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Urania

“The journal Urania is somehow poly-vocal. Urania ran from 1915 until 1940 and it was the first British magazine to produce a cultural and political discourse on gender issues and the demands of lesbian and gay individuals and communities. The name refers to a specific idea of Utopia, as a place where the categories of ‘male’ and ‘female’ do not exist.”

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Study event: Format19 festival

Join OCA tutors Derek Trillo and Helen Warburton in Derby 15-17 March 2019. Spread over three days you could choose one or two days, but would get more from the weekend and a greater sense of community and cohesion with fellow students the more days you can attend.

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OCA North event: Thinking through art – a workshop

Join OCA tutor and Programme Leader Emma Drye in Halifax on the 30 March.

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LGBT artists

February is LGBT History Month – a national initiative focused on recognising lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, their lives and experiences, and promoting equality. Marking the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots and the birth of the modern Pride movement, this year a number of galleries and museums, from London to Liverpool and Birmingham to Brighton, are running talks, exhibitions, film screenings and workshops to highlight previously hidden or unknown LGBT histories in their collections.

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Critical thinking skills workshops for textiles students

In response to the high demand and the positive feedback received I will be rerunning the critical thinking skills workshops for textile students again this spring.  

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What I learned writing an LGBT film

LGBT History Month is all about promoting equality, diversity and education. If you are writing or making a film with an LGBT theme, there is a responsibility on the artist to be truthful when dealing with topics that – for many – are delicate, if not life changing.

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The nature of temporary site specific art

I make artwork which is connected to place. According to the Tate the term ‘site-specific’ refers to a work of art designed specifically for a particular location and that has an interrelationship with the location. I agree but would add that the work is about interrelationships with people first and foremost and that the art […]

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Target Practice

My body of work Target Practice developed from my interest in LGBTQ hidden histories. I became focused on the experience of gay men in Nazi concentration camps when I read about the biography of Josef Kohout, a Nazi concentration camp survivor.

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Ask the librarian

Want to maximise your access to research? Here are six open access resources that are sure to help you.

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Student work: Elizabeth Venn

Collage has been used as an artform for many years but when students approach it during their studies it can feel like something children do so has little value or skill. However there is a surprising amount of dexterity and technical skill required working with small pieces of sticky paper. In textiles collage is used primarily as a form of drawing either to develop ideas or plan designs so it is worth mastering.

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