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Studios inspire student artworks

Art and design students at City of Oxford College joined forces with Oxford Visual Arts Development Agency (OVADA) for a one day workshop.
 
The students from the Foundation Diploma in Art and Design and Extended Diploma in Art and Design spent the day at OVADA’s new studios in Osney Lane - a building with a lot of history and a unique semi-derelict feel.  The brief was to respond to this space through new artwork.
 
Before starting work the students explored the rooms, recording the architecture, building detail and industrial traces left by previous occupants. The planning led to students choosing both where to place their own work and whether to work individually or in small teams.
 
With only six hours to work in situ the students developed highly individual and creative site specific pieces all completed to deadline. Art works included installation, video, stop motion animation, spatial design, sculpture, illustration, painting, performance and photography.
 
Two hours were then spent preparing the studios ready for the exhibition opening. The tradition in the arts community is to celebrate new work with a private view and this well attended evening event,  curated by the students and open to the public, was a first for many of those exhibiting.
 
Course leader Peter Childs, said: “This was a unique and valuable experience for our art students and a successful introduction to the realities of creating work to a brief, working to deadlines and exhibiting work in a gallery. Many thanks to OVADA for hosting the event and congratulations to the students for rising to the challenge and presenting a thoughtful and visually exciting body of work.”