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Study event: OCA South Midlands

Join OCA Tutor Katie Taylor on Saturday 16 November 2019 in Oxford. This event will hopefully be the catalyst for forming a new multi-disciplinary student group in the South Midlands area.  The event is open to students from all degree pathways and levels.

Artist Katie Taylor is an OCA tutor and a contemporary sculptural installation artist based in Oxford, UK. She a previous OCA student and was awarded a first-class degree in Textiles in 2017. She is currently studying an MFA at Oxford Brookes University and hopes to continue her studies with a Ph.D. next year. She is fascinated with exploring our place in the world, the fragility of life and death and the precariousness of our existence, often using history and historical research as a basis within her work. Forensic anthropology and its use to determine individuality is a continuing theme and it’s use in Bosnia as a tool to discover identities within mass graves is a current research project.

Katie works in a variety of media to create sculptural installations that explore the interface between materiality and memory, ideas of how we are remembered beyond death by means of our possessions as well as the conceptual and emotional content of objects.

“My work very much explores the underrepresented person. Including themes exploring mass atrocity and war, genocide and mass graves… Its underrepresentation, that unknown person, the overall personal story that I think has always interested me. The bigger stories that condense into something visual and not just a pretty representation of something.” – Interview for the ‘Our Place’ project – The Old Fire Station, Oxford


To reserve your place please complete the booking form here.

Do note there is a £10 booking fee for this event.

Timing & practical details


Venue: OVADA Oxford Visual Arts Development Agency, 14 Osney Ln, Oxford OX1 1NJ

9:30 – 10am Registration & meet the group

10 – 11       Artists talk by Katie Taylor

11 – 12:30 Discussion Interdisciplinary research and artistic practice – looking at artists who work with or are informed by other disciplines including science.

12:30 – 1 pm Half an hour for lunch – local cafes and shops locally or alternatively bring a packed lunch

1 – 4 pm Workshop – Exploring absence/loss using a variety of materials – ink lace paintings and halo spray paintings.

Please note parking is very limited at OVADA and the use of the park and ride is recommended. Please bring a packed lunch although local shops are available. Tea and Coffee will be available. 

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