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:/
More than anything, we really hope you have a good AA2A experience and enjoy using this site.
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:/
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:/
Other news: Last chance to vote for your favourite AA2A artist of 2013/14 so vote now: http:/
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:/
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:/
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.
Pic of the week: De Montfort University's AA2A artist Harris Chapman's cardboard and fiberboard furniture developments.
You can see more of Harris' work at http:/
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:/
Hi AA2A artists
You should have received by email the latest artists newsletter last week. You can also find it here: AA2A Artists Newsletter
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:/
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Hi AA2A artists, students and fans,
We're delighted to launch the new 'AA2A Engage' membership as a resource for our host institutions.
We want to create a more engaged membership by connecting previous AA2A artists with current host institutions. We hope that both students and artists will benefit from the arrangement and that those artists who told us they'd have liked to do more for students during their scheme will welcome this. Our aim is to encourage students to carry on their work after graduating, particularly through being self-employed. We believe that our members can provide professional role models for current students and we want to promote informal interaction outside of institutions.
We've had over 50 previous AA2A artists sign up to the new 'AA2A Engage' membership group, who've volunteered to offer a session with students:
e.g Studio visit, Private view, Open studios, Intro to self-employment...
We've called these interactions 'Employability sessions' as we hope that they'll help students to get some contact with the wider art world.
We'll keep you posted on any news. Please get in touch if you're a previous AA2A artist and want to join the membership group.
Thanking everyone for their support in 2013 and looking forward to the New AA2A Year.
Our special thanks to Sara Downham Lotto, AA2A Artist at Plymouth College, for letting us adapt her image 'Golden Wonder' is a mixed media painting from the 'Circle' series.
You can see more of Sara's work at http:/
Hi AA2A artists, students and other project fans!
Did you know AA2A produce three regular newsletters?
just out today we have the:
General newsletter (going out to our mailing list with a roundup of project news)
Students newsletter (news on Student reps, voting and employability)
Artists newsletter (sent out to our current artists in November)
Enjoy and don't forget to keep us updated on your news.
Georgia, AA2A National Coordinator