel unclear of your direction, do get in touch to arrange an appointment with a Career Development Adviser. As a graduate of the university you have indefinite access to this service.

A taster of artist opportunities

MADE IT 2022 Graduate Art Prize
Art graduates in the north west of England are invited to apply for this prize. Applicants must either be resident in the north west, or a graduate of a university in the area. Works in all media are accepted. Various prizes available including a £200 grant.

Further information and terms and conditions are on the Short Supply website
Closing Date 27 June 2022

Muse Residency Programme 2023
The programme offers recent graduates a subsidised studio space, a gallery to exhibit, and networking opportunities.  Graduates from the past 2 years from all art disciplines may apply.

For further details and to apply visit The Muse website
Closing Date: 29 June 2022

Glyndebourne Tour Art Competition
This annual art competition at Glyndebourne offers the opportunity for new artists to showcase their talents. Applicants must have less than 5 years experience of showing their work. Two dimensional work in any medium can be submitted.

Interested? Visit the Glyndebourne website
Closing Date: 3 July 2022

Need help researching and applying for opportunities?

– Explore your career options in creative arts and design via the Careers and Employability team website
– Get advice on making your CV stand out on our how to write CVs and covering letters page
Book an appointment with the City campus Career Development Adviser using Careers Connect or phone 01273 642855 to arrange a convenient time.

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Chris Kuzmicki • 07/06/2022

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