Hi everyone, Its great to see so many see 'Work in progress' albums posted on the site. As a maker myself, I always find them the most interesting.
Talking of 'Work in progress', we've finished our first (mainly visual) adjustments to this site and we're pleased with the result.
We get a huge amount of traffic on our sites, especially as we're primarily here to enable you to network with other artists and students. So, we hope to capitalize on this, by featuring chosen images on all the pages of our other site (www.aa2a.org), with links back to your Dotbiz webpages. We'll be asking you before using any of your images and it will be next year before we get it finished.
As ever, do let us know if you're having any problems with your scheme which we might be able to help with.
We're a mean lot at AA2A! Where some organisations have an expensive website built for them, we've always used 'Open source' software and employed clever techy people to adapt it for us. Although Dotbiz can be a bit clunky, this approach has saved us a fortune over the years. However it was starting to look a bit dated. Our current 'Web Guru' Robin will be trying out some of our ideas for visual improvements over the next few weeks, so you may see a few changes, some of which we'll keep. We won't move things around too much as we know that our dyslexic artists in particular, find that an real headache. The biggest change you'll notice is that we're looking at a different version of the 'sidebar' (on the left hand side of the homepage) because it can really slow down the loading of the page.
Wish us luck and do let us know if something looks awful e.g. overlapping text, images etc
We're sorry the site looks a bit blank at the moment. We're changing the year over and are registering our new artists, who will be uploading their statements, mugshots etc very soon. Keep visiting the Dotbiz home page to see what's new and do use the site to keep in touch with each other. I want to thanks all last year's Artists and our AA2A Student Reps who blogged, uploaded images and posted exhibitions. It's great to see the site so well used. I hope you all have a good experience on AA2A in its 18th year.
All for now, Wendy (AA2A National Director)
Hi AA2A fans,
It's fantastic to see there are so many AA2A artists who've been uploaded images and blogs about their exhibitions as they come to the end of their schemes:
- 'Parallax'; AA2A artists and AA2A Plus artists at Constantine Gallery, Middlesbrough Tower, Teesside University, see Susan Gough's blog
- AA2A exhibition at University of Bedfordshire School of Art and Design, 21 Apr 2016 - 28 Apr 2016, see Gayle Storey's exhibition album
- 'Inprogress'; AA2A artists at the Cornerstone Gallery, Liverpool Hope University, see Fiona Candy's album
These are just a small selection, sorry I haven't featured more here, but if you're an artist from this year please who's putting on an exhibition or evenlet us know as we'd love to see your documentation of these shows on Dotbiz.
All the best
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Another busy week for AA2A where Wendy (AA2A's National Director) is out on tour again delivering presentations on Self-employment at Teesside University and University of Sunderland. It's great timing to see so much activity from their artists on the site now - e.g Check out the blogs and albums form Rachel Laycock and Susan Gough
We're delighted to be kicking off the first of this year's 'AA2A self-employment' presentations tomorrow at Plymouth Uni. Wendy will be myth-busting as well as presenting one of the first AA2A Self-employment Champions... (I'll keep that a secret till then)
It's been a busy week so far after we met with Arts Council England on Monday and we really couldn't be happier seeing all the recent activity on Dotbiz. Special thanks to everyone who's been active and in particular all the AA2A Plus artists who've given updates on their projects.
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:/
More than anything, we hope you have a good AA2A experience and enjoy using this site.
All for now,
Georgia and the AA2A team