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Vote For Your Favourate Artist Poster

May 1, 2013 by Ruth Hamblett   Comments (0)

With a look at the artist profiles and the interaction I have had via lectures, talks, artist workshops or one to one sessions has helped mold a template to create a poster to encourage students to vote for their favourate aritst. It will be a hard task for students to decide as there have been some very good insight into some of the artist's practice and although there has been another student also promoting and talking to artists we have only met up a couple of times and have waged our own campaign to encourage students to engage and attend functions that the artists have been available at Coventry University am not sure if this was a good or bad thing but meant that we did not contact each other although I did seek the other student out to colaborate but one reason and another this did not materilise through no-bodys fault but it also meant that the four artists had two students championing their practice which may have further aidded their profile. I can not speak for the other student but can speak for myself that it had helped progress my own practice and have used the artists who have been available or in university when I appoached them it was a shame that did not get to meet all of them but would endevour to carry on with this when I return for the second year of my Masters course so if future AA2A artists apply to Coventry Universtiy come and find how I can help rasie your profile while you explore your practice.

AA2A artists of the year: have you voted yet?

April 30, 2013 by AA2A Info   Comments (0)

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It's time to vote for your favourite AA2A artist of 2012/13!

  • Voting is easy: on AA2A Dotbiz every artist's profile has a link to 'vote for this artist' or you can go directly to the voting page through our AA2A info website: http://aa2a.org/artistvote
  • Voting closes at the end of May.
  • You can vote for any of this year's artists from any college, whether it's because you like their work in college or online, or whether it's just that they're good at involving students and communicating their knowledge and enthusiasm.
  • The winning artists will be promoted on our Facebook and Twitter pages.
  • The student vote is for students at participating AA2A colleges (there's also a 'Public Vote' for students from other colleges or members of the public, including artists and college staff)

If you've already voted, please encourage others!

Thanks and best wishes,


Promoting and getting students to vote for AA2A Artists

April 29, 2013 by Ruth Hamblett   Comments (0)

Having read the new task of promoting students to vote for current AA2A artists has come at a time with several things on the go means I have not yet been able to create a poster to display for students at university due to other commitments and am not sure how to tackle this without taking time out and an assessment due next week with a small amount of prepping to ensure that I have covered all areas of my course work. So trying to find time to actually make up a poster display it hope to start this on my half a day off university on Tuesday will keep you posted ( ha ha) how get on with this task in hand.

Assembly of Festival Hands

April 29, 2013 by Billie Bond   Comments (0)

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The hands I sculpted, using students as models, are now fired. The kiln didnt reach the stoneware temp during firing, which should have made the ceramic go black, instead the temp reached about 1100 degrees centigrade, which gave the ceramic this chalky slate grey finish which seemed to give the pieces a loose dynamic feel, this seems to add integrity and support the idea of movement. The hands are now mounted on a solid cherry wood plinth and I shall spend the next few weeks making wrist bands out of beer cans.

The portrait head survived firing and now mounted.

To add to the collection of festival themed work, I am working on some slab vessels with silver inlay depicting crowd scenes. So I am making use of the slab roller at Chelmsford college as well as the kilns.

Looking forward to teaching a class of students on Friday how to sculpt a mini portrait head.

the face..

April 27, 2013 by Nick Walters   Comments (0)


art speak..


Fascinated by the process of drawing my face again and again, the different aspects that come out - first the too long-ness - the 'x' axis, then the too narrowness - the 'y' axis, the constant struggle with the eyes, nose, ears, mouth - but so crucial to a convincing portrait.. the tone, the different muscles in the head, the skull, the 3d, the very very subtle perspective - and the curve of the face, the light..


its like trying to do 20 rubiks cubes at the same time…


exhilarating when it goes well, devastating when it doesn't.. but a practice, a rehearsal, a study..


Enjoying the 'painterly' way I am using the pencil, shading, mark-making and rubber..


gotta go and make some food now..




drinking too much..


spending too much money on DIY..


oh well..






April 26, 2013 by Charlie Snow - AA2A Graduate Link 2013   Comments (0)

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As a relative newcomer to ‘Real Life’, I’ve spent almost a year now, pondering the common Work-Life-Art theory.  Someone once said ‘You either work all the time to afford to make art but have no time to make anything, or never work and so have all of he time but no money to make work’… or words to that effect.  After recently starting to work full-time, I have to disagree; I have spent mornings and evenings, frantically drilling, sawing, painting and baking things for the next piece for the next show.

Our shared studio is barren again.  Most others are working, sleeping, playing.  Some tut and shake their heads, “sell-outs” they may say, a justifiable reason to steal your custard creams and mugs.

Some people are ‘artists’; they dress like ‘artists’, talk like ‘artists’, carry around books that ‘artists’ read.  Some people are artists.  Sometimes I dress up as a grizzly bear, it doesn’t mean I am a grizzly bear.  I struggle with time, I struggle with money, I struggle with my work, with the fruition, with the construction, but most importantly, I’m making something.  I’m not always in my studio, but when I can be, I am; it’s my little piece of paradise. 


Inspirational objects

April 24, 2013 by Sarah Jones   Comments (0)

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 I have been inspried by flint knives, gas lights, bellows and a mangle so far. The forms have been used to make ceramic forms for vessals. Once these are fired the copper elements can be made to fit exactly. 

so sideways..

April 23, 2013 by Nick Walters   Comments (0)

So Sideways is the name of a film that a guy I was at college with produced...

Steven Eastwood - I wonder what happened to him..

oh yes, saw the Marina Abramovich film yesterday and noticed she went to University of Plymouth!! Quick googel - she didn't study in these hallowed corridors - she was made an Honourary Doctor...

The Artist is Present.. Such a powerful idea - Feel like I am exploring 'presence' in my portraits, sitting, stillness, intimacy.. Marina is exploring this very pertinently, and without any masks or interfaces, such as a picture that is hung on a wall that a viewer may interact with as a communication with the artist.. Here she is actually making herself available completely.. Her artist is completely accessable..

Thinking about building my arts practice, and the concept of 'spreading out' - going sideways to look for financial assistance - awards, bursaries, residencies..

Not necassarily 'selling pictures' - although that would be nice!!

But really the practice of art/ drawing/ observing/ dreaming.. 

The residency idea is a really cool one; the idea of living and working somewhere really appeals, perhaps drawing the parcipitants..

Also wondering about an MA - but the Plymouth one looks too wordy.. More interested in finding more traditional place where I can develop my drawing skills.. The Princes School looks good, but in London - and Phil mentioned possibilty of a new drawing course starting in Plymouth..

So getting clear what it is I want - and then waiting for it to appear..

Creating my own reality..



Exhibition - Convention Habit or Custom

April 21, 2013 by Sandra Greenacre   Comments (0)


Announcing the new Exhibition ‘Convention Habit or Custom' in which I am taking part in from Friday 26th April - Friday 10th May 2013 at the New Bridge Project, 16 New Bridge Street Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 8AW.  It is loosely based upon the Public House where planned and random events will take place from a wide variety of individuals and groups. My role in this is that of a fortune teller reading playing cards!  It promises to be unique and an exciting experience and further details of the exhibition can found at www.lloyd-wilson.co.uk