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Arts & Environment: OCASA Summer Of Sustainability - Review & Resources

Updated: Apr 10

Over the course of the summer the OCASA has hosted a number of online and in-person sustainability activities. This has been our first OCASA Summer Of Sustainability.


These events were co-ordinated by Graphic Design Programme Tutor Dr Emma Powell, OCASA Environment and Sustainability Rep Ashley Mclaughlin and Quality Manager Joanne Mulvihill-Allen.


Catherine Byrne, Programme Leader Interior Design, kicked off the season with an in-person trip to the Serpentine Pavilion in London. Following this Andrea Norrington, Photography Tutor, ran a bookmaking session. The book structures created the basis for mini sketchbooks that reused waste materials. Liz Cashdan, Creative Writing Tutor followed by running two sessions exploring how poetry can promote sustainability. Next came Jenny Udale, Textiles Tutor, who created a Padlet and ran a session on mending and repair. The online sessions ended with Barbara Henderson, Programme Leader Creative Writing, running two workshops on climate fiction.


Links to the recordings can be found below:

Through OCASA and social media we have also shared the work of many OCA students who have sustainability at the core of their work. It has been heartening to see that so many of you integrate these themes and the reuse of materials into your work. Thank you so much for giving us an insight into your working methods.


Those who participated are:

Annalisa Mercuri


Angela Mullins


Anna Jeffrey


Anne MacLeod


Annette Holtkamp


Brindusa Burrows


Debbie Johnston


Dhama Thanigasapapathy


Eleanor Green


Elizabeth Hulatt-Richardson


Geraldine Leahy


Karen Allen


Katherine Pilling


Kim Appleton


Kinga Owczennikow


Lorna Hall


Marina Wittemann


Myfanwy Davies


Penelope Day


Penny Rowe


Rachael Barns


Rachel Whittaker


Sue Parr


Suzanne Conboy-Hill


Tabitha White



We also ended the OCASA Summer Of Sustainability with 30 days of online prompts for Sustainable September. You can follow the visual work of participating OCA students and staff on Instagram @ocastudentassociation.


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