The concept was simple, every month you were asked to submit work in progress for critique to a private online blog platform, one week later you would receive a response from another residency participant. Often the work was unresolved, posing further questions, expressing frustration at lack of progress but the deadline made the work happen. During this period, I was able to maintain a conversation about the ongoing work I was creating within my immediate environment – such trains of thought are not easy to sustain when you’re at home looking after small children and this was the beauty in the simplicity of this approach.
When the OCA tutor’s twins came down with chicken pox, a planned study visit to Glasgow International looked to be inevitably cancelled as cover at short notice was difficult to arrange. The visit went ahead however, with the 4 OCA students from different disciplines meeting up independently.
“Twenty-five years ago I sat floating in a brown turgid sea full of poo and plastic, seems a bit crazy, not so now, it’s shaped and formed my artistic and creative life.”
Sneaking through fences and running across Donald Trump’s golf course, surfer, photographer, OCA tutor and environmental advocate, Andy Hughes goes to great lengths documenting the plastic waste washed up on beaches around the globe. In this interview with Carve Magazine he discusses his substantial body of work that responds to the plastic waste washed up on beaches around the globe.
Glasgow International is Scotland’s largest festival for contemporary art, taking place over three weeks every two years across the city of Glasgow. Renowned as a centre for contemporary art, the festival draws on the city’s strengths as a vibrant and distinctive centre of artistic production and display.