Artist Residency Programme and Professional Practice Development at Art and Design Institutions

2000 artist residency placements across 70 universities and colleges since 1999

AA2A
celebrating 25 years

With an unrivalled reputation for delivering residency programmes through art and design institutions, AA2A provides unque opportunities for professionally practicing artists to gain unparalleled access to cutting-edge facilities, workshops, equipment, specialist knowledge and expertise.

We connect emerging artists with leading universities to foster creativity, innovation, and professional growth. Elevate your artistic practice and expand your professional network with us.

Artist residency
opportunities coming 2024/25

Residency applications

AA2A offers a unique residency programme designed to support artists in their creative journey. Our residencies provide access to state-of-the-art resources and a collaborative environment to help you realize your artistic vision. 

Past residents have transformed their careers through AA2A. From solo exhibitions to international collaborations, our alumni have achieved remarkable success.

Application will open summer 2024

Become an AA2A host organisation

Reasons to host

Partner with AA2A to become a host organisation and enrich your institution with fresh perspectives and innovative projects. Our programme brings talented artists to your campus and an employability support package, fostering a dynamic and creative atmosphere.

Learn more here

A new student ambassador programme for 2024/25

Become a student ambassador

AA2A Student Ambassadors play a crucial role in bridging the gap between artists and the academic community. As an ambassador, you will support resident artists, promote events, and gain valuable experience in arts administration.

Enhance your CV and build professional skills by becoming an AA2A Student Ambassador. Enjoy exclusive networking opportunities, mentorship, and the chance to contribute to a thriving artistic community.

Opportunity opens soon

Creative 
Futures supporting your professional practice

Creative futures support

Creative Futures is AA2A’s initiative to support the career development of our host students and our resident artists. We offer in-person industry focused employability talks, a seminar series with guest panelists and resources to help you navigate the art world and achieve sustainable success.

See details here

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