Hi Weeburd! I'm glad you enjoyed IAAA at Manchester. I run an SAA art group; Art Zone at Abram, near Wigan, and took my group (30 members) to Manchester last Saturday. The problem is that we've been spoilt now, and want it at Manchester again!
I've run Demonstrations and Workshops at Art Fusion, at Chorlton, if thats not far away from you, and they are a very good and friendly group, so perhaps you could look them up; you will find then if you google Art Fusion.
I've always liked to read, and I've read some sci fi in my time, and have painted some artwork for a feature about the life of George R Stewart (Earth Abides), as I spent some time researching Stewarts work at Berkeley University, near San Francisco.
Well, there you go; I've babbled on a bit as well!
Good luck and very best wishes,
PA & RSC Wigan area