European first as Civic showcases work of online arts graduates

A Barnsley based education charity running a unique wholly online Fine Art MA Course are to showcase the work of their MA graduates, with artists from across the globe exhibiting for the first time in ‘Real Life’ at The Civic, Barnsley.

It is Europe’s first online MA Fine Art annual degree show and the ten artists, collectively exhibiting as We Are Connected, come from across the globe having studied online with the Barnsley based charity The Open College of the Arts.

This exhibition will showcase the works the distance learning students have created over the last three years, in mediums including painting and three-dimensional painting, drawing, print-making, sculpture and photography.

The Open College of the Arts who operate from a former colliery in Barnsley are a thriving education charity whose charitable purpose is to widen participation in arts education. Therefore The Civic, an arts centre designed and created to give Barnsley back its cultural heart, is the perfect home for their exhibition.

The award-winning postgraduate programme was launched in 2010 by the education charity. Students from around the world have spent three years  studying and creating as members of an international virtual community.

After studying for their masters qualification through online seminars, virtual tutorials, lectures and group projects and other means, the students are now coming together to show their work in the real world.

“The students graduating from the Open College of the Arts’ MA in Fine Art are a highly motivated international group of professional artists making work that is exciting, innovative and engages with the contemporary art world. Their exhibition brings together three years of dedicated study and collaboration.” Caroline Wright, MA Fine Art course leader, OCA

Exhibitors include: Rob Brisco, Tanya Ahmed, Monika Brueckner, Alison South, Ines Gonzalez Cordero, Maire Keogh, Mwamba Mulangala, Emma Delpech, Mathew Aldred and Susan Miller.

  • We Are Connected exhibits at The Civic from at Thursday 15 June to Saturday 24 June, 10am – 5pm (closed Sunday). Admission is free.

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