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Street View – An Evening with Jesse Alexander, OCA photography programme lead

OCA photography programme lead Jesse Alexander will be talking about his book Perspectives on Place at the Off the Shelf Festival of Words in Sheffield on Wednesday 14 October. Perspectives on Place, which was published in January by Bloomsbury, examines the theory and practice of landscape photography. The book features photographs taken by OCA students. Street View – […]

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The power to create…

The RSA in London was the venue for a celebration of the creative and academic achievements of this year’s OCA graduates. Established 260 years ago, the RSA believes that everyone has the ‘power to create’.

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The Diary of E W Erlam

Jéréme Crow graduated from OCA in painting with a first class honours degree last year. Next month, he is holding a one-man exhibition at Horsebridge Arts and Community Centre in Whitstable, Kent. The Diary of E W Erlam: paintings by Jéréme Crow includes a series of works based on the 1918 school-boy diary of Jéréme’s […]

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One Chair stands down, a new Chair steps up

Today, OCA says good-bye to its outgoing Chair of Trustees, Chris Jelley, who first joined the Board in 2000, and welcomes Peter Bradley, Dean of Sheffield as the new Chair. Under Chris’s astute leadership, OCA gained accreditation for its first undergraduate qualification, a BA (Hons) Creative Arts and weathered the storm of the changes to […]

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Stick to the script

‘Don’t spend any time trying to be original if you want your film or television script to get noticed by producers.’ OCA tutor James Richards told it to them straight at last Saturday’s scriptwriting workshop at the Ilkley Literature Festival on Saturday. He compares attempts at originality to trying to build a car using British Leyland […]

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‘A cloud that just lands’

A short story is a slice of life, so it needs a narrow geographical location and a small number of characters.  It takes work to produce the 500 to 6,000 words that ‘explore a mood, a pregnant silence, a seemingly mundane scenario that’s somehow charged with significance’ – novelist and broadcaster Marcel Theroux’s description of […]

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How the Great War was advertised

Documentary producer, director and writer Andrew McCarthy has been fascinated by the First World War since boyhood. He and former ‘Punch’ magazine archivist Amanda-Jane Doran are now co-authors of ‘The Huns Have Got My Gramophone! Advertisements from the Great War’, published last month by Bodleian Library Publishing. The authors’ imaginative way in to the events […]

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Explorations and collaborations

Six OCA photography students and graduates hosted a private view of their joint work this week at independent arts centre Bank Street Arts in Sheffield. [( 6 )] : Personal Explorations in Photography is the culmination of over six months of collaboration between Tanya Ahmed, Dewald Botha, Rob TM, Keith Greenough, Nigel Haworth and Pete Mansell […]

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I wandered like a lonely

‘I wandered like a lonely.’  Not the words of a pupil learning by heart a selected work of one of the Romantic poets now deemed essential reading for English Literature GCSE pupils, but the words of William Wordsworth.  Later, of course, he changed the word order. From the manuscript of the handwritten poems that Wordsworth […]

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Voices unheard

The pivot of my conversation with Sheffield poet Helen Mort is on balancing writing about public events with reflecting on private experience. We are speaking three days after the start of the second set of inquests into the 1989 Hillsborough stadium tragedy, ordered by the High Court in December 2012 when it quashed the original verdicts on […]

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