Artists Access to Art Colleges 2018-19 now open for applications

Published: 17 July 2018 at 15:43

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Four successful applicants will get access to Cambridge School of Art's facilities

As part of the national Artists Access to Art Colleges project (AA2A) we are once again offering four placements to artists and designer-makers, giving them the opportunity to undertake a period of research or realise a project using our art workshops as well as supporting facilities such as the library and IT resources*.

If you wish to apply please contact us directly at or on 01223 698 267. The deadline for applications is 7 September 2018.

Four successful applicants will be able to access the following facilities at Cambridge School of Art: printmaking, wood and metal working, ceramics, fashion, film & TV production, digital media, photography, animation, illustration.

AA2A schemes aim to benefit students and institutions through their interaction with practicing artists.

The following rules and conditions apply:

  • Access is free, for at least 100 hours, between October 2018 and April 2019
  • AA2A's Hardship Fund, primarily for artists on benefits, provides expenses up to £350
  • Artists who were on AA2A schemes that ran from 2016 to 2017 or earlier can now reapply
  • All applicants must have at least one year's professional practice
  • Only MA or PhD students can apply in the same year that they graduate
  • Applicants should be able to work with minimal technical support
"The best thing about AA2A was having access to a variety of facilities that are not otherwise available to me, as well as discussions with students and staff about technical and theoretical aspects of making art. The work I produced on the scheme will feature in an exhibition and support my application to future residencies. It has pushed my practice forward in new directions". Anglia Ruskin AA2A Artist 2016-17

For more information on eligibility and how to apply please visit the AA2A website.

For information on our previous artists check out AA2A's dotbiz site.

*The AA2A project is a national set of schemes that gives participating artists and makers the opportunity to use equipment that otherwise might not be available to them, as well as benefiting the institution by allowing students to work alongside, and interact with practising artists and makers. Although access is free, successful artists are expected to engage with students. When you apply you will be asked to propose ways in which your presence will benefit students (e.g. by doing a technical demonstration or talking about your work or self employment). You will not be expected to do more than three sessions of this type of activity during your placement.