Pic of the Week: Kirsty E Smith, Sheffield College (plus 'Tip of the Week' and other news..)

April 1, 2015 by Georgia Rodger   Comments (0)

Pic of the Week:  Sheffield College's AA2A artist Kirsty E Smith's work in progress from her Dotbiz album 'It's coming together'.

Tip of the Week from AA2A artists to students (as featured in our self-employment talks): 'Make applications in as many areas of interest as possible and keep your options open.' Tony Stallard, Chelmsford College.

Other news: It's the beginning of the end for this years' artists on their AA2A projects around the country.  Most host institutions finish the scheme sometime in April (although some artists offer extensions). This means artists are showing off their new work, experiments and research in blogs and albums on this site and also some artists will be exhibiting so the exhibitions listings should be buzzing with activity too!

Best wishes,

The AA2A Team (Wendy, Georgia & Jo)

Pic of the Week: Jamie Barnes, UCLan (plus 'Tip of the Week' and other news)

February 26, 2015 by Georgia Rodger   Comments (0)

Pic of the Week: UCLan's AA2A artist, Jamie Barnes' 'Advance Guard', hand-coloured trace monotype print

You can see more of Jamie's work at http://aa2a.biz/pg/profile/jamie14

Tip of the Week from AA2A artists to students (as featured in our self-employment talks): 'Join as many professional networks as you can, and make the most of everything they offer.' AA2A artist, Derby Uni, (2013-14).

Other news:  AA2A artists should have recieved the latest artists newsletter from us earlier this week.  If you didn't, please get in touch as we may need to check your email address. Also we want your flyers/posters/etc! If you have any exhibitions please tell us so we can add it to our press file.  You can add it to the exhibitions listings on Dotbiz and email us any flyers/promotion.  There might be some extra promotion we can do for you too...

Best wishes,

The AA2A Team (Wendy, Georgia & Jo)

AA2A Artists Newsletter: out now!

November 21, 2014 by Georgia Rodger   Comments (0)

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Hi AA2A artists

You should have received by email the first artists newsletter today. You can also find it here: AA2A Artists Newsletter

Best wishes


Welcome (and how to set up your profile page)

October 16, 2014 by Georgia Rodger   Comments (2)

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Welcome to AA2A.   Its great to be starting a new AA2A year, even though its very hectic here, as we try to get all of you registered on the site.

Please can you upload an image of yourself so that students can recognise you when you're in the college.  Also could you please fill in the 'About me' section of your profile page with the text you wrote in Question 14 of your application form ('Image and accompanying information for the website').  Let us or your college know if you have problems with this.

Do have a look at our training videos 'Getting started' and 'Uploading images and blogs'.  These are only about 8 minutes long and can be found in the Artists training area of our parallel website AA2A.org  http://www.aa2a.org/artists_menu/training

More than anything, we really hope you have a good AA2A experience and enjoy using this site.

All for now
Georgia and the AA2A team (Wendy and Jo)

Pic of the Week: Simon Plum (plus 'Tip of the Week' and other news...) Voting closes Monday!

May 29, 2014 by Georgia Rodger   Comments (0)

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Pic of the Week: from AA2A artist at UCLan, Simon Plum's album 'Pen drawings'

You can see more of Simon's work at http://aa2a.biz/pg/profile/simon13

Tip of the Week: (as featured in our self-employment talks) ‘Love what you do. Be free.’ Italia Rossi, previous AA2A artist at Wimbledon College of Art 2012-13, http://aa2a.biz/pg/profile/italia

Other news: Last chance to vote for your favourite AA2A artist of 2013/14 so vote now: http://aa2a.org/artistvote voting closes Mon 2nd June - spread the word!

Pic of the Week: Anna Fairchild, Uni of Bedfordshire (plus 'Tip of the Week' and other news...)

May 8, 2014 by Georgia Rodger   Comments (0)

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Pic of the Week: University of Bedfordshire's AA2A artist Anna Fairchild's image 'Bark Story 2' 

You can see more of Anna's work at http://aa2a.biz/pg/profile/anna13

Tip of the Week (as featured in our self-employment talks): ‘Practice talking to your peers about your work so that you feel confident in how to present yourself.’ AA2A Artist, Coventry University http://aa2a.biz/pg/profile/coventry

Other news:

If you're a current artists on the scheme - you should have received email from us today about the 'AA2A Artists Evaluation' Please could you contact us if you have not received this.

We really look forward to receiving your feedback about the scheme and your experience, it genuinely makes a difference to how we run the scheme in future.

Best wishes


Pic of the week: Harris Chapman, De Montfort University

February 20, 2014 by Georgia Rodger   Comments (0)

Pic of the week: De Montfort University's AA2A artist Harris Chapman's cardboard and fiberboard furniture developments.

Harris Chapman


You can see more of Harris' work at http://aa2a.biz/pg/profile/harris13

Other news:

We've just updated the homepage on our other website - so now it shows the work of selected artists from this year's scheme (three images at a time). Refresh the page to change the selection: http://aa2a.org/

New AA2A artists newsletter

February 13, 2014 by Georgia Rodger   Comments (0)


Hi AA2A artists

You should have received by email the latest artists newsletter last week. You can also find it here: AA2A Artists Newsletter

Best wishes


AA2A Presentation promoting self-employment at Plymouth Uni

February 3, 2014 by Georgia Rodger   Comments (0)

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Hi AA2A artists and students

We're excited to be giving the first of our presentations promoting self-employment as a career and lifestyle option at Plymouth University this Wednesday.  Wendy Mason, AA2A's National Director, will be presenting to 30 Fine Art and Design students showing them what it looks and feels like to be self-employed and why it might work for them.  She will bust the myth that only the most self-motivated graduates go self-employed and show them that there’s no better time to go self employed than in a recession!

Plymouth University have six AA2A artists this year and three AA2A Student Reps.  Together with Plymouth College of Art who have another four artists, they make up our 'Plymouth AA2A Hotspot'. You can find out more about their scheme here: http://aa2a.biz/pg/profile/plymouthuni



AA2A Student Reps - help spreading the word

January 27, 2014 by Georgia Rodger   Comments (0)

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Hi AA2A artists

Have you met AA2A student reps in college?  Not every college has reps but there are 20 across England. We've been giving them monthly challenges aimed at helping them spread the word about the schemes and artists. For example, for this month's challenge we're asking them to encourage other students to join the AA2A Student Mailing list.  By joining the mailing list they will be kept up to date with the scheme with a couple of newsletters per year (we're not going to spam them!) and when they graduate we'll keep them in touch with opportunities through our Artists mailing list.  AA2A will never pass on email addresses for any other purpose and they can unsubscribe at any time.

You could help the reps with their challenge this month - if you meet interested students, ask them if they're on the Student mailing list, if not all they need to do is send an email with 'STUDENT MAILING LIST' as the subject to georgia@aa2a.biz

We have real difficulty contacting students and spreading the word about the scheme as the national team don't often visit AA2A colleges/uni's and so we don't have any way of contacting students directly, so every interaction helps.

Also if you use Facebook or Twitter - show your support for AA2A and like us or follow us, we're hoping to reach 1500 social media supporters in the next few days....

Lastly check out the latest blog from Chloe Hamill - AA2A Graduate Link.  Last year Chloe (MMU) was nominated our student rep of the year and we've asked her to be our 'AA2A Graduate link' - posting on the Dotbiz site about art and life as a new graduate.

Best wishes