New Year But Not A New Start

It may be a new academic year and your final one but it’s definitely not a new beginning.

It’s a continuation of everything that you’ve learnt so far to produce your final pieces on your course.

Enjoy it, everyone. The pressure, the realisation that your studies are about to finish.

It’ll be amazing.

And don’t forget to apply for my grant in November!

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What are you doing this Easter break?

Yes, what are you doing?

Working on your assignments?

Researching for a project?

Working?

Reading?  Writing?

Taking in the Spring weather?

Whatever you’re up to, take half a minute and breath in the Spring air.  Even if you can only manage 5 seconds, as the saying goes, “it’s better than nothing”.

Have a relaxing break before your final term.

Passions

I went to a Muay Thai event last night, KO Blood and Glory 8, organised by KO Bloodline.

It was awesome. My first time at a live fighting event. What a great atmosphere.

And I’m here now, travelling to see a friend who is an artist, predominantly a painter. But who also works other jobs to financially support her passion.

I saw how Muay Thai is a passion for all the fighters, trainers and supporters that were there last night. They live and breathe it, most of whom do so, alongside so many other jobs.

My grant may only be for the creative arts, but the passion is the same in any arena. And I applaud that and admire it.

Time, effort, dedication.

So I hope that if you have this, or better yet, just feel it. You’re not alone in what you want to achieve and you can find inspiration from everywhere.

So apply for my grant in your final year of an academic course and know that it’ll be awright after you graduate.

Office of Students is looking for a Chair

What a great opportunity.

Whether you’re thinking of continuing to study at the postgraduate level, how to get those commissions, how to survive while you’re producing work; please take a look at this role that’s been linked through the NUS.

You’re still a student and I agree with the NUS: this Office doesn’t have student representation and you would be a great candidate for the job.  You know what it means to be a student right now and your experience would be invaluable to this newly created body.

Here’s the NUS link: https://www.nus.org.uk/en/news/run-the-office-for-students/

The New Academic Year: 2016/2017

Good luck for your final year, everyone!

I was so pleased to have awarded Eva with my first grant, and I look forward to granting a new final year student again.

I enjoyed rocking up to Eva’s dance showcase and was impressed and awed by her dedication and passion.

I wish her the best of luck in her future endeavours, and all of you in your final year.

Applications open on 1 November 2016.

2015/2016 Grant Recipient

I am very pleased to announce that the very first recipient of my grant is Eva Escrich González.  She is a BA (Hons) Contemporary Dance student at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance.

I wish her the best of luck for the rest of her degree and future developments in her love of dance.

You Have The Means And Want To Give Directly To The Arts But Don’t Know Where To Begin

I can help you.

If you would prefer to donate directly to the artist, rather than go through established charities; I can sift through applications on your behalf and select recipients for you.

I have a passion for giving, the arts and education.

I founded The Ha Grant two years ago to support final year, creative arts students.  I work in a creative arts university and am very aware of the concerns surrounding today’s arts funding.

I have always wanted to give directly since I was a teenager and to make an impact on artists’ lives.  I used to think that you had to have a vast amount of money to do this.  However, this is SO not the case and I had a turning point in November 2013 in my brain that suddenly said, “you can just do it and you can afford to do it”.

Thank you moment of epiphany.

Connecting you to the person that will receive your money will be an awesome feeling, and it’ll be interesting to see how that artist will develop in their career.

Finally, all of your gift money will go to the artist.  I just want to give my time to a cause that is close to my heart.

Email me: MaryHa@thehagrant.co.uk