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February 20, 2018 by Sally Stenton   Comments (0)

I counted my steps on the journey from art to science. Beginning in the Fine Art studio on the balcony of the Ruskin Gallery and stopping every 100 steps, my walk took me along the Forensic corridor, out into the cold, entering the new science building through the revolving doors and up to the psychology testing cubicles- another first floor balcony. 460 steps in total. I walked back counting to 230 to find the mid way point - the place where I imagined a portal or a permeable screen to step back and forth.


It might be fruitful to walk from science to art with a scientist and invite an artist to join us for the return walk. I might invite people to choose an object to carry from one place to the other, to place art in science and science in art, to mix them together and observe them coalesce or separate.


Working on Premier

February 15, 2018 by Annette Pugh   Comments (0)

Having completed a number of photoshoots, with slides, projectors, various cameras and equipment, I am now in the process of assembling the resulting imagery, my thoughts and ideas into some form of film. After initial frustration and technical errors, I have made headway today with Premier and feel more able to bring together all of the disparate pieces. Difficulties lie in all of the different formats I have used, so I have a huge job on my hands, editing, cropping and resizing works to harmonise. I am learning new things every day and the time here is really pushing my capabilities. I have huge aspirations, particularly after visiting Tate Britain last week to see the Elizabeth Price film 'The Woolworths Choir of 1979' and hope that whatever the results,  I am able to produce something in keeping with my vision.

Home Sapiens (Sapiens)

February 14, 2018 by Zara Ramsay   Comments (0)


From ages of stones and bones

and onwards to metal ores

who became ever stronger steel

a physical feat -mighty beast

But there was might to be found in the small, 

now a move to get increasingly so, to almost floating away...

if not that it were forming a web...

composing our age of the internet.

And within this materiality, there is a timeless unity - a constant of humanity

that is found in mentality - in our ability to think symbolically - collectively 

making cultures 

and ultimately forming history.


Working on exploring the idea of symbolic thought as a timeless driver of cultures through the fabrication of a 'landscape'...

Sitting somewhere between an early human settlement it is to be dotted with objects, tracing the development of humans as we progressed from the Stone Age to Silicone


but all is not as it seems

timelessness is the key, making something in the uncanny

it's through stories and myths after all, that we continually came and still come to be

from when we set up camp around fires, to a knapping melody -

working these stories, making them embodied


before on the move again.


But through stages things started to settle- into a domesticated life.

the 'good life' (and goods life)

hung up (and down) on this now -

on bracelets dangling with charms. 

A token of some affection
or tools in this dimension?
Enlarged for the duality
but marking that single consistency-again that constant of humanity
(increasingly abstractly)
our display of symbolic thought

Impossible Object No. 4 (Flying Lampadario)

February 13, 2018 by Chris Meigh-Andrews   Comments (0)

Finally made some headway on my flying lampadario project- motors now mounted and working, broken glass component replaced and have also incorporated some lighting. I'm now beginning to think about how to incorpartate the drone video sequence, a task that may prove a considerable challenge!

Walking from art to science (and back again)

February 5, 2018 by Sally Stenton   Comments (0)

Last year fellow artist Caroline Wendling and I had some fascinating converations with neuro-scientist Marty Fiati as part of a project entititled 'An invitation to travel' www.invitationtotravel.info and we are now exploring a further collaboration. Marty is researching  multi-sensory integration and representation of memory  and our wide ranging dialogue addressed how we navigate from place to place, how dementia disables this process and comparisons with the impact on memory of our use of digital devices.  I met with Marty recently and by seeking to identify how we might build future work together around more tangible outcomes we took a vital step back and began to unravel the underlying challenges in overlaying our apporaches. Recognising differences in some of our inspoken assumptions made us laugh and appreciate the real value of working together i.e for each of us to discover questions that we didnt realise existed! My idea of creating a walk between the art school and the new science building has taken on another dimension.

Bits of Wolves - scratching the surface

February 2, 2018 by Jayne Murray   Comments (0)

A while ago I found a map of Wolves and taking off the detail, but leaving the boundaries left an image that looked a lot like a flower. I left it for a bit, but have now returned to it as a basis for finding a spot to locate my project in. Yesterday I used it as a start point to leaving the university and exploring a bit, or maybe 3 small bits of the city. The first took in NewHampton Road, and West Park, second the middle of the ring road where the skate park is sunk into a meeting of subways at a roundabout and near 'the way' youth centre, and lastly to blakenhall, as far as Phoenix Park. In the skatepark I encountered a resident with thoughts on Wolverhampton, and it seemed like a node, place where a lot of people went through, due to the subway links as the principle means of crossing the ring road as well as destination to skate. Simultaneously I am thinking of printing onto trace and will be test printing next week to see what the resuts are. 

Heading east

January 29, 2018 by Sally Stenton   Comments (0)

On Friday the aa2a artists were invited to take part in a 'Compass Safari' with Simon Fathfull. We set off from the centre of Parkers Piece with a compass, each in a different direction. I headed east and soon found myself back at Anglia Ruskin. The compass took me into the new science building (see previous blog entry). It created a different way of navigating the space and the building interfered with the compass, so I could no longer be sure which way I should be going. I tried the different floors to find a way out - the compass pointed direct to a fire exit, I hesitated and thought about pressing the bar. The camera hanging at an angle from my coat created a film of my journey that was unfamiliar to me when i watched it - the disruption to my former view and relationship to the place was unexpected and provocative - thank you Simon!

Olivia Punnett- AA2A Student Rep Review.

January 29, 2018 by Virginia Hussey   Comments (0)

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Looking through the AA2A website I came across Olivia Punnett. What inspires me are quite a few things. Firstly, I like she uses varied techniques in producing her work, such as printmaking, installation, film and projection. This could be the fact I enjoy working a varied way also, using the letterpress machine to contemporary use of Adobe package software on my Mac.
A keen part of my interest is based on the use of exhibitions as Olivia is a director of Haarlem Artspace- a contemporary and exhibition space, as I would like to design exhibitions in the future, but having work displayed at The British Library, Tate Library and Archive-Tate Britain are extremely ambitious and fantastic to have! Let alone being a member of The Editions publishing group producing some of her own books! She has achieved a lot and I admire her achievements to date!

We wished to meet before, with discussions over e-mail in regard to writing this mini blog yet, last minute circumstances have not allowed us too. Hopefully, in the coming week, we will be able to meet over a coffee with a lovely meet and greet.

Below is a book she has published called “States of Uncertainty" and the Haarlem Artspace.



(NOTE: these are not my images and are found via these links. These are for documentary use only).

‘Art International Contemporary’ Magazine, issue # 6 – November/December 2017

January 25, 2018 by Lucy & Layla Swinhoe   Comments (0)

We are featured in the ‘Art International Contemporary’ Magazine, issue # 6 – November/December 2017, and received ‘The Genus of Art’ Award.


Going mobile but where?

January 25, 2018 by Jayne Murray   Comments (0)

One of my residency goals is to explore making screen print a mobile process. I am becoming knowledgeable about the print making process, but I now need to see where I can take it physically. I asked one of my peers SIan MacFarlane if she would meet me to discuss Wolverhampton as a place. Sian is a long term Wolverhampton resident. I presented Sian with a map I call 'Bits Of Wolves' which looks like a flower. Sian talked a lot about how Wolverhampton has a lot of resources but also how they are vulnerable to threat of closure, that the people are friendly, and that Wolverhampton gets a bad rap: it's perception does not match it's reality. On the basis of this exchange I have decided to visit a couple of 'bits' next week as a start to finding a place to work. Closure could be a good theme.