Artists Access to Art Colleges AA2A

The AA2A project offers artists & designer makers the opportunity to undertake a period of research or realise a project using art college facilities eg. workshops, IT facilities, lending library, & lecture programme. AA2A schemes aim to benefit students and Colleges through their interaction with practising artists.


Access is free, for at least 100 hours, between Oct 2012 and April 2013 and a materials/travel grant of £220 is usually available.
Closing dates for applications vary but all are in September 2012.
Applicants must have at least one years professional practice and should be able to work with minimal technical support.
Artists on AA2A schemes run from 2009 to 2010 or before can now reapply.
To see current AA2A artists' work go to or read previous artists' stories here.
AA2A particularly welcomes applications from applicants with disabilities, from culturally diverse backgrounds and non-graduates.


Northumbria University (Newcastle) 0191 227 3412
printmaking, wood, metal, ceramics, digital media, photography, video, drawing, painting

University of Sunderland 0191 515 5517
glass, ceramics

Teesside University (Middlesbrough) 0164 238 4045
printmaking, wood, metal, plastics, digital media, painting

Yorkshire Coast College (Scarborough) 0172 336 1960
wood, metal, product design, textiles, costume, photography, B+W darkroom, installation, drawing, painting

Hull School of Art & Design (Harrogate & Hull) 0148 248 0970
printmaking, wood, metal, glass, ceramics, textiles, fashion, film, video, sound, digital media, photography, illustration, graphics, painting, music
NB: Hull are offering an additional placement specifically for a creative musician

Bradford College 0127 443 8965
jewellery, silversmithing, digital printed textiles, photography, graphics, media and illustration

University of Central Lancashire (Preston) 0177 289 3959
printmaking, fashion

Manchester Metropolitan University 0161 247 6678
printmaking, wood, metal, glass, ceramics, textiles, fashion, laser cutting, CNC cutter, CAD processes, photography

University of Salford 0161 295 5223
printmaking, fashion, sound, digital media, moving image, animation, illustration, graphic design, installation, painting, drawing

Liverpool Hope University 0151 291 3516
printmaking, metal, jewellery, plaster, ceramics, textiles (construction and print), digital design, painting

University of Chester 0124 451 5870
printmaking, wood, metal, casting foundry, textiles, video, sound, digital media, animation, photography, bookbinding, letterpress, painting

University of Lincoln 0152 289 5239
printmaking, jewellery, video, animation, digital media, photography, painting, illustration, drawing

Chesterfield College 0124 650 0500 ex.1417
printmaking, wood, metal, ceramics, fashion, digital textiles, product design, lazer and auto pattern cutters, performance, film, video, digital media, animation, photography, graphics, illustration, painting

Staffordshire University (Stoke-on-Trent) 0178 229 4407
printmaking, wood, metal, ceramics, product design, performance, film, video, sound, digital media, animation, photography, graphics, illustration, painting

University of Derby 0133 259 3113
printmaking, wood, metal, casting, carving, glass, ceramics, textiles, digital media, photography

De Montfort University (Leicester) 0116 207 8388 / 8571
printmaking, wood, metal, plaster, glass, ceramics, textile printing, laser cutting, CAD labs, photography, video, life drawing studio, painting

Coventry University 0247 688 7020 / 8248
printmaking, wood, small scale metal, ceramics, lazer cutting, digital media, painting, drawing

Hereford College of Arts 0143 284 5366
printmaking, wood, jewellery, ceramics, textiles, artists books, multi media, photography, animation, painting

Gloucestershire College (Gloucester and Forest of Dean) 0145 256 3322
printmaking, wood, textiles, fashion, product design, performance, film, video, sound, digital media, animation, photography, graphics, illustration, painting

Anglia Ruskin University (Cambridge) 0845 196 2317
printmaking, film & TV production, digital media, photography, animation, illustration, painting

North Hertfordshire College (Hitchin) 0146 247 1030
printmaking (screen and lino), wood, glass, ceramics, textiles, knit, fashion, costume, performance, film, video, sound, digital media, animation, graphics, illustration, painting

University of Bedfordshire (Luton) 0158 274 3401
printmaking, textiles, fashion, laser-cutter, 3D printer/scanner, video, animation, moving image, photography, darkroom, graphic design, illustration, painting

Chelmsford College (Essex) 0124 529 3031
printmaking, ceramics, fashion, textiles, mould making, photography, graphics, illustration, painting, drawing

University of Hertfordshire (Hatfield) 0170 728 5327
printmaking, wood, metal, glass, ceramics, textiles, fashion, art therapy, digital media, film, video, sound, photography, graphics, painting

London Metropolitan University 0207 320 2807
printmaking, wood, metal, silversmithing, jewellery, textiles (furnishings), furniture, digital & time-based media, photography, painting

Chelsea College of Art & Design, UAL (London) 0207 514 7914
ceramics, digital printed textiles, digital woven textiles, digital video technologies

Camberwell College of Arts, UAL (South London) 0207 514 7914
printmaking, photography, digital technologies

Wimbledon College of Art, UAL (South London) 0207 514 7914
printmaking, textiles, digital technologies, film, video, photography

University of Reading 0118 378 8050
wood, metal, digital media, film, video, sound, performance, artists publications, curating, painting

University for the Creative Arts (Canterbury) 0122 781 7466
printmaking, wood, metal, casting, digital media, video, sound, photography, painting, drawing

Southampton Solent University 0238 031 9230
printmaking, wood, clay, letterpress, typography, digital media, photography, painting, drawing

Plymouth College of Art 0175 220 3434
printmaking, metals (incl. fine), glass, ceramics, fashion, textiles, moving image, animation, digital media, games design, photography, graphics, painting

Plymouth University 0175 258 5200
printmaking, wood, metal, ceramics, plaster, textiles, typography, film, video, sound, digital media, photography, animation, graphics, illustration, painting, drawing

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30 Jul 2012