Writing on Art




Writing on Art is happening again in February 2016 here

This course explores practicalities and concepts of writing about art, led by art critic and editor, Colin Perry. It will outline the key skills needed to write clearly, intelligently and passionately about art. Writing on Art is a professional development course for those with an interest in furthering their own art writing abilities. It will equip you with skills needed to contribute to a range of platforms – from magazines and journals to catalogues, blogs and press releases. It is aimed at curators, practitioners, postgraduate students and others who are engaged in critical debates about art.

Writing on Art is a month-long course consisting of four evening sessions lasting two hours each, a seminar and a one-to-one tutorial. In the first week, there will be an introductory session, looking at the practical skills, possibilities and ethics of art writing. In the following weeks, sessions will look at core aspects of writing on art, including in-depth reflections on works, as well as critical and contextual analysis. Participants will also work on a piece of writing of their choice, which will be the subject of a one-to-one tutorial at the end of the course.

Accompanying the programme is a seminar event that addresses the question: how can we write about art today? Speakers include Patricia Bickers (Editor of Art Monthly, art historian and critic), Omar Kholeif (writer, editor and Curator at Whitechapel Gallery), Sally O’Reilly (writer) and Gilda Williams ( critic and author of How to Write about Contemporary Art ).

Colin Perry is a regular contributor to Frieze and Art Monthly, and has written for numerous other art publications. He has edited publications for Phaidon Publishing and Hayward Publishing, and is reviews editor of the journal MIRAJ (Moving Image Review & Art Journal). He teaches at Central Saint Martins, Royal College of Art and Royal Academy. He is a PhD researcher at Central Saint Martins.

– See downloadable pdf for more detail on each session. Please email [email protected] if you have any queries.

– Sessions will take place 6.30 – 8.30pm on Tuesday 7 October, Friday 10 October, Wednesday 15 October, Tuesday 21 October and Tuesday 28 October. One-to-one sessions will be by individual appointments.

– The course will take place in the Outset Study at Drawing Room, and will be for an intentionally small group of only 12 persons.



– This is a Writing on Art event hosted by Outset Study at Drawing Room.