Become an AA2A Student Rep
This is a great opportunity for students to make significant contacts in the world of professional practice before they graduate and provides a valuable addition to their CV. Each of the 20 AA2A host institutions can select one or two students as AA2A Reps. Most AA2A schemes host four artists placements, which allow them to work on their own projects alongside students between October and April. AA2A Student Reps get a profile on AA2A's networking site,'Dotbiz', which has hundreds of artists and designer makers regularly uploading and blogging about their projects. Reps can use the site to document their own work during the year. It's quite informal and images can include work in progress, photos of artists working, etc.
We'd like students to use being a Rep as an opportunity to be an ambassador for the project, helping us to get the word out to their peers about the artists' talks, demonstrations etc.
Reps must upload their profile to qualify for 'Challenges' and payments. We ask Reps to make an effort to meet their AA2A artists and try to write a few blogs from a student perspective. This year the AA2A national team will issue two optional 'Challenges' in December and March, each with a prize, usually a subscription to an art magazine or online publication (worth approx. £40). Also we will be offering payments (of between £35 & £50) to individual Reps who help to arrange student visits to local artists from our 'AA2A Engage' database of artists. We will be launching this new initiative in January.
In consultation with our artists, AA2A will choose a 'Student Rep of the Year" in June. They will get an invitation to take part in our AA2A Annual Briefing Day, with expenses paid by AA2A.
Emily Hale, AA2A Student Rep at Coventry University 2014-15 explains why she chose to be a Rep:
"I want to bring greater recognition to the scheme, which is so helpful to artists and students alike. 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 showcase my work. AA2A could be vital to students like me in a couple of years when they graduate."
If you are interested in being considered for this role please contact us or your AA2A Coordinator or Administrator at your college or university.