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AA2A Artists & Designer-maker placements 2019-20

AA2A and its host universities are offering over 50 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, lecture programme. AA2A schemes aim to benefit students and institutions through their interaction with practising artists

  • Access is free, for at least 100 hours, between Oct 2019 & April 2020
  • AA2A's Support Fund, primarily for artists on low income provides expenses up to £350
  • Closing dates for applications vary, but all are in Sept 2019
  • Artists on AA2A schemes run from 2017-18 or before can now reapply
  • All applicants must have at least one years professional practice
  • Only MA /PhD students can apply in the same year they graduate
  • Applicants should be able to work with minimal technical support
  • Applicants will be asked to suggest ways that students can benefit from their presence
  • AA2A particularly welcomes applications from artists with disabilities, from culturally diverse backgrounds & non-graduates


AA2A host Universities for 2019-20 are listed below with those still to confirm listed at the end

University of Central Lancashire (Preston) Apply by 30th Sept 0177 289 3959
printmaking incl. intaglio, relief, lithography, collagraphy: fashion and textiles incl. rugmaking, spinning, knitting, paper and feltmaking, laser cutting, printing, embroidery; ceramics; workshops associated with fine art practice
All placements will also have access to the collections of the Harris Museum & Art Gallery

University of Chester Apply by 6th Sept 0124 451 5855
printmaking, wood, metal, foundry, fashion & textiles, laser cutting, 3D printing, video, sound, analogue & digital photography, digital printing, graphics, animation, virtual reality, letterpress typography, bookbinding, painting, drawing

Staffordshire University (Stoke on Trent) Apply by (tbc) Sept 01782 295 706
printmaking, wood, heavy metals, fine metals, ceramics, laser cutting, milling, resin & plastics, digital making (3D print) electronic prototyping, mechatronics / robotics, sensors & wireless communication, embroidery, screen & digital fabric printing, lens-based facilities, painting

University of Derby Apply by 16th Sept 01332 593 113
printmaking, wood, metal, ceramics (hand built), textiles, digital media, photography
All placements will also have access to the collections of Derby Museums Trust

Loughborough University

Apply by 1st Sept 01509 228 943
printmaking, wood, metal, ceramics, mould making, digital media, film & video, performance, photography, painting

De Montfort University

(Leicester) Apply by 16th Sept
printmaking, wood, metal, plaster, glass, ceramics, laser cutting, CAD labs, digital workshops, video, photography, life drawing studio, painting
All placements will also have access to the collections of Leicester City Council museums & galleries & the University's 'Fluxus' & concrete poetry collections

University of Wolverhampton Apply by 9th Sept
Offering 6 placements including one for a graduating student in art & design who wants to go self-employed and one for a Creative writer 01902 323 147
digital & traditional printmaking, 3D design incl. wood, metal, plastics, hot glass, ceramics, interior textiles incl. rug & print, fashion, digital media incl. animation, computer games, film & TV, photography, illustration, graphic design, painting, sculpture & performance
All placements also have access to collections at Wolverhampton Art Gallery & City Archives

Anglia Ruskin University

(Cambridge) Apply by 8th Sept 01223 698 720
printmaking, wood & metalworking, ceramics, fashion, film & video, digital media, photography, animation, illustration

University of Hertfordshire (Hatfield) Apply by 2nd Sept 01707 281 127
printmaking, ceramics, metalworking, jewellery, 3D workshops, mould-making, fashion, textiles, digital technologies, photography

Buckinghamshire New University (High Wycombe) Apply by 22nd Sept 01494 522 141 x 4304
printmaking, letter press, wood, heavy metal, fine metal, ceramics, mould-making, plasterwork, plastics, dye lab, knitting machines, textiles, sewing & garment production, laser cutter, printing for fabric, heat presses, surface stitch machines, costume, fashion, 3D printing, CAD / CAM, model making, photography , illustration, graphics, product design

The following Universities are expected to host AA2A schemes. As soon as confirmed they will be listed here

York St John University - tbc

Liverpool Hope University - tbc

Coventry University - tbc