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By way of introduction...

December 17, 2015 by Clare Thornton   Comments (0)

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I recently showed a risograph print 'After After Richard Hughes' (see below) as part of Square One exhibition at the 101 Space, Plymouth University where AA2A artists introduced themselves to students and staff. Each of this years PU AA2A'ers presented a past work to introduce their practice to folks working in the Roland Levinsky Building.

Now I look forward to undertaking the necessary workshop inductions so I can begin to experiment with new (and familiar) materials.

Here are a couple of images from the Spuare One opening event captured by one of AA2A students reps, Oscar Kirkpatrick:


Part 2: Talk

August 21, 2015 by Plymouth University   Comments (0)

Artist talk by current AA2A artists' at Plymouth University, Joanna Brinton and Graham Seaton at the Council House, Civic Centre, Plymouth, on Tuesday 25th August between 10-30 and 11-30 am.


January 27, 2015 by Plymouth University   Comments (0)

Artist Lee McDonald currently mentor for AA2A artists 2014/15@Plymouth University

Pic of the Week: Melanie Milne, Staffs Uni (plus Tip of the Week & funding news)...

July 25, 2014 by Wendy Mason   Comments (0)

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Pic of the Week: Staffordshire University's AA2A artist Melanie Milne's experimental print  'Mr. Ostrich'


Tip of the Week (as featured in our self-employment talks):

'Aim to continue growing as a creative - learn new skills, meet new people & institutions & push yourself.'    Ralph Overill  AA2A artist at Chelmsford College (2013-14)  

Other news:

We're delighted to announce that we've been successful in our application for funding from Arts Council England's Grants for the Arts Lottery fund. This will allow us to continue running and developing AA2A. This year we will be piloting 'AA2A Plus' - a collaboration between York Museums Trust and York College, which will give two of their artists the opportunity to work with the Trust's collection and get 10 days paid work as well.

'Inspired by Miro,' (Online Saatchi exhibition showcasing the work of aa2a artist Lorraine Cooke.)

April 17, 2014 by Lorraine Cooke   Comments (0)

Lorraine Cooke is one of 38 artists selected internationally to be showcased in the online Saatchi exhibition entitled ‘inspired by Miro.’ The exhibition is curated by Kat Henning of Saatchi Art, Henning has worked with Christie’s in their Impressionist and Modern Art Department. The collection showcases the work of artists from the US, UK, Sweden, Mexico, Germany, Bulgaria, Canada, Poland, Brazil, France, Uganda and Australia. To view the exhibition or purchase art works please follow the link below: 

Getting started with ideas!

December 2, 2013 by Anna Krystyna Casey   Comments (0)

This week has mainly been about research and planning; deciding the best plan of action for my project. I have met with the technical staff at Derby Uni., who are absolutely fab!! I will be starting to get messy with actual making next week, starting with some small simple clay moulds.  Once I get a feel for how they are working, I will play about with different methods of making the moulds.

I will use the moulds I create for slumping my glass onto. I want to achieve texture and movement in my glass, to emphasise the crocheted wire fabric which is trapped within.  I’ll be using my Pinterest board as an online sketchbook: http://www.pinterest.com/annakrystyna/aa2a-project/.

My research this week has been two-fold., I got lost in the library for a few hours. When I was a student I loved doing this, and always came out inspired, so it was great to get back in the stacks! I also went out to the Harley Gallery: if you don’t know it, it’s well worth the trip. This week was their Christmas Market. I had a lot of friends exhibiting there, but also got to see some work new to me. I was particularly taken with the work of Polly & Garry Uttley. Their beautiful wall panels mimic fabric, in this case intricate and detailed Indian textiles, capturing the surface texture and the movement in a solid form. At first glance, they are easily mistaken for fabric until closer inspection. I don’t aim to go quite this far with my glass, I am more concerned with the qualities and shapes rather than the details.  However the shapes and compositions were very inspiring, and it was great to see clay used in this way!



November 22, 2013 by Lorraine Cooke   Comments (0)

Roderick. K. Newlands MA (RCA) and myself are currently creating work in response to Cyprus in support of the 'European Capital of Culture 2017' developments of which Paphos won the title bid. To view art works and hear of future exhibitions both in the UK and Cyprus please visit 'TAKE2' at www.facebook.com/take2artists.

Looking forward to getting started...

November 20, 2013 by Anna Krystyna Casey   Comments (0)

Looking back it's seems like a long time ago that I sat writing my AA2A application. After the form, the interview, the funding application, and the inductions, I'm looking forward to getting my teeth into some of my project work.

My project for the scheme is based around my Hooked collection, which was initially part of my graduate collection. After graduating, I focused on developing products and jewellery, using my unique combination of techniques. I then turned my attention to further developing the art and sculpture side of my practice, starting with my Cellular and Cell Cultures collections. This resulted in a solo exhibition at The National Centre for Craft and Design. Images of this exhibition can be see here:


I am looking forward to seeing this work in many more venues over the next year. However I now want to develop another one of my collections, Hooked, in the same way. Since I graduated I have had many ideas around this collection of work, ways to push the techniques and refine the processes, to create new avenues for exploration. I am looking forward to allowing experimentation dictate the my development, but my main aim is to create bigger work than I currently do in this collection. My current equipment and facilities mean that I am limited in the size of work I can produce, which is why the AA2A will be so crucial in pushing my plans forward.

I have started this project in the same way I always do- lots of drawing and researching other creative work. You can keep up to date with this on my Pinterest board, where I‘ll be adding my inspirations as a digital sketchbook:


I’ll be starting my sessions at my university, the University of Derby, by meeting with the technicians in the departments to discuss my project ideas, and what I want to use the equipment for. I’m also looking forward to burying my head in the library, and getting lost amongst the books! So until I find my way out, see you later!!

Welcome (& how to set up your profile page)

October 18, 2013 by Wendy Mason   Comments (0)

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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 and fill the last few late places on the schemes.

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 hope you have a good AA2A experience and enjoy using this site.

All for now,