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What is it about a bit of netting?

April 13, 2012 by Liz Linell   Comments (0)

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If you get a chance, look at the album with some mad students just frolicking. Who needs expensive props when you've got a piece of netting and a frame?   No wonder I had fun.


EXHIBITION TIME at Chesterfield College 16th - 25th April

April 12, 2012 by Liz Linell   Comments (1)

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Four of us Artists in Residence, myself, Georgia Peskett, Vicki Johnson and Kate Sully, are holding our final exhibtion in The Dome at Chesterfield College from next Monday. If you are in the area, please come. The preview is 5-8pm Monday 16th April.

I have greatly enjoyed not only the opportunity to paint on a far larger scale than I can in my own studio, but also the contact with the students and staff at the College. My advice:  If you missed out this year, try again next year.

Objects for a Studio: The story so far

April 10, 2012 by Jessica Longmore   Comments (1)

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As I have been working on this residency at Salford University for the past 6 months, I thought it was about time I started communicating what I have been up to.

As I have mentioned on the profile page Objects for a Studio is a project which investigates the psycology of the artist's studio.  I spend single days in other artists' studios, creating work using the objects I encounter.  I document this experience with a photograph, which is then exhibited.

I have worked in 45 studios to date in the UK (Manchester, London, Sheffield, Leeds, Preston, Yorkshire) and also in China and The Netherlands.  Throughout the progress of the project (from Summer 2008 to present day) the work has been exhibited as I've gone along: in my own studio for Art Transpennine '08; Eemzicht Atelier, Amersfoort, NL; Ximalaya Bookstore Gallery, Chongqing, China; and PSL [Project Space Leeds].

During this residency I will be working with artists associated with Salford University and I will be documenting my progress through this blog. 

Workshop Wonderland

April 4, 2012 by Liz Linell   Comments (0)

Last week I had the chance to do a workshop with a great group of students and enthusiastic staff. It was F U N for all of us.  Each student had to paint their own Olympic design on a fifty pence piece of chipboard, about a foot across.  the idea was to make three sets of rings. They flung themselves into it and the results will be on show in Queens Park Chesterfield at the Jubliee.  At the end of four hours we had three sets of Olympic rings with unique designs. Check them out on the album!

AA2A Dotbiz Getting Started Tutorial - available now!

April 4, 2012 by Georgia Rodger   Comments (0)

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We have produced our first attempt at a 'screencast' aimed at helping new Dotbiz users get started using the site.

This seven minute tutorial covers Registration, Logging in, Creating your profile, Changing settings and Lost passwords.  We recommend that you have the Dotbiz website on screen whilst playing and pausing our video as you follow on the actual site.  If you've used the site before this training probably won't be necessary for you although you might find it useful as a refresher.  We will be producing screencast tutorials on 'Image Albums' and 'Blogging' soon and will let you know when these are available.

Best wishes,

Georgia & the AA2A team


Once Upon a Time, AA2A artists at Northumbria conquered the world and I wrote the longest blog in history about it.

April 4, 2012 by Charlie Snow - AA2A Graduate Link 2013   Comments (0)

Sometimes it seems time is living me, and I am not living it.  What with the crazy seasonal change (sunburn last week and snow yesterday in Newcastle) I don’t know if I’m getting younger or older, whether it’s a week past Tuesday or Christmas time.  So apologies for a later-than expected blog post, it’s been a frantic mar-pril.  And it’s so long, it has SUB-HEADINGS!!




But other than confused Mother Nature, everything is fine and dandy (but the daffodils have died) up North.  Us (Matt Foster and myself) AA2A reps are running around like manic beavers in prep for our degree show.  Matt is distinctly better at me than writing, and so I would advise a swoop over to his own blog (http://definitelywriting.com/) for a lovely time.  He recently wrote about A Newbridge Enquiry, a project by Toby Lloyd and former AA2A artist Andrew Wilson.  I pulled up my sleeves and helped out with this one, but our very own Iris Priest wrote some tasty words about it too.  Get stuck into http://anewbridgeenquiry.wordpress.com/blog/.  It’ll make your hair grow.

Much more excitingly than myself or Matt, Northumbria’s AA2A’s this year have been busy busy.  So here, I shall try and do them justice and poetically describe their endeavours.


DEBBIE BOWER http://aa2a.biz/pg/profile/deborah


Debbie’s .biz page tells of her adventure times to Christiania; a unique self-governed society in Copenhagen.  From this journey, a film is soon to be premiered; a collaboration between herself and fellow explorers (See http://www.crir.net/ for more info!)  Another residency will follow soon afterwards to Rotterdam (http://www.worm.org/) where a previous journey to Berlin’s findings on lighting gel’s used with film will be picked up and continued.  Somewhere in between being in all of the places at once, Debbie has managed to help out with a film as part of the massive AV Festival which ran throughout March in the North East (http://www.avfestival.co.uk/programme/2012/events-and-exhibitions/layerscape). ANNNND she’s been having a lovely time making screen prints, for the project described in her blurb on the blog (say that quickly 10 times).  So basically, Debbie is either a super woman, or has Bernard’s watch.


YVETTE HAWKINS http://aa2a.biz/pg/profile/yvette


After visiting ‘Places Our Path’s Might Cross’ and ‘Forty-three Houses and a Ford Escort’ (See http://www.globegallery.org/ - more pictures pending!) at the Globe Gallery in Newcastle, it was clear to see that Yvette has been working hard!  The exhibition is fabulous; I strongly recommend popping in if you find yourselves up ‘ere.  To me, this alone would have been a mean feat to achieve, but OH NO!  With the trend of super-productivity, Yvette has her fingers in all sorts of art-type pies.  Because of her super-success (http://www.artscouncil.org.uk/news/arts-council-news/north-east-artist-wins-big-us-hotel-contract/) Yvette has been able to concentrate on her practice (with the aid of a giant bespoke table and a squeaky new studio) and her Book Apothecary project, detailed on her profile page.  Through the AA2A placement, Yvette has met valuable arty-type student’s right here at Northumbria to collaborate with on this, whom have had the pleasure of advice, workshops, and of course the company of lovely Yvette.  Lucky people!  With exhibitions and workshops in the pipeline from Newcastle (http://www.thelateshows.org.uk/home.html &  http://www.litandphil.org.uk/index.shtml) to Barcelona (http://www.mitte-barcelona.com/mitte_Barcelona/Mitte_Barcelona.html) it doesn’t look as though her feet are going to touch down any time soon!


IRIS PRIEST http://aa2a.biz/pg/profile/iris


And last, but most certainly not least, Iris.  I’m going to assume Iris refers to a group of octuplets.  So here is what they have all been doing.  Iris 1 has busied herself with A Newbridge Enquiry.  This has involved disco-dancing like a pro, and also writing about it for CANNED, the fantabulous magazine (http://cannedmagazine.com/) she is responsible for.  Iris 2 ran a writing workshop with a group of budding students from the University, where she brought light into the many dark areas on writing about art and being published.  (Thanks!!)  Iris 3 busied herself curating SUPERCONDUCTOR whilst Iris 4 did a lovely interview for a-n, where she much more successfully than I, conveyed thoughts on the AA2A scheme (http://www.a-n.co.uk/artists_talking/article/2092824).  Iris 5 has been very over-run too, working on various commissions, both drawing for people (http://www.bridiejackson.com/news-2) and writing (http://www.thisistomorrow.info/default.aspx?webPageId=1).  Iris 6 spent the whole of March volunteering for numerous parts of AV Festival, whilst always making mental notes to share with Iris 1 to change into beautiful words.  The remaining octuplets have been sorting through proposals for organisations, being invited to artist-exchanges, and being published in conjunction with the Venice-Biennale 2013 and trying to squeeze studio hours in too for her own projects.  Iris can also be found constantly in the library, with her head in one book from a towering pile.


PHEW. I’m exhausted from thinking about what everyone is doing.  Time for a cat-nap.


Interview on Artists Talking (a-n magazine)

April 3, 2012 by Iris Priest   Comments (0)

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Just a wee update, I've been interviewed by Andrew Bryant on a-n about my practice, CANNED Magazine and my part in the AA2A project at Northumbria, thought it might be worth a plug...


reflection, groove salad and redecoration

April 2, 2012 by andrew martyn sugars   Comments (0)

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my residency at ntu has taken me deep into a space that is uncomfortable.  the space i talk of is within me, not the institution.  my sonics research has got to a point where i hate what i've done, to the point of wanting to give it all up and get a job in morrisons.

so i've bought some time to reflect by building a website and offering to re-decorate a friends bedroom.  i feel it's an importnat time for me to be good to myself before returnng to the soncs research to find some sort of resolution of the enquiry.  aa2a has given me way to much rope, it almost became fatal.  i've realised in time.  as i drink tea and dunk digestif biscuit with a near k&d track for company, i saw the need to document where i am now as i want to be able to look back on where i was, even though i still don;t have a feeling for where i'm going.  i have no idea if this is a recognised space inthought to be.  i am also connected with a feeling of what it is that is holding me back.  i see only one way through this and that is to make things about it.  that will happen in time.  there's a two week period now where i can do things for me and look forward to coming back to my practice.

i heard with interest this morning about the bourgeois exhibition at the freud museum in london.  there's also a new work by brisley on show in london at the moment.

i've been considering performace based work of the 1970's of late.  i've not yet worked out why this is so.  


oh the joy of self discovery and reason.

My first blog

March 30, 2012 by Andy Artist   Comments (0)

This is just a test blog for now

New: RSS Blog feeds on Dotbiz

March 23, 2012 by Georgia Rodger   Comments (0)

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We now have RSS feed available on all blogs on Dotbiz! RSS (Really Simple Syndication) allows you to easily read blogs in a standardised format and you can also subscribe to an RSS feed.

From any Dotbiz user's profile page (whether artist, student, college or AA2A staff) you'll see under their blog posts on the right hand side 'RSS' - selecting this will take you to the RSS feed for this Dotbiz user and may also give you options to subscribe.  You may want to use this to promote your blog by suggesting people subscribe to your RSS feed.


Best wishes