As many of you are aware the OCA has previously provided funds for study visits and more recently a small budget to OCASA for student initiated events and activities. For some time now there has been a view that as the number of student initiated activities have increased the focus of funding should be reviewed. Following a review earlier this year it was agreed the funds provided to OCASA would be substantially increased to encourage both a wider distribution of funds to students and to encourage a diversification in the types of activities available to students. In taking this approach we believe a greater number of students will benefit from a wider range of activities that will both improve the opportunities for student networking and significantly aid their studies with the OCA. We therefore see this approach as very good news for students.
A significant percentage of the funds will still be available for tutor led study visits but inevitably there will be less of these than in previous years. In their place we hope to encourage the following types of activities:
- Student led study visits
- Curator and/or artists talks (in person and/or videoed)
- Regular study group meetings
- Summer or weekend schools
- Portfolio review events
- Google Hangouts
- Student networking events especially in more remote areas
- Student led creative projects
In the last academic year OCASA funds supported three regional multi-disciplined regular study group meetings, two Music workshops, a number of Creative Writing events along with two sketch book workshops. With greater funds available in the next academic year we will be looking to expand the variety of and access to these types of events to as many students and disciplines as possible. We will be in the first year of the extended OCASA budget and so this is a chance to develop our approach to these activities with your direct input via your OCASA representatives and the OCA course support advisers – firstname.lastname@example.org
Information on upcoming exhibitions is currently available at:
- Study visit diary – For upcoming tutor led study visits – this will be updated again in December)
- What’s on in 2017 in major UK galleries – Again this will be updated in December for 2018.
- Information on global events over the next 8 days can be found here.
All events will be advertised on WeAreOCA 4 to 6 weeks from the event date as with existing study visit information.
Information on the OCASA approach to funding can be found here and your OCASA representatives can be found here. Write-ups from previously funded events can be found here. Student’s wishing to put forward a proposal can complete the following form here, which will also be available on the OCASA page.
These are exciting times for OCASA and represent a real opportunity for all OCA students to get involved and I am sure that you will want to propose ideas for activities to your OCASA reps.
Teresa Lanham, President of OCASA