I'm the National Director of AA2A. I'm based in Sheffield and work about 18 hours a week.
I originally trained as a jeweller and silversmith in the 1980's and set up as self employed the day I left college! Increasingly I worked on education and arts development projects including working freelance for several Arts Council regions.
I started working on the idea of allowing artists and designer makers to use art college facilities back in 1994 and set up the current AA2A project 16 years ago.
I now only make jewellery for friends and family as AA2A has grown... and it allows me to spend more time in my vegetable garden.