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New Year and an impending deadline...

January 12, 2013 by Zara Worth   Comments (0)

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Thought I might as well write another blog post, since its not like I have a dissertation to write...

It has been strange this Christmas holiday to have handed in all my work from last semester and know that its all sat there, waiting to be judged whilst my new focus is entirely on my dissertation. Most frustratingly I have been typically been coming up with new ideas for work at roughly exactly the moment this year when I don't realistically have time to be making them. 


The word count has been slowly inching forward as the deadline moves closer.


I have promised myself shopping if I have a first draft by the end of Monday.

Wish me luck!

Knitted performance!

January 10, 2013 by Katherine James   Comments (0)

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Right! So its been back to hard work after Christmas this week! I have been knitting my cheese plant and finally videoed a performance with my knitted suit. Its been labourious, but the work has paid off I think. I will post some photos!

Highlight of 2012

January 10, 2013 by Sandra Greenacre   Comments (0)

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The highlight for me in 2012 was the Q&A sessions with the AA2A artists which were organised and hosted by myself and Zara.

They were arranged at short notice, but they still all accepted our invitation to attend, which we really appreciated.

The first one was held on Tuesday 4th December with Jenny Purrett and Matthew Hearn of Spectrum and hosted by myself.  They spoke very openly about their journey as artists and their practice up to date. The one key point to emerge and invaluable advice to all art students was 'networking' and how important it was to make contacts and be part of a wider art community.  They talked about the different types of residencies available and mentioned that they are often advertised in art magazines like a-n, which if subscribed to, offered free insurance for public liability if staging an exhibition.  One other tip given was if leaving a card with contact details on, try leaving it in places like a hairdressers as it can be surprizing on how much work can be got from non- art environments.

Jenny and Matthew were equally generous with their time by allowing the students present to talk about their own practice, their hopes and aspirations after graduation, which I would like to thank them both for on behalf of all of us.

The second one was hosted by Zara with David Lisser, Rebecca Travis and Sebastian Trend

It was the first time a Q&A session had been arranged, so hopefully it will go from strengtht to strength and next years AA2A reps will be able to build on this year.

Both sessions were recorded and I have included links:-





Coincidence can change everything

January 10, 2013 by Mandeep Chohan   Comments (0)

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Glad to be back.

I did a lot before the holidays. We ended the year with an exhibition with the main purpose to introduce myself (and the other aa2a residents) to the students and it was a success. I had some really great positive feedback and had one student even go as far as saying how "inspired and impressed" and that seeing my work had helped to get him out of a rut he was feeling he was in. No one has ever complimented my work in such a way so I was incredibly flattered but so pleased that I am actually HELPING the students in some way. 

I also had to do a dreaded presentation for the first and second year students about the things that they can whilst whilst at uni and after. Things like promoting themselves, social networking, networking, open call outs and volunteering. Was very nervous, but again its to help students out and from that I have arranged a few tutorials with students who had similar art practice interests to me. So Im very much looking forward to interacting one on one with students. We're now past the 'honeymoon' period of being new and students adjusting to a new year etc. So its kind of like get down to business now.

I have a lot of plans for work at the moment starting with more screen printing on monday. But this time Im working with two layers. A first layer being a found image and the second layer will be a drawing of mine over the top. So hopefully it works well. 

I also got to thinking about how something very small or unplanned can change the course of ones research of practice. I found a book in Waterstones with such an enticting and provocative front cover I had to get it. 

I paid quite an amout for it but later on realised the book was actually worth £2,000 online. But its rich with imagery that I can make full use of and I know this will change the feel of my collages in terms of playing with compositions and structure. The book is a collection of photographs by Guy Bourdin whos images are found primarily in Vogue. I later on read that hes heavuily inspired by Francis Bacon who is one of my favourite artists.

I was also very flattered and pleased to have my work featured in the AA2A fund raising email. Its really nice that my work is getting some recognition and is actually just liked by people. So yeah, a big thumbs up for that!

So yeah, thats all for now. Hopefully more to come!

happy new year...

January 8, 2013 by Nick Walters   Comments (0)


finally, have found the library I need to make this thing happen...

been a long day...

but good to have found it..

not much else to report..

good to hang out with Rachael and Vikki this avo'

and arranged meeting with sound geek for next week..

slowly, slowly catchee monkey..


also looked at this:


which is awesome - but too much for what I need...

be good for a game idea I've got though..


Doily Diary: a solo show in progress

January 8, 2013 by Shannon Donovan   Comments (0)

For over a year, I've been planning to install a "doily diary" at the Clay College in Millville, New Jersey, USA. I was invited to do this solo show before I moved to the United Kingdom, and I'm in the States this week getting it ready. I've crocheted almost 400 small doilies -- one for each day of 2012, plus a few extra just in case -- and will be sewing them onto fabric monthly "calendars" for installation. But first, each and every doily gets dipped in porcelain slip and fired.

My latest image album shows how it's going. The show opens on 15 January, so I better get back to dipping and slipping this morning!

Once this show is up, it'll be back to Hereford College of Arts and further fibre/clay explorations. I can't wait!

International Postcard Exhibtion Nottingham

January 7, 2013 by Ruth Hamblett   Comments (1)

Looking forward to being back at university where will get that opportunity again to travel that road with AA2A students and Katherine fellow Student Rep at Coventry, hope to see you soon.

Started to engage with art practice by being pro-active with entering visual images into other outlets out there in the art world by finding a firmer grounding in building up art practice, this should help in networking. It has helped re-focus an otherwise stale art practice meaning a new start to 2013 has helped me become more open to unexplored journey.

Research and Visual Interpretation

January 7, 2013 by Kate Dicker   Comments (0)


'Red Dot' is the second screen print I have produced on the subject of land around the Itchen Water Meadows.  This makes a second print specifically on the theme of trees and the woodland/forester's marks for management. A red dot on the trunk, I understand, signifies that surgery is needed, whereas a short stripe indicates felling.  

The look of my prints is not my usual hand drawing. It has turned out this way because it has been so wet to work outside in the field. In its place I took photographs of areas that are designated for tree clearing and, for the sake of moving the project forward, I have used close-ups of the photographs to create colour layers for the prints.  This method has challenges in pre-deciding areas and boundaries of the colours (no more than four) and to overlay them successfully.

Over the last few weeks I have read 'Water Meadows', History, Ecology and Conservation, Edited by Hadrian Cook and Tom Williamson, published by Windgather Press Ltd, 2007.

Whilst studying the subject and starting again to draw on location, I am also mindful of how I am going to artistically interpret all this information. Some trial sketches of men working are shown with this entry and artists I am looking at are Bruce McLean, Josef Herman and John Constable. Stephen Chambers' recent show at the Royal Academy, also, has helped me considerably in creating the layers for the screen prints.


Glorious Day

January 7, 2013 by Deirdre Porter-Hanson   Comments (0)

12th December. 

The pieces taped to the wall have fallen to the floor and lie untouched.

It is a glorious day... -3c but the sun is out and the hoar frost shimmers.

No one in the MA space...some quiet sessions up and down the corridor.

Good,  I am in a state of not knowing...wondering...questioning...this is what life is. When we know the answer that is when we stop exploring..stop growing.

Actually why not go back to those pieces from the very beginning...revisit them knowing what I know now...mmmmm 


Immediate gratification

Can't be bothered

Not now



Here and now

No patience

Scratching the surface


It's nice to be up in the sky


Just get on with it

Why wait

Why bother

Direct response


Thought through





In response to


"They remind me of industrial landscape"...I hesitate to agree...landscape..yes...industrial?

But I reflect on the comment and of course she is right... our landscape is that of  agricultural industry

First day back

January 7, 2013 by Nicola Smith   Comments (0)

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So far not heard back from my Dressage application, although just by applying for it has pushed me too develop the work further. With all the Christmas celebrations and working at my part time job, today is my first day of getting my wig back on. As it is a Saturday I can’t access the uni project spaces and worked at home in the spare room. My first task was to get my light bulb frame up. I really wanted to get inside the frame and start miming to Penny Arcade speeches. Being the material it’s hard to evaluate what I’m doing so I filmed my performance experiments. I used playback to see how all the visual elements look together, the scale of the frame, and I question are certain props working? Early on I could see that the frame looked too big in relation to my body. Having online access to Penny’s speeches I decided to try out a longer piece and a shorter musical arrangement.

Originally I was only going to imitate her still images, however using the speaking and moving is visually more interesting. The frame needed to be smaller and I changed the shape from looking like a door to a TV screen. This form is more dynamic with part of my body inside and out. When I am in synch with the words it works well, although I also like it when it goes off. The rhythm of this piece is really important and I need to study the speech to control the flow. In past performances I have used lo-tech special effects and I feel this piece needs some extra sparkly bits. Packing away the string of lights that I bunched together, spontaneously I started dragging them across the floor. I may use this action to direct and move the viewer to the performance area. I need to do a rece of what project space to use as there is a mix of white cube and blacked out spaces. The spaces range form really small to large and I also have to consider the location, as I want to direct people from the corridor into the room.