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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.

Walking. Drawing

April 18, 2014 by Tony Plant   Comments (0)

Drawing a circular walk between St Ives and Godrevy, St Ives

'Inspired by Miro,' (Online Saatchi exhibition showcasing the work of aa2a artist Lorraine Cooke.)

April 17, 2014 by Lorraine Cooke   Comments (0)

Lorraine Cooke is one of 38 artists selected internationally to be showcased in the online Saatchi exhibition entitled ‘inspired by Miro.’ The exhibition is curated by Kat Henning of Saatchi Art, Henning has worked with Christie’s in their Impressionist and Modern Art Department. The collection showcases the work of artists from the US, UK, Sweden, Mexico, Germany, Bulgaria, Canada, Poland, Brazil, France, Uganda and Australia. To view the exhibition or purchase art works please follow the link below: 

Pic of the Week: Mary Conway, Sheffield Hallam Uni (plus 'Tip of the Week' and other news..)

April 17, 2014 by AA2A Info   Comments (0)

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Pic of the Week: Sheffield Hallam University's AA2A artist Mary Conway's image 'Proof of passing 1'

You can see more of Mary's work at http://aa2a.biz/pg/profile/mary13

Tip of the week: 'Be brave - you never know where it might lead.' Joanna Atherton, AA2A artist at North Hertfordshire College (2012 - 2013) http://aa2a.biz/pg/profile/joannaa

Other news: As you probably know already we choose an image from Dotbiz in a weekly showcase on the AA2A twitter and facebook pages. Over the year we try to make sure we represent a good range of artists from the 28 institutions hosting AA2A (all of them if possible). Below is a list of the institutions we have still to feature, so if your college has yet to be featured there’s a good chance that if you upload an eye-catching image you’ll be chosen as our pic of the week!

  • Hull School of Art and Design
  • University of Salford City of Liverpool College
  • University of Lincoln
  • Dudley College
  • Gloucestershire College
  • University of Bedfordshire