july, 2021

11jul10:00 am4:00 pmCritical Writing and Reviewing PracticesArtist & Artsworker Workshop


(Sunday) 10:00 am - 4:00 pm(GMT+10:00) View in my time


TAFE QLD Southbank Campus

66 Ernest Street, South Brisbane, QLD, 4101

Event Details

Critical writing about art is a key method for clarifying your understanding of and communicating your perspectives about artworks, artists’ practices and exhibitions/performances. It’s a crucial skill for all artists, art workers, art educators and art writers which enables you to clearly and convincingly share your insights into contemporary art with an audience.  

In this workshop we’ll provide techniques for analysing art and take you through the process of structuring an argument to communicate your perspectives in a critical review-style essay. With your new skills you will be equipped to write informative, art-criticism texts for a wide variety of contexts and audiences , from art gallery and museum catalogue essays to broadsheet reviews. 

Key Outcomes:  

At the end of this workshop you will walk away with: 

  • An understanding of 
  • the types role of art critical writing in the contemporary context 
  • types of art criticism frequently written and published 
  • the process of analysingresearching and constructing a written piece of art  
  • The framework and skills to construct and write art reviews for publication confidently and independently 
  • And you will take away a written piece of art criticism! 

Participants to Bring: 

  • Pen and paper or laptop for note-taking and writing (laptop preferred). 
  • Lunch or snacks – there are several food establishments within walking distance of the venue if preferred. (tea, coffee and biscuits for morning and afternoon tea will be provided). 
  • Information on an artwork, artist’s practice or exhibition/performance you would like to review (including images, information on the artist(s)/curator(s) and artwork(s). 

Additional Information

Alex Holt

Alex Holt is a curator and writer who works across both visual and performance art. They have a passion for contextualising and translating contemporary arts practices into accessible experiences for both arts audiences and the broader community. They have written for and edited several publications including Critical Animals Creative Research Symposium and the Institute of Modern Art and Flying Arts Alliance joint publication Art Enquirer. They currently work as the curator of public engagement at the Institute of Modern Art. 

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