Introduction to AA2A

Project description

The AA2A project is a national set of schemes, providing visual artists and designer makers with the opportunity to undertake a period of research or realise a project, using workshop and supporting facilities in fine art and design departments of Higher and Further Education institutions. This gives participating artists and makers the opportunity to use equipment which otherwise might not be available to them, as well as benefiting the institution by allowing students to work alongside, and interact with practising artists and makers.

In 2015/16 there will be 16 institutions in England hosting AA2A schemes. Each participating institution normally offers places to four artists or designer-makers. Typical supporting facilities available to artists and makers include college lending libraries, access to lecture programmes, life rooms, etc. Each artist/maker has at least 100 hours access, which they can use between October and April. AA2A endeavours to provide support of up to £200 to artists on benefits associated with low income, if they need this to be able to take up their place (conditions apply).

Although access is free, artists are expected to engage with students and those who apply are asked to propose ways in which their presence will benefit students e.g. by doing a technical demonstration or talking about their work or self employment. Artists are not expected to do more than three sessions of this type of activity during their placement.

Each AA2A Artist has a webpage on ‘Dotbiz’ – our networking site, which they can use to document their project through blogs and images. Many institutions also offer exhibitions as part of their AA2A scheme.


MY AA2A Photo a day journey:




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