Open call for young or emerging photographers in North Kensington

Applications are now open for Young Photographers, ACAVA's creative paid work placement opportunity for young or emerging photographers living in North Kensington:

  • Developing skills, portfolio and experience
  • Documenting third phase of the Grenfell Memorial Community Mosaic
  • Mentoring from a professional photographer
  • Support from arts organisation ACAVA and opportunity to join the ACAVA Shoots team
  • Placement runs from Nov 21 – Jun 22 / approx. 1.5 days per week / paid at London Living Wage (£10.85 per hour)

Learn more about ACAVA's Young Photographer's programme here.


About the Grenfell Memorial Community Mosaic project

For the past three years, arts organisation ACAVA has been working with local community groups, tenant and resident associations and schools to create an ever-growing mosaic installation at the base of Grenfell Tower. Completed in June this year, it stands as a mark of remembrance, reflection and solidarity for all those affected by the fire, and as a memorial for the 72 lives that were tragically lost on 14 June 2017.

The third and final phase sees a series of mosaic stepping stones, created with local residents, installed at intervals along the route of the Silent Walk. The pieces are circular, feature a hand-drawn green mosaic heart – a symbol now synonymous with Grenfell – and depict the word 'Justice' in the various languages that were spoken in Grenfell Tower.

The completed artwork will be installed in time for the fifth anniversary of the Grenfell Tower fire, in June 2022.


Opportunity for Young or Emerging Photographers

ACAVA is offering paid part-time work placements for local young or emerging creatives to work alongside our commissioned photographer Zute Lightfoot and our graduate team at ACAVA Shoots from November 2021 through to June 2022.

This will involve:

  • Shadowing and being mentored by Zute and the ACAVA Shoots team;
  • Documenting the mosaic workshops/activity associated with the programme of work;
  • Editing and uploading images for ACAVA to access and utilise;
  • Documenting the installation of the artwork;
  • Documenting the response to the artwork during the five-year anniversary;
  • An opportunity to attend a programme of talks/workshops with industry professionals;
  • An opportunity to assist on ACAVA Shoots commissions during the course of placement;
  • The potential to graduate and become part of the ACAVA Shoots team;

You will come away from the project with a full body of work for your portfolio, and a real life understanding of shooting, delivering and managing an ongoing relationship with a client (ACAVA).

A DSLR camera will be available to book out for the assignments, and space at ACAVA can be utilised to undertake any tasks related to the project.



You will be a young or emerging photographer, currently living in North Kensington (W10/W11) or who has a strong connection to the area, and who:

  • Has some experience with photography
  • Knows how to use a DSLR camera
  • Has some experience of photo editing programmes
  • Wants to utilise the knowledge and experience of a professional photographer to support the development of your own career
  • Is keen to develop or add to a portfolio of work
  • Wants to gain skills and experience in undertaking an assignment from beginning to end
  • Is able to commit to the part-time role from November 2021-June 2022
  • Has a basic level of computer literacy


Further information

You will be paid the London Living Wage of £10.85 per hour and will be issued a fixed-term contract by ACAVA for the duration of the placement. It is likely you will work on the project the equivalent of 1.5 days a month with the potential to increase your hours by assisting on ACAVA Shoots commissions.



ACAVA has been at the forefront of arts education and community engagement since it was founded over 45 years ago. As well as providing affordable studio space for artists, ACAVA’s ethos from the beginning has been to promote the benefits of creativity by delivering arts programmes for local people – and has a long history of working in North Kensington.


About ACAVA Shoots

Traditional routes to a career in professional photography have always been challenging, often involving unpaid work experience and creating a barrier for many young people.

ACAVA Shoots aims to promote diversity within the creative industries by offering emerging photographers paid assignments, support from an experienced mentor and the opportunity to build a professional portfolio that will help launch their career. Our ACAVA Shoots photographers are available for paid commissions.

You can find out more about the Grenfell Memorial Community Mosaic here.


How to apply

If you would like to apply for this opportunity, please email our Programme Manager, Lisa Nash at lisa.nash@acava.org with the following:

  • A personal statement, no longer than one side of A4, outlining your work experience to date, why you are interested in applying and how you meet the criteria
  • Five images of your work or a link to your website / Instagram account
  • Up to date CV including any qualifications
  • An indication of your availability from November 2021- June 2022



Deadline for receipt of applications: 9 am Tuesday 2 November 2021

Interview date: Thursday 11 November 2021


Image: Young Photographers alum Ashleigh Ramel photographed by Zute Lightfoot.


Kindly supported by The Grenfell Foundation