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Working under restrictions – Student examples

For those currently producing work under lockdown conditions, it may feel like a strange period adjusting to this new normal.  However, taking a look through student work all produced prior to the start of Covid-19, it is clear that OCA students have always worked in a domestic or localised space.

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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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Vocab: Issue 2

Being part of OCASA’s creative writing magazine, Vocab, is a wonderful, collaborative experience, and gives a dedicated space to recognise the writing talent we have at OCA.

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Student work: Sarah-Jane Field

Zines are also an incredibly democratic way of sharing work: they’re relatively inexpensive to produce nowadays as digital printers offer a range of accessible services, although you can make them yourself too if you are that way inclined.

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Edge-zine issue 9: Inside

From Vicky Mackenzie’s ‘Tutors thoughts’ through Steve Cusson’s work ‘Prison Cinema’ and onto Therese Livonne and her self portrait the 9th edition of Edge-zine is packed with thought provoking work and articles from across the Open College of the Arts range of disciplines.

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To creatively focus on the present

We may not all have access to outdoor spaces with the chance to nurture and grow, but our creative endeavours – even simply the planning of, or reflection on them, facilitate a state of mindfulness: ‘to still a busy mind, settle into a new activity and refocus on the present’

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Student work: Hugh Hadfield

Sketch-a-day is the name of a community of people that create and share drawings and sketches every day. During January I committed to doing a sketch every day for at least one-month, partly because the beginning of the new decade seemed like an auspicious time to commit to something, and partly because I was intrigued to see what I could achieve.

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Student stories: In conversation with: Caroline Conolly

Caroline Conolly is part-way through her first OCA Level 1 course, Exploring Drawing Media. During assignment 2 her tutor, Cheryl Huntbach noticed a liberated, curiosity and playful approach to Caroline’s drawing processes and methodologies. She invited Caroline to have a conversation about her approaches and ideas, which might be equally fascinating and insightful for other students to read.

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Student work uncovered: Martyn Rainbird, Photography

It was immediately obvious when assessing that Martyn shows an admirable advancement for what is a level one unit, with little or no previous video making experience.

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