Writing for the Arts
Join this interactive course and familiarise yourself with a variety of different forms and styles of writing for the arts. From producing press to support an exhibition, to art criticism and academic texts. Through seminars, workshops and visits from writers in the London art scene, you will develop your skills, your tutor will take you on a journey that charts the different, yet overlapping, fields in art writing...
Taught by: Kirsten Cooke.
Join this interactive course and familiarise yourself with a variety of different forms and styles of writing for the arts. From producing press to support an exhibition, to art criticism and academic texts. Through seminars, workshops and visits from writers in the London art scene, you will develop your skills, your tutor will take you on a journey that charts the different, yet overlapping, fields in art writing.
You will encounter art theory, journalism and exhibition publications along the way. Starting with an in-depth analysis of key texts you will develop your confidence and language skills to articulate the differences and quality within distinct forms of art writing. Through writing sessions, you will have you the opportunity to develop your own framework and style, within one of the genres existing under the umbrella of art writing. You will then start to create your own texts, which could form the foundation of your writing portfolio.
Visits from practicing writers will further expose you to the industry standards, as well as giving you guidance on how to approach publishers and speak professionally about your practice. Please be advised that you will be set short tasks between sessions, to complete in your own time, to fully benefit from the course.
By the end of the course you will have the confidence in your ability to discuss different areas of art writing. You will have gained skills to start writing within the arts. You will be able to identify a variety of areas of writing in the arts and develop your practice accordingly.
Who Should Attend
Art graduates, practicing artists and curators looking to gain an overview of writing in the arts and its different fields, styles and structures. An ideal platform for those looking to develop and articulate their own ideas on art production, exhibition and reception. Also suitable for those who are interested in art writing, keen to develop their own writing practice.
Dr Kirsten Cooke is an artist-curator and has co-authored the projects: Material Conjectures, KollActiv and House of Hysteria. This year Cooke completed her PhD in curatorial practice at the University of Reading and she has delivered papers/written texts for projects in London, Paris and LA. Cooke's practice experiments with different forms of staging and deploys architectural environments to choreograph artworks.
Recent exhibitions and projects have been staged at kynastonmcshine (The Old Police Station, London), Beaconsfield (London), Sonce Alexander gallery (LA), and the Université Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne (Paris). In 2016, Cooke has staged the exhibition and performance programme Pressure Chamber: Nematodes at ArtLacuna (London) and will be curating the following exhibitions as part of her co-authored projects: Concrete Plastic in September at Los Angeles Contemporary Archive (LA) and Abandoned Temporary Treatment Facility in October at Beaconsfield (London).
Please bring the following materials with you on the first day:
Notebook and Pen
Examples of your work (images or time-based media on a USB flash drive, online content or portable work)
A laptop or portable device with wifi
Money for travel and exhibition entry