The Artists Access to Art Colleges (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.
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. 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.
AA2A participants are welcomed to exhibit during the School's annual MA Show.
Joanna Manousis who took part in the scheme in 2014/5 told us:
“I have conducted lectures and demonstrations to the students of Wolverhampton University in order to highlight new processes and opportunities within the international glass arena that they may not have considered. I feel that the AA2A residency will be an excellent resource to young artists who may not have access to the equipment they require to create work after finishing their studies. Access such as this will allow individuls to expand their portfolios which in turn allows for future success in grant applications, exhibitions and residencies.”
Our artists for 2014/5 were: