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MA Fine Art Webinar and Q&A

If you are interested to find out more about postgraduate study on OCA’s MA Fine art course, you are most welcome to attend a webinar with the Fine Art Programme Leader Caroline Wright. Tuesday 17th November – 5:30pm – 6:30pm You will learn about the curriculum, how studying works at OCA and how to apply, […]

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Motivated to work in Equality and Diversity

The motivations for my becoming the OCA student representative for Equality and Diversity are deeply embedded in my personal experiences of racial and social class based injustices. I felt that this personal context was important to illustrate my interest and commitment to the role. But equally I wanted to add a real life dimension to the discussion on equality and diversity.

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Printmaking studios at home

During covid lockdown I’ve been so grateful I have a studio space at home. I was reflecting how my OCA students use their homes as studios. I asked a number of printmaking students to reflect and share how they made printmaking spaces within their homes.

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Student stories: Alison Dollery

I came across an advert for the Open Collage for the Arts and joined in 2015, enrolling for the new Fine Art Programme in 2016. Distance learning has allowed me to study completely at my own pace, with flexibility around my two young children (who were two and five when I joined the OCA) and part time work.

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Printmaking with OCA

The ambitious and expressive Printmaking images by OCA students below demonstrate the diversity of response to the exciting courses that enable students to explore both context and ideas within the processes of printmaking.

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OCA wellbeing: On self-care

Increasing online presence may result in online fatigue with visual and somatic symptoms. To Self- care and to be aware of changing habits and maladaptive behaviour patterns may overcome not only chronic ‘online’ disease but also negative impact on concentration, mood and emotions. 

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Student stories: Stefan Schaffeld

Congratulations to OCA student Stefan Schaffeld who was recently shortlisted for the Ashurst Emerging Artist Prize 2020.

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Online Exhibiting 1: ‘A practice of possibility’: exhibiting art in a mid-pandemic world

As the first in a series of Sustaining Your Practice-related blog posts on online exhibiting, Helen Warburton (OCA tutor and BAFTA Exhibitions Manager) interviews Rowan Lear (artist and writer interested in art ecologies, queer and critical race theory, and former co-director of the artist-led festival, Bristol Biennial).

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OCA wellbeing: Pets

I have settled reasonably well into life in lockdown and I think it’s largely to do with my furry companion. I’ve kept my normal routine of getting up and walking to work, which currently means taking Enzo out and looping back home to log on.

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