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June 2016

A day at the Hay

By | BA Hons creative writing, Creative Writing, We Are OCA

A day in the sun at Hay…it’s one of the selling points of the Hay Festival – photos on the website are focused on people under sun umbrellas reading their latest purchase and drinking cool lager. This is a risky ploy for a Welsh summer event, but it paid off for the OCA posse that arrived at the festival grounds on bank holiday Saturday. We’d come for the culture, of course we had. We’d come for the literature, naturally, for the heightened conversation we’d enjoy with each other after sharing events. But the fact the sun was out certainly helped.

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Making the most of the OCA community

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

At the OCA, our main way of connecting with each other is online which can feel more distant to meeting up face-to-face. But, if you’re a modern-day-human embracing social media, then how much of your social life is conducted and organised online now anyway? Whilst there’s plenty of debate to be had about whether this way of communicating is more beneficial, there’s no denying its popularity.

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In the time of absence

By | Fine Art, Galleries, painting degree, Student Work, We Are OCA

OCA Level 3 student Sue Gilmore recently closed her exhibition ‘In the time of absence’ This was the culmination of working towards her degree. With only her final assignment to go I asked Sue to comment on her experience of studying with the OCA, her exhibition and her plans for the future.

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Study visit review: Edinburgh College of Art Degree Show

By | Fine Art, Galleries, Study Visits, Textiles

On the 4 June, seven OCA students and I went round the Edinburgh College of Art Degree Shows. We had time only to see Performance Costume, Textiles, BA Painting and then we split up, some of us going to Jewellery and Silversmithing and others to MA Painting.

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New Pastoral Paradigms, Sheffield

By | Photography, Study Visits

How can we use visual representations of place to explore and express how we feel – not just about the place itself, but about  different things entirely? And in approaching place this way, are we distracting the viewer from learning about…

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The Eleven MA Fine Art degree show

By | Alex Kershaw, Barnsley, Debjani Bhardwaj, Fine Art, Iain Holman, Jane Dudley, Jennifer Ault, Jennifer Boldt, Jilliene Sellner, Judith Farr, MA Fine Art, Mark Daniels, Roshni Goonraj Beeharry, Rosi Robinson, Student Work, The Civic Barnsley, The Eleven

The degree show of the 2013 cohort of MA Fine Art students opens to the public next week at The Civic, Barnsley, bringing together work created during three years of international collaboration. From England, the Far East, Mauritius, Oman, Scotland, Spain…

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Study visit: New Designers

By | BA hons textiles degree, Study Visits, Textiles, We Are OCA

On Saturday 2 July OCA tutor Sandra Flower will once again be hosting a study visit to the New Designers Exhibition at the Business Design Centre in London. New Designers is an annual event that showcases the work of the UK’s emerging designers. It is a huge design fair exhibiting the work of over 1500 students.

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Double bills can be revealing

By | Film, Popular Culture

Travelling to the movies can be expensive, so any opportunity to maximise viewing and minimise cost is to be encouraged. Today, with most cinemas being multi-plex it is often possible to watch two films one after the other at the same venue.

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You’re an Eee Aye Dee Ot Babe….

By | Education, Fine Art, Galleries, We Are OCA

I went to the kind of school where you could give up history early on to concentrate on your sewing. My conceptualisation of history is roughly ‘Vikings, the Bayeux Tapestry, Henry VIII and WW2’. The near complete absence of women in the world, not to mention the absence of most of the world according to the history I was taught left me distrustful of it at an early age.

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