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April 2016

Photography Matters ii

By | Education, Film, Fine Art, Galleries, Photography, Popular Culture, Visual Communications

Here are some thoughts on how the Photography Matters symposium came to be. I think the doubts and fears, and above all the questions I have, and have had, around the medium may be familiar to many of you. Photography Matters is intended to be read two ways; matters pertaining to photography, and as a statement affirming that photography matters to us all.

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Study visit review: vocal composition recordings

By | Music, Study Visits

On Saturday 2nd April, OCA music students gathered together from far and wide to pack out Music Room 1 of the MAC Birmingham. Students had a unique opportunity to write pieces for mezzo soprano and piano which would be recorded, premiered and discussed on the day with tutors and fellow students.

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The anxiety of influence

By | Creative Writing, Education, Film, Fine Art, Music, Photography, Textiles, Visual Communications

I have been to several exhibitions over the last few weeks and have been aware how important earlier artists have been to the ones that follow them. The phrase “anxiety of influence” was coined by the American literary critic, Harold Bloom in his eponymous book about poets, published in 1973. And writers have been worrying about it ever since. Visual artists seem less worried.

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British Art Show – Bedwyr Williams (2)

By | Fine Art, Galleries

I am extremely lucky with this year’s British Art Show that two of my favourite artists have been selected to take part. One of those is the welsh artist Bedwyr Williams, currently represented by the Limoncello Gallery in London and shortlisted for the Artes Mundi 2017 prize.

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Giving up too soon

By | Creative Writing, Student Work

The following blog post is written by OCA student Christine Gutsell… “I want to be very honest: I find creative writing difficult. On the one hand I have an inner compulsion to write but on the other I have a fear of committing myself to the page.”

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Gamelan workshop

By | Music, Study Visits

Join OCA tutor and programme leader Carla Rees on the 11 June 2016 at the South Bank Centre in London to gain hands on experience with Javanese Gamelan.

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Alberto Giacometti

By | Fine Art, Galleries, Study Visits

Join OCA tutor Hayley Lock on the 25 June in Norwich at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts. This landmark exhibition is dedicated to the work of Alberto Giacometti, one of the giants of twentieth century art, celebrated as a sculptor, painter and draughtsman. The exhibition will commemorate 50th anniversary of the artist’s death and is an exciting opportunity to examine the artist’s influence amongst his contemporaries in Paris and his impact on British art in the post-war period.

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Looking at adverts: 16

By | Film, Photography, Popular Culture, Study Visits, Visual Communications

I decided to use this blog post to offer a sneak preview of some of the things I will be talking about in my paper for the ‘Photography Matters’ conference in Doncaster in May. I will be discussing how consumer culture affects identity in advanced capitalist societies, referring to the inclusion of ‘selfies’ in advertisements.

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OCA’s MA Fine Art

By | Education, Film, Fine Art, Photography, Textiles, Visual Communications

The March assessment results are in and for some students it marks the end of their degree level study with the Open College of the Arts. For those wishing to continue forward and for other artists and practitioners wanting to pursue postgraduate education, OCA’s MA Fine Art is a three-year, part-time programme offering students academic challenge and innovative delivery.

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