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December 11, 2012 by Jade Heritage   Comments (0)

The AA2A at Chelsea has gotten off to a slow start, awaiting inductions etc. But I feel I have all I need now. The access to the library and archive, equipment and edit suite is pretty much all I need, with the addition of booking out spaces for filming and performance.

Much of this will come in the new year, considering the term is now over.

There are some great spaces I'd like to put forward proposals for using, and I'm crossing my fingers for some results.

The sound piece is coming together slowly (juggling a job and a group project at the same time as this residency is proving challenging). I have edited down 1.5 hours out of the 4 so far, collecting the bits that are of interest.

- Giving people a Lapyan (sp) in business. An incentive.

- Positive atmosphere without necessarily giving a reward vs. Negative atmosphere but giving a reward (bonus, etc)

- People prefer ego strokes to pay increases


And many other big topics. I will elaborate and show examples as the edit becomes more solid. I will be combining with other sound works, and potentially my own recordings when it begins to take shape.

Artist Talks!

December 11, 2012 by Katherine James   Comments (1)

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RIght, well I am just getting the hang of my profile so time for my first blog! There was a great talk conducted by Beth Bramich a couple of weeks ago, who explained to us about The Wasteland Sculpture Park that she is part of. This project is all about placing something within, or using a wasteland space in different ways. Beth is currently working in our screen printing studio, making prints of proposal ideas. She is currently asking for proposals for her 'Wasteland Sculpture Park Publication', from students and others so anyone who is interested should get in touch!

She helped organise 'The Games' through The Wasteland Sculpture Park, which was a day of activities taking place simultaneously in Nottingham and Berlin. In Nottingham they were playing a rounders tournament and in Berlin they had an obstacle course! For more information visit:


Overall, a fascinating talk about utilising space and organising public events.


December 10, 2012 by Zara Worth   Comments (0)

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Hello there,

Been a little while since I last blogged however it has been very hectic (as I'm sure it has been for most Fine Art students) as I have been getting work ready for the assessment deadline which was last Friday! I will put up some photos of the work I submitted soon.

Over the last week Sandra and myself also hosted a couple of informal AA2A Q&A sessions, hopefully the links below will make the sessions available for download. Unfortunately they are a little quiet and best listened to through head phones. There wasn't an overwhelming turn out from students however I think that hopefully people will listen to the recording. 

Very generally we discussed work, art work and life. Please feel free to have a listen (just copy and paste the link into your address bar) and let me know if the links don't work!



Pic of the week!!

December 10, 2012 by Tessa Jane   Comments (0)

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How fabulous to be selected for this...I'm so chuffed. Thank you :-) It will inspire me to do more.

A HAAAAA - I have found the blog section!

December 10, 2012 by Natasha Kurth   Comments (0)

Hello all, I have just uploaded images of my project so far here at Staffordshire University.... so please take a look - I hope you find it interesting! This is such a fantastic opportunity and it has come just at the right time for me (It's making me think about applying for my masters). I Am using the time here to rediscover different processes that I havent used since graduating from the Glasgow School of Art in 2010 and feel that my work is really moving forward and that I am regaining my confidence as a Designer.

Time is however flying and I have so many ideas that I would like to take forward after christmas... so please watch my progress - it would be great to hear from anyone who has ideas or comments.


Hannah Dargavel-Leafe

December 10, 2012 by Chloe Hamill   Comments (0)

Today I went to see Hannah Dargavel-Leafe, one of the artists on the AA2A project at Manchester School of Art. Hannah studied BA Sculpture at the Manchester School of Art, graduating in 2010 and now has a studio at Rogue Artist’s Studios in Manchester.


Hannah is an incredibly talented artist who has exhibited at International 3, Bluecoats in Liverpool and ICA in London. In addition to being part of AA2A she also carries out freelance work. She was initially introduced to the AA2A project through friends who had been on the scheme before and wanted to gain access to facilities within the university.


While on the AA2A project the focus of Hannah’s work is the peripheries of the city and the changes taking place in these localities, focusing on the structures of scaffolding, cranes and billboard supports which create a constant skyline of the city. She takes inspiration from elements of the structures, pulling them apart and creating drawings using computer-aided design (CAD) software, which are then fabricated using a 3D printer.


I thoroughly enjoyed meeting this artist today and am excited and intrigued to follow how her work develops!


To find out more about her work visit:




and to find out more about the AA2A scheme visit:






handpressure: traces of considered conversations, deep thoughts

December 9, 2012 by Sally Lemsford   Comments (0)

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Pefection of an object made- what if it is an illusion, a tv prop that has to fool us into believing its substance may be other than we think. A hologram? An article that only exists in our senses? http://www.damtp.cam.ac.uk/research/gr/public/holo   I'm still trying to get my head round this. And do labels/theories/boxes help us get a handle on things? Do they matter? Does it make us behave differently? Exclusive, interactive, experimental, constructed- all elements that we as creative people might favour over other adjectives. At least our conversations are challenging our assumptions and getting us thinking. 'Why are you a creative person?'... 'No-one has ever asked me that before.'

University Life

December 7, 2012 by Ben Fredericks   Comments (0)

It’s interesting to be back in a university setting and remembering just how good all the facilities are. Especially Box of Broadcasts, what a great resource, I could of appropriated some amazing things if I had this resource when I was back at Uni.


New AA2A Student Rep

December 7, 2012 by Ruth Hamblett   Comments (0)

Excited at new adventure of being chosen to network for AA2A Students at Coventry University. So far have attended a talk given by Beth Bramwich ( hope spelt name right), it was extremely interesting to listen about the Wasteland project. Where Beth took over an empty piece of wasteland to make a mark and encourage others to enage through the web page. I had an idea of intergrating photographs of derelict or other wastelands and incorporate these images into the orginal wasteland that Beth had taken over. I hope to become more involved but in the mean time if anyone knows how I can upload a piece of my artwork so you can see my practice sits at the moment.


AA2A Students Newsletter out now!

December 7, 2012 by Georgia Rodger   Comments (0)

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Hi everyone,

The AA2A Students Newsletter is available now! Whether you're an artist, student or college we need your help letting students know about it; tell students about the newsletter in college, encourage them to join the student mailing list or if you're in contact online, email or message them with this link:


Highlights include this year's AA2A Student Reps, AA2A's Graduate link, Voting 2013 and last year's winners and more...

Best wishes

Georgia and the AA2A team