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


'AA2A Engage' launched

January 9, 2014 by Georgia Rodger   Comments (0)

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.



Happy New AA2A Year

January 2, 2014 by Georgia Rodger   Comments (0)


Thanking everyone for their support in 2013 and looking forward to the New AA2A Year.

Sara Downham Lotto

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://aa2a.biz/pg/profile/sara13

AA2A newsletters for everyone

December 16, 2013 by Georgia Rodger   Comments (0)

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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)

There's also:

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.

Seasons greetings,

Georgia, AA2A National Coordinator


December 5, 2013 by Georgia Rodger   Comments (0)

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Hi AA2A artists and students

We're pleased to announce voting for the favourite artists of 2013-14 is open!  This is a great way for us to raise the profile of the scheme, involve students and get more exposure for this website.  On every artist's profile there is a link to 'vote for this artist'. 

There's a public vote too - for your peers, lecturers, college staff, students from non-AA2A colleges and any other fans!

Here's a link to go directly to the AA2A Voting Page

The winning artists of the public vote and the student vote will both be promoted on our websites, facebook and twitter pages and may have the opportunity to have their project featured in London at the AA2A Briefing Day. Click here to see previous Featured Artists

It's fantastic to see interaction between the artists and student reps who've joined us on Dotbiz in the last couple of week, so big thanks to them and all the dotbiz users who've been posting and uploading.  Dont' forget if you have any trouble using the site, we have training to help you: http://www.aa2a.org/artists_menu/training

Best wishes


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

AA2A: applications open for 2012/13!

August 14, 2012 by Georgia Rodger   Comments (0)

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Hi AA2A artists and fans,

Please can you help us spread the word about AA2A, whether you've been on the scheme and would recommend it to others or if you might apply yourself:

We now have application deadlines for all our 33 AA2A host institutions. To get all the information in one page go to our web advert

Map and list of our 33 schemes   Follow us on  Twitter  and  Facebook

The AA2A project offers artists & designer makers the opportunity to undertake a period of research or realise a project using art college facilities eg. workshops, IT facilities, lending library, & lecture programme.  AA2A schemes aim to benefit students and Colleges through their interaction with practising artists.


Access is free, for at least 100 hours, between Oct 2012 and April 2013 and a materials/travel grant of £220 is usually available.
Closing dates for applications vary but all are in September 2012.
Applicants must have at least one years professional practice and should be able to work with minimal technical support.
Artists on AA2A schemes run from 2009 to 2010 or before can now reapply. 
To see current AA2A artists' work go to http://aa2a.biz or read previous artists' stories here.
AA2A particularly welcomes applications from applicants with disabilities, from culturally diverse backgrounds and non-graduates.


If you'd like to join the mailing list email georgia@aa2a.biz