Study visit moves to Scotland!

By popular request OCA is extending an invitation to a study visit in Edinburgh. This is an invite to the same Picasso and Modern British Art exhibition that is on in London at the moment. The Edinburgh study visit will take place on Thursday 6 September meeting at the entrance at just before 11am. We have a guided tour with one of the gallery’s tour guides at 11 so its important to be on time. This major exhibition currently at Tate Britain, explores Picasso’s legacy and influence on British art. There will be over 150 artworks, with over 60 Picassos including paintings such as Weeping Woman 1937 and The Three Dancers 1925. The Picasso paintings will be on view alongside seven of Picasso’s most brilliant British admirers, exploring the impact he had on their art: Duncan Grant, Wyndham Lewis, Ben Nicholson, Henry Moore, Francis Bacon, Graham Sutherland and David Hockney. Picasso and Modern British Art is the first exhibition to trace Picasso’s rise in Britain.

If you plan to book train tickets calculate that the visit will end between 2.30 and 3pm. Email to secure your free place (though please note that students who haven’t been on study visits before will be given some priority, so book up now!) We plan to share email addresses between students who attend a study day. Please let us know if you are NOT happy to do this.


  1. John 11 March 2012 at 6:13 pm

    I’ll be interested in other views I shall be going either this Friday or next.

    1. Charmaine 12 March 2012 at 2:23 pm

      I saw the exhibition a couple of weeks ago. It doesn’t have Picasso’s best work but a couple of the rooms are real gems, such as the Ben NIcholson room. Still worth a visit. Be prepared to queue, even if you are a member!

  2. Linda 13 March 2012 at 10:38 am

    This is great news because I will be in the UK that weekend. So yes please, I’d like to book.

  3. maria 13 March 2012 at 11:45 pm

    i ve seen the exhibition today with a friend. it was quite busy even though i think was not as much advertised like HOCKNEY s exhibition. Very interesting work and overwelming influence of Picasso on other artists, it worth while seeing it even for students not too much going for abstracts. EVERY LINE, EVERY CURVE, SYMBOL AND COLOUR MEANS SOMETHING IMPORTANT IN PICASSO S MIND AND THE HISTORICAL CONTEXT…ANOTHER WAY OF SEEING DRAMA, SADNESS, AND WAR TIME ART, i never understood picasso till now, so if you want to get the essence of picasso s real message its really worth visiting the exhibition… so full of information and feelings…

  4. roberta buchan 14 March 2012 at 10:09 pm

    Picasso in britain. And hey, that includes scotland. The national galleries of scotland are hosting this exhibition later this year. Any chance of a study visit up here? There are enough of us in and near scotland to make a good size group. As one who cant make it to london events i would love the chance to be there. Roberta

  5. Stephen 15 March 2012 at 2:34 pm

    I would like to attend this study day but cannot find out where I can book this. Also I get free entry to Tate Exhibitions, would this make a difference on the cost of booking?

  6. Paul 15 March 2012 at 2:41 pm

    Email, yes if you say in your email that you get free entry we can add another place to the group.

  7. Helen Read 15 March 2012 at 3:27 pm

    I visited this exhibition on 15th Feb (While in London after the Hockney study day on the 14th)the way in which the curator has juxtaposed Picasso with works by each of the British artists (Hockney,Sutherland,Bacon,Moore,Nicholson,Lewis and Grant) really does demonstrate how influential Picasso was. He really did change the way of seeing and this exhibition demonstrates how other artists understood this long before the general population.
    I particularly like the Hockney entitled “artist and model”1973-74 in which Hockney depicts himself seated naked across the table from a fully clothed Picasso, while Picasso (one presumes) looks at a piece of art by Hockney.This work resonates with me because I feel stripped bare each time a tutor looks at my art work.We reveal so much of ourselves through our work and I for one feel very sensitive to this aspect.
    Also as a ‘print student’ I can appreciate the brilliance of Hockney in that even his choice of printing technique for each figure speaks volumes.Picasso, the Master, is achieved through the then relatively new technique of sugar lift aquatint (used and made popular by Picasso)yet in the same piece of work Hockney has used the traditional technique of etching to depict himself.Therefore through both the imagery and the print technique, Hockney has made himself subservient compared to Picasso.Very clever indeed.

    A fantastic exhibition and through the genius and versatility of Picasso it delivers something for everyone.

  8. roberta 15 March 2012 at 9:12 pm

    Re my earlier appeal for an edinburgh study day on the picasso exhibition, i have found it takes place 4 august-4 november 2012. I shall keep my fingers crossed.

  9. Jess 17 March 2012 at 8:28 am

    Hi. I am a new student…I’m with Roberta and would love to be able to travel the shorter distance to Scotland! 😀

  10. Paul 19 March 2012 at 2:59 pm

    point about study days in Scotland are noted, we will give it a go!

  11. Chris 19 March 2012 at 8:42 pm

    Be great to have a study day in Scotland on this exhibition – and in my experience it will be much less busy.

  12. Paul 20 March 2012 at 10:37 am

    We are planning one in Scotland when the exhibition moves there, watch this space!

  13. Roberta 22 March 2012 at 9:15 pm

    Have just read paul’s message. Hooray! Great news. Thanks paul and all at oca for the quick and positive response. Am really looking forward to the study visit.

  14. John 24 March 2012 at 10:22 am

    Terrific exhibition that, as Helen says, demonstrates his influence over the Brits (but then that is what the show is all about). My first close up on any Picasso work and the beauty of his line and form is inspirational. My wife is taking some of her students through Sutherland at the moment so that was a bonus as well. As a photography student, Hockney’s photographic collages were very interesting, as well as Lee Miller’s portrait. Of the Brit’s Wyndham Lewis’s work seemed sublime to me, great technique and vision. Got there reasonably early so not too many people about – the sun yesterday probably helped, lots of students on seats drawing which caused a little friction between them and other visitors. I’ll be interested to see more comments, especially from the non-photographers amongst us.

  15. Olivia Irvine 31 March 2012 at 7:42 am

    Great, really looking forward to it. Students travelling to Edinburgh for the day might also want to see the rest of the National Gallery collection, so leave time for that if booking trains.

  16. Cathie 5 April 2012 at 2:57 pm

    Very pleased about this study visit in Edinburgh. The exhibition will be much less packed than in London I hope. Well done Roberta for your pressure!

  17. Margaret Borthwick 6 April 2012 at 7:56 am

    I would like to book a place, Great that the exhibition is coming to Scotland,

  18. Roberta buchan 6 April 2012 at 6:44 pm

    Hi margaret, i read ur message saying u want 2 book. Wondering if u have sent an email booking request to oca? The address for that purpose is somewhere at the top of the thread. Good luck! Roberta

  19. Claudia 10 April 2012 at 9:47 am

    Is this only for students of the OCA? I received the invite email but I am not yet studying with OCA. I would like to attend however. Thank you.

  20. Jane 10 April 2012 at 12:41 pm

    Hello. I am sorry but study visits are reserved for enrolled students only Claudia.

  21. Olivia Irvine 16 April 2012 at 8:57 pm

    I’m really looking forward to seeing it, not just for the Picassos but for the artists he influenced. I was recently talking to some students about Ben Nicholson. I had never really given him much thought until I was up at the Pier Arts Centre in Stromness in Orkney. They have a great collection of Nicholson as well as other Saint Ives artists like Barbara Hepworth and Alfred Wallis. I hope they have some Nicholson reliefs at the Picasso show.

  22. Steve Cussons 22 April 2012 at 3:17 pm

    Joined the study visit yesterday at Tate Britian for this exhibition. Not only a great exhibition but made me think about what influence Picasso could have on my own art. Jim and Richard crammed the visit with illuminating information. I was so tired that I went to bed at 9.30 and slept until 8 the next morning! My only regret was that we had very little time to draw, and we spent about 5 hours there!

  23. Lucille Deeming 23 April 2012 at 8:12 am

    I agree Steve and came away wishing that there had been time to see more of this big exhibition. Jim and Richard provided verbal and written information with many more thought provoking concepts relating to contemporary art theory. Thanks both and OCA for staging this.


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