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RWA Open Exhibition

By | Fine Art, Galleries, study visit, Study Visits

Join OCA tutor Michele Whiting on the 23 November in Bristol to visit the RWA Open Exhibition. This show is based on a highly competitive open submission in its 164th year. It is one of the longest running ‘opens’ in the country, showcasing some of the most ‘exciting (established and emerging) artists in the country’.

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How can experts enrich your writing? Part 2

By | Creative Writing, We Are OCA

In part one of this blog I described how, when researching a novel about cover-ups, I attended New Writing North’s Crime Story classes and got to play the role of a juror! In this blog I am going to look in more detail at how experts can inform a novel. The most obvious way they can be useful is as interviewees, and to make the most of them specific questions regarding details of the novel need to be prepared in advance.

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An introduction to sustainability in textiles

By | BA hons textiles degree, Education, Fine Art, Galleries, Textiles

In this blog post you will be taken through 3 key aspects of sustainable textiles. These are the Textiles Environment Design project (TED), the Slow Textiles Movement, and Design for disassembly. Every textile student and practitioner should have some knowledge and consider the ethics of textile production in their practice.

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Festival writers

By | 'Off the shelf', Creative Writing, creative writing workshop, Liz Cashdan, Off the Shelf Sheffield, Photography, Sheffield, Student Work, Weston Park Museum Sheffield

OCA tutor Liz Cashdan is leading a creative writing workshop on the theme of memory and memoir at Sheffield’s Off the Shelf Festival of Words next month. OCA is one of the sponsors of the festival, which is celebrating its 25th year. The workshop takes place on the first day of the festival, Saturday 8 October.

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Yorkshire Sculpture Park sketchcrawl

By | Fine Art, study visit, Study Visits, We Are OCA

Join OCA’s Joanne and Leanne at Yorkshire Sculpture Park where we will explore the contrasting landscape. Be ready to combine culture, exercise and fresh air! There will be an opportunity to view and make drawings from the array of sculptures, landscape and architecture around the park.

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William Kentridge

By | Film, Fine Art, Galleries, Photography, study visit, Study Visits, Visual Communications, We Are OCA

Join OCA tutor Clare Wilson on the 9 October at Whitechapel Gallery in London. South African artist William Kentridge is renowned for his animated expressionist drawings and films exploring time, the history of colonialism and the aspirations and failures of revolutionary politics.

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Getting inside the head of your characters

By | Creative Writing

So often students write in their commentaries that they switch from third person to first person so they can really be inside the head of their character. But that is not altogether a wise position to take up as an author.

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