Course Code OC2302AH05
Tutor Dr Oriana Fox
Course Dates Tuesdays, 20th February - 19th March 2024
Days 5
Times 6 - 8pm
Experience Level All Levels
Fee £115
Location Online
Recommend booking before Tuesday 30th January 2024

This new course explores the impact of identity politics on the practice and curation of visual art from 1965 to the present.

We’ll be taking a closer look at artworks informed by feminism, anti-racism, post-colonialism, class and labour advocacy, LGBTQ+ and disability rights as well as their intersections. These works often represent the artist’s authentic life experiences to counter and interrogate stereotypes, leading to innovations in both the subject matter and form of art.
Such innovations also include the varied forms of activist art, direct action and public intervention aimed at combatting the systematic exclusion of minorities from culture. Activism has informed the re-writing of art history, the curation of exhibitions and the expansion of collections.

Though ‘identity politics’ is a contentious term, students will examine its origins and the contemporary intersectional politics that follow on from it, moving beyond the tokenism that merely extends existing canons, aiming instead to question the very value systems that underpin them.

This course is suitable for all levels. Students can move at their own pace depending on their experience, with as much support from the Tutor as they wish.

  • Beginner

    Choose a Beginners course if you are looking for a broad introduction to the medium you are studying. Students spend time learning the very basics of the taught medium, for example, how to mix colours, use different tools, set up an easel. Our Beginner courses are suitable for students with no prior experience, they tend to follow a more structured path than our other courses, ensuring each student receives the guidance they need from the tutor.

  • Beginner +

    Choose a Beginner + course if you are looking to hone your skills, focus on a specific subject area and build your confidence. These courses are suitable for those with some basic skills in and knowledge of the taught medium, but still follow a structured path with guidance from the tutor.

  • Intermediate

    Our Intermediate courses are suitable for students who have considerable prior knowledge of the taught medium or have completed a Beginners/Beginners + course with the Art Academy.

    These courses tend to be less structured and instead are tailored to the classes’ needs and the direction they want to advance in. Choose an Intermediate course if you are looking to improve your skills and have more critical discussions around the work you produce.

  • Advanced

    Choose our Advanced courses if you have considerable knowledge in the taught medium. You are expected to be able to work independently and have critical discussions around your work.

     Our Advanced courses include our Masterclasses.

All attendees must be aged 18 or over.


Dr Oriana Fox is a video and performance artist and an art historian. She has taught at London art schools for the past ten years and holds a PhD in Visual Cultures and an MA in Fine Art from Goldsmiths, University of London; as well as a BFA in Painting from Washington University in St. Louis. Her written and practical work explores the connections between self-disclosure, non-conformity, belonging and mental health, contemporary feminist and queer performance art. She has shown her artwork in renowned art venues such as the ICA, Tate Modern and Britain, Orchard Gallery in New York and Kunsthalle Wein, Vienna. Her writing has been included in Feminist Review, Dance Theatre Journal and in edited volumes published by Intellect and Courtauld Books. Oriana regularly disseminates original interviews with artists, activists and academics via her live talk show performance piece The O Show and its spin-off podcast “Multiple Os”.

Students need to ensure that they have all the  materials  and technical equipment needed available from the first lesson.

The lesson will be facilitated through Zoom platform. Please ensure your computer/laptop/smart phone is set-up prior to the first lesson.

You will be emailed Zoom link and instructions on how to join a week before the course starts.

  • Please ensure that at all times you follow our Code Of Conduct.
  • Please note that the Art Academy cannot be held responsible for student’s technology and/or connectivity. If for any reason (including technical) students are unable to take part, we will not be providing compensation. We are not responsible for any subsequent cost accrued from high data usage.
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Code Of Conduct 

We aim to foster a productive environment. We do not tolerate the following:

  • Screen-shotting or screen-recording at any point of the course (without expressed permission from the tutor or owners of the work)
  • Deliberate disruption of the session/conversation
  • Harassment, bullying, intimidation

We have a zero-tolerance policy for harassment and bullying, which we define as:

  • Negative comments about race/ethnicity, gender (including gender identity), sexual orientation, disability, age, religion, physical appearance, citizenship, or other protected categories (alt: Racist, sexist, homophobic, transphobic, ableist, xenophobic, antisemetic, Islamophobic and classist behaviour and language)
  • Intimidation or threats
  • Unwelcome sexual attention
  • Any activity meant to convey or cultivate hostility
  • Ad hominem insults or other attacks
  • Encouraging the above behaviour

Please also avoid the following:

  • Interrupting the tutor and fellow students without cause


If you violate the code of conduct we retain the right to eject you immediately from the lesson. Future participation will be discussed and you will be notified of the appropriate course of action.

  • In Mourning and in Rage, Suzanne Lacy and Leslie Labowitz, 1977

In Mourning and in Rage, Suzanne Lacy and Leslie Labowitz, 1977


Places Available!

Fee: £115.00