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A colourful composition

When you are busying your eyes with making an artwork, what are your other senses doing? In particular – do you find that you need to attend to your ears?

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Agnes Martin:Gabriel

I had a slightly bizarre experience last night courtesy of the artist’s rooms research project. The evening was billed as an evening with Agnes Martin and as she died in 2004 I already suspected an idiosyncratic approach to the delivery of the event. I was further wrong-footed by the evening being part of a series […]

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Devils in the detail

Many local authority collections have a budget for purchasing from local artists, or indeed benefit from donations of work by local artists welcome or not. In Glasgow, which has such an important art scene internationally, the local authority museum has a small but interesting collection of work by Glasgow School of Art graduates which they regularly show with different curatorial slants…

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About the length of a piece of string

How hard are you supposed to be working? Over the last 3 – 5 years at the Open College of the Arts there has been what could almost be described as a revolution in the proliferation of ways for students to interact with each other, see each other’s work and discuss their courses.

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Strange fruit

Many of the projects and exercises in the visual arts courses with the OCA leave a great deal of room for you to experiment and develop your own responses to the issue of subject matter…

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Luc Tuymans

Luc Tuymans is one of the most well known artists working today and someone often cited by OCA painting students as being influential on their own developing practice. I had the opportunity recently to hear him speak about his work and process recently and wanted to share something of that experience with you here.

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Study Visit: The British Art Show

The British Art Show is widely recognised as the most ambitious and influential exhibition of contemporary British art, with artists chosen for their significant contribution over the past five years and we plan to host a study day at each venue.

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An Invigilator’s Lot

I spent two weeks recently invigilating art exhibitions across multiple sites. I realised that I never spend more than a few minutes in front of any one art work – even something I really love. By spending 4 hours or more with one piece, I gave myself time to clear my mind and drop down into a more conducive state of receptivity.

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Study Visit: Phyllida Barlow – Set

Join Emma on the 26 September at the Fruitmarket Gallery in Edinburgh.

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Circles of Focus

Christine Borland’s career has seen her work move increasingly towards the medical profession and she has developed a way of interacting as an artist within this professional culture which I find fascinating. I know that many of our students combine work and OCA study. Is anybody making art work about their other professional sphere?

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