Deadline: Closing dates for applications vary but all are in September 2018
Locations: Across England
Project Dates: Oct 2018 and April 2019
Eligibility criteria: Basic info on applying

The AA2A project (Artists Access to Art Colleges) is 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, and lecture programme.  AA2A schemes aim to benefit students and institutions through their interaction with practising artists

Project details: 
  • Access is free, for at least 100 hours, between Oct 2018 and April 2019
  • AA2A's Support Fund, primarily for artists on low income provides expenses up to £350 
  • Artists on AA2A schemes run from 2016 to 2017 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
  • 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 and non-graduates.
University of Central Lancashire (Preston)    Application deadline 21st Sept
[email protected]    0177 289 3959
printmaking, digital print, laser cutting, fashion, textiles, ceramics
All placements will also have access to the collections of the Harris Museum and Art Gallery

Liverpool Hope University    Application deadline 21st Sept
[email protected]    0151 291 3516
printmaking, wood, metal, jewellery, plaster, ceramics, textiles (construction and print), digital design and manufacture, painting

University of Chester    Application deadline 7th Sept
[email protected]    01244 515 855
printmaking, wood, metal, foundry, fashion and textiles, laser cutting, 3D printing, video, sound, analogue and digital photography, digital printing, graphics, animation, virtual reality, letterpress typography, bookbinding, painting, drawing

Sheffield Hallam University    Application deadline 2nd Sept
[email protected]    0114 225 3821 
printmaking, wood, jewellery and metalwork, ceramics, digital textiles, drawing studio, CNC manufacturing and prototyping, casting and fabrication

Staffordshire University (Stoke on Trent)    Application deadline 17th Sept
[email protected]    01782 295 992
printmaking, wood, heavy metals, fine metals, ceramics, laser cutting, milling, resin and plastics, digital making (3D print) electronic prototyping, mechatronics / robotics, sensors and wireless communication, embroidery, screen and digital fabric printing, lens-based facilities, painting 

University of Derby    Application deadline 17th Sept
[email protected]    01332  593 113
printmaking, wood, metal, textiles, digital media, photography
All placements will also have access to the collections of Derby Museums Trust

Loughborough University    Application deadline 10th Sept
[email protected]    01509 228 967
printmaking, wood, metal, ceramics, digital media, performance, photography, painting

De Montfort University (Leicester)    Application deadline 11th Sept
[email protected]
    0116 207 8387 and  0116 201 3853
printmaking, wood, metal, plaster, glass, ceramics, jewellery, laser cutting, CAD labs, digital workshops, video, photography, life drawing studio, painting
All placements will also have access to the University's 'Fluxus' and concrete poetry collections of avant-garde works

University of Wolverhampton    Application deadline 5th Sept 
[email protected]    01902 323 147
printmaking, wood, metal, foundry, wood and stone carving, hot glass, ceramics, interior textiles, fashion and textiles, digital media, video, photography, illustration, graphic design, graphic arts, painting
The University will also be offering a placement for a Creative Writer 
All placements will also have access to the collections of Wolverhampton Art Gallery and City Archives

Coventry University    Application deadline 7th Sept
[email protected]    0247 765 8685 
printmaking, wood and metalworking, small scale metal, furniture and product design, ceramics, laser cutting, digital media, lens-based media, fashion and accessories, illustration, graphic design, animation, drawing, painting

Anglia Ruskin University (Cambridge)    Application deadline 8th Sept
[email protected]    01223 698 267
printmaking, wood, metal, ceramics, fashion, film and TV production, digital media, photography, animation, illustration

University of Hertfordshire (Hatfield)    Application deadline 10th Sept
[email protected]    01707 285 327
printmaking, wood, metal, glass, ceramics, textiles, art therapy, digital media, film, video, sound, photography, painting

Buckinghamshire New University (High Wycombe)    Application deadline 21st Sept
[email protected]    01494 522 141 x 4304
printmaking, letter press, wood, heavy metal, fine metal, ceramics, mould-making, plasterwork, plastics, dye lab, knitting machines, sewing and garment production, laser cutter, printing for fabric, heat presses, surface stitch machines, 3D printing, CAD / CAM, model making
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