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"What am I doing here?"

October 30, 2013 by Thomas Cuthbertson   Comments (0)

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I have joined the AA2A scheme to fufil a new project, to make an animated film adapted from an illustrated story by Nathan Baxter (a fellow AA2A artist in Lincoln). As the story goes, a Cosmonaut is plummets to Earth following a failed attempt to make contact with singing stars. His survival is tested by the blistering weather conditions on the barren Earth he has returned to. Does anyone on Earth know what is going on?

Follow all the posts and pictures as the project rolls on here!

booked to run a regular workshop

October 27, 2013 by Leila Houston   Comments (0)

GT BOOKED TO RUN art CLUB MAKIN BIG INSTALLATIONs WiTh PROJECTIONS SOUND FILM discussing sensation,memory,dream,place, space whilst at @EC_Arts The salon, Leiceter yesterday- after someone saw my work and realised i ran workshops and courses- MY DREAM JOB!


AA2A Introductory Exhibition

October 26, 2013 by Gabrielle Hoad   Comments (1)

We're introducing ourselves to the staff and students of Plymouth University with an informal exhibition at Artspacefour, The Old Bakery, Royal William Yard, Plymouth.  It's on now until around November 8th and features sample work by AA2A artists Tabatha Andrews, Sally Hall, Kayleigh Hill, Gabrielle Hoad and Lee McDonald.

Discard Perchance

October 25, 2013 by Anna Fairchild   Comments (0)

Accidental Intent

Found Discarded

Remembered Lost

I will explore some or all of the above themes

Welcome exhibition

October 25, 2013 by Kayleigh Hill   Comments (0)

Today I have started installing an interactive 'pop-up balaclava' opportunity at the Royal William Yard with the AA2A artists of University of Plymouth. 

Today's installation is a small welcoming exhibition to introduce ourselves and our work to the Fine Art students based at the yard. Although I am hoping my installation will allow me to connect with the students, I am also hoping it will allow them to connect with each other...

I have left instructions asking wearers to send me photos of their interactions, so watch this space as I will upload any images I receive in a new album here and on my website. I'm looking forward to checking my inbox at the end of the week...

With a special invite FOR ALL to come to our second launch this Thursday 24th 6-8pm

October 21, 2013 by Leila Houston   Comments (0)

I have a show now on as part of a group at The Salon, Causway Lane, Leicester (across the road from Inland Rev and next to next).

A group of artists have taken over a disused building, organised by Ec Arts and responded to the area or the history of the city or the building. This is a very exciting show, with lots of artists involved! 

11-6pm opening hrs Mon - Sat this week (21st to 26th October) 


With a special invite FOR ALL to come to our second launch this Thursday 24th 6-8pm 

I am showing installation work based on the area of Frog Island and the commercial area that faces it. Three projections, sound and photography. 


Also have a solo show at LCB depot starting 28th October - Preview to be confirmed 



Welcome (& how to set up your profile page)

October 18, 2013 by Wendy Mason   Comments (0)

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Welcome to AA2A.   Its great to be starting a new AA2A year, even though its very hectic here, as we try to get all of you registered on the site and fill the last few late places on the schemes.

Please can you upload an image of yourself so that students can recognise you when you're in the college.  Also could you please fill in the 'About me' section of your profile page with the text you wrote in Question 14 of your application form ('Image and accompanying information for the website').  Let us or your college know if you have problems with this.

Do have a look at our training videos 'Getting started' and 'Uploading images and blogs'.  These are only about 8 minutes long and can be found in the Artists training area of our parallel website AA2A.org  http://www.aa2a.org/artists_menu/training

More than anything, we hope you have a good AA2A experience and enjoy using this site.

All for now,  


A co-laboration exhibition in October 2013

September 11, 2013 by Ruth Hamblett   Comments (0)

Riddles in the Dark - downstairs at Artspace

From Tuesday 8th October - Saturday 12th opening 2pm - 8pm

Riddles in the Dark

Is a first group venture who are into half way through  part time Contemporary Arts Practice MA course at Coventry University exhibition by four local post-graduate students:


Michael Carr

Ruth Elizabeth

David Martin

Henri West


The well- known basement at Artspace in Lower Holyhead Road, Coventry is a fascinating venue and provides an interesting environment for the four artists to react to. Each person will be bringing a unique response to the dark and somewhat dank interior that has been used in the past for film locations and for rehearsal space by members of Coventry bands the Selector and The Specials 

Each artist brings some of their latest, most current work to the exhibition along with some developmental 'work in progress' for the show. There will be drawings exploring self and identity, two dimensional work addressing human reactions to technology, 2D/3D work generated on metallic substrates exploiting oxidisation and reflecting the physical body and fear, collated elements, documents, images and a 3D piece based on personal reflection on a series of medical interventions.

There will be a number of impromptu performances during the week, all against the backdrop of this dramatic location and supported by newly created 'soundscapes'.

If you are interested in finding out more please contact me via this space.


Thankyous, and what's happened to the prints

September 8, 2013 by Andi Chapple   Comments (0)

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So this is the right time to say a very heartfelt thankyou to everyone who made this possible: all at AA2A; Kit, Natalie and Iain from the staff at Lancaster; and the Fine Art students, who taught me a lot.

The main intention for the set of big eight-colour prints was to use them as part of a multi-media installation in  St. Andrew's Church, Sedbergh:

a month of sundays nave

I have continued to look for things to do with them, and I'm very happy to say that print no. 4 (my favourite) was accepted for the ‘Open Up North’  exhibition in Kendal in autumn 2011. Here is it on display in the cafe at Abbot Hall.

open up north