Critical Writing

Critical Writing for the Visual Arts in partnership with Arvon Foundation


Venue: Totleigh Barton, Sheepwash, Beaworthy, Devon EX21 5NS
Dates: 13 – 18 January 2014
All places on this course have now been allocated.

Tutors and guest speaker:  Playwright and novelist Christopher William Hill* will be one of our tutors on this course. Poet, novelist, crtitic and curator Cherry Smyth** will also tutor on this programme. Our guest speaker will be Charlotte Higgins, Chief Arts Writer, The Guardian.

This residency programme in partnership with Arvon Foundation will offer the opportunity to writers to develop their skills in critical writing for the visual art. The programme will include daily morning workshops from Cherry and Christopher with the afternoons dedicated to individual writing time. In addition to the workshops, each participant will be offered 2 1-to1 tutorial sessions. On Wednesday evening a Charlotte Higgins will talk to the group and answer questions.

The emphasis of the week will be on developing the ability to write in clear, accessible prose on the contemporary visual arts.

*Christopher William Hill is an award-winning radio dramatist, playwright and children’s author. He is currently writing the series Tales From Schwartzgarten for Orchard Books, with a new series to be published in 2015. Christopher has a special interest in the museum sector, and has worked with curators at the V&A to find ways of writing more dynamic gallery text to help bring artefacts to life.

**Cherry Smyth is a poet, novelist, critic and curator, born in Ireland, based in London. Her debut novel Hold Still will be published by Holland Park Press in October 2013. She is currently co-curating Limber: Spatial Painting Practices at the Herbert Read Gallery, Canterbury, September 13th-October 12th. Test, Orange, 2012, her latest poetry collection is available from Pindrop Press. Her previous collection One Wanted Thing is available from Lagan Press. Cherry writes regularly for Art Monthly, Modern Painters and Art Review. She was a curatorial adviser for Axis online showcase, Open Frequency in 2006. She was guest editor of Magma Poetry Magazine, 2012, and was poetry editor of Brand Literary Magazine, 2006-2011. Cherry has been teaching writing poetry in the Creative Writing Department of the University of Greenwich since 2004.

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