Tinkering with text

I have known Isabel Nolan for about a decade now, and fell in love with her artworks when I first encountered them, and have been following her practice closely ever since. I have also been intrigued by the odd speech I have had the pleasure of hearing her deliver/perform.* I laughed heartily at her introduction during the inauguration of her work at the Mithraeum in London last year. So no surprise then to be delighted to be asked to work with Isabel on a volume that will contain a selection of her writing. Due date tbc, as we decided it would be a good idea to take our time and do it right. As it should be.Isabel-Nolan-Rock-founded-place

Image of the work Rock Founded Place as installed at Isabel’s solo exhibition at IMMA in Dublin in 2014.

If you’re interested in hearing/seeing her do a talk, try here.

workshop Oslo

On 31 January and 1 February I will be contributing to and participating in a workshop about writing, editing and publishing in relation to art. The workshop is organised by Anne Szefer-Karlsen, with whom I worked on the Dublett series, which combined the format of the artist’s book with that of more traditional contextualising essays on the artist’s work. Anne is currently course director of the MA in Curatorial Practice, now part of the Faculty of Fine Art, Music and Design at the University of Bergen. Other contributors to the workshop are Federica Bueti, Karen Grønneberg and Rachel O’Reilly. We’ve all suggested different texts to read beforehand, and will no doubt get writing in the course of the two days. I’ve borrowed a detail of a drawing by Pablo Helguera as a provocation.


CVAN Creative Writing programme

After having worked with several ‘mentees’ of the CVAN Creative Writing programme, a quick update with links of texts they have published.

The idea of the workshops and the mentoring scheme was that writers based in the North-West of the UK were offered the opportunity to work with a mentor in trying to develop their writing skills and have work published on a variety of platforms. The mentoring involved several skype conversations, and then direct feedback on drafts for a review and a feature-length piece.

The participants varied in age and experience – some having just left art school and not published much yet, while others having PhDs, and in some cases an already extensive portfolio of published work. It made me very aware of the fact that writing is such a multi-faceted endeavour, with so many different ways of writing for so many different aims and objectives, something I’d already hinted at in the workshop I did last year (see a previous post).

Thus far several pieces have been published, with a couple more due (I will update as and when):

Sara Jaspan wrote a review on the exhibition ‘Real Painting’ at Castlefield in Manchester, which was published by Creative Tourist.

Lara Eggleton wrote a review on ‘Assassination, Space Travel & Regeneration: Modern History Volume 1’, curated by Linda Morris at Grundy Art Gallery for The Double Negative.

Amy Thomas visited the art festival C-Art 2015 in Carlisle, also published by The Double Negative.