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Using Biological Curiosities for Fiction Ideas thumb

Using Biological Curiosities for Fiction Ideas

There’s a wonderful clip on YouTube that shows an octopus disappearing into the background and becoming, as a consequence, invisible. This is an attribute shared by other cephalopods such as the cuttlefish, one of which I met whilst snorkelling in Indonesia.  The water there is very clear, and the colourful marine life is plentiful and […]

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Interior Design in a post-COVID-19 world thumb

Interior Design in a post-COVID-19 world

Perspex partitions have become the new normal in the last few months. So have big stickers on the floor set 2 metres apart. And ‘home’ has become the most dominant space in our lives. While there have already been a number of articles about the economic impact COVID-19 is having on the interior design industry […]

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Decolonising the curriculum – a ‘serious need’? thumb

Decolonising the curriculum – a ‘serious need’?

Dr. Andrea Stultiens replied that to her decolonising meant adding perspective, not changing from one perspective to another: ‘I’m making my gaze relative by placing other gazes next to it’.

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Experience of a virtual artist residency during lockdown thumb

Experience of a virtual artist residency during lockdown

I came across a post in Instagram calling for artists to attend an online virtual residency. The post was from a residency space in the North of Spain who would normally be booked with physical residency artists and I thought that potential of a virtual residency was fantastic! I submitted an application and was accepted.

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A series of triptychs thumb

A series of triptychs

In this post OCA tutor Jim Cowan presents a digital visit of his current exhibition featuring a number of paintings constructed in the format of a Triptych beside others that have been painted separately but seem to belong in groups of three.

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Starting a creative practice PhD thumb

Starting a creative practice PhD

When I started my first module with Open College of the Arts, I hadn’t even committed to a Undergraduate degree let alone considered the possibilities of going on to study at master’s or PhD level, but here I am! My time studying with OCA allowed me to start believing in myself giving me the opportunity to fully explore materials and techniques that lead eventually to a very research-based approach to my practice.

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In Conversation: Gina Lundy and Dan Robinson – periodic review and vision for photography? thumb

In Conversation: Gina Lundy and Dan Robinson – periodic review and vision for photography?

From the end of January Photography Programme Leader Gina Lundy will be taking maternity leave. We are really excited to welcome Dan Robinson into the role whilst she is away. Below, Dan and Gina discuss the coming 12 months, course review and the vision for the Photography Programme going forward.

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OCA tutors: Nalini – An exhibition by Arpita Shah thumb

OCA tutors: Nalini – An exhibition by Arpita Shah

The exhibition will be running from 17 Jan – 28 March 2020 at Impressions Gallery, Bradford.

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Farewell to OCA’s Peter Haveland thumb

Farewell to OCA’s Peter Haveland

Peter Haveland, a tutor on visual studies and photography courses is retiring from his teaching career and leaving OCA. He’s been working with OCA for the best part of twenty years, so has seen the organisation evolve and grow. To mark Peter’s retirement, and out of my own curiosity, I asked him a few questions to reflect on his time as a tutor. 

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In conversation with: Drawing degree tutor Simon Manfield thumb

In conversation with: Drawing degree tutor Simon Manfield

The broad and experimental character of the drawing degree is supported of course by the curriculum, and a big part of that is the lovely new drawing degree unit called ‘a personal approach to drawing’ (DR5PAD), so I am delighted to have a chance to have a conversation with one of its authors, Simon Manfield, about his practice.

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