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
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,