As part of the #weareoca30 campaign we are having creative conversations with some of our tutors. Watch and listen to OCA tutor and assessor Bryan Eccleshall below speaking about his work and and answering questions from students.
Creative writing tutor and programme leader Barbara Henderson’s fifth novel will be released on 1 March. Barbara uses the writing name Bea Davenport for her children and adult fiction. The Misper, her latest novel, is aimed at readers aged thirteen-plus.
Join OCA tutor Clare Wilson on April 15 at Whitechapel Art Gallery, London. Mark Dion is an American conceptual artist who makes work in response to the fragility and wonder of the natural world. He travels through rainforests, muddy rivers and rubbish dumps to uncover objects, both natural and man made.
Have a look around you. What could you animate? A coffee cup that hates tea? A printer that has a mind its own? A camera that takes pictures when no one’s looking? There are endless possibilities…
The basic aim is that your work looks coherent and that the assessors can effortlessly navigate it. It may take you a couple of assessment events to get this right but as you progress through the degree programme, repeatedly sending work for assessment you will develop and perfect ways of organising your work.
Join OCA tutor Jayne Taylor on the 31 March at The Photographers’ Gallery in London.
As newly appointed programme leader for the OCA Interior Design course, I thought it appropriate that I introduced the new course and myself, and what better way to do that than via the brilliant WeAreOCA blog site!
The Guerrilla Girls’ coolly ironic salvo not only challenged the art world powers-that-be, but also called on artists to start agitating for changes. Which brings us back to Michael Young’s original, distinctive, radical and optimistic conception of the OCA as a means of transforming people’s lives, of affecting real purposive change.
Being a student at an art college is as much about engaging with peers in the studio environment – discussing, challenging, supporting and inspiring each other. Online learning logs, forums and social media enable OCA students to connect with like-minded people, but you also have the benefit of thinking and making in a quiet, reflective studio space of your own making.
Bryan Eccleshall is delighted to announce that he will be having his first solo London show at the Green Rooms Hotel in March. On display will be around forty of the Digital Rain images that he has produced since autumn 2016.
This is my first post as Principal here at the Open College of the Arts and I’m very pleased to be able to share some exciting news. Last week we launched a campaign to celebrate 30 years of creativity through distance learning with OCA. OCA became part of the University for the Creative Arts, the UK’s number one specialist university for the creative arts, in 2016 and the University of the Creative Arts is coincidentally celebrating it’s 150 anniversary this year.
“Take your writing seriously. If you don’t, no one else will. Don’t try to do a perfect first draft. You should see mine – they’re pathetic. Writing is re-writing.”