AA2A Project

Posted: 11 Aug 2015
By Andrew Sheridan


The AA2A project (Artists Access to Art Colleges) is offering around 65 placements, giving artists and designer makers the opportunity to undertake a period of research or realise a project using art college facilities e.g. workshops, IT facilities, lending library, and lecture programme. AA2A schemes aim to benefit students and institutions through their interaction with practising artists

Map and list of our 16 schemes with links to their application information: http://www.aa2a.org/colleges


  • Access is free, for at least 100 hours, between Oct 2015 and April 2016
  • 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 2015
  • Artists on AA2A schemes run from 2013 to 2014 or before can now reapply
  • All applicants must have at least one year’s professional practice
  • 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

To see current AA2A artists' work go to http://aa2a.biz or read previous artists' stories here
AA2A particularly welcomes applications from applicants with disabilities, from culturally diverse backgrounds and non-graduates.

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  • University of Sunderland Application deadline 30th September
    0191 515 3771 lesley.christie@sunderland.ac.uk
    printmaking (screen printing, etching, lithography, relief printing, Riso printing), wood, metal, glass, ceramics, 3-D printing, photography (digital and chemical), painting
  • Teesside University (Middlesbrough) Application deadline 4th September
    0164 238 4045 k.geldart@tees.ac.uk
    printmaking, wood, metal, glass, plastics, digital media, photography, painting Teesside will be offering four places, two of which will be supported by Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (mima).
    These 'AA2A Plus' placements will also give access to their collections and offer 5 days work to each artist at £150 per day
  • University of Central Lancashire (Preston) Application deadline 21st September
    0177 289 3959 jpcrane@uclan.ac.uk
    printmaking, fashion UCLan will be offering four places, two of which will be supported by the Harris Museum and Art Gallery.
    These 'AA2A Plus' placements will also give access to their collections and offer 5 days work to each artist at £150 per day
  • Liverpool Hope UniversityApplication deadline 21st September
    0151 291 3516 mcgees1@hope.ac.uk printmaking, wood, metal, jewellery, plaster, ceramics, textiles (construction and print), digital design and manufacture, painting
  • Sheffield Hallam University Application deadline 14th September
    0114 225 6724 c.rayner@shu.ac.uk
    printmaking, metal, fashion, jewellery, video, interactive media, digital media, animation, photography, typography, graphics, illustration, painting
  • University of Lincoln Application deadline 31st August
    0152 283 7131 PAAdmin@lincoln.ac.uk
    printmaking, video, digital media, animation, interactive art, photography, drawing, illustration, painting, performance
  • University of Derby Application deadline 21st September
    0133 259 3113 j.falconer@derby.ac.uk
    printmaking, wood, metal, casting, carving, glass, ceramics, textiles, digital media, photography
  • De Montfort University (Leicester) Application deadline 18th September
    0116 207 8387 drobertson@dmu.ac.uk
    printmaking, wood, metal, plaster, glass, ceramics, textile printing, laser cutting, CAD labs, photography, video, life drawing studio, painting
  • University of Wolverhampton Application deadline 5th September
    0190 232 3147 i.rudge@wlv.ac.uk
    printmaking, wood, metal, foundry, wood / stone carving, hot glass, ceramics, interior textiles, digital media, video, photography, illustration, painting
  • Coventry University Application deadline 7th September
    0247 765 8879 rachelle.viader.knowles@coventry.ac.uk
    printmaking, small scale metal, ceramics, laser cutting, digital media, painting, drawing, fashion, illustration, graphic design, animation
  • Anglia Ruskin University (Cambridge) Application deadline 11th September
    0122 369 8720 aa2a@anglia.ac.uk
    printmaking, wood, metal, ceramics, fashion, film & TV production, digital media, photography, animation, illustration
  • University of Bedfordshire (Luton) Application deadline 12th September
    0793 197 1322 hannah.birkett@beds.ac.uk
    printmaking, fashion, laser-cutter, 3D printer/scanner, video, animation, moving image, photography, darkroom, graphic design, illustration, painting
  • University of Hertfordshire (Hatfield) Application deadline 14th September
    0170 728 5327 ad-shortcourses@herts.ac.uk
    printmaking, wood, metal, glass, ceramics, textiles, fashion, art therapy, digital media, film, video, sound, photography, graphics, painting
  • City College Brighton and Hove Application deadline 21st September
    0127 366 7749 AA2A@ccb.ac.uk
    printmaking, wood, metal, foundry, jewellery, glass, plastics, ceramics, textiles, fashion, product design, performance, film, video, sound, digital media, animation, photography, graphics, illustration, painting
  • Southampton Solent University Application deadline 21st September
    0238 201 6007 rebecca.myers@solent.ac.uk
    printmaking, wood, clay, letterpress, typography, digital media, photography, painting, drawing
  • Plymouth University Application deadline 28th September
    0792 957 1758 phil.power@plymouth.ac.uk
    printmaking, wood, metal, ceramics, plaster, textiles, film, video, sound, digital media, photography, animation, typography, graphics, illustration, painting, drawing