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)
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.
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:/
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:/
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!
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: 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:/
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:/
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's image from the University of Bedfordshire's final exhibition of AA2A work:
You can see more of Anna's work at http:/
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:/
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
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: 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:/
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:/
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.