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Study event review: OCA Europe

As part of our annual virtual meetings with other international students, the Europe regional group invited tutor Hayley Lock to join us. Earlier in the year, many of the group had mentioned feeling a bit trapped by the medium of their degree and whether something ‘fitted’ into painting or photography or textiles. Hayley’s practice seemed to offer an opportunity to talk about breaking free of medium-specificity.

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Study event review: In conversation with Naomi Incledon

Participants were instead invited to view her work through a video documentation ‘Time Works’ emulating Cinema Verite- quite a Blair Witch style film where we walk through the Land Art works whilst being informed of her creative intentions, contexts and physical making in a serene and contemplative tone. 

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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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