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Manchester Aid to Kosovo

June 24, 2014 by Chloe Hamill   Comments (0)

I have been working hard on a commission for Manchester Aid to Kosovo, starting intial research for a large scale embroidered banner/quilt which will be on display in the People's History Musuem in April. 

Tomorrow I am visiting Manchester School of Art's Degree Show and will upload some images of the highlights! 

Pic of the Week: Owen Waterhouse, Sheffield Hallam (plus 'Tip of the Week' and other news...)

June 17, 2014 by AA2A Info   Comments (0)

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Pic of the Week: Sheffield Hallam University's AA2A artist Owen Waterhouse's rendering of his commissioned sculpture

The commission is part of Sheffield's 'Galvanise' project and celebrates the 100th anniversary of the discovery of stainless steel in the city. You can see more of Owen's work at http://aa2a.biz/pg/profile/owen13

Tip of the Week: (as featured in our self-employment talks): 'Never compromise your work. Follow your instincts. Be resilient. Welcome all criticism' Jim Howieson, AA2A artist at Sheffield Hallam University http://aa2a.biz/pg/profile/jim13

Other news: We're delighted to announce a new 'AA2A Hotspot' with Sheffield offering 8 Artist places between Sheffield Hallam University and new AA2A host instution Sheffield College.

Identity day at Manchester Museum

June 12, 2014 by Chloe Hamill   Comments (0)

I recently did a day working with groups of students at Manchester Museum around the topic of identity. As a large group we talked through different idenites using a variety of shoes and then they made individual textile pieces around their own idenity, using symbols and colours to convey themselves to others without using words. It has made me aware of the possibilities of working with children more and the potential for applying for funding where work with children is included in the development of the project. I love the two way nature of collaboration as I get just as much out of the experience as I hope the children do. 



Joana Vasconcelos - Time Machine

June 12, 2014 by Chloe Hamill   Comments (0)

I recently went to see Joana Vasconcelos' work at Manchester Art Gallery. She is renowned for her crafted, monumental sculptures and instalations. By decontextualising and subversting items of the everyday, the artist seeks to challenge tradional narratives about the status of women, class and national idenity.

Really intersting work that is influencing my current body of work as I move away from using stitch to placing object together to convey a message.

A recent piece of work drawing on the use of object consisted of personal experiences inscribed into the soles of shoes, arranged to display the current demographics of individuals sold into sex trafficking. Through this, not only does the work attempt to evoke empathy, by calling to mind the idion ' to work in someone else's shoes', but also utilies the homophone pair of 'sole' and 'soul'. This is occuring alongside an installation of real butterflies that can be walked upon, forcing the audience to question their involvement in the issues that affect our society today. 

On friday I am going to see the degree shows at Manchester School of Art. 

Pic of the Week: Catherine Harrison, City of Liverpool College (plus 'Tip of the Week' and other news...)

June 5, 2014 by AA2A Info   Comments (0)

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Pic of the Week: City of Liverpool College's AA2A artist Catherine Harrison's image 'Elixir Series'

We'd also like to congratulate Catherine on being the first former AA2A Student Rep to go on to do the scheme! You can see more of Catherine's work at: http://aa2a.biz/pg/profile/catherinerep

Tip of the Week (as featured in our self-employment talks): ‘Intern! University is a bubble and interning will show you how to develop your skills to suit the job you'd like in the future.’ AA2A Artist, University of Lincoln http://aa2a.biz/pg/profile/lincoln

Other news: Last call for evaluations! Your feedback is really important and genuinely makes a difference to how we run the scheme in future. A big thank you to all of you who have filled in an evaluation form already.

We love seeing the work you've produced so please keep uploading your images to Dotbiz - it's a great time to show your work now we're reaching the end of the scheme.

Pic of the Week: Simon Plum (plus 'Tip of the Week' and other news...) Voting closes Monday!

May 29, 2014 by Georgia Rodger   Comments (0)

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Pic of the Week: from AA2A artist at UCLan, Simon Plum's album 'Pen drawings'

You can see more of Simon's work at http://aa2a.biz/pg/profile/simon13

Tip of the Week: (as featured in our self-employment talks) ‘Love what you do. Be free.’ Italia Rossi, previous AA2A artist at Wimbledon College of Art 2012-13, http://aa2a.biz/pg/profile/italia

Other news: Last chance to vote for your favourite AA2A artist of 2013/14 so vote now: http://aa2a.org/artistvote voting closes Mon 2nd June - spread the word!

AA2A student rep experience

May 29, 2014 by Kathryn Poole   Comments (0)

The experience of being a student representative for the AA2A has been invaluable to me. Through assisting the artists with blogging and updating their dotbiz sites I have learnt more about their working practices. This has built into having regular dicussions with the artists about their current projects and my own, getting professional insights into my work and helping me develop my practice and consider things I otherwise woulnd't.

Rita and I share similar techniques in that we both illustrate finely detailed subjects and she offered to demonstrate wood engraving to me and we will be exchanging prints once AA2A is over. John has helped me contextualise my work, loaning me books on Mark Dion among others. Tony offered me a place in an exhibition he set up, which was a great oppourtunity and very generous for him to do. He has also recently been talking to me about how I am setting up my degree show and talking about the different ways I could display my prints.

Another important aspect of the studios in our university is the continued input from past AA2A artists through ArtLab. Leighton has taken this up and has begun to teach students, including myself, lithography. I can't understate the impact he has had on my work. He has helped me become proficient at lithography and we has regular discussions about art history, in particular the history of printmaking, of which he is well versed.

The recent talk from Wendy Mason about setting up as a self employed artist was incredibly informative, and I am glad the universty is part of the scheme so that we were able to benefit from it.

Overall the interaction with the artists on the scheme has been overwhelmingly possitive, and I am incredibly happy to have been a part of it.


The Future of Plymouth Project

May 28, 2014 by Lee McDonald   Comments (0)

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I was asked by Plymouth College of Art BA (Hon) Fine Art, Critical & Curatorial Practices third year students Jess Bent, Maddy Crossley, William Danby, Kath Howard, Sarah Hughes, Helanie Moore, Tiffany Smith to be apart of this awsome project.

Working on the Mothman comic book

May 20, 2014 by Tony Knox   Comments (0)

Currently Ive  been working on the aa2a at uclan and have a time  extenshion working out how to pull the  next issue of the comic book together based on the great fire of London, 1666 but Mothman starts it....

Im doing a take on William Lilly's for the Liverpool Biannuial

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