Reading, reflecting and responding: a series of art writing workshops with Francis McWhannell
Reading, reflecting and responding: a series of art writing workshops with Francis McWhannell

Led by freelance writer and curator, Francis McWhannell, presented in partnership with Te Tuhi and Artists Alliance.

Dates:              August 13, 20, 27 and Sept 3, 5.30-7.30pm

Location:         The Open Book, 201 Ponsonby Rd, Ponsonby, Auckland

Price:               $160 to attend the full suite of four workshops

 

Reading, reflecting and responding aims to help new writers hone their skills in responding to art creatively and critically. The programme will involve a combination of short presentations by the tutor, group discussions, and writing tasks. The first three sessions will centre on texts by well-known art writers, including art historical essays, exhibition texts, personal responses, and reviews. 

Prior to each workshop, participants will be provided with digital copies of two texts and will make brief notes about both. These notes will form the basis of a group discussion. Each participant will also choose one essay to respond to and will produce a concise critique (approximately 500 words). The tutor will provide feedback to each participant in writing at the beginning of the next session.

The final workshop will take a different form. Participants will come with a piece of art writing of 800–1,000 words in length to be workshopped. Each will discuss the text briefly (no more than five minutes), highlighting any difficulties and successes experienced. The group will give constructive feedback and the pieces will be reworked before being submitted for final review by the tutor.

The tutor, Francis McWhannell, is a freelance writer and curator. He holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) from the University of Auckland, where he is currently completing a Masters in Art History. He has written for various arts and culture magazines and websites, including Art News New Zealand, HOME, and Runway Conversations. From 2016 to 2017 he was Visual Arts Editor at the Pantograph Punch.

Please note these workshops will be limited to 10 participants.