OCA students Jeremy Scott and Sarah Youseman are holding their graduation show in June. Students of all levels are invited to the gallery to look at the show and meet the artists on Saturday 9 June who will answer questions on what it means to work at Level 3 and curate a joint exhibition.
As part of the #weareoca30 campaign we are having creative conversations with some of our tutors. Watch and listen to OCA tutor and assessor Cheryl Huntbach below answering questions from students in part 1 of her video.
In this blog post I will be drawing to your attention and discussing the work of Textiles 3: Advanced student Jill Hodgkins. Jill has recently completed this unit and as part of the course she exhibited her work in a local gallery.
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 exhibition looks at the visual language of Soviet posters, prints and photographs from the October Revolution to the death of Stalin. It shows how in the first ten years Soviet designers created a revolutionary narrative that linked the events of 1917 to turning points such as the storming of the Bastille and Delacroix’s image of Liberty Leading the People. The exhibition is particularly relevant to students studying the OCA Visual Studies course.
The exhibition as a whole enabled us to see a range of work from the strongly contrasting lino cuts to the super fine cobwebbby weave of some of the lithograph work which had been even further smoothed over and refined with sandpaper and crayon.
Within the context of postmodern critical theory, the primacy of television, and the rampant culture of commodification sweeping America, artists like Bickerton endeavoured to reframe the practice of art production in response to the new, seductive mechanisms of desire at work in society.
Join recent OCA BA Photography graduates, John Umney and Stan Dickinson, on Saturday 7 October 2017.
There are hundreds of smaller galleries across the country showing a wide programme of work. They may feature local/regional artists or show touring exhibitions. It is well worth getting frequented with the galleries in your local area and subscribe to their mailing list to keep up to date.
I was about to start a three-year academic commitment. In applying to be part of the Open College of the Arts 2014 cohort for Europe’s first distance part time Masters in Fine Art, I had signed up to deadlines and being a student again: a proper one (not the kind who says they are a ‘student of life’ and winks in an alarming way). I’d have an NUS card, discounts in Top Shop and more two-for-one pizzas than I could ever consume . What else would I learn? What had I to gain?
Saturday morning at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art was the time and place for the Open College of the Arts study visit to the Joan Eardley ‘A Sense of Place’ exhibition. With fourteen students this was a well-attended event, the participants being attracted to an exhibition that focused on drawing and painting enhanced by photographic and archival documentation of the period.
Join OCA tutor Wendy McMurdo in Newcastle on the 13 May. We will view the work of Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen and later hear her speak.