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Open College of the Arts and UCA celebrate 30 years of creativity for everyone

The nine-month campaign, which coincides with UCA’s 150th anniversary, will give students and alumni the opportunity to feature in films, exhibit in the #weareoca30 online gallery, and download special release online courses on subjects from photography to fine art.

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The Big Issue in the North – 600 photographs later

Thanks to the generosity of the editor of independent street paper The Big Issue in the North, more than 600 photographs by around 100 OCA photography students have featured in the magazine.

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Photography as object: reworking the daguerrotype

For his MA Photography degree show, ‘Traces’, at the University of Sunderland, Geoffrey Bradford created a series of unique assemblages built on the idea that an image can also be an object, something to be handled as well as viewed. They reference some of the qualities of daguerreotypes – unique images in three dimensions.

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Kill your darlings

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 Memoir writing workshop discovered at Sheffield’s Off the Shelf Festival of Words last weekend. Roaming the Victorian galleries of Weston Park in search of a starting point, the workshop participants (among […]

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The Eleven MA Fine Art degree show

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, Asia, Mauritius, Oman, Scotland, Spain and the USA, the artists are coming together for the first time in the real world to exhibit in South Yorkshire.

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What does a student look like?

A young person who gets up late, parties hard and squeezes studying into the odd spare moment. Is that what you see when you hear the word ‘student’, even though you’re a student yourself?  Stereotypes are pervasive and persuasive.Photographers (often, but not always, under commercial pressure) create and reinforce stereotypes: the bride dressed in a […]

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Narrow groove

The start of a new year challenges all creative practitioners to think about what we can do better. Here are the usual suspects for writers. ‘I will write every single day, even if it’s just for five minutes!’ ‘My commonplace book will never leave my side!’ ‘Writing first, editing after!’ All worthy – but dull […]

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