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Student stories: Annalisa Mercuri

Annalisa Mercuri is a Level Two Painting student who is about to complete the Drawing Two: Investigating Drawing unit. Despite some severe lockdown restrictions (she lives in Verona) she has managed to have work accepted into a couple of prestigious group shows over the past year or so. In this short interview, her tutor Bryan Eccleshall asks her about that experience.

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To plot or not to plot

Plot is possibly one of the most overlooked aspects of scriptwriting: coming up with the right idea, developing complex and captivating characters, creating a structure, building conflict are usually every writer’s priority, before sitting in front of the screen and starting to type. 

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Interior Design: What is luxury?

Within interior design, there are definitely certain connotations when it comes to the idea of luxury. The most often association of luxury within interior design is expense. This can be realised in a variety of ways, such as the glitz and glamour of traditional palaces or in the solitary minimalism of contemporary spaces. But I wanted to recap and expand upon some of the ideas of luxury that were discussed by the group. Luxury can mean so many things to different perspectives. 

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A fruitful feedback session

Some feedback can be seen as daunting, unpredictable, too long, too  dominating and a little bit too nice. But it is up to you how you want to direct it; you have ownership and drive it in a way which suits you. What do students  want from feedback sessions? Critique, direction, progress, ruthlessness,  compliments?  

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OCA events: Hexham Book Festival  

This year, some festivals are staying online, to prevent having to cancel at a later date. But the established Hexham Festival, established in 2006, is planning to go ahead next month in beautiful Northumberland.  We’re delighted that three of our creative writing tutors will be running workshops at the event.

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Tutor news: Vicky MacKenzie

Huge congratulations to OCA Creative Writing tutor Vicky MacKenzie on this highly prestigious book deal for her novel. Any of her students will agree that she is a wise and wonderful writer as well as a wonderful tutor – so it’s great news to hear of the imminent publication of this fascinating book.

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Student stories: Bloomberg New Contemporaries – Beverley Duckworth

The Bloomberg New contemporaries is the leading graduate art prize in the UK. This year I am delighted to say that a graduate from our own painting pathway has made it through the incredibly competitive first stage of the process.

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Developing ideas through making work and ‘listening’ to the work

Gwen Bird’s fourth submission for Drawing 1: Exploring Drawing Media shows how developing ideas by working through material processes rather than thinking about conclusions or results can result in creative breakthroughs. While having a goal in mind is not necessarily a bad thing when making work, it can sometimes overwhelm and obscure really interesting potential ideas that emerged from the act of making.

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Talking Out Loud: Reflective videos within textile practice

I want to share my thoughts on using video recordings as a useful tool in an active reflective practice. I will draw on my experiences as a tutor and as a textile designer and maker currently studying for an MA in Textile Design at the Royal College of Art (RCA). 

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