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October 2016

Kill your darlings

By | 'Off the shelf', Creative Writing, creative writing workshop, Liz Cashdan, Sheffield, Study Visits, Weston Park Museum

There are rich picking to be had for creative writers who spend time in museums. That’s what visitors to OCA tutor Liz Cashdan’s Memory and Memoire writing workshop discovered at Sheffield’s Off the Shelf Festival of Words last weekend. Roaming the…

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In conversation with: Kid Acne

By | Film, Fine Art, Music, Photography, Visual Communications

Last week I attended an illustrated talk by musician, illustrator and street artist Kid Acne. This event was part of the Off the Shelf festival in Sheffield and Kid Acne, real name Ed, designed the logo for this year’s festival. We got a snapshot of the last 20 years culmination of work which led to this design.

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Talking of the auteur?

By | Film, Photography, We Are OCA

In the final assignment of the Film Culture course the student is asked to consider the influence of an individual director within the context of a cinematic movement. From time to time an audience can find itself well blessed with works from number of hugely influential and talented auteurs and 2016 has been no exception. I want to consider two directors whose work has resulted me in spending many emotional hours in darkness amongst the company of strangers.

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Traditional textile techniques used in contemporary ways – Part 2: Embroidery

By | Fine Art, textile art, Textiles, We Are OCA

If you are interested in using embroidery in your own creative practice I suggest you research widely, exploring the approaches of other contemporary practitioners. Be open-minded about the surfaces you stitch into, the places where embroidery can appear, the patterns and designs you create and what can be communicated through stitch.

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The view from here

By | Ba(hons) Photography, Film, Fine Art, Galleries, landscape, Photography, study visit, Study Visits

Join OCA tutor Wendy McMurdo on the 12 of November at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh. The View From Here | Landscape Photography explores the theme of landscape through photographs from the 1840s to the present day. This exhibition brings together a selection of prints that transport the viewer around the world

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How travel influences my writing

By | Creative Writing

During my student days I hitch-hiked round Europe, getting as far as Istanbul and meeting interesting people, getting in and out of sticky situations, and becoming more and more hooked on other cultures, climates, scenery, wildlife. It’s only now I’m in my sixties that I’ve had the time and money to pursue my addiction – the gathering of exotic material for my writing.

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Michael Tippett: “Ritual Dances” from The Midsummer Marriage

By | Music, opera, paganism

With these strong psychological ideas of masculine and feminine combined with nature, Tippett was not eschewing the modern tendency to belittle these old beliefs but to accept them and re-present them in a vibrant modern way within his own musical and dramatic language. This gives them new life, reinvigorating them for an audience in a modern world of multilayered concepts and emotions which, when combined with our cultural history, resonates with each and every one of us.

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