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Lisbon’s vibrant and optimistic art scene.

If you are heading to Portugal this summer, take some time to look around Lisbon’s vibrant art scene. This is art in the more liberal sense. Music, ceramics, architecture, visual arts, food culture, moving image, textiles- all are on show and in current conversation.

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New Brighton revisited

Join OCA tutor Derek Trillo on the 11 August at the Sailing School Gallery, New Brighton, Wallasey. This is a unique opportunity to view up close the rarely seen seminal – and controversial – work by this country’s best-known photographer, in the location where it was shot.

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21 talks and 24 days later

All perfectly logical, as it turned out, but it got me thinking about the links between the places that I was visiting and the talks that I was giving as well as about the idiosyncratic relationship that Australia seems to have with maps.

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Cross cultural influences in fashion

Wherever people come from or wherever people go, people’s culture and therefore identity is in a constant evolution, a change that looks back and forward in history. For this reason, appearance plays a very important role in that, clothing establishes a way of exteriorising our personality, our own identity and thereby our history. According to that, the inspiration for my work, usually comes from my curiosity on identifying elements from different cultures that have been appropriated for another different culture, and have been given a different meaning and appearance to the previous one, at the same time as trying to understand the reasons why this has occurred.

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Dan Jarvis visits OCA Head Office

On Friday 11 November, Armistice Day, Dan Jarvis paid us a visit. Dan is the constituency MP for the area which includes our Barnsley Head Office, having been elected in March this year. It always promised to be an interesting meeting as Dan is a politician who has ‘done something‘ before entering politics. In the […]

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