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March 2016

From synopsis to story

By | Creative Writing

So- I’m about to write the story, lifting a few lines from the synopsis as a brief of what I want to get written that day. But often at this point I get stuck. How can I go from my detailed plan of a story, to actually writing the story itself?

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Another Pin Falls! Peter Maxwell Davies: A Personal Remembrance

By | Music

His legacy will last and his works will remain in the repertoire, unlike many of today’s composers when they ‘shuffle of this mortal coil’. The world is a great deal poorer today for his loss. I have lost the soundtrack to my life, and a dear friend through his music. Rest in peace Max.

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Strange and familiar

By | Photography, Study Visits

Join OCA tutor Rob Bloomfield on the 7 May at the Barbican in London. We will visit Strange and Familiar: Britain as Revealed by International Photographers and following this we will visit Unseen City at the Guildhall Art Gallery.

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Foundations Creative Writing

By | Creative Writing, Education

We are pleased to announce a new addition to our foundations suite of courses – Foundations Creative Writing. The course is designed to inspire and encourage new students to practise independent writing.

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Photography Matters

By | Education, Galleries, Photography

Photography Matters is a one-day OCA conference to be held at CAST, Doncaster, South Yorkshire on Saturday 21 May 2016. It seeks to map out areas for discussion in photography’s relationship to the everyday lived experience, visual culture, evolving technology, archiving and history, news media, education at all levels and public perception.

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In search of a three-point plug?

By | Education, Fine Art, Galleries

What’s not to like about the exhibition, Electronic Superhighway, at the Whitechapel Gallery? Despite the slight frustration of finding that this survey from 1966 – 2016 is laid out in reverse, this is the most impressive exhibition about art and new technology in years.

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Nick Turpin

By | Photography

In this blog post I wanted to explore how photographers work on a project. As part of the OCA courses, the assignments give students the opportunity to present a series of images in response to a brief. The brief will provide some guidance on the work to be produced, but ultimately the student is encouraged to develop a series of images to be viewed together.

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Join me at the Hay Festival

By | Creative Writing

I am planning to be at the festival grounds for one day; Saturday 28 May, and I would be happy to join with OCA students to attend events and discuss them afterwards.

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