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Pic of the Week: Tabatha Andrews, Plymouth Uni (plus 'Tip of the Week' and other news...)

May 15, 2014 by AA2A Info   Comments (0)

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Pic of the Week: Plymouth University's AA2A artist Tabatha Andrews' image from her album 'Listening Object 1'.

You can see more of Tabatha's work at http://aa2a.biz/pg/profile/tabatha13

Tip of the Week: ‘Believe in yourself.’ Denise Swanson, AA2A artist at the University of Central Lancashire (2012-2013) http://aa2a.biz/pg/profile/denises

Other news: Previous AA2A Artist Mike Fryer has an exhibition opening at the Shape Arts Gallery in London. We're also proud to say Shape are one of our AA2A Champions! http://www.aa2a.org/champions

For full details see our exhibitions page:

Printing from the plate

May 14, 2014 by Kathryn Poole   Comments (0)


It has been a challege photographing this with the awful lighting, but the edition from the large plate is too big to scan.

This will definitly be displayed in my degree show along with another large plate that I am currently working on and one of the smaller prints.

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

May 8, 2014 by Georgia Rodger   Comments (0)

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Pic of the Week: University of Bedfordshire's AA2A artist Anna Fairchild's image 'Bark Story 2' 

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): ‘Practice talking to your peers about your work so that you feel confident in how to present yourself.’ AA2A Artist, Coventry University http://aa2a.biz/pg/profile/coventry

Other news:

If you're a current artists on the scheme - you should have received email from us today about the 'AA2A Artists Evaluation' Please could you contact us if you have not received this.

We really look forward to receiving your feedback about the scheme and your experience, it genuinely makes a difference to how we run the scheme in future.

Best wishes


Work in Progress Presentation

May 8, 2014 by Chelmsford College   Comments (0)

Amy has presented her residency work to the fine Art students on our level 3 BTECs year one and two, and discussed her influences, ideas and concepts, and showing examples of development work.  The students were able to see how the work progressed and enjoyed this insight, and were able to ask questions.

Printmaking Workshops

May 8, 2014 by Chelmsford College   Comments (0)

Ralph has been working with our BTEC first and second years.  He lead his own workshops and supported Steve the fine art tutor in workshops also.  Ralph has made good contributions to  developing printmaking with us and so it has been of great benefit to have him here in residency.

Pic of the Week: Jo Aylmer, Uni of Hertfordshire (plus 'Tip of the Week' and other news...)

May 1, 2014 by AA2A Info   Comments (0)

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Pic of the Week: University of Hertfordshire's AA2A artist Jo Aylmer's image from her album 'Glass vessels'

You can see more of Jo's work at http://aa2a.biz/pg/profile/jo13

Tip of the Week: ‘Don’t expect to find success immediately. Invest in your passion and stay connected with creative professionals.’ Abi Spendlove, AA2A artist at the University of Bedfordshire (2012-2013) http://aa2a.biz/pg/profile/abis

Other news: As the AA2A year is drawing to a close, there are some great end of scheme exhibitions coming up (see Camberwell and Wimbledon Colleges of Art and University of Lincoln). Don't forget you can publicise any upcoming shows on our Dotbiz Exhibitions page (simply click on 'add exhibition' on the left-hand side) and we're helping to advertise on our Twitter and Facebook pages with mentions and retweets where we can! Great to see your work.

Aluminium plate lithography

April 29, 2014 by Kathryn Poole   Comments (0)


Some process shots for a 35x25inch plate lithograph I have just finished drawing up. It is another composite monster, consisting of squid tentacles, coral and goose wings.

I’m 3 weeks away from my degree show now and I’m going to try and get at least this plate and 2 more stones done to make it up to 6 prints that will possibly be displayed. 

Pic of the Week: Sarah Brown, Dudley College (plus 'Tip of the Week' and other news...)

April 24, 2014 by AA2A Info   Comments (0)

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Pic of the Week: Dudley College's AA2A artist Sarah Brown's image from her album 'Covent Garden'

You can see more of Sarah's work at http://aa2a.biz/pg/profile/sarah13

Tip of the Week: ‘I would tell graduating students that there is no getting around the business side of making art!’ Marta Boan, AA2A artist at the University of Lincoln (2012-2013) http://aa2a.biz/pg/profile/marta

Other news: There's not long left to vote for your favourite AA2A artist (and help us rally as many students and public votes as you can!). You can vote from any 2013/14 artists’ profile page on Dotbiz or from our dedicated voting page . Both the student and the public favourite artist will be featured as ‘Artists of the Year’ on our website  and promoted on our Facebook and Twitter pages. Happy voting!

Looking back

April 21, 2014 by Gabrielle Hoad   Comments (0)

Fellow Plymouth University AA2A artist Sally Hall introduced us all to this lovely quote by American zoologist Marston Bates: ‘Research is the process of going up alleys to see if they are blind.’


The great benefit for me of being at Plymouth University has been the the number of alleys I've explored in such a short space of time. Talking to technicians with expertise in CAD-CAM and various additive and subtractive making processes (3D printing, ceramic printing, laser cutting, CNC etc) I've been able to identify a wide range of possibilities and then evaluate their usefulness (or not) to my current practice - very quickly and easily. Outside of the university, such a process of elimination could have taken years.


At the same time as I've been exploring technical processes, I've been able to join a regular life class and contrast data-driven drawing with traditional hands-on observational drawing. It wouldn't have been easy to do the two in such close parallel outside of a university.


Then, of course, there's access to the library and a chance to share my work with the university community via talks, informal conversations and on-site exhibitions. When you're used to working largely in isolation, such regular critical feedback is an amazing privilege.