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8 Aug 2019

Loughborough to open its studios to practising artists

Visual artists and designer-makers are invited to apply to the Artists Access to Art Colleges (AA2A) project at Loughborough for the opportunity to use its facilities.

Successful applicants will be given the chance to carry out research or work on a project using workshops and facilities that they might not otherwise have access to. These include the University’s printmaking, wood, metal, ceramics, digital media, performance, photography and painting workshops, as well as IT and library resources and a lecture programme.

As part of their placement, artists will work and interact with students on the University’s Fine Art course.

Dr Deborah Harty, Director of Studies in the Creative Arts, said: “Artists will share their approaches to practice, and deliver practical workshops and talks as an addition to the fine art teaching and learning provision.

“The addition of practising artists to the programme will boost the students’ exposure to the realities of professional practice, while providing artists with access to the University’s excellent facilities.” 

On the of the AA2A artists who successfully applied to Loughborough for 2018-19 said: "The best part of AA2A was the opportunity to access workshops, where technical tutors were so generous with their ideas and suggestions, and the sharing of skills. Being on AA2A has helped raise my profile and enabled me to work on collaborative projects with university researchers.”

Each artist will be given at least 100 hours of access time between October 2019 and April 2020. For artists on benefits associated with low income, the project offers expenses of up to £350.

Loughborough is one of several universities across England taking part in AA2A, which is supported by Arts Council England. For full details, including eligibility, please see the AA2A website. For an application pack, please contact Fine Art at Loughborough: or 01509 228 943

Please note that the deadline for applying for the scheme at Loughborough is 8 September 2019 (variable at other institutions).