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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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OCA News: Student Fees from August 2022 thumb

OCA News: Student Fees from August 2022

We are announcing today, Tuesday 17th May 2022, the fees which will apply to the next academic year (from 1st August 2022 to 31st July 2023).

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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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Student stories: Geraldine Leahy thumb

Student stories: Geraldine Leahy

A solo exhibition of work by Geraldine Leahy will be on display in Rush Library, Chapel Green, Rush, Co. Dublin  from the 4th – 14th April 2022 . Intriguing combinations of monoprint and paint reveal the devastating consequences of coastal erosion in Portrane, Rogerstown Estuary and Rush. The artist observes the entanglements of manmade and natural materials and the impact mankind has had on the coastline.

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Student stories: Wendy Healey thumb

Student stories: Wendy Healey

OCA students and tutors from all disciplines are invited to final year student Wendy Healey’s forthcoming exhibition to explore the fascinating world of the in-between. Direct Art Action UK (DAA) Gallery based in Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham will be showcasing her BA (Hons) Painting Degree Exhibition In-between. 

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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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