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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more about packages and discounts.
November 2000 - present.
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Institutions can contact Jisc Collections Helpdesk via: email@example.com
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.
Users can search the entire website by section, filtering results to narrow the selection, or using tags to view themes clusters of related material.
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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Tel: 0300 330 0706