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Doug Burton

We have featured tutor Doug Burton’s work on WeAreOCA before but we thought it was worth sharing as it looks at Doug’s practice and influences.

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Joanne Ward

The challenge here was to produce two large drawings, a study of natural forms and a collection of man-made objects…

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Wind, Willow, Water

The video Wind, Willow, Water combines photographs by Yiannitsa Cegarra with words and sounds by Petra Vergunst. It is the product of a collaborative project that started with a morning of fieldwork in the floodplains of the river Dee at Newton Dee, Bieldside. The video expresses the shared experiences and feelings about the place and […]

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Scotland Study Visit: Louise Bourgeois

On Saturday 22 February students are invited to attend a study visit to view and discuss a major presentation of works by the French-American artist Louise Bourgeois. Bourgeois was one of the most influential and prolific artists of her time. In a career spanning seven decades, from the 1940s until her death in 2010, she […]

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Introducing Stephen Monger

Stephen Monger, OCA Visual Communications Tutor and photographer, reflects on his practice, finding subjects to photograph and on what is contemporary landscape? I recently had a photograph selected for the W-CA Contemporary Landscape Photography Open. The exhibition was held at Worcester Museum and Art Gallery, throughout December, and the selectors were: Paul Seawright, Dan Holdsworth, […]

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Body Language

This study visit to London’s Saatchi Gallery exhibition : Body Language surveys the figurative work of 20 contemporary artists. This engagement with the human form is ever present through the work of artists practicing today through painting, photography and sculpture. Within the diverse approaches on display at the gallery we will discuss the fundamental structures […]

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Newcastle Study Visit

On Saturday 8 February 2014 there is an opportunity to join a study visit led by OCA tutor Gerald Deslandes and for students in the North East to meet up. To start with we will view the work of Dame Laura Knight (1877 –1970).  This exhibition at the Laing Art Gallery of over thirty portraits touring from […]

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Following last week’s announcement on how to submit work for inclusion in WeAreOCA, students have started to get in touch with excellent work. It was always going to be difficult to decide who or what to feature first, but I have gone for One Hundred and Thirteen by textiles student Katie Taylor. Katie’s work is […]

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Recording Britain Now

Here at the OCA we like the Campaign for Drawing. In a world where it sometimes feels like the only discussion about education is about the importance of literacy and numeracy, it is good to know that there is a body which makes the case for observation. Their website puts it very succinctly: Drawing helps […]

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OCASA Study Visit

Artist Fiona Yaron-Field has agreed to give a talk to OCA students on 8 February. Fiona is a practising artist who has been using photography for over 25 years; her practice centres around people, so this study visit will be particularly pertinent with those with an interest in portraiture. Fiona was selected for the 2013 […]

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