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Since the MA

January 6, 2014 by Chloe Hamill   Comments (0)

Since completing my MA time has gone very fast! I have started doing dissertation support for final year students, which I love, many are doing part practical pieces alongside their written work and I enjoy seeing their ideas come to life and develop. Alongside this I was doing various jobs to pay the rent and the realities of council tax and bills has been the downside to leaving education. However I start a new part time job alongside tutoring at the university to support my practice, which should now give me a steady income to carry on doing the things I love! 

I have also moved into a new flat and have space to carry on my practice, which is great! Eventually I would love to have my own studio to spread out. I have just order myself a screen so I can get back to screen printing which I am very excited about. 

I have exhibited at the Knit and Stitch and started to run workshops. In the next two days I will be carrying out workshops at the Whitworth Art Gallery and the Victorian Gallery and Museum in Liverpool. I will post some images of the three dimensional birds we created in the next week or so! 

I also worked on a ceramic project at the biennial in Stoke-on-Trent. I saw the work of Clare Toomey, an artist I have always admire, not only for the aesthetics but also for the conceptual ideas involved in her practice.

During November I went to Kosovo to work on an embroidery project with women in Poduejva, it is always great to see designs come to life and to see the emotional and financial benefits of this project.

What next? 

My next project is for an exhibition in March in London where I will be exhibiting alongside three other artists. I hope to blog, as this work develops. I am also working on a project with another artist at the People's History Museum in Manchester, which will take place in the next couple of months. 

Preliminary Trail Drawings and Sketches

January 3, 2014 by Sophie Foster   Comments (0)

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Recent work during my AA2A residency at Northumbria. I am currently busy preparing for an upcoming exhibition at the Newcastle Arts Centre showcasing a range of prints and automatic drawings.

Motors and drone

January 2, 2014 by James Watts   Comments (0)

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I've been playing with using electric motors to generate tones. Here are the results of the first experiment. I've run a low pass filter on the signal from the motor to smooth the tone out a bit then multitracked it. Five recordings layered over each other. The end result of this should yield some form of sculptural installation/group performance piece...


Motor Test by Within The Dolmen

Happy New AA2A Year

January 2, 2014 by AA2A Georgia Rodger   Comments (0)


Thanking everyone for their support in 2013 and looking forward to the New AA2A Year.

Sara Downham Lotto

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://aa2a.biz/pg/profile/sara13


December 29, 2013 by Kathryn Poole   Comments (0)

There were 2 exhibitions running in Preston recently that the AA2A artists were involved in: Transfer in Korova cafe has 4 pieces by Simon Plum, one by me along with other artists. Also in the PR1 gallery in the Victoria building of UCLan last years AA2A artists held an exhibition showcasing the work they created last year.

The photographs below are taken by one of the current artists, Tony Knox, and are from the PR1 exhibition with work from Tiago Duarte, Rima Salem, Leighton Bohl, Janet Manogue and Denise Swanson. 




Christmas Day is gone now:

December 27, 2013 by Christopher Jennings   Comments (0)

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... And a time for me to return back to my studies and my work. Over the course of the past couple of weeks, I have been filling my face with goodies of all kinds and now I'm ready to get back into the swing of working.

I'm planning to write some more blog posts here in the near future, explaining my art & illustration influences and when I return to Coventry University in the new year, my fellow rep and the 4 artists will have a lot of work ahead of us.

Stay tuned in to Coventry University as the holiday season nears its closure, we're all working up a storm for next year.


December 20, 2013 by James Watts   Comments (0)

Earlier this week, Tim Croft and I made a lot of noise in Baltic 39. On the 6th of February we'll be showing the results...


"James Watts and Tim Croft, in a literal response to the exhibition theme, will explore privately within the RIFF exhibition space the synchronisation of riff into an unsynchronised rift. The documentation of this performance will be unharmoniously imposed on to the RIFT exhibition."


The First Monthly Meeting

December 18, 2013 by Chante Timothy   Comments (0)

Last week, Tuesday 10th December, was the first meeting with the AA2a artists in our University. 

Unfortunately Chris (The other student rep) and I were only able to meet two for the Artists, Kim and Kadi. 

Kim described to us that she works in ceramics and her project. She has been in out studios from October using the clay and Kiln to create her clay rain drops and leaves to depict her combined memories of Coventry and South Korea, representing her past and present life with things that seem the same in both places.

Kadi described to us how she sees beauty in still moments. Here art comes in the form of video, she plans to film two older gentleman war prisoners in their 90's. It's not meant to be a documentary but a reflective diary seeing the beauty in the silences. She has found out Media loan shop to be quite handy but a little bit of a pinch to return as she can only have a camera for 24hrs but stated " a lot can be done in 24hrs" 

In the meeting we spoke about a possible open talk for all students to attend in January and as a Rep it is my job to help raise awareness. 

It was also discussed to try and get other students to help with the artists self-promotions with students possibly volunteering to generate web designs posters etc... to help with the branding of each artist.

All I think see the journeys taken by each artist to complete their projects will be a unique experience and I look forward to working with the artist and Chris (the other Student Rep).

3D printing as a hands-on activity

December 18, 2013 by Gabrielle Hoad   Comments (0)

For an artist who likes to get her hands dirty, 3D printing can feel very hands-off.  Typically, having spent a lot of time talking to people and passing on computer files, the first time I touch my object is when it's finished.  So I was delighted to discover a ceramic 3D printer at Plymouth University that you can operate yourself.

Using the principle of a coil pot, it prints from a digital model using a paste of extruded porcelain driven by compressed air. You mix the clay and fill the cartridges yourself, and spoon powdered clay around the form to support it as it's built. You can even dive in mid-print with a paint brush and interfere with the flow.

It's demonstrated here by ceramicist Jonathan Keep, who cleverly adapted a home-build extrusion printer for this purpose. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VxNzo3ckVOo