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This video has been produced on request of the OCA Student Association (OCASA) because of the number of students who agonise about how best to send their work for assessment. It’s most relevant to Visual Arts students not including Photography, but all OCA students may find some of the tips helpful.
One question some students ask, but which is not covered in the video, is the thorny question of how to remove your work from the recommended A1 boards after assessment. Here are some suggestions:
Attach, just inside the corners of the back of the artwork, small squares of double sided tape or one or two longer strips positioned off centre. This requires careful undoing afterwards to avoid tearing and so cannot be used on thin paper. Spray mount (the one that allows for adjustments to be made) will work for relatively lightweight paper, photos etc. but might not be strong enough for heavier pieces. However, if Spraymount is used at all, it has to be used with care, making sure that areas that are exposed do not become sticky since this can cause havoc to other work in the portfolio.
If your work is larger than A1, and/or is on canvas, board, or fragile, we advise you to discuss options with your tutor during your final tutorial.