The Warehouse Art School in Oxford

The Warehouse Art School in Oxford

Continuing Practice Course

Starting: 27th September 2017


Entering its fifth year, this successful and innovative course has been set up by OVADA to fill a gap in the market. It is a non-accredited course run by artists for artists, offering an affordable alternative to formal Higher Education courses. The course offers a focus on individual development within a structured yet responsive environment, and gives practitioners of all ages a chance to focus on developing their work within flexible surroundings.

Uniquely, students will benefit from working within the setting of a dynamic contemporary arts organisation with a full and varied programme of exhibitions and events.

The Warehouse Art School aims to provide a stimulating environment where students are encouraged to take risks in their work and are supported in their continuing professional development through a programme of critical and practical teaching, delivered through projects, workshops, collaboration, networking and talks. Students are encouraged to take advantage of the additional classes offered by OVADA including Life Drawing and Experimental Drawing.

The core teaching day for the course is Wednesday, but the timetable also includes some Thursdays. The Warehouse is ideally located only a few minutes walk from Oxford City Centre bus routes, Oxford Train Station, and numerous galleries and museums.

The course is aimed at artists wishing to consolidate, develop and professionalise their Fine Art practice at any stage of their career. There are no formal entry requirements, however it is essential that students must show commitment to the aims of the course and demonstrate an appropriate standard of work. The number of students will be restricted to 12 per year in order to allow for ample tutorial time and a uniquely student-led approach.

Course Outline


Usha Kar

There will be on average 5 taught sessions per month (Wednesdays/Thursdays, 10am – 4pm):

Course Structure
5 set projects between September and March.
April to July will be a self directed project culminating in a Public exhibition in the OVADA Warehouse space.

The focus of one-to one tutorials and mentoring will be the consolidation of a personal art practice.

Group Critiques
Regular sessions to present and analyse work will build confidence and encourage students to give and receive feedback from their peer group as well as from Tutors.


Roger Pugh

Talks by Visiting Artists
A wide variety of Artists are invited to present their work. This is seen as a vital part of the course, offering a discussion forum around contemporary art and gaining insight into the career paths of practicing artists and what it means to be an artist today.

Professional Development Sessions
Writing skills for statements, biographies, CVs, will assist with proposals for galleries, or further study. This process will also help to contextualise each students’ practice.

Trip to Banksy's 'Dismaland' September 2015

Group Trip to Banksy’s ‘Dismaland’ (September 2015)

Gallery Visits 
Visits to exhibitions and festivals in London and further afield will be arranged with a specific educational agenda, tailored to suit the developing interests of the group.

Study Trips (costed separately)
The initial 3 day trip in October 2017 will have a UK destination. A longer trip to European capital will be arranged for February/March 2018. Past destinations have included Liverpool, Bristol, Manchester, Berlin, Madrid and Lisbon which have added to the cultural experience of the course.

Portfolio Advice
Students are offered a full Portfolio Review including support in documenting their work. Digital photography and design skills are offered as part of the course. Students are also encouraged to share skills and run workshops in their areas of expertise.

Modern Art Oxford Painting Workshop OVADA Warehouse Art School

Painting workshop at Modern Art Oxford (February 2016)

Residencies and External projects
The Warehouse Art School is always looking for new and exciting opportunities for collaborations. These have included participation in Click and Point at Oxford Town Hall Gallery, a student-led project at Modern Art Oxford, and a current project with the Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford.

A Group Exhibition at OVADA Warehouse
The course will culminate in a group show at the OVADA Warehouse space in June 2018.


The course benefits from the unique knowledge and experience of tutors who are able to provide for student’s individual needs through technical, theoretical and contextual learning.

Jan Crombie

Specialist Area: Drawing and Painting

Jan Crombie has a broad based art practice. Since leaving Goldsmiths College she has developed narratives and worked on developing complex new mythologies.  Her paintings drawings and sculptures have been exhibited in the UK and Europe and she has work in public and private Collections.

Teaching and facilitating have been part of her practice since completing a PGCE at Oxford University in 1980. Her experience includes teaching at Foundation Undergraduate and Post Graduate level.

Roger Perkins

Specialist Area: Sculpture and Installation

Roger Perkins has been a professional sculptor for over thirty years and has exhibited in the UK, Europe and the US. His work is in a number of Public Museums and private collections. His work is frequently time-based installation and transient in its nature- in both material and subject matter.

Alongside his professional practice he has taught art and design at Foundation, Degree and Post Graduate levels- this has included drawing, sculpture, ceramics and occasionally graphics.


Past guest tutors and visiting artists have included:

Paul Amey
Didi Baldwin
Jumana Hokan
Pat Jeffs
Tom Milnes
Sarah Mossop
Jon Place
Ryan Quarterman
Saad Qureshi
Ann Rapstoff
Holly Slingsby
Angela Stauber
Cally Trench
Hannah Wilmshurst
Jeremy Wood
Tom Woolner
Cai Yuan

Course Details

Cost per year: £1,800
Payment plan will be discussed at interview stage. Fees are non-refundable.
Enrolment in the Continuing Practice Course also entitles participants to free OVADA Associate Membership for one year.

Open Afternoon: TBC
A chance to discuss the course in detail with Tutors and current students, as well as a tour of the Art School facilities. You will also have an opportunity to view our current exhibition. We would be grateful if you could RSVP with your preferred arrival time: email hidden; JavaScript is required

2016 end of year show info available here: ‘Third Space

2017 end of year show info available here: ‘A New Kind of Fun

For further information, Download the 2016/17 WAS Prospectus. 

Applications are now invited for 2017/18. Please download and complete the Continuing Practice Course Application Form. 

Prospective students who demonstrate commitment to the aims of the course and an appropriate standard of work will be invited to an informal interview and portfolio presentation with the Course Tutors.

All enquiries should be sent to the Course Leader, Jan Crombie: email hidden; JavaScript is required