This is a two part workshop
Session 1: Tuesday 22 September, 2–4.30pm
Session 2: Tuesday 6 October, 2–4.30pm
Curator and writer George Vasey will lead a two part workshop exploring writing for artists and arts projects. The sessions will offer practical advice and opportunities for participants to reflect on and improve their writing for proposals, statements and applications.
Find out top tips about what to focus on, and what to avoid, when writing on your practice and projects. The workshops will offer editorial guidance and advice for artists and arts organisers to improve their writing at all stages in their career.
Please note participants must be available to attend both sessions.
How to sign up:
If you would like to take part email ruth.claxton[at]bcu.ac.uk and tell us a little bit about yourself and your practice and why you would like to take part. Please also include a link to your website if you have one.
Priority will be given to people who are self employed or run their own businesses.
Session One on Tuesday 22 September will begin with a brief presentation by George Vasey reflecting on his own experiences writing for art magazines, collaborating with editors and working with artists in museums and galleries.
Participants will be invited to bring a text written by an artist, or for a project, that they have enjoyed and we will reflect on the good, bad and ugly writing on art that already exists. The session will be split into small, playful tasks that explore different forms of writing and alternative ways of articulating your own practice for different audiences.
In Session Two on Tuesday 6th October participants will be invited to bring their artist’s/arts project statement along with them and the session will be focused on group editorial work; sharing, reflecting and editing each statement. We will explore structure, tone and content and address the questions; who is this for? What are the key messages that you want to get across to your audience? We will practice alternate forms of writing for different contexts; including, applications, websites, social media, and proposals.
Our Workshop Leader
George Vasey is a curator and writer. He is currently working on an exhibition on the theme of happiness, opening at Wellcome Collection in 2021. He has curated over 50 exhibitions across the UK and was previously co-curator of Turner Prize, Ferens Art Gallery, Hull (2017), a Curatorial Fellow at Newcastle University (2017-18) and curator at NGCA, Sunderland (2014-17).
His writing has been published in Art Monthly, Burlington Contemporary, Frieze, and Mousse magazine and regularly features in publications and journals. He is currently on the board of Bloomberg New Contemporaries, Tees Valley Arts and on the executive committee for the International Association of Art Critics (AICA UK).