Until recently I hadn't heard of the AA2A scheme and somehow some of my classmates still haven't. I want to bring greater recognition to the scheme which is so helpful to artists and students alike.
I decided to volunteer to be a student rep because I wanted the chance to communicate with practicing artists and find out more about what it means to be a professional fine artist. I also thought it would be a great chance to make contacts and have a website to use as a platform to show case my work. Recently I also realised how vital a scheme such as AA2A could be to students like me in a couple of years when I graduate. As many post graduate courses require at least a years professional experience schemes like AA2A could be vital for us to get that years experience or just to give recent graduates a leg up into the world of being a professional artist.
Because of this possibility of helping us in the future and the opportunity for all students to work with the artists I think it's important to get the word out about the scheme and get people interested to keep such programmes running in a time when arts funding is constantly being cut.