Today we held our first AA2A meeting where the artists met our two AA2A student reps. Our artists discussed their current projects and how they are using the scheme to keep up their practice. Two out of the four artists were unable to attend and so we he hope to cover ground in our next meeting. We have decided to meet on a monthly basis to keep ourselves up to date on any project developments and opportunties for students. This will then provide a forum for artists to provide us with any feedback.
We discussed ways in which we could engage students and encourage them to attend our artists' AA2A talks which we are hoping to arrange within the first two weeks of second term.
We also discussed ways in which artists could involve students by organising studio visits and off site projects. We have also agreed that using our student portal, Moodle, would be the best way to get messages out to students. We would also like to incorporate our facebook and twitter accounts, but recognise that these should not be used exclusively. We also have a featured article about AA2A on our website:
Student reps were also informed of the importance of blogging and sharing best practice with others, making the most of their position as an AA2A student rep for Coventry University. Not only are they given the chance to network with other artists and student reps via the dotbiz networking site, but they also get to think reflectively about their work and how they can take advantage of the AA2A scheme. This is a great opportunity for students and one which we hope to promote to others.
Reps and artists seemed keen and excited to work together - so far so good!
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:/
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,
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...
Georgia and the AA2A team
Hi AA2A folk, here's some advice on correcting the ordering in your 'Skills' & 'Influences' etc
So, if your list appears backwards, here's what should work (although it may vary in different browsers).Go into 'Edit'.... don't alter anything (even though they are in the reverse order) 'Save' again and they are then shown correctly.
This quirk is because in social networking sites, fields are often designed to show the most recent update first - but, obviously when you want a fixed order, this causes conflict.
The alternative to this would be separating the items with a hyphen instead of a comma e.g 'art - ceramics - design'.
Unfortunately the only thing we haven’t worked out is what to do if you get stuck with an unwanted capital letter!
Hope this helps
If you want to put images in your blog rather than create an image album, here are a few tips.
Hi new AA2A artists, Its great to see that mugshots and profiles are already appearing in our first 24 hours of registration. If you need a little help with what to do next, have a look at our 8 minute video tutorial which we've made to take you through the basics of setting up your page, passwords, changing your settings etc http:/
We really hope you enjoy your AA2A scheme and are able to make the most of the opportunity and this networking website
Wendy and Georgia (the AA2A Team)
If you want to apply for an AA2A placement, there still are a few application deadlines left. University of Sunderland (Fri.28th) and you still have the weekend (deadline 30th) to put an application together for Gloucestershire College, Chelmsford College, Yorkshire Coast College, Harrogate School of Arts (applications through Hull), Hull School of Art and Design (including their first placement for a Musician). Hereford College of Arts deadline is on 1st October.
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
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.
FOR FULL ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA AND DETAILS OF HOW TO APPLY aa2a.org/apply
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 particularly welcomes applications from applicants with disabilities, from culturally diverse backgrounds and non-graduates.
APPLICATION PACKS ARE ONLY AVAILABLE DIRECTLY FROM THE COLLEGES TAKING PART
If you'd like to join the mailing list email firstname.lastname@example.org
Hi AA2A artists,
2011-12 Artists - you should have received emails from us about the 'AA2A Artists Evaluation' Please could you contact us if you have not received this: email@example.com
We've had a good response so far, so to all those artists who've completed it; thankyou very much! We really appreciate your feedback about the scheme and your experience, it genuinely makes a difference to how we run the scheme in future. If you have yet to complete your evaluation please can you do so as soon as possible.