AA2A FAQs for host institutions
We've tried to go through possible questions host colleges and universities might have. Hope this helps, if you have any further questions please get in touch.
Q. "Is there any financial support for artists ?"
A. Yes. AA2A holds and administers a central 'Hardship' fund for artists to cover some of the costs associated with their scheme, primarily travel and childcare but in some cases for materials. Artists apply to AA2A's national team through an online form. In 2016-17 artists on benefits associated with low income can apply for up to £300, while others on low income (under £10,000 a year) can apply but are likely to be limited to £200 and may receive less than that. The £300 limit does not apply to artists with costs associated with a disability.
Q. "As an institution, can we also offer an artists budget or materials?"
A. Yes. If an institution wishes to offer either additional cash or materials to artists, they are free to do so, and this may increase the number of applications they receive.
Q. "Can we insist that artists put on an exhibition as part of their scheme?"
A. No. Although most artists will see an offer to exhibit as an incentive to apply you should not make it a condition of acceptance. However, we would encourage you to ask them to display work in progress for students either on our networking site or in your institution, as this helps student understanding of artists projects.
Q. "How can we track how many hours access artists have used ?"
A. You can still track how many hours access artists have had by asking them to complete an 'access monitoring form' (pro-forma document provided by us). If they had received an artists budget and then didn't attend for at least 50 hours we would ask for the expenses we paid them (or a suitable proportion) to be paid back.
Q. "How can the artists be used in host institutions ?"
A. Host institutions can use artists for up to three 'formal' sessions with students (i.e anything that would require preparation time; such as talks, technical demonstrations etc). You should refer to what they have offered to do in their application form first. You may ask them to do something they haven't offered but you should make absolutely sure you don't put them under any pressure or feeling of obligation.
Q. "Can we ask past AA2A artists (AA2A Engage) to come in to do talks for students ?"
A. Not really, unless you're paying them. This group of artists have agreed to host student 'visits' outside the host institution, to introduce them to the local art world eg. studio visits, private views etc. So, this will be in addition to anything you arrange with your current artists in your college/university. Artists joining the database will be under no obligation to agree to every request - as this is voluntary (unpaid) on their part, however we'd expect institutions to reimburse any direct expenses they incurred (e.g travel).
Q. "Must we start our access period in October and finish in April?"
A. You must allow access from October as this is what artists are led to expect from our advertising. However, you do not need to finish in April. Although for evaluation purposes we give April as the formal scheme end, we are delighted if an institution can to offer an informal extension to some or all of the artists.
Q. "Can we have more than four artists on the scheme ?"
A. Yes. Extra artists can be added to schemes for £170 each.