AA2A Plus - Access to local collections

As a natural extension to our AA2A schemes we have negotiated access to a number of local collections, so artists and students can use them as source material and inspiration. This project will encourage museums, galleries and archives to develop their partnerships with local Universities, and encourage them to offer exhibition opportunities and other paid work to artists. AA2A will develop draft guidelines to support these access arrangements during the pilot phase of the project.

AA2A Plus - Collections schemes 2019-22

University of Wolverhampton in partnership with Wolverhampton Arts and Heritage are giving the AA2A artists access to the collections of their Museum and Art Gallery, City Archives, Bantock House Museum and Bilston Gallery (Art and Engineering).

University of Derby in partnership with Derby Museums Trust are giving the AA2A artists access to the collections at their Museum and Art Gallery and Pickford’s House.

University of Central Lancashire in partnership with Harris Museum and Art Gallery are giving the AA2A artists access to their collections.

AA2A Plus - Enhanced placements 2014-16

Previously we ran AA2A Plus Enhanced placements which allowed museums and galleries to offer residencies for artists and designer makers in partnership with our host HEIs. The enhanced places gave artists the opportunity to develop a project using the collections as inspiration. The placements offered a minimum 5 days paid work which included public lectures, workshops, development of interpretive materials and commissioned artworks.

Teesside University and Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art
Access was centred around mima's 'Office of Useful Art'.
'AA2A Plus' artists were Alan Hathaway and Jim Poyner

University of Central Lancashire and the Harris Museum and Art Gallery
Access was centred around the Harris' history collection.
'AA2A Plus' artists were James Fox and Emma Blackburn

York College and York Museums Trust
Access was centred around YMT's glass and ceramics collection. The College also ran a parallel student project, where they accessed the collections alongside the artists.
'AA2A Plus' artists were Karen Thompson and Ian Kirkpatrick