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Boo hoo

November 28, 2016 by Adrian Baynes   Comments (0)

Alas our AA2A exhibition "BOO !" in the Glass Box Gallery, Coventry closes on Wednesday.

My Work

November 26, 2016 by Chloe O'Connell   Comments (1)

I work in series often repeating the same images, the works consist of advertisements that I have screen printed. I then collage with the appropriated images cutting/sticking, removing/interrupting where I see fit. The collages sit on large sheets of canelleto paper which I have screen printed directly on to and cut in to. 

I take existing images and taken re ownership of these images as a women. I have exaggerated already explicit images by collaging and adding to them where I see appropriate.  The physical making of these collages is a process that continuously provokes ideas. Marcus Harvey was a great inspiration throughout this project as his expressive paintings depicting the frustration of pornography had an expressionist aesthetic which really emphasised the crude content of his paintings. I have also researched is Richard Prince who also works with appropriation. I thought that by enlarging these advertisements and bringing them to a human like size I would further the idea of the women being a person instead of a platform for advertising. I also collated two different adverts to make this image, after finding an equally controversial Tom Ford perfume advert for men which had also been argued prominently throughout social media due to its sexual content.

These advertisements raise questions regarding sexual objectification, gender issues and the prominence of the disproportionate female bodily images in comparison to those shown of men. However the advertisement raised controversy about both men and women being objectified in the situation of advertising yet would this be a problem if men were objectified in equal manner and measure? Females have been used for a long time to sell everything from cars to peanuts and I feel that the current advertisements have not progressed since the vulgar 1960’s pin up adds that depicted women as selling platforms with very little regard for their person. This undeniable non existent progression makes me question how much really has changed since the 1970’s Feminist Art Movement.


AA2A Artist Exhibition Opportunity

November 25, 2016 by Maxine Greer   Comments (0)

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Invitation to Exhibit at DRAW 2017

Maxine Greer AA2A artist in residence at DeMontfort University invites you to DRAW.

Are you an artist inspired by nature and use observational drawing as part of your creative process?

DRAW is a live art event and we invite artists to take part.

This is an exhibition opportunity to show your work and promote the activity of observational drawing from nature.


DRAWINGS in any medium 2D and 3D can be submitted. Max size 1m (height) x3m (width)

LIVE ART proposals theme of drawing from nature.

To apply:

Submit a maximum of 3 images no larger than 1mb format jpeg to: kombisketchtour@gmail.com

For selection by Thursday 5th January 2017.

If you have a live art proposal and want to be part of DRAW please contact us.


Show dates: 

Hanging dates: Week commencing 6th March 2017

Exhibition Dates: March 10th 2017- Friday 24th 2017


In order for this to be a free event for artists to take part: Artists are responsible for their work from delivery, hanging and collection.

Fee: Free

Work can be for sale

Venue: The Yarrow Gallery Glapthorn Road



For further information contact: Maxine Greer 07730603436 AA2A artist in residence at DeMontfort University

Email: kombisketchtour@gmail.com


Artists Maxine Greer and Jane Hindmarch developed ‘Kombisketchtour’, a mobile artist studio travelling around Rutland and the surrounding counties capturing the seasonal highlights through observational drawings in 2D and 3D



November 25, 2016 by Mary Hill   Comments (0)

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I am still settleing into this project though are interested to see how using my process drawing method can help with character development. I recently finished an MA where I spent a lot of time developing a daily drawing practice to better understand my own learning and development process. I now want to use this knowledge and experience as a means for creative development. It means taking time over a project and letting the work develop organically through a regular work schedule. I have decided to work on a picture book which is not something I have done before as are used to shorter term projects. Ironically doing small daily drawing practices is giving me the stamina to work on larger creative projects. 

I am also beginning to understand the relationship between my more personal projects and my work as facilitator of Drawing for Creativity workshops. It is important to understand the distinction and the interaction between the two areas of work. If I blur the boundaries both can lose focus and get a bit mixed up. However they both feed an underlying interest in how we learn and create. This influences how I work in a participative and collaborative role and how I approach my own art practice.

Changes to visual layout of 'Dotbiz' site

November 21, 2016 by Wendy Mason   Comments (0)

We're a mean lot at AA2A!  Where some organisations have an expensive website built for them, we've always used 'Open source' software and employed clever techy people to adapt it for us.  Although Dotbiz can be a bit clunky, this approach has saved us a fortune over the years. However it was starting to look a bit dated.  Our current 'Web Guru' Robin will be trying out some of our ideas for visual improvements over the next few weeks, so you may see a few changes, some of which we'll keep. We won't move things around too much as we know that our dyslexic artists in particular, find that an real headache. The biggest change you'll notice is that we're looking at a different version of the 'sidebar' (on the left hand side of the homepage) because it can really slow down the loading of the page.  

Wish us luck and do let us know if something looks awful e.g. overlapping text, images etc


November 18, 2016 by Amanda Wells   Comments (0)

Well, I have finally figured out that the chromatography idea was to do with identity, having the chromatographs as a kind of DNA profile of the colours and linking this to ideas around disability, identity and culture.  So, much research to be undertaken of articles/key texts about disability, culture and identity, now I have my Uni log on.  I have decided that the work will consist of three elements; the chromatographs printed onto fabric to hang on the wall, and the printed fabric cut up and roughly attached to clothing bought in charity shops, and a triptych painting in the appropriate colour.  The number three kept coming up so I decided I will choose three colours, one each from magenta, cyan and yellow.  This does mean that I can't do purple, my favourite colour, but never mind.  I have a pack of chromatography paper at home so will be eperimenting with different colour paints, and then when I have chosen the colours will get the chromatography done by a proper lab. I plan to be in Chester next Thursday, November 24th, and will be wandering around aimlessly formulating weird ideas in my head.

Welcome to our Artists

November 17, 2016 by University of Central Lancashire   Comments (0)

The first few weeks have flown by and our 5 Artists are settling in well to the scheme and initial feedback is very positive.  It was very useful having a lunchtime session for Artists to meet each other and get a full tour of the facilities and this is something we will do again next year.  There is an exhibition coming up in December for the 2015/16 Artists so it will be good for the new Artists to see what can be achieved from the Scheme at first hand. 

Getting on with it

November 16, 2016 by Julie Cassels   Comments (0)

Got my first sublimation prints through today. Really pleased with the results. Staff are so helpful and enthusiastic. Great to meet and chat to the 3rd year students today.

Small steps, giant leap.

November 16, 2016 by Annie Anderson   Comments (0)

Well, I suppose any new endeavour seems daunting when you first start it, but then, where would we be without trying new things?  That, at least is the rationale for my having a go at the bloggersphere, so, here goes. I hope to be able to share my thoughts and experience of talking to and observing the lovely artists who have joined aa2a this year. Mainly, I am heartened by how 'creatives' for want of a better word, across all kinds of disciplines, are both completely self-assured and not-so-sure about their practice, at the same time. It is a relief.

It is a great feeling  when you're in a state of flow, and know what to spend you time doing - whether it works or not. The worst bits (for me), are the foggy bits when what  you are doing seems a bit....er, vague.

I hope to be able to share the insights and experiences of the artists as they go through their journey of making and presenting. And, hope also, to share my practice as I learn more about fitting my performance background into a fine art context.

The one thing I know for sure, is, I'm loving it.

Getting it out there

November 15, 2016 by Adrian Baynes   Comments (0)

With fellow AA2A artists Matt Evans & Caitriona Dunnett, we`ve decided to make a bit of an impact with the Coventry students. What better than to stage an exhibition in the University`s Glass Box Gallery. How do you make the impact ? Easy, the show`s called  "BOO !" 

Its viewable 24 hours a day in Earl Street, from 16th to 29th November.