Student work Blog Posts | The Open College of the Arts
Explore #WeAreOCA
Skip Navigation
Browsing Category:

Student work


A conversation between Foundations Drawing student David Csaba and tutor Cheryl Huntbach

It may be interesting for prospective students, and others to know a little about your background, your life, and art experience prior to your OCA studies- for example from where you originate (how this may or may not inform your own studies / drawing work / process.   My name is Csaba David and I have  […]

Read More

CLIMA(C)TIC

In bricks and mortar universities students aren’t required to fully organise their own exhibition and I was envious of this at one stage. Having come out the other side I see how this experience has benefited me: knowledge, confidence and an extended network of contacts for the future. As the Arts Development Officer at the council said “We know about you now…” – opportunities will arise.

Read More

Student work: Rachel Metcalfe

The nerves and excitement I expected to feel as the exhibition approached were not as I predicted. I was constantly holding my breath, selfishly hoping I wouldn’t need to self-isolate or be placed in a local lockdown before the hanging day. Nerves with regards to the actual exhibition layout or success, seemed insignificant in comparison. Fortunately, hanging day arrived without any hiccups and passed calmly. 

Read More

Student stories: Jonathan Lamb & David Fletcher

Two OCA students had the chance to take part in a course with photographer Mimi Mollica at his farmhouse in Sicily recently.  The week started with portfolio reviews with Mimi and Martin Parr.

Read More

Student work: Dawn Broughton

Galleries are full of the young and unblemished and older people have been relegated to the crone or grandmother status for women and scholars and prophets for the men (simplified I know) but so few, ordinary older people are painted in a direct and straightforward way without the need to make them seem vulnerable or sad. 

Read More

Student work: Jane Murdock

I am very pleased to be sharing with you the work of BA Textiles student Jane Murdock, who has just completed and had assessed her work for Textiles 2: Contemporary Practice. 

Read More

Student work: Krystyna Dembny

Sally, the absolute antithesis of a ‘sissy’, Sally, a woman with chutzpah, who had just been diagnosed with a recurrence of her breast cancer and who, when I finally decided to grasp the nettle and face my own mental discomforts, was more than happy to become my exemplar of the naked post-menopausal: “Invisible Woman made Visible”.

Read More

Why enter awards?  You might actually win!

When the global Covid-19 pandemic threw us all into a national lockdown, I – like many other OCA students – watched my university studies grind to a shuddering halt.  My otherwise reasonable progress through Body of Work and Contextual Studies was suddenly stymied by uncertainty, chaos and adventures in homeschooling!  Then I read a #WeAreOCA article about why photography students should enter awards.   

Read More

Student work – Art & Ecology

As Programme Leader for both the painting and drawing degree pathways I am very pleased to present the finissage of the painting and drawing ecology group’s recent group work, led by artist and tutor Lydia Halcrow.

Read More