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If you are an eligible artist (check our eligibility rules), what can AA2A do for you? Here are the main benefits: 

  • Free access to high-quality equipment and facilities. 
  • Access to lecture programmes, libraries etc. (access varies) 
  • Being part of an academic/art school community with opportunities to network with other artists, students, staff, collaboration with other departments/schools, invitation to events, private views etc (varies at different hosts)
  • Opportunity to attend AA2A free online employability seminars, attend AA2A in-person employability talks (when available) and access career development resources
  • Access to our £7,200 Artist Support Fund to help with travel, childcare and materials costs (eligibility criteria apply)
  • Part of a unique national residency scheme involving at least 10 universities/colleges and 50 artists per year which aims to support inclusivity and diversity
  • Exposure on AA2As social media platforms as we share artists’ posts
  • Some hosts offer exhibition opportunities and/or paid work

Key findings from our 2023 artist evaluation: 

  • 98% of residents would recommend AA2A to other artists
  • Residents gave an average score of 9.3 out of 10 when asked, “How important can AA2A be to an artist’s career development?”
  • 94% of residents rated their host’s facilities as excellent (79%) or good (15%)
  • Residents gave an average score of 9.5 out of 10 when asked, “How important is AA2A as a national project?”

How to apply for an AA2A residency

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