a-n The Artists Information Company Agreement 2020-2023

  • Start: 1 Aug 2020
    Expiry: 31 Jul 2023
  • Description:

    a-n The Artists Information Company is a UK-wide arts organisation that supports visual artists and their employers by widening access to professional information, resources and support. Covering art and design, visual arts, fine art, applied art, public art, art history and cultural policy, this resource contains critical and practical content suited for vocational and academic students.

Product overview

a-n The Artists Information Company is a leader in research and information for and about contemporary visual arts practice. It offers vital online resources and information for art students, course tutors and researchers.

The core of the online resources are practical guides and toolkits to support artists at every career stage. Content covers all areas of visual arts practice and the development of a career as an artist. All material is useful for practicing artists, students, HEI course leaders and tutors. a-n currently offers:

Degree Shows Guide – a-n produces an annual guide to celebrate the work of graduating art and design students. The guide advertises higher education institutions and their degree shows, alongside articles featuring insights from graduating students, course leaders, tutors, artists and visual art professionals.

Professional Practice resources including: strategies for employability, developing and sustaining a career; case studies and career profiles of artist role models; interactive toolkits for professional contracts and artists’ fees.

  • Plus practical guides on topics such as getting work, applying for grants, proposal writing, putting on exhibitions, approaching galleries, becoming self-employed, getting legal advice, negotiating contracts, fees and payment for artists.
  • Plus specialist content on mental health, wellbeing, disability, diversity, artist as leader, socially engaged art, artist activism, international working, the art market.
  • Plus video content from a-n Assembly events across the UK focused on artist-led practice, studios and collectives.

Extensive archive of published materials since 2000, including collections, best practice publications, arts advocacy materials, and learning resources, in text and pdf format.

Research index of over 400 sectoral research papers giving easy access to facts and figures and qualitative evidence of the value of artists, the visual arts and culture.

Free student membership for undergraduate art and design students*

*a-n provides a free online student membership for students on a BA or equivalent undergraduate art or design course.

Students have their own individual access to:

Online community - connect with other students, artists and arts organisers, with tools for blogging and networking

Resources - early career advice, professional guides, profiles, contracts, research, toolkits, and archives

Jobs and opportunities - full access to listings to find work and other opportunities

Events - invites to artists' events for networking and professional development

Advocacy – Collective voice in support of artists and the value of the visual arts in society, the cultural sector and the economy.

Additional services are available to Jisc Collections subscribers, with fees charged at reduced rates:

Talks, seminars, workshops from expert speakers and contributors for art and design undergraduate or post-graduate study bringing in-depth knowledge of visual arts employment, careers and professional development and sustainability strategies into course teaching modules.

Visual arts briefings to staff and departmental or academic conferences and panels on artists’ careers, employment and livelihoods.

Professional practice modules - institutions can collaborate with the Publisher to design and deliver high quality learning experiences for students and course tutors, led by inspirational artists, experienced lecturers and academics.

Promotional materials and advertising for institutions. Subscribers should contact a ds@a-n.co.uk to find out more about packages and discounts.

Description timeline

November 2000 - present.

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  • What is the maximum font size and does text re-flow when you enlarge the font? The default font size for body text is 13px. Users can use their browser’s zoom functionality to increase the font size if necessary. The text re-flows automatically.
  • Can a user change background/foreground colours or contrasts? How? The Publisher is unable to offer this function.
  • Are there keyboard-only equivalents for all mouse actions? Where could I find a list? Are there short cut keys to reduce tabbing round links? There are keyboard-only equivalents for all mouse actions. The Publisher does not currently have a list.  No short cut keys have been set.
  • Is text marked up so it can be navigated in a meaningful way (for example by heading level)? Yes
  • Can text be selected and read by text-to-speech tools? Yes (however as with all sites if text appears as part of an image that won't be read)
  • Are text descriptions available for all relevant graphics and images? By and large the Publisher would say yes as Alt text is available. Individuals uploading to the a-n website would be responsible for including content in the alt tag.
  • Where can I find guidance for all these features? The Publisher does not currently have a guide. 

Institutions can contact Jisc Collections Helpdesk via: help.digitalresources@jisc.ac.uk


Authentication is via Shibboleth and IP address ranges.


Personalisation is possible only if users take out a free student membership which gives full access to the full range of a-n community features, e.g. ability to post blogs, reviews, events, conversations, bookmark collections and message within the site. 

Search options

Users can search the entire website by section, filtering results to narrow the selection, or using tags to view themes clusters of related material. 

Usage statistics

a-n is not currently COUNTER compliant. The Publisher will provide usage stats from Google Analytics. Usage stats will be available on request and will comprise figures for Page Views, Unique Page Views and Sessions.

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Administrative support

Customer Services

Tel: 0300 330 0706

E: membership@a-n.co.uk


Subscription help


Technical support

William Mortada

Digital Manager Tel: 0300 330 0706

E: william.mortada@a-n.co.uk


User support

Customer Services

Tel: 0300 330 0706
E: membership@a-n.co.uk