A student guide to AA2A
The AA2A scheme works like a mini residency with four artists or designer-makers given the opportunity to work on their own projects in host institutions around the country. Artists are offered access to facilities and in return they often do talks, demonstrations, exhibit work and blog on AA2A’s website.
AA2A and EmployabilityWhen institutions sign up for AA2A, they choose from a range of Employability packages for their students, so you will have free access to:
- a digital ‘Making it out there’ publication, detailing visual arts and Self-employment support organisations
- Three 45 min self-employment videos
- Five 45 min employability themed videos, featuring Creatives talking about different aspects of their careers after graduation, eg. Copyright & licensing
- 1 hour online introductory talk on self-employment and the digital support available
- Specialist self-employment seminars
- a Facebook Self-employment support group for students and graduates
Getting more involved
You will be eligible to apply to become an AA2A artist the year after you graduate from a BA or straight away if you are graduating from an MA or PhD and you have at least one year's experience as a practising artist. For more info see how to apply
There are also opportunities to become an AA2A Student Rep for your institution. Student Reps help us by talking to other students about the artists and can take part in prize challenges and be paid for helping organising visits to the studios of local 'AA2A Engage' artists. If you are interested, contact your AA2A Coordinator, Administrator or contact us at AA2A.
Using the AA2A networking area
The Latest activity page is a great place to start exploring artist's work. You will find links to your university's page, with info on your AA2A Artists, Coordinator, etc. from the College menu If there isn't an artist working in your area of interest at your Uni, you can search by medium e.g. glass or by influences e.g ecology. Artists usually provide email addresses on their page so you can get in touch.