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Study event: OCA Midlands

Join OCA Midlands Photography students for a day with artist Stephen Burke on Saturday 22 June at Blast Festival of Photography in the West Midlands.

Stephen is an artist living and working in Birmingham, he is also the Project Producer for Grain Project Producer for Grain Projects, an arts organisation based in Birmingham dedicated to commissioning, facilitating and delivering ambitious, engaging and high quality photography projects.  
He has been involved in numerous exhibitions, and graduated with BA (HONS) in Photography (2012) from Falmouth University and MA Documentary Photography and Photojournalism (2017) at Westminster University. 
He has also been commissioned by The Guardian, The FT Weekend, Sunday Times, The Telegraph.
Stephen will spend the day with us and discuss his current project The Lords My Shepherd which was commissioned by the Blast Festival of Photography.
The project honours and celebrates the fans of West Bromwich Albion FC exploring the emotional connection and the role the club plays in the identity of West Bromwich and the wider Black Country. Accompanying the portraits is an audio work of interviews with fans, recordings of the crowds at matches and music associated with the club. The exhibition is at The Vine which is an Indian family run curry pub and grill long associated with supporters of WBA.  
We will also be visiting the other Blast Festival venues in West Bromwich.
For more information on this please visit: https://www.blastphotofestival.com/west-bromwich 
You can also visit Stephen’s website at: http://stephenpburke.com/about 
Stephen is an artist who is progressing well in the development of his career so this really is a unique opportunity for us to gain an insight into what could lie ahead in our student careers and beyond.

The plan for the day is as follows:

Meet at 11.30am on the Saturday 22 June at the venue of Stephen’s exhibition
The Vine, 152 Roebuck St, West Bromwich B70 6RD
Stephen will discuss his project The Lords My Shepherd, which was commissioned by the Festival. 
We will have an informal group discussion where we can find out more about how Stephen is developing his practice and what we as students can take from this experience.
We will also visit the Blast Festival venues in the West Bromwich location. We should finish by 4pm.
For more information on this you can download a PDF brochure for the Festival:

Travel and other important information

By car / motorway West Bromwich is approached via M5 Junction 1  
By train travel to Birmingham New St station and then walk (4 mins) to Birmingham Grand Central for a metro train to West Bromwich Central which is then a 20 mins walk from the Vine.

Train times to Birmingham New St can be found at:


Full travel information to West Bromwich Central Metro station / stop can be found at

Other relevant information – http://www.thevine.co.uk
If you would like to attend please email Allan O’Neill at allan513287@oca.ac.uk  directly. 
If you have any queries regarding travel arrangements or otherwise, again please feel free to email Allan directly.

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