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ACAVA has engaged with the issue of artists' training needs throughout its history.

Digital arts training has been provided since 1993 when the London Arts Board funded courses for artists on the principles, practice and potential of ICT. Efforts from the same date to establish a digital arts training facility finallly resulted in 1999 in the building and equipping of a state of the art ICT suite. Courses for artists covered imaging, modelling and animation, web design and the use of the technology in video and projected installation.

The needs of new graduates led in 1995 to the establishment of First Base. Each year for nine years twelve graduates in their first year out of college were awarded a free studio for a year, professional development training focused on the business of being an artist, opportunities to work on various projects, and an end of year exhibition. Many of the 100 or so who benefitted from First Base have established themselves as successful professional artists.

In addition to providing teaching experience from working alongside experienced art teachers, specialist training has been regularly provided for such areas as working with people with mental health or substance misuse problems.

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First Base
The needs of new graduates led in 1995 to the establishment of First Base. Each year for nine years twelve graduates in their first year out of college were awarded a free studio for a year, professional development training focussed on the business...
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