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50 AA2A placements for designer-makers in host universities across England


The AA2A project gives 50 designer-makers / visual artists the opportunity to undertake a period of research or realise a project using university facilities e.g. workshops, IT facilities, lending library, and lecture programme, with four universities offering access to local collections in museums, galleries and archives. AA2A schemes aim to benefit students and institutions through their interaction with practising makers The following universities each offer at least 4 places

  • University of Central Lancashire
  • University of Chester
  • Staffordshire University
  • University of Derby
  • Loughborough University
  • De Montfort University
  • University of Wolverhampton
    including additional placement for a Creative writer
  • Anglia Ruskin University
  • University of Hertfordshire
  • Buckinghamshire New University

Following unis tbc:

  • York St John
  • Liverpool Hope
  • Coventry

In exchange for access to facilities, AA2A artists are asked to propose ways in which their presence will benefit students, e.g. technical demonstrations, talks etc. Artists would not be asked to do this more than three times during their placement

• Access is free, for at least 100 hours, between Oct 2019 and April 2020
• AA2A's Support Fund, primarily for artists on low income provides expenses up to £350
• Artists on AA2A schemes run from 2017 to 2018 or before can now reapply
• All applicants must have at least one year’s professional practice
• Only MA / PhD students can apply in the same year they graduate
• Applicants should be able to work with minimal technical support
• Artists have a web profile on AA2A's networking site to document their project
• Many host institutions offer exhibitions as part of their scheme AA2A particularly welcomes applications from makers with disabilities, from culturally diverse backgrounds and non-graduates. AA2A holds a modest fund to support costs associated with access for disabled applicants

How to Apply

APPLICATION PACKS ARE ONLY AVAILABLE DIRECT FROM THE HOST UNIVERSITIES Closing dates for applications vary but all are in September 2019 For info on eligibility and application procedure: https://aa2a.biz/pages/appinfo