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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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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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Edinburgh Festival 2016

By | Creative Writing, Film, Fine Art, Galleries, Music, Photography, Popular Culture, Textiles, Visual Communications

Edinburgh Festival is actually a suite of festivals. I think probably what most people think of now as the Edinburgh Festival is actually a fringe festival, developed as an adjunct to the Edinburgh International Festival. We now have 12 festivals running in Edinburgh, with 6 of those running concurrently during August.

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Study visit: Winifred Knights

By | Fine Art, Galleries, Study Visits, We Are OCA

Join OCA tutor Jim Cowan on the 2 July at the Dulwich Picture Gallery. We will view the work of Winifred Knights. This is the first major retrospective of the award-winning Slade School artist, this exhibition will reunite all her completed paintings for the first time since their creation, including the apocalyptic masterpiece The Deluge, 1920, which attracted immense critical acclaim.

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Deep in the heart of your Brain

By | Fine Art, Galleries

Due to having a man on the inside I managed to inveigle myself into a private view last night that was a significant notch up beverage wise to my usual fare. The Show is Jacqueline Donachie’s ‘Deep in the Heart of your Brain’ at Glasgow Museum of Modern Art (GOMA). The show is made up of sculpture, video and drawing and it runs until November.

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Study visit review: Strange and familiar

By | Ba(hons) Photography, Galleries, Photography, Study visit review, We Are OCA

The study visit to Martin Parr’s documentary show ‘Strange and Familiar’ at the Barbican in London raised some perplexing questions…
The premise of the show is to reveal Britain through an ‘outsider’ view (the photographers are not British), which is held to be particularly relevant to our current cultural/political moment.

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Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2015

By | Ba(hons) Photography, Fine Art, Galleries, Photography, Study Visits, We Are OCA

Join OCA tutor Wendy McMurdo on the 18 June at the National Galleries Scotland. The Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize is the leading competition to celebrate and promote the very best in contemporary portrait photography from around the world.

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From here to there

By | Ba(hons) Photography, Education, Galleries, Photography, Study Visits, We Are OCA

In March I went to a talk by Alec Soth at The Photography Show in Birmingham. Having visited his exhibition Gathered Leaves at the Science Museum, I was keen to hear him talk about his work process as I am currently very interested in photographers working processes on a project.
Soth spoke about his work in an open and direct way. It is clear that he has been asked questions about how he started many times and had a well prepared format to answer each section. The talk was titled ‘From here to there’, this process is fundamental to his work as he explained how one picture may lead to the next.

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