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Goodbye and thank you to tutor Ilsa Brittain thumb

Goodbye and thank you to tutor Ilsa Brittain

As Programme Leader for the painting dept, I am pleased to be in conversation this month with artist and tutor Ilsa Brittian. Ilsa has worked for OCA since 2017. Ilsa is leaving us this month to focus her attention on her practice so I am taking the opportunity to have a conversation with her and to celebrate her significant contribution to OCA.

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Student stories: Geraldine Leahy, Artist talk thumb

Student stories: Geraldine Leahy, Artist talk

SYP student Geraldine Leahy recently held her solo Degree Show, Littoral Shift: A Coastal Terrain in Flux, in a beautiful restored and repurposed church in the seaside village of Rush, North County Dublin. She will present her artist’s talk on Wednesday 22nd of June at 6pm, to which you all OCA students are warmly invited. 

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Painting and Drawing student work Spring 2022 thumb

Painting and Drawing student work Spring 2022

As Programme Leader for the BA (Hons) Painting and the BA (Hons) Drawing degrees at OCA I am delighted to present a curated exhibition of the work presented by the students in both departments for the Spring 2022 assessment event.

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In-between: Wendy Healey’s Artists Talk – Wednesday 18 May 2022 at 6pm  thumb

In-between: Wendy Healey’s Artists Talk – Wednesday 18 May 2022 at 6pm 

Please join me to celebrate the achievement of level 3 Painting SYP student Wendy Healey who has just completed her final degree show with us and is soon to graduate.

Wendy’s OCA Artist Talk will comprise of an in-conversation talk with Psychotherapist/ Art Therapist Maureen Begadon, filmed at Wendy’s home studio prior to her degree show on 28 April -14 May at DAA gallery Sutton Coldfield. The film will be followed by a question and answer discussion. 

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The Patricia Farrar Award for Painting thumb

The Patricia Farrar Award for Painting

As Programme Leader for Painting I feel personally that Patricia would have had a continued influence on OCA as an alumni and I have tried to preserve that influence by instigating an award at OCA in her memory and as an ongoing inspiration. The award is given to a student annually who embodied something of Patricia’s spirit and creative concerns.

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Student stories: Arlene Sharp thumb

Student stories: Arlene Sharp

The Freelands Painting Prize has been developed to support artists at an early stage in their practice and all UK art colleges are able to nominate a single student in their final course of study to be considered for it. We convened a panel of all the tutors for the eligible students and undertook a two stage process to identify one candidate. We used a simple scoring system and, whilst everyone got some points, one person was a clear winner and that was Arlene Sharp.

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Introducing the Painting department programme tutors thumb

Introducing the Painting department programme tutors

In a new development at OCA, we have introduced the new role of Programme Tutor. For painting, the programme tutors support the Head of Department and tutor team to develop the degree programme and to support the learning community to thrive and feel at home in the painting department.

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Painting and Drawing student work Autumn 2021 thumb

Painting and Drawing student work Autumn 2021

As Programme Leader for the BA (Hons) Painting and the BA (Hons) Drawing degrees at OCA I am delighted to present a curated exhibition of the work presented by the students in both departments for the Autumn 2021 assessment event.

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Jim Cowan is retiring after 32 years with OCA thumb

Jim Cowan is retiring after 32 years with OCA

As Programme Leader for the painting dept, I am pleased to be in conversation this month with artist and tutor James Cowan. James has worked for OCA since September 1988 (the year I sat my A Levels) and his experience and, I would suggest in particular, his rich art historical knowledge has been an asset for students over the years. Jim is leaving us in the months ahead so I’m taking the opportunity to have a conversation with him now and hear about his own practice and also listen to his unique insight into the development of OCA.

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Student work: OCA Painting & Drawing summer assessment 2021 exhibition thumb

Student work: OCA Painting & Drawing summer assessment 2021 exhibition

We would like to invite you to view below a curation of work produced in the drawing and painting departments at the Open College of the Arts. The work is from our summer 2021 assessment event and includes students at HE4 – HE6.

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