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Virtual regional meetings – Adapting to life in lockdown

The Thames Valley Group held their regular monthly meeting as usual in March, thanks to some timely advice from Paul Vincent in IT, OCA Tutor Jayne Taylor and the OCA Europe group, who have been maintaining remote contact for a while. Work was loaded up to OCA’s Padlet in advance, so attendees had a chance […]

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Study event review: Lisbon 2020.

Having been a student with the OCA now for four years I have attended many student study visits. When the news came of a study visit in Lisbon alongside my current tutor Diana Ali there was no doubt that the trip would be beneficial. Especially considering how inspiring Diana’s own work has been on my practice.

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OCA study trip 2020 to Lisbon, tutors’ review.

13 students, 2 tutors and 1 city; bringing different characters, levels, courses, ages, lives and backgrounds together. 

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Study event review: PADA studios – an artists residency, Lisbon 2020

The concept of an artist’s residency may be familiar, but a tour around the PADA studios by co-founder Tim Rolston gave OCA students a fascinating insight into the practicalities and workings of an artist’s residency. The tour was an itinerary item on the cross-discipline OCA study visit to Lisbon, 25-27 February 2020, arranged and facilitated by tutors Diana Ali and Dr Michele Whiting (Michele having been a resident artist at PADA during 2019).

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Study event review: OCA Europe

The Regional Europe group organised a virtual meeting day where eleven students across the world worked together under guidance of an OCA tutor. Here is some feedback on the event, through the eyes of the main organiser, an attendee and the tutor.

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Study event review: Lisbon 2020

This study visit was a once in a life time opportunity to explore many works of art in their context and with the input of guides and tutors. However, much of the value of the trip lay in the conversations, particularly with tutors, around practice, research and the practicalities of getting your work out there .

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Study event review: Stanley Kubrick Archive

A week or so ago, I decided to attend the Kubrick Student Event. I have to admit that I was quite nervous at first. Participating in such an event, was going to be the very first time that I would engage myself in an official academic activity, outside my own comfort zone.

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Study event review: OCA North

OCA North invited Middlesbrough-based artist Miranda Richmond to discuss her work in January. Richmond’s current exhibition Presences at Dean Clough Mills in Halifax focuses on portraits created using intense looking and expressive mark making.

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Study event review: OCA East of England

The day started by looking at what reflective practice means and how it can be embedded in effective creative practice and development. We discussed its potential for developing practical strategies, capturing feelings, recognition of learning, how it focuses and provides purpose and gives meaning to our experiences.

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Study event review: OCA Thames Valley Group

John Umney, a previous member of the Thames Valley Group and OCA Photography Degree Graduate, kindly came to give us a talk about printing, drawing on 30+ years as a photographer working in both analogue and digital and always printing his own work.

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