AA2A - Opportunities & Facilities For Artists & Designer Makers


The AA2A project (Artists Access to Art Colleges) is offering 90 placements, giving artists and designer makers the opportunity to undertake a period of research or realise a project using art college facilities.

Facilities available include workshops, IT facilities, lending libraries, and lecture programmes.

AA2A schemes aim to benefit students and institutions through their interaction with practising artists.

  • Access is free, for at least 100 hours, between Oct 2014 and April 2015
  • AA2A has a Hardship Fund, primarily for artists on benefits providing support of up to £200
  • Closing dates for applications vary but all are in September 2014
  • Artists on AA2A schemes run from 2012 to 2013 or before can now reapply
  • All applicants must have at least one year’s professional practice
  • This year M.A. students with at least one year's experience as an artist, can apply in the same year they graduate
  • Applicants should be able to work with minimal technical support

Please note that deadlines vary but all are throughout September - so check the individual college details. Application packs are only available directly from the colleges taking part.

Institutions taking part are Northumbria University (Newcastle), University of Sunderland, Teesside University (Middlesbrough), York College, University of Central Lancashire (Preston), Liverpool Hope University, Sheffield College, Sheffield Hallam University, University of Lincoln, Staffordshire University (Stoke-on-Trent), University of Derby, University of Wolverhampton, Dudley College, Coventry University, Anglia Ruskin University (Cambridge), North Hertfordshire College (Hitchin), University of Bedfordshire (Luton), Chelmsford College, University of Hertfordshire (Hatfield), Southampton Solent University and Plymouth University. 

For a map and a list of the 21 schemes with links to their application information, visit www.aa2a.org/colleges

For eligibility criteria and details of how to apply, go to: www.aa2a.org/apply 

To see current AA2A artists' work go to http://aa2a.biz

AA2A particularly welcomes applications from applicants with disabilities, from culturally diverse backgrounds and non-graduates.

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