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February 2016

Matthew Bristow

By | Fine Art, Student Work

Already showing signs of independence and risk taking student Matthew Bristol tried something different for his assignment 2 piece all the while and very importantly using his research to underpin the work he created.

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By | Photography

With so many photographs out there, trying to find an original idea for your photography project can be increasingly difficult. Just a quick search online may yield scores of images on the subject that you are investigating; perhaps even a series from a photographer, along with an artist’s statement that echoes those thoughts you have had in your head for ages. What happens now…?

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Classical music composers?

By | Music

Recently I was working on the History aspect of the forthcoming Foundations in Music course and realised that more Baroque composers seem better known today than those of the following Classical period (c.1750-1827). Whenever I have received work from students it often contains the usual culprits of the Classical age and so this blog is written in a hope to shine a light on some of the other great names of this period. With some research and listening, students will realise just what an innovative period it was in the history of music.

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Still there

By | 100 Strangers, Beccles Airfield, Coconut Loft Art Gallery, Galleries, John Walker, Lowestoft, new topographics, oca, Open College of the Arts, Photography, Photography degree, Snape Maltings, Student Work

What is the role of the photographer in preserving that which is to be destroyed? How can photographers reveal stories that lie buried in buildings and in the ground? Is photography as an art form particularly adept at capturing the character of people living on the fringes of society?

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The Writing Journal

By | Writing

I was recently asked by a fellow writer about how I have used my writers journals to develop novels I’ve worked on. I didn’t realise at the time what a personal question this is, as the writers journal is, I suppose, a fairly intimate space in which the internal furniture of the imagination is carefully crafted, ready to be supplanted into a fictional work. Often in dialogue with students of the OCA I stress the usefulness of the journal in helping to put flesh onto the bones of their writing, and here I thought I could perhaps elucidate my thoughts on the matter a little more.

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What lies beneath

By | Fine Art, Galleries

Having moved to London a year ago, I am still revelling in the opportunity to compare and contrast a huge number of exhibitions that are available in the capital. For example, last weekend I accompanied an OCA group on a study day to the Hoyland exhibition at the Damien Hirst Gallery and the Auerbach at Tate Britain. This week I was reminded of our visit when I was looking at one of the permanent displays, Making Traces, at Tate Modern.

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Agnes Martin:Gabriel

By | Fine Art

I had a slightly bizarre experience last night courtesy of the artist’s rooms research project. The evening was billed as an evening with Agnes Martin and as she died in 2004 I already suspected an idiosyncratic approach to the delivery…

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Study Visit: Martin Parr

By | documentary photography, Martin Parr, photographer, Photography, Study Visits

Prolific, successful, influential, over-rated? Parr is perhaps the leading British photographer. He is distinctive, eclectic and controversial but, love him or hate him, he’s been hugely influential and is impossible to ignore. Join tutor Derek Trillo on the 12 March at the Hepworth Wakefield which according to the Independent is “one of the finest contemporary art museums in Europe”

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OCA Foundations course news

By | Education, Fine Art, Photography, Textiles

OCA are pleased to announce a new pilot scheme for our Foundations students. As an alternative to assessment students are invited to submit a body of work to OCA Headquarters to receive admissions advice from course support advisers, Joanne and Eddie.

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