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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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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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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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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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The nearest faraway place

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

The nearest faraway place has been a bounding collaborative experience for 35 OCA students spanning almost three years. Students worked together to create the handmade book which is more or less 9.60 meters long and about 2.5 cm thick. Read about the project and see the results…

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Sugar and spice

By | Fine Art, Galleries

Last week I took a couple of days off to walk down the Thames from Windsor Castle to Hampton Court in order to visit the palaces. My excuse was that I had been working over the previous few weekends and that I wanted to brush up on my knowledge of Tudor and Stuart paintings while getting a bit of spring sunshine.

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British Art Show – The curators decide (1)

By | Fine Art, Galleries

The British Art Show is in full swing. It is coming to the end of its run in Edinburgh, having already done a stint in Leeds and will move on to Norwich and Southampton. The Open College of the Arts is giving its students plenty of opportunities to engage with this important quinquennial event. As part of that I will be writing a series of blogs about aspects of the show

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The Scottish Endarkenment: Art and Unreason 1945 to Present

By | Film, Fine Art, Galleries, Photography, Study Visits

Join OCA tutor Wendy McMurdo on the 14 May in Edinburgh. The Scottish Endarkenment explores a wide range of disturbing and provocative topics, from ever-escalating international conflict, social inequality and unrest, gender identity and sexual prejudice – all fired by the dialectical struggles within the Scottish psyche between good and evil, self and the Other.

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Ian McKeever talks about painting

By | Education, Fine Art, Galleries

In choosing to make a painting you are choosing to use paint. That maybe a tautology but I just want to start with it as I want to emphasise the significance of that material. That choice, the significance of that material, immediately becomes part of your subject matter.

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