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The Open College of the Arts is 30 years old!

A lot has changed in the thirty years since Michael Young founded OCA. Cassettes became CDs, which then became downloads, and then streaming. Liverpool won their last league title just three years after we became a thing, and are still searching for the next one. Mario Brothers were all the rage… and still are, surprisingly.

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Produce, Re-use, Recycle…

In 2005 an 8 year old girl was told by a security guard to stop sketching Picasso and Matisse paintings as ‘they’re copyrighted’ (Jardin 2005). So what is a copy and how much new, creative work is required to term the work as ‘influenced by’, or an ‘homage’?  Is her version in a different medium a copy?

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OCA Study day: Library of Birmingham archive room with photographer Paul Hill

Join photographer Paul Hill on the 6 April in Birmingham in the library.

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How will your hobby improve your career prospects?

How connected are your hobbies and your career? If the answer is, not at all, maybe you’re missing an opportunity to make more of the pastime you love.

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Work the way you want – why is a lifestyle business right for you?

Whether it’s photography, painting, or even interior design, if you can imagine anything you’ve made appearing on Pinterest, it has the potential to earn you some income. And that means you have the potential to become a lifestyle entrepreneur.

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Study Visit Review: London group study day

This study day has helped me to forge a different relationship with the landscape viewing it as place enables me to discuss or form my own relationship with that place rather than an exact physical depiction. I enjoyed using my own memories; nightclubs, brightness, misty dark mountains, land…

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Being curious

To be a student is innately to find out more about a subject. To explore and investigate, to delve deeper and make connections between seemingly unrelated sources.

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What is Ecopoetry and why write it?

Eco-poetry, then, in the sense I’m talking about, takes the human and the natural world as undeniably connected and does not prioritise one over the other. The human and natural worlds are not exclusive of one another, and the natural is not something to be ‘conquered.’ Eco-poetry does not centre on a human viewpoint; it is inclusive of plant, animal, landscape. It can make us look at the experiences of the life we share the planet with in a completely new way.

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Experimenting to move forward

Experimentation is a very important part of the creative process. It is through trying different ways, mixing techniques, combining processes, challenging your thinking that we come up with unexpected and new outcomes, it is the way to move forward. I would like to share a few textile artists with you, that take experimentation very seriously, hoping that they inspire you.

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Holiday reading habits

Airports stock a lot of books for holiday reading, and if you’re aiming at a popular market in it’s a good idea to take a good hard look at what’s on sale. Crime and romance come top, but these days they all have strap-lines that sound exactly the same.

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