FULLY BOOKED: The Warehouse Art School in Oxford

The Warehouse Art School in Oxford

Continuing Practice Course

Starting: 12th September 2018


Now entering its sixth year, this is a non-accredited course run by artists for artists, offering an affordable alternative to formal Higher Education courses. It offers a focus on the development of an individual’s practice within a structured yet responsive environment and gives practitioners of all ages a chance to focus on developing their work within a flexible environment. 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 and Contemporary Painting.

The core teaching day for the course is Wednesday (10am – 4pm), but the timetable also includes some Thursdays. The warehouse is ideally located only a few minutes walk from Oxford City Centre bus routes and Oxford Train Station. The warehouse is also within walking distance of a number of interesting galleries including Modern Art Oxford, The Ashmolean and Pitt Rivers Museum as well as the Jam Factory and Old Fire Station.

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


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In the first two terms students will work on a series of projects aimed at allowing a range of approaches and ideas around contemporary art. At the end of each project the group will critique the work and share ideas. The final summer term will allow time to explore a self-directed project culminating in an exhibition in OVADA’s warehouse.

One-to-one tutorials and mentoring sessions will be offered on a regular basis throughout the year. The focus of tutorials 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
The Warehouse Art School is very proud of its visiting artists and talks series, with practitioners coming from varied backgrounds ranging from, painting, sculpture and installation, to performance, printmaking and photography and jewellery. Past talks have included: Jumana Hokan, Pat Jeffs, Angela Stauber, Holly Slingsby, Cally Trench, Cai Yuan, Saad Qureshi, Jenny Moore and Tommy Watkins, amongst others. Exposing students to different ways of working is a key element to the course and getting students to think outside of their usual practice is developed through talking to and collaborating with different artists.

“It’s great to be in contact with resident artists. The artist talks were fantastic” – Former student

Professional Development Sessions
Writing skills for statements, biographies and CVs, will assist with proposals for gallery applications or further study. This process will also help to contextualise each student’s practice.

Trip to Banksy's 'Dismaland' September 2015

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

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.

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

Group Trip to Rome (February 2018)

Group Trip to Rome (2018)

Study Trips (costed separately)
An initial 3 day trip in September / October 2018 will have a UK destination. Past destinations include the Liverpool Biennial, Hull (UK City of Culture) and Bristol. This is a valuable time to connect with the group and see exhibitions. In the Spring Term the Warehouse Arts School undertakes a trip to a European City with past destinations including Berlin, Naples, Lisbon and Rome. These trips also provide research material for a project related to some aspect of the visit.

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Painting workshop at Modern Art Oxford (February 2016)

Residencies and Offsite Projects
The Warehouse Art School is always looking for new and exciting opportunities for collaborations. These have included a student-led project at Modern Art Oxford, a pop-up exhibition at the Pitt Rivers Museum and an ongoing community project with a local primary school.

Artist Networking
There is a diverse and broad network of artists and designer/makers practicing in Oxfordshire. Students are encouraged to develop and expand these networks, including the strong connections with many partner organisations and galleries in Oxford. OVADA’s series of talks, residencies and Associate events also create opportunities for students to meet and work alongside established practitioners.

“A very useful opportunity to meet other practicing artists for exchange of ideas” – Former student

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Performance by Katie Hellon – End of Year Show 2017

A Group Exhibition at OVADA
In the third term, course participants focus their attention on a self-directed work for an exhibition at the OVADA’s warehouse space. Students are given full support both in the planning stages as well as in the hanging and marketing aspects of the show. The course tutors are experienced curators and will be on hand during all stages to make sure each student’s work is presented in the best way possible. Tutorials, group critiques and artists talks continue during this period to ensure an ongoing dialogue.

“A very positive dimension of being at OVADA is the spin-off of being part of a dynamic art community within Oxford” – Former student

The Warehouse Art School prides itself on tailoring the course to individual needs. To discuss personal requirements please contact: jan@ovada.org.uk


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.

Didi Baldwin
Printmaking and Painting
Didi works across different media producing work that often uses photography and media images as reference. After studying at University of the Creative Arts she completed her Masters in Fine Art Printmaking at the RCA in 2002. She has taught at FE/Undergraduate level since 1991. Her work has been exhibited in Portugal, UK & Japan.

Roger Pugh
New Media & Collaboration
After retirement from teaching, Roger completed a part-time degree course in Fine Art at Bucks New University. From there Roger was part of the first WAS cohort and continued as a student at OVADA for 4 years. In 2017 Roger was invited to join the WAS5 team, running monthly workshops.

Course Details

Cost per year: £1,900
The fee is non-refundable however arrangements can be made to pay in instalments. Additional costs will include the study trips and materials needed for individual projects. Enrolment in the Continuing Practice Course also entitles participants to free OVADA Associate Membership for one year.

Open Afternoon: Sunday 20 May 2018
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, RE-MARKS.

We invite you to visit the WAS5 End of Year Show, ‘Casting About’:
Preview: Thursday 21 June 2018, 6-9pm
Open: 22 June – 15 July 2018
Thursday – Sunday (12-6pm)
Download a PDF version of the ‘Casting About’ Exhibition Guide.

Archive of past End of Year Shows:
2017: A New Kind of Fun
2016: Third Space
2015: Breathing Space
2014: Making Space

To apply, please download the Application FormProspective 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.
This course is now fully booked for 2018-19. Please email us to register your interest for next year’s course, starting September 2019. 

Download our 2018 Educational Booklet for further information about this course.

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