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In conversation: Bethan Hamilton

“I would say self portraits grant you a lot more freedom than portraits do. When drawing friends I worry about causing offence by focusing on their ‘imperfections’. But it’s those imperfections that make a person who they are. When drawing myself I don’t think twice about depicting every dark shadow, every wrinkle, misplaced hair or roll of fat.”

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RWA Open Exhibition

Join OCA tutor Michele Whiting on the 23 November in Bristol to visit the RWA Open Exhibition. This show is based on a highly competitive open submission in its 164th year. It is one of the longest running ‘opens’ in the country, showcasing some of the most ‘exciting (established and emerging) artists in the country’.

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In conversation: Jeanette Barnes

These drawings are not about one single moment, but a combination of ideas and experiences, bringing together the most interesting aspects from different sketches to create the final piece.

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Georgia O’Keeffe

About half-way through Georgia O’Keeffe’s exhibition at Tate Modern I began to wonder if, perhaps, the Tate ought to have promoted the show as a group exhibition since it included so much work by other artists…

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In conversation: Cherie Jerrard

Cherie Jerrard is an illustrator/graphic designer based in Shropshire. Her multi layered reportage work is full of energy and spontaneity, I got in touch to find out more about her work and process of making.

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Study visit: Georgia O'Keeffe

There’s a statement in the promotional material devoted to the Georgia O’Keeffe show currently on at Tate Modern: ‘with no works by Georgia O’Keeffe in UK public collections, this is a once-in-a-generation opportunity for audiences outside the US to view the exceptional beauty and skill of her remarkable paintings’. That’s reason enough to make the effort to see the show, don’t you think?

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Cambridge Original Printmakers Biennale

Join OCA tutor Clare Wilson on the 25 September in Cambridge. The exhibition will take place at the wonderful historic Pitt Building.The goal is to promote and further a knowledge and understanding of printmaking and its technical variables

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Study visit: Stanley Spencer

Join me on the 3 September at the Hepworth in Wakefield to see the Stanley Spencer show. As a bonus, there is also a show of objects, paintings, and sculptures from the fabulous Kettle’s Yard collection on display. It’s a great chance to see works by Alfred Wallis, Constantin Brancusi, Ben Nicholson, Naum Gabo…

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Waiting for the Macaws

At the opening of the new extension to Tate Modern there was a small notice next to one of the exhibits. ‘Due to expected visitor numbers’, it read, ‘the macaws have temporarily been returned to their owners.’ Given the quality of the other works on show, it is unlikely that this caused much disappointment to visitors…

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British Art Show 8: Norwich

Join OCA tutor Hayley Lock on the 27 August in Norwich for the British Art Show. The exhibition is taking place across two venues in Norwich in summer 2016: Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery and Norwich University of the Arts.

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