Professional Development : How to Write About Your Artwork

Oct 19th
12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
€40 |

Waged €40  |  Unwaged €35  |  Garter Lane Arts Centre : Children’s Room (beside Delaney’s Forest)

ART WRITING | on, in & around

An introductory workshop to diverse models of art writing

Writing about your work is an essential element of your art practice. Covering such topics as proposals, funding applications and statements for press and marketing purposes, this session will equip participants with a core text to work from, develop and adapt in the future.

Over the course of the day, we will work interactively to produce texts that address the concepts, approaches and methodologies particular to your work. In addition to concise, accessible language, we will also consider writing as a dynamic and reflective tool, exploring the more expansive, generative ways in which writing can meld with an arts practice, operating within or alongside it.

In discussing how participants might develop a long term relationship with writing that will serve their practice and its shifting demands as it develops over time, we will also cover various opportunities regarding the production of text in relation to an artwork or exhibition.

Participants are introduced to a range of expansive and exploratory approaches to art writing by authors who position themselves on top of, inside of and around the artwork.
Working through a trajectory of diverse examples from John Berger to Maria Fusco, we will consider various methods of approaching artworks and exhibitions, employing conjecture, criticality and poetic interpretation in analysing and assessing a given aesthetic encounter.

Topics covered include

  • the personal & lyric essay
  • constraint based writing
  • installation & art writing
  • literary writing & art practice








close readings of excerpts from diverse texts (possible excerpts include):

Moyra Davey: On Photography & Accident

Caroline Bergvall: Pressure Points

Maya Lin: Making The Memorial

Maria Fusco: review, The Myth of the Airborne Warrior – reading

Followed by a 20 minute discussion

15 minute break


Series of Writing Exercises followed by discussion of shared work (possible exercises include):

Series of Images (or selected artworks in a gallery setting) acting as prompts – 20mins writing/20mins discussion erasure

Poetry-Making Erasure Poems from pre-existing texts as works in themselves or in relation to particular artwork in a gallery context – 20mins writing/20mins discussion

4. Closing

Q&A – 15mins

Sue Rainsford BIO

Sue Rainsford is a fiction and arts writer based in Dublin. Her practice is concerned with hybrid, lyric and embodied texts, explicit fusions of critical and corporeal inquiry, as well as with questions of transcription and otherness. Sue is a graduate of Trinity College, IADT and Bennington College, Vermont, and a recipient of the Arts Council Literature Bursary Award, the VAI/DCC Art Writing Award and a MacDowell Colony Fellowship. Her debut novel, Follow Me To Ground, received the Kate O’Brien Award, was long listed for the Desmond Elliott Prize and the Republic of Consciousness Award, and is forthcoming in the UK with Doubleday Books and in the US with Scribner.

With the generous support of the Arts Council, Sue is currently working toward her second novel, Redder Days, also forthcoming with Doubleday, and she was recently appointed writer-in-residence at Maynooth University.


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