The Warehouse Art School in Oxford
Continuing Practice Course
Starting: Mid-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.
There will be on average 5 taught sessions per month (Wednesdays/Thursdays, 10am – 4pm):
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.
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.
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.
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 September 2016 will have a UK destination. A longer trip to European capital will be arranged for February/March 2017. Past destinations have included Liverpool, Bristol, Manchester, Berlin, Madrid and Lisbon which have added to the cultural experience of the course.
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.
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 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 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:
Cost per year TBC (in region of £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.
TBC in April 2016
End of Year Show: ‘Third Space‘
23 June – 9 July 2017
(Open: Thursdays – Sundays, 12-6pm)
A chance to view the class of 2016/17’s End of Year Show and meet the students. You are invited to join us at the preview event on Thursday 22 June, 6-9pm. There will also be a chance to enjoy tea and cake with the students on 9 July, 3-6pm.
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.