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Design is about the circulation of ideas

September 8, 2013 by Andi Chapple   Comments (0)

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While I  have been coming down to Lancaster and having fun in the print studio, paid work has continued … One of my long-term graphic design clients has been Manchester Jazz Festival. They’ve been good people to work for and I think I’ve done some of my most interesting work for them.

I was particularly happy with my design for last years Festival:

manchester jazz festival 2009 poster

I have to admit to some borrowing for this from the work of a French painter and printmaker called Philippe Morisson, whose stuff I like a lot, along with other ‘stripy’ painters like Bridget Riley and Gene Davis. Here is a print of Morisson’s:

philippe morisson distances II 1972 screenprint 555 x 655 mm

Anyway, I began to think I could do something for AA2A with some sort of stripes and then started to think about producing a set of prints big enough to go in the church in Sedbergh along with a sound installation I have been working on for the 2010 Sedbergh Music Festival. This will be based on 8s, basically, since it uses bell ringing - and there are 8 bells at the church - and will be 8-channel sound, so I think I want to do something with 8 colours. Luckily the Jazz Festival idea, and the 2010 Sedbergh Music Festival publicity, give a good strong set of colours that I already know work.

This might be it

September 8, 2013 by Andi Chapple   Comments (0)

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I’ve worked hard on the prints that abstract the pattern of dry stone walls to make ‘glyphs’ but I don’t think what I’ve done so far is very strong. I think the idea in itself is okay, but when I’ve used it before for graphic design I was working from images of the Mancunian Way - an overhead motorway that runs south of Manchester city centre and gives you some very strong images of slip roads, flyovers and so on to work with that I thought were easy to read as well. These dry stone wall images aren’t quite strong enough (or readable enough) for me.

I had a think about what I could do to make a better print out of the idea. The first thing that occurred to me was that I didn’t really like the textured backgrounds and didn’t feel I had any good ideas for them. What has been making me happy during the project has been stuff like this:

a third-pass overprint

I really like the flatness of the areas of colour. I think I’d been trying to get texture in because I thought it was what other people would expect. When I look at my graphic design work I can see that I don’t have many ways of texturing things up and I don’t really seem to care - but there, you’ve got an extra layer because you have the client’s message on top of what you do.

The calligraphic forms taken from the dry stone walls were too fussy, as well, so I found another photo with a bit less in it to work with. Back to Illustrator to work out crops, positioning and so on, and in today’s session I got some finished prints:

curving wall screenprint

I’m still not 100% convinced, and my emotional reaction to some of the silhouette is mixed, but I think this is much more satisfying overall.

Art piece going to London, Birmingham and other places

August 26, 2013 by Ruth Hamblett   Comments (0)

Am pleased to annouce that a piece of my artwork has been selected to go to The Nunnery in Bow London on display from 3 - 27 October 2013 it may then tour if chosen for this route. Also a photograph of the piece will be in exhibition at THE FEMALE PROJECT in Birmingham from 6 September 2013 with the artist Emma Leppington.

Contining the great work

July 19, 2013 by Ruth Hamblett   Comments (0)

At the third year students degree show was informed by tutor that they want me to continue to be  student blogger for AA2A Artists so pleased as it will cumulate my last year in my masters course and as it has already had an influence in my practice can only realise that it could develop even more.  Would also like to ask the question about which students won the the student of the year award or is this still ongoing.

Help us spread the word!

July 9, 2013 by AA2A Info   Comments (0)

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Hi AA2A artists and fans,

Please can you help us spread the word about AA2A, whether you've been on the scheme and would recommend it to others or if you might apply yourself  - don't forget Artists on AA2A schemes run from 2011 to 2012 or before can now reapply!

We now have all our 27 AA2A host institutions confirmed. For more details go to our Map and list of our 27 schemes   You can also follow us on  Twitter  and  Facebook for all the latest updates.

The AA2A project offers artists & designer makers the opportunity to undertake a period of research or realise a project using art college facilities eg. workshops, IT facilities, lending library, & lecture programme.  AA2A schemes aim to benefit students and Colleges through their interaction with practising artists.


  • Access is free, for at least 100 hours, between Oct 2013 and April 2014 and a small grant of up to £220 may be available for some artists from AA2A's 'Hardship fund'.
  • Closing dates for applications vary but all are in September 2013.
  • Applicants must have at least one years professional practice and should be able to work with minimal technical support.

To see current AA2A artists' work go to http://aa2a.biz or read previous artists' stories here.

AA2A particularly welcomes applications from applicants with disabilities, from culturally diverse backgrounds and non-graduates.


If you'd like to join the mailing list email info@aa2a.biz

Progress entering Something important

June 28, 2013 by Ruth Hamblett   Comments (0)

Decided that as have been very influenced by working with AA2A artists am going to use the work that I have produced to enter the visual image into a artist competion, will not say where as do not want to jinx myself but hope to prove my artistic talents to the world at long last and see where this experience takes me. Have previously posted the image into the network a while ago so hope you know which piece am entering.


Also because of gaining more confidence have recently progressed into Performance Art Piece and made my debut appearance last Thursday at Roots Gallery in Coventry, photographs are available on their web page please feel free to view this site.

Exhibition of residency work

June 25, 2013 by Chelmsford College   Comments (0)

Another chance to see ourAA2A artist's work on exhibition, this Wednesday evening 26 June at 6pm while there is public access to the college during the private viewing of the Year One BTEC Art & Media course exhibitions.  Access is available by appointment also until Friday afternoon when the shows are taken down.

my favorite piece...

June 20, 2013 by Lorraine Clewlow   Comments (0)

part of my AA2A aim was to explore the materials used my my Mum and experiment with fusing her practice (from memories) and my own. I feel this piece fulfills that aim. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time on the AA2A placement and my practice has been enriched by it. I have a new body of work to show. There is an exhibition of all 4 of the Derby University AA2A artists on until 17th August with the opening on July 1st 5:30 - 7:30... all are most welcome (Markeaton street campus, Pybus street, Der

Getting to know you... Students reps and AA2A artists

June 4, 2013 by AA2A Info   Comments (0)

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Hi all

We've been receiving some really positive feedback from students about getting to know their AA2A artists and what they have to offer. Here's just a few of the highlights from our student reps  who have been writing about their interactions over the past year...

Student rep Chloe Hamill has really enjoyed having AA2A artists on-site at Manchester Metropolitan University:

 '..it has been great to get to know the different artists and find out more about their work. We have had informal chats, blogs and a mini symposium at end of the year to showcase their work in a presentation format. It was also great to see some of the artist’s working in his or her own studio. Overall I am looking forward to see the work come together in a final exhibition."

Read Chloe's full comments here in her latest blog

Likewise Zara Worth, student rep at Northumbria University reminisces:
'It has been great working with the artists, talking to them about how they balance everything, and getting frank advice about life after your degree!'
Read Zara's summary of 'some excellent artist led seminars and worships' here

Thanks also to Ruth Hamblett, student rep at Coventry Uni for her album 'Progression Due To Influence From AA2A Artists'

Secondly a big thank you to everyone who's filled in the Artists Evaluation ahead of the deadline. It's so valuable for us to find out about your AA2A experience and have your comments. If you haven't managed it yet don't worry - you've got until Friday 7th of June.

Finally, really great to see so many exhibition images and fliers - please keep them coming.

All the very best,

Jo & the AA2A team

AA2A so far...

June 2, 2013 by Chloe Hamill   Comments (0)


This year has been an exciting year for me, starting and soon finishing an MA. Alongside this I have acted as the AA2A rep for Manchester School of Art and it has been great to get to know the different artists and find out more about their work. We have had informal chats, blogs and a mini symposium at end of the year to showcase their work in a presentation format. It was also great to see some of the artist’s working in his or her own studio. Overall I am looking forward to see the work come together in a final exhibition.
The experience has highlighted the huge benefits of the AA2A scheme, the ability to access equipment once out of education for a year. As a textile artist facilities such as screen printing and the multihead are invaluable tools to my practice and I will definitely consider applying to the AA2A scheme myself.  The scheme also offers opportunity to work with students and gain advice from those around you in a thriving and creative community.
Here are links to each of the artist’s work so you can find out more about them.
My own website: www.chloehamill.co.uk