Why OUCS Artweeks? I think it is easier to ask how, rather than why, the idea of OUCS Artweeks came about. During 2008 a group of us began meeting together discussing how to create a community art project around sea and landscapes and recycling and the environment. We started off thinking first about using textiles and recycled waste, and then photography. The then small group were allocated workspace in the basement next to the OUCS band (pleasant if sometimes loud). The idea had been born and soon a typical OUCS mail list was formed and the idea began to take hold with a wider group participating.
Now we have 5 photographers, textile art and jewellery makers participating with more people still coming forward, some tentatively, each offering a glimpse into their passion. Each artist has their own unique style and you will be able to find out more about the participants by looking at the OUCS Artweeks web pages here.
So that was the how, now to the why. I would say it is because OUCS itself encourages staff to be fulfilled in more than just their work. It is a place where ideas flourish and not all directly related to work. We are after all innovative and talented at more than one thing, often bringing the same technical ability and creativity to bear on more than just our work at and for OUCS. You will no doubt see that same technical ability and creativity combined and reflected in all the works displayed no matter what the media.Sections in this document: