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OCA Alumna – Mary-Joyce Davis

OCA BA (Hons) Textile graduate Mary-Joyce Davis would like to invite you to join her for the Live online preview of Drawn From Borders today – Thursday 21 May at 12.30pm on Facebook.

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Working under restrictions – Student examples

For those currently producing work under lockdown conditions, it may feel like a strange period adjusting to this new normal.  However, taking a look through student work all produced prior to the start of Covid-19, it is clear that OCA students have always worked in a domestic or localised space.

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Virtual study event: OCA East of England and friends

On 30 May, tutor Andrea Norrington will lead a discussion on undertaking research including tips and techniques and how to feed into your sketchbooks/learning logs.

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Keith Tyson: Isolation Art School

In recent weeks Turner Prize winning artist Keith Tyson (born 1969) has been putting a lot of energy into his ‘Isolation Art School’ on Instagram. This initiative has encouraged practitioners to offer tips and tutorials about making and to then post them on Instagram with the hashtag #isolationartschool.

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Reading like a writer – Reading prose

Recently I ran a couple of workshops on the art of close reading, so for those of you who were unable to attend (and for those who did attend but would like a refresher) I’ve put together a two-part blog, looking first at an extract from a novel and then at a poem.

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Student work: Sarah-Jane Field

Zines are also an incredibly democratic way of sharing work: they’re relatively inexpensive to produce nowadays as digital printers offer a range of accessible services, although you can make them yourself too if you are that way inclined.

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Spellspheres: Part 2

Due to COVID-19, and the necessary lockdown, I have had a large number of concerts postponed or cancelled. I decided it was important (for my career and my sanity!) to stay as creative as possible, and so I begun looking for opportunities to have my music played by others.

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Throwback Thursday: Where do you do it?

Four years ago we asked Where do you do it? Students, staff and tutors sent us images of their work spaces and we compiled them into the video below.

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Student stories: In conversation with Susan Askew

Susan Askew is working towards a BA in Drawing and currently on the Level Two Investigating Drawing unit. I was struck by her response to the ‘narrative’ exercise in Part Two of this unit and want her to share some of her thinking about this with other students. 

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