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We advertise all of our schemes using nationally recognised platforms and partners including Arts Council England’s Artsjobs, a-n, Axis, Visual Artists Association and social media. We also provide each host with high-quality, specifically designed marketing content, which can be used by marketing and academic staff to share with peers, targetting local groups or individuals.  
Staff at host institutions select the artists they think are most suitable and will provide the greatest benefit to their students. We’ve found that artists who travel long distances to their host sometimes struggle to fulfil the full 50-100 hours, so travel plans must be realistic.
Up to six visual artists can be hosted as part of a regular package. You can add extra artists for £200 and/or non-visual artists e.g. musicians, writers etc. for £350 each.
In most cases, each host will receive between 10 and 20 applications. In the rare event a host does not attract enough high-quality applicants, it is possible to extend the application deadline and re-advertise the opportunity.
We are an NPO/IPSO funded by Arts Council England and the terms of our funding specifies that we provide residency opportunities for visual artists only. Artists from other artforms can participate at an added cost to the host.
Host institutions can use their current artists for up to four 'formal' sessions with students (i.e. anything that would require preparation time; such as talks, technical demonstrations etc). Each artist indicates what they are prepared to do on their application form.
AA2A administers a central support fund for artists to cover some of the costs associated with their scheme, primarily travel, childcare and materials. Artists on benefits associated with low income can apply for up to £400, while others on low income (under £13,000 a year) can apply but are limited to £300. The fund is also open to artists who will incur costs associated with a disability.
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.
Artists should have 50 - 100 hours access to the facilities at your university/college. If an artist received Support Fund money but didn't attend for at least 50 hours we ask for the expenses we paid them (or a suitable proportion) to be paid back.
Hours of access should be discussed with prospective resident artists at the application or interview stage. We recommend that at least 50 hours should overlap with when students are present on campus.  
You are not required to offer a dedicated workspace or storage facility, but doing so is always appreciated if possible. 
It is made clear to applicants that they must fit in around the curriculum and that the priority for hosts is their students. Artists are expected to be self-sufficient after their initial introductions to staff and inductions. 
We recommend running schemes over this period as it gives hosts and artists enough time to manage a successful scheme. We are happy to consider schemes starting earlier or later but residencies must start by early December at the latest.  Schemes can have a scheduled end at any time between April and the end of June. You can give a formal finish date in April or May but may offer negotiated extensions to some or all of your artists.
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