CVAN NW: CRITICAL WRITING
In March 2015 CVAN North West selected 25 emerging and mid-career writers from over 130 applicants to participate in a regional Critical Writing development programme. Writers were awarded a £300 bursary and given the opportunity to attend six practice and theory based workshops in exchange for writing and publishing two articles about contemporary visual arts in the North West.
Between March and May 2015 our cohort of writers travelled to universities, galleries, art centres and artist-led spaces in Preston, Manchester, Liverpool, and Barrow-in-Furness to take part in the workshop programme. While immersing themselves in the region’s visual arts offer, writers had the chance to debate the form and function of critical writing, to learn and take inspiration from our team of experts (Joanne Lee, Chris Sharratt, Bob Dickinson, Gerrie Van Noord, Sophia Crilly and Laura Robertson), and to refine their skills and knowledge in a number of key areas including editing, social media and self-publishing.
Writers have also been individually paired with a mentor to receive one-to-one support and editorial feedback. They have until the end of October 2015 to write and publish both articles – one a short exhibition review, and the other a feature of their choice. At least one of the two articles must be published on one of the programme’s partner platforms - The Double Negative, Creative Tourist, and Art in Liverpool; while the second can be pitched to any publication (print or online) inside or outside the North West region.
CVAN North West’s Critical Writing programme is delivered in partnership with Manchester Metropolitan University and University of Central Lancashire, through the In Certain Places scheme, alongside The Double Negative, Creative Tourist, and Art in Liverpool - three leading critical writing platforms in the North West.
The programme forms part of ‘Art: Audience, Development, Discourse and Skills’ (Art: ADDS), a project initiated by CVAN North West to develop skills, knowledge and expertise in the region, and to improve the ability of visual arts organisations to build on and increase audiences.
The overarching aims of the Critical Writing programme are to increase the overall quantity and quality of critical writing for the visual arts in the North West, to strengthen the critical writing infrastructure in the region, and to develop new audiences.
The following exhibition reviews have already been published online
One of the 25 Critical Writing programme places is sponsored by Redeye, The Photography Network and was awarded to Manchester based writer Katrina Houghton. Katrina’s review of Ed Atkins’ ‘Performance Capture’ at Manchester Art Gallery as part of Manchester International Festival was published on Redeye in July. Read more