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Past

Keeping up Momentum - Lines, Squiggles and Webs
30 April 2022, 10:00–12:30Online workshop
A two-part workshop with Carla Rees and Helen Rosemier
Wendy Healey: OCA L3 Student Artist talk
18 May 2022 at 18:00Online talk
Please join Programme Leader Emma Drye to celebrate the achievement of level 3 Painting SYP student Wendy Healey who has just completed her final degree show with us and is soon to graduate.
Curious Arts LGBTQIA+ Awareness Training
19 May 2022, 10:00–12:30Online event
Curious Arts LGBTQIA+ Awareness Training has been devised and developed to ensure progression and excellence in equality, diversity and inclusion.
Keeping up Momentum - Lines, Squiggles and Webs
28 May 2022, 10:00–12:30Online workshop
A two-part workshop with Carla Rees and Helen Rosemier
British Art Show 9: Manchester
18 June 2022, 10:00–17:00Manchester Art Gallery
Join OCA tutor Cheryl Huntbach in Manchester.
Deaf Awareness & Introduction to British Sign Language (BSL)
20 June 2022, 18:30–20:00 BSTOnline workshop
Join SignBright across two sessions, the first a deaf awareness workshop and the second an introduction to British Sign Language.
Deaf Awareness & Introduction to British Sign Language (BSL)
24 June 2022, 09:30–13:00 BSTOnline workshop
Join SignBright across two sessions, the first a deaf awareness workshop and the second an introduction to British Sign Language.
Europe Region Group - Student Talk, Everyone Welcome
25 June 2022, 10:30–12:30 CESTOnline talk
Join us on Saturday, 25 June 2022, 10.30-12noon CEST for a talk by and conversation with Steve Cussons, who is currently completing her Level 3, Creative Arts programme.
Wånder Wide Web - Online Exhibition Opening
30 June 2022 at 19:00Online event
The OCA EU student group of the OCA/UCA is very pleased to invite you to our upcoming online exhibition.
Artist talk and creative workshop with Tanya Raabe Webber
13 July 2022, 14:00–15:30Online event
Renowned Disabled Artist Tanya Raabe Webber presents an artists talk and creative workshop. Join us via zoom.
Artist talk and Q&A: Yan Preston
19 July 2022 at 11:00Online event
Dr Yan Wang Preston is a photographic artist interested in the intercultural connections between landscape imagery, ecology, identity and migration. Join her via zoom.
An exhibition of work by Painting student Arlene Sharp & a visit to the Wellcome Collection
3 September 2022 at 11:00Hatch End
Arlene is currently completing the final module of her Painting degree. Tutor Fiona MacDonald will take a study group to her exhibition on Saturday 3rd September.
Life Drawing with 2bornot2b Collective
7 September 2022, 19:00–21:00Online life drawing
Sign up for our next virtual life drawing session.
Sense of belonging and community with Dr Nadine Cavigioli
30 September 2022, 10:00–11:30Online discussion
This session is focused on facilitating authentic conversations relating to your lived experiences of being a mature part-time student, studying at a distance.
Sense of belonging and community with Dr Nadine Cavigioli
3 October 2022, 18:00–19:30Online discussion
This session is focused on facilitating authentic conversations relating to your lived experiences of being a mature part-time student, studying at a distance.
Sense of belonging and community with Dr Nadine Cavigioli
7 October 2022, 14:00–15:30Online discussion
This session is focused on facilitating authentic conversations relating to your lived experiences of being a mature part-time student, studying at a distance.
Contemporary British Painting Prize, Huddersfield
22 October 2022 at 13:00Huddersfield
A relaxed discussion and viewing of the latest Contemporary British Painting Prize exhibition at Huddersfield Art Gallery with Dr. Narbi Price.
Keeping Up Momentum. Something missing?
29 October 2022, 10:00–13:00Two part workshop
The next ‘Keeping up Momentum’ session, with OCA tutor Hayley Lock, titled Something Missing? will explore the theme of absence and presence, looking at extraction, omission, transience, permanence, visibility and invisibility.
Artist talk: Arlene Sharp
8 November 2022, 18:00–19:00Online event
Following her recent degree show ‘Painted Space – Remembering Gilbert’s Lake’, join SYP student Arlene Sharp who will be discussing her ideas and inspiration for the exhibition.
Garden Design & Interior Design - Joint event
12 November 2022 at 11:00London
A fun and relaxed workshop to meet fellow students and hone your site surveying techniques around the Royal Festival Hall and Jubilee Gardens on the Southbank, London, with programme leaders Catherine Byrne and Gill German.
Drawing to accelerate learning
16 November 2022, 10:00–11:30Online workshop
Drawing is deeply connected with arts subjects for discovery, interpretation, ideation, experimentation, and evolution. This interactive workshop will provide a toolkit of drawing processes to activate and improve your learning.
Drawing to accelerate learning
16 November 2022, 14:00–15:30Online workshop
Drawing is deeply connected with arts subjects for discovery, interpretation, ideation, experimentation, and evolution. This interactive workshop will provide a toolkit of drawing processes to activate and improve your learning.
Drawing to accelerate learning
16 November 2022, 18:00–19:30Online workshop
Drawing is deeply connected with arts subjects for discovery, interpretation, ideation, experimentation, and evolution. This interactive workshop will provide a toolkit of drawing processes to activate and improve your learning.
Keeping Up Momentum. Something missing?
19 November 2022, 10:00–13:00Two part workshop
The next ‘Keeping up Momentum’ session, with OCA tutor Hayley Lock, titled Something Missing? will explore the theme of absence and presence, looking at extraction, omission, transience, permanence, visibility and invisibility.
OCA & The Open University Seasonal Webinar
22 November 2022 at 19:00Webinar
Join Will Woods from OCA, with Richard Marsden from OU and Jo Luzmore and Andrew Penman from UCA.
Online Exhibition Invite - Bev Williams
28 November 2022 at 10:00Online Presentation
Join Textiles student Bev as she discusses her degree show work.
Life Drawing with 2bornot2b Collective
7 December 2022, 19:00–21:00Virtual life drawing
Join us for the next OCA x 2B or Not 2B Collective life drawing event.
I swear I saw this - MA Fine Art Showcase 2022
15 December 2022 at 16:00Private View
After two years of study, OCA's MA Fine Art students will open their graduating exhibition to the public on Thursday 15 December with a private view online at 16.00. GMT
Artist talk and Q&A: Christopher Samuel
24 January 2023, 10:00–11:00Online talk
Please join Christopher over on zoom on Tuesday 24 January at 10am, to hear about his art journey from a BTEC in Art & Design, to a degree in Fine Art at DeMontford University in Leicester, to recently being commissioned to work with the Wellcome Collection’s archives in London.
In person event: Art & Faith
9 February 2023, 14:00–16:30Rayleigh
Join Painting Programme Tutor Clare Wilson and Level 3 Painting student Nicola Davey for a tour of Nicola's degree show.
Penny McCarthy’s Clouds Fall in Love with Mortal
11 February 2023 at 13:00Hastings
OCA Tutor Bryan Eccleshall had the privilege of being one of Penny’s PhD students between 2010 and 2016 and will be running a Study Visit to the exhibition at Hastings Contemporary on Saturday February 11 2023.
Online Active Bystander Workshop
15 February 2023, 13:00–14:30Online workshop
This module will introduce learners to the role of an Online Active Bystander and support them to identify actions to address harmful online behaviours and support victims of online abuse.
Peter Doig, in person study event
23 February 2023 at 11:00London
Join OCA tutor Clare Wilson at The Courtauld Gallery at 11am on Thursday February 23rd 2023.
Lunch & Learn: Disability Awareness: Changing the Way We Understand Disability​
1 March 2023, 13:00–14:00Online workshop
In this session, we’ll establish a practical understanding of neurodiversity and disability.
Arts and Humanities in the Creative Workplace
3 March 2023, 13:00–14:00Webinar
Join colleagues from the OU for a free, cross-sector panel hosted by The Open University as part of the Creative Coalition Festival 2023.
Lunch & Learn: Accessibility Awareness: Inclusive Digital Design and Communications
8 March 2023, 13:00–14:00Online workshop
In this session, we explore how you can embed simple accessibility principles and practices into your work, making content engaging and inclusive for all.
In person event: Kaffe Fassett - The Power of Pattern
11 March 2023, 11:10–16:30London
Join OCA tutor Priscilla Edwards in London.
Lunch & Learn: Study Skills: Managing Stress and Anxiety
15 March 2023, 13:00–14:00Online workshop
Develop your understanding of how mindfulness can enhance your teaching and learning practices, while helping manage stress and anxiety.
Life Drawing with 2bornot2b Collective
15 March 2023, 19:00–21:00Online workshop
Join 2B or Not 2B collective at our next online life drawing workshop.
OCA Student: Dhama Thanigasapapathy, Artists Talk
17 March 2023, 19:00–20:00Online Talk
Please join Dhama in conversation with Programme Leader Emma Drye.
Lunch & Learn: Study Skills: Focus, Attention and Concentration
22 March 2023, 13:00–14:00Online workshop
Whether you’re finding it hard to concentrate, focus your attention, or clear your mind of distracting thoughts, this workshop will introduce you to simple study strategies to enhance the way you study.
OCA Lisbon 2023 Study Event
27 March 2023 at 18:00 – 31 March 2023 at 18:00Cascais
Join OCA tutors Michele Whiting & Diana Ali in Lisbon.
Lunch & Learn: Study Skills: Time Perception and Organisation
29 March 2023, 13:00–14:00Online workshop
This session will give you an understanding of what solutions are out and how they can work best for your learning working style and course dynamic.
Drawing to supercharge your writing
3 May 2023, 10:00–11:30Online workshop
Discover how drawing can silence your writing blocks and stimulate writing.
Photography Social Group: Student Talk - The Food Bank Photo Project
10 May 2023, 18:30–19:30Online Event
Join OCA student Luke Shephard to discuss the origins of his ongoing Food Bank Photo project as a reworked assignment.
OCA Student Group Show
13 May 2023, 11:00–17:00Nottingham
Join us for a cross discipline exhibition on a study visit led by OCA tutor Diana Ali at the Surface Gallery, Nottingham.
Andy's Man Club - It's Okay to Talk
18 May 2023, 15:30–16:30Online presentation
Find out more this Mental Health Awareness Week.
Illustration & Well-being
19 May 2023, 11:00–12:30Online lecture & workshop
Join award winning Medical Artist & Researcher Merlin Evans online for an engaging, supportive and curious dive into the world of illustration and well being.
‘Shingle’: Landscapes Lost and Found
20 May 2023, 10:30–17:00Aldeburgh
Join OCA students Howard Andrews and Linda Mayoux and for their pre- and post- graduation exhibitions in the Courtyard Gallery, Aldeburgh on Saturday May 20th 2023.
Understanding Ethics
7 June 2023, 10:00–13:00Online workshop
Ethical literacy is about having the skills to make sound ethical decisions. These skills include things like critical thinking, situational awareness, and cultural sensitivity. We help photographers to develop skills to think critically about ethics in their work.
Life Drawing with 2bornot2b Collective
13 June 2023, 19:00–21:00Online workshop
Join us for this summer's edition of the 2B x OCA life drawing session, we've got the fabulous Camilo from Colombia.
Understanding Ethics
14 June 2023, 18:00–21:00Online workshop
Ethical literacy is about having the skills to make sound ethical decisions. These skills include things like critical thinking, situational awareness, and cultural sensitivity. We help photographers to develop skills to think critically about ethics in their work.
Photography Social Group: Helen Warburton, Artist Talk
14 June 2023, 18:30–20:00Online Event
Radical Cameos: Sculptural Thinking, Bodiless Heads and the Early Photographic Portrait - Join OCA Tutor and Artist Helen Warburton.
Concerto for a Salad Bowl
21 June 2023 at 19:30Musical Symposium
Concerto for a Salad Bowl is a concert with a difference. As well as premièring four pieces by OCA Music Student Christopher Barchard, there is a musical symposium which, unusually, puts back to back a talk about the climate crisis.
Photography Social Group: Marc Wilson, Artist Talk
19 July 2023 at 18:30 – 20 July 2023 at 20:00Online Event
Please join us on Wednesday 19th July for our monthly Photography Social Group which will feature a talk by photographer Marc Wilson. 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm BST. Marc Wilson: The Last Stand, A Wounded Landscape, and Remnants.
Photography Social Group: Nuala Mahon, Artist Talk
9 August 2023, 18:30–20:00Online Event
Please join us on Wednesday, August 9th at 6:30 pm BST for our monthly Photography Social Group which will feature a talk given by fine art photographer and recent OCA (Hons) BA Photography graduate Nuala Mahon.
Life Drawing with 2bornot2b Collective
20 September 2023, 19:00–21:00Online workshop
For our September OCA x 2B Or Not 2B Collective collaboration we'll be hosting a life drawing session inspired by the Chinese photographer and poet Reng Hang 任航.
Live Illustration for Visual Thinkers - Creating Notes for your Visual Brain
4 October 2023, 10:00–11:00Online Workshop
Join Katie Chappell in this workshop. You will learn how to use illustration to make your study notes more engaging and memorable along with lots of other tips and tricks.
Photography Social Group: Anna Sellen: Taking a Leap of Faith
11 October 2023, 18:30–20:30Online Event
Please join us on Wednesday, 11th October at 6:30 pm BST at our monthly Photography Social Group for a talk by Anna Sellen: Taking a Leap of Faith .
OCA's Big Draw - Live Event
18 October 2023, 18:30–20:00Online Event
Join OCA Tutors Michele and Diana to draw together and explore the senses.
Paper Portraits - Drawing with Scissors
9 November 2023, 14:00–15:30Online Workshop
Throughout this workshop you’ll learn the basics of collage and how to capture figures by drawing with scissors. You’ll go on to create you own paper portraits using collage.
Tactile Drawing & Textiles
15 November 2023, 12:00–13:30Online Workshop
Come join artist Oly Bliss  for a creative workshop that fuses tactile drawing and textiles to design your own self-portrait in thread.
Garden Design: FuturesScape expo and Trade Event:
21 November 2023 at 09:00 – 22 November 2023 at 15:00London
The UK’s largest landscape expo & Trade event, with seminars, live debates and exhibitors with programme leader Gill German.
Life Drawing with 2B or not 2B Collective
6 December 2023, 19:00–21:00Online Workshop
Streaming from the other side of the globe in Argentina, the wonderful Eliana will be serving poses inspired by the French visual artist, Henri Matisse who is widely regarded as the greatest colourist of the 20th century.
Propaganda Textiles & Antony Gormley - Double study event!
9 December 2023, 11:00–16:30London
Join OCA Tutor Priscilla Edwards in London for a bumper day out.
Speed Portrait Drawing to Music
13 December 2023, 19:00–20:00Online Event
Join Kirsty Lockhart, an artist and illustrator from Dundee, for an OCA x Pencils4Tea collaboration hour of speed portrait drawing to music.
Women in Revolt!
3 February 2024, 11:00–14:30London
Join OCA tutor Jayne Taylor in London.
Creating Comics for Beginners
23 February 2024, 14:00–16:00Online Workshop
Writers, visual artists and everyone else join illustrator Julian Gray to learn something new in this fun workshop.
Speed Portrait Drawing to Music
28 February 2024, 19:00–20:00Online Event
Join Kirsty Lockhart, an artist and illustrator from Dundee, for an OCA x Pencils4Tea collaboration hour of speed portrait drawing to music.
Life Drawing with 2bornot2b Collective
6 March 2024, 19:00–21:00Online Workshop
We invite you to come along, experiment with whatever materials you have at hand, and don't forget to kick back and relax in this 2 hour session of life drawing.
Animated Postcard - a workshop with Karolina Glusiec
13 March 2024, 18:00–20:00Online Workshop
In this workshop we will be working on postcard-sized paper to create a moving image loop consisting of our drawings. We will be exploring the idea of presenting a particular place in a relation of time, change, presence.
Monochromatic Self Portraiture Workshop
3 April 2024, 16:30–18:30Online workshop
Join OCA tutor Paula MacArthur for this workshop set across three sessions. Please register your interest by Friday 22 March.
Art as Conversation - What does your art say about you?
6 April 2024, 11:00–14:00Online Workshop
Join us for a facilitated afternoon of collaborative making, conversation and meaning making.
Monochromatic Self Portraiture Workshop
10 April 2024, 16:30–18:30Online workshop
Join OCA tutor Paula MacArthur for this workshop set across three sessions. Please register your interest by Friday 22 March.
Monochromatic Self Portraiture Workshop
17 April 2024, 16:30–18:30Online workshop
Join OCA tutor Paula MacArthur for this workshop set across three sessions. Please register your interest by Friday 22 March.
Bookmarked Launch Event
24 April 2024, 19:00–20:00Online Event
Join the Bookmarked team for the launch of this new OCA Creative Writing Magazine.
Speed Portrait Drawing to Music
24 April 2024, 19:00–20:00Online Event
Join Kirsty Lockhart, an artist and illustrator from Dundee, for an OCA x Pencils4Tea collaboration hour of speed portrait drawing to music.
AI - A synthetic collaborator, the end of art, or merely another (very clever) pencil?
1 May 2024, 18:00–20:00Online Workshop
By the end of this workshop, students will be able to describe the basic concepts of machine creativity and AI art, identify ethical considerations, and think about the different ways in which AI tools are being used by artists.
Animated Portrait - A Workshop with Karolina Glusiec
8 May 2024, 18:00–20:00Online Workshop
In this workshop we will be working on an A5 size paper to create a hand-drawn animated sequence that can turn into an installation. This workshop is themed around the idea of the portrait - what is it for you?
Illustrate your Favourite Recipe
14 May 2024, 18:00–20:00Online Workshop
Illustrate your favourite recipe in this workshop with illustrator Lucia Vinti.
Unravel - The Power & Politics of Textile Art
25 May 2024, 11:00–16:30London
Join OCA tutor Priscilla Edwards in London.
Life Drawing with 2bornot2b Collective
5 June 2024, 19:00–21:00Online Workshop
We invite you to come along, experiment with whatever materials you have at hand, and don't forget to kick back and relax in this 2 hour session of life drawing.
Speed Portrait Drawing to Music
3 July 2024, 19:00–20:00Online Event
Join Kirsty Lockhart, an artist and illustrator from Dundee, for an OCA x Pencils4Tea collaboration hour of speed portrait drawing to music.
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