Worcestershire Arts Partnership Blog

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

AA2A project -CALL FOR for Visual Artists and Design Makers - Research

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.


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 £300 to artists, principally for those on benefits associated with low income (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.


As part of the national Artists Access to Art Colleges project we will be offering four placements to artists and designer-makers, giving them the opportunity to undertake a  period of research or realise a project using our workshop and supporting facilities eg. IT facilities, lending library, & lecture programme.  AA2A schemes aim to benefit students and institutions through their interaction with practicing artists.


For an application pack please contact us directly

ihca@worc.ac.uk   0190 554 2542      Application deadline 21st September

Facilities available  -  printmaking, film, photography, creative digital imaging, sound


For general info on eligibility and application procedure see   www.aa2a.org/apply

•       Access is free, for at least 100 hours, between Oct 2016 and April 2017
•       AA2A's Hardship Fund, primarily for artists on benefits provides expenses up to £300
•       Closing dates for applications vary but all are in September 2016
•       Artists on AA2A schemes run from 2014 to 2015 or before can now reapply
•       All applicants must have at least one year’s professional practice
•       Only M.A. students can apply in the same year they graduate
•       Applicants should be able to work with minimal technical support

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