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OCA Music: The virtual choir project

With in-person study visits, especially those involving singing, off the cards due to the pandemic, we had to think somewhat outside of the box to get a composition workshop together in 20/21! With a handful of singers within the student body of the music department, we decided to give a ‘Virtual Choir’ project a try.

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Art-Scientific:  A student collective. Are you interested?

Art-Scientific is a cross-discipline collective recently set up by a group of OCA students interested in exploring scientific themes within their art practice. The group is open to any student with an interest in exploring links and connections between art and science.

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On collaboration 

To study as a distant learner with OCA might seem to be a lonely endeavour. However, there are many ideas and opportunities to collaborate with fellow students. Collaboration can be a core to one’s contemporary art practice. It goes beyond the making of a shared object. 

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A musical collaboration for World Oceans Day

I’ve just completed a short collaborative piece with Music Programme Leader Carla Rees in celebration of World Oceans Day, which occurs every year on June 8. Across the world there are close to 3000 events in 150 countries designed to celebrate and focus our attention onto the value of the world’s oceans and what we can do to conserve and protect them and allow them to flourish.

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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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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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Collaborative practice

As a practitioner myself, I have become really interested in the idea of creative collaborative practice and it is something that I have been researching more and more over the past few months.

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Writing & illustrating – A tutor & student co-operative project

I’d like to report on a co-operative project between myself, a writer/tutor and poet on one hand, and Dorothy Flint, a second year illustration student on the other..  We worked together over several months. The co-operative project grew out of Dorothy’s need to find a client for her illustration course and my need to find an artist who wanted a client to make a visual contribution to the  poems I had already written between 2015 and 2018.

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