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Introducing 'Pic of the Week'..

October 23, 2014 by AA2A Info   Comments (0)

Hi everyone,

I'm Jo, National Project Officer at AA2A. Just wanted to say hello and welcome all new users to the site.

We're really looking forward to choosing the first 'Pic of the Week' for 2014-15 on Monday which is our weekly post showcasing images from Dotbiz on Twitter and Facebook. It's a great way to promote your work. If you don't follow us already or to have a look at some of the great images from last year's artists, go to:



Or just scroll below! Happy posting and hope to see you on Dotbiz soon!


PS if you have any trouble setting up your profile or uploading images just drop us a line.

Welcome (and how to set up your profile page)

October 16, 2014 by Georgia Rodger   Comments (2)

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Welcome to AA2A.   Its great to be starting a new AA2A year, even though its very hectic here, as we try to get all of you registered on the site.

Please can you upload an image of yourself so that students can recognise you when you're in the college.  Also could you please fill in the 'About me' section of your profile page with the text you wrote in Question 14 of your application form ('Image and accompanying information for the website').  Let us or your college know if you have problems with this.

Do have a look at our training videos 'Getting started' and 'Uploading images and blogs'.  These are only about 8 minutes long and can be found in the Artists training area of our parallel website AA2A.org  http://www.aa2a.org/artists_menu/training

More than anything, we really hope you have a good AA2A experience and enjoy using this site.

All for now
Georgia and the AA2A team (Wendy and Jo)

Summer show for AA2A 2013-14 in Plymouth

August 1, 2014 by Gabrielle Hoad   Comments (0)

There's a final show by the artists who took part in AA2A at Plymouth University 2013-14: Tabatha Andrews, Sally Hall, Kayleigh Hill, Gabrielle Hoad and Lee Mcdonald, plus the three student reps: Rachael Allain, Jamie Morrison and Luke Walder.

It takes place at the Plymouth City Council House, Civic Centre, Armada Way, Plymouth PL1 2AA. The exhibition is open to the public every Friday in August (1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th) between 12.00 and 2.00pm or by appointment. There will be a closing event 4pm-6pm on 29th August.


Pic of the Week: Melanie Milne, Staffs Uni (plus Tip of the Week & funding news)...

July 25, 2014 by Wendy Mason   Comments (0)

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Pic of the Week: Staffordshire University's AA2A artist Melanie Milne's experimental print  'Mr. Ostrich'


Tip of the Week (as featured in our self-employment talks):

'Aim to continue growing as a creative - learn new skills, meet new people & institutions & push yourself.'    Ralph Overill  AA2A artist at Chelmsford College (2013-14)  

Other news:

We're delighted to announce that we've been successful in our application for funding from Arts Council England's Grants for the Arts Lottery fund. This will allow us to continue running and developing AA2A. This year we will be piloting 'AA2A Plus' - a collaboration between York Museums Trust and York College, which will give two of their artists the opportunity to work with the Trust's collection and get 10 days paid work as well.

Mothman 3b © Tony Knox

July 10, 2014 by Tony Knox   Comments (0)

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  • Sat, 05 Jul 2014 - Sun, 26 Oct 2014
  • 10.00 AM - 6.00 PM
  • Tickets: Free

 Artist Tony Knox celebrates a decade of his MothMan alter ego, the dysfunctional, bumbling Superhero he has explored through performance, photography and print. His 4th comic book, limited to 500 issues, is available only from the Bluecoat Hub during the Biennial. A free online version will be available and large-format pages from the comic book situated in the city centre. Knox has invited artists Anna McDade, Leighton Bohl, Eoin Flynn and Julia Swarbrick to coproduce elements of MothMan's latest incarnation. 

- See more at: http://www.thebluecoat.org.uk/events/view/exhibitions/2250#sthash.z9oQzClt.dpuf

Pic of the Week: Leila Houston, De Montfort Uni (plus 'Tip of the Week' and other news...)

July 9, 2014 by AA2A Info   Comments (0)

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Pic of the Week: De Montfort University's AA2A artist Leila Houston's image 'They beleived the river did sing'

You can see more of Leila's work at http://aa2a.biz/pg/profile/leila13

Tip of the Week (as featured in our self-employment talks): 'Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration.' Sarah Hedley, AA2A artist at Coventry University (2013-14) http://aa2a.biz/pg/profile/sarahh13

Other news: We're delighted to announce that Leila Houston is also the winner of our AA2A Artist of the Year in the public vote category!

Leila will be exhibiting work with fellow DMU AA2A artists at the AA2A/DMU exhibition (29 July - 14 Aug 2014) and as part of the AA2A/DMU Leicester Summer Art Trail.

Degree Show

July 7, 2014 by Chloe Hamill   Comments (0)

I recently visited Machester School of Art's degree show and fell in love with the work of Claire Florey-Hitchcox, beautfiul hard carved wood block used to print wallpaper designs. You can see her work at



Pic of the Week: Henrietta Corbett, Derby Uni (plus 'Tip of the Week' and other news...)

July 3, 2014 by AA2A Info   Comments (0)

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Pic of the Week: University of Derby's AA2A artist Henrietta Corbett's image 'Fox with Trees' from her image album 'Plywood Prints

You can see more of Henrietta's work at: http://aa2a.biz/pg/profile/henrietta

Tip of the Week (as featured in our self-employment talks): 'Get yourself a creative mentor. This can be beneficial at any point in your career but particularly in the early stages.' Sarah Mander, AA2A artist at Southampton Solent University (2013-14) http://aa2a.biz/pg/profile/sarahm13

Other news: We're delighted to announce that Henrietta Corbett is also the winner of our AA2A Artist of the Year in the student vote category!

Watch this space next week to find out which artist is the winner of the public vote...

Pic of the Week: Anna Fairchild, Bedfordshire Uni (plus 'Tip of the Week' and other news...)

June 26, 2014 by AA2A Info   Comments (0)

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Pic of the Week: Anna Fairchild's image from the University of Bedfordshire's final exhibition of AA2A work:

You can see more of Anna's work at http://aa2a.biz/pg/profile/anna13

Tip of the Week (as featured in our self-employment talks): 'Don't lose touch with all the networks you have established whilst at college - these things hard to replicate later and are invaluable.' Sophie Cullinan, AA2A artist at Anglia Ruskin University (2013-14) http://aa2a.biz/pg/profile/Sophie13

Other news: Please help us spread the word! Opportunities for artists and designers makers - our new list of AA2A schemes in 2014-15 is now available via our e-advert

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