Writing for the Arts - Dubai
Your tutor will take you on a journey that charts the different, yet overlapping, fields in art writing. This interactive tour will produce a map of the arts writing terrain; providing you with the knowledge and ability to identify a variety of different forms and styles...
Taught by: Kirsten Cooke.
Your tutor will take you on a journey that charts the different, yet overlapping, fields in art writing. This interactive tour will produce a map of the arts writing terrain; providing you with the knowledge and ability to identify a variety of different forms and styles. It covers areas that range from producing press to promote an exhibition, to art criticism and academic texts. You will also encounter art theory, journalism and exhibition publications along the way. This four-day course will involve a series of seminars, workshops and visits from writers in the UAE art scene. Reading seminars and workshops will enable you to dissect and discuss different forms of art writing, culminating in your own/group definitions for key forms of art writing. Guided writing sessions will give you the opportunity to develop your own framework and style within one of the genres that exist under the umbrella of art writing. Overall, the course’s in-depth analysis of key texts will give you the confidence and language to articulate the differences and quality within distinct forms of art writing. Writing sessions will give you the opportunity to produce your own texts, which could also become the foundation for your writing portfolio. Visits from writers in Dubai will expose you to industry standards within the UAE, as well as giving you pointers on how to approach publishers and modelling how to speak professionally about your practice. You will leave the course with confidence in your ability to discuss various areas of art writing and the skills you will need if you would like to start writing within the arts.
You will be able to identify the different areas of writing in the arts and develop your practice accordingly.
Who Should Attend
This course is designed to provide art graduates, practising artists and curators with an overview of writing in the arts and its different fields, styles and structures. It provides a platform for students to develop and articulate their own ideas on art production, exhibition and reception. It suits those that are interested in art writing and who might be interested in developing their own writing.
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 Universite 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).
- 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