How to Write About Art 2020

Want to know how to write about art? This year we launched a series of short online talks about writing about art.

How to Write About Art Exhibitions
We started the series finding out how to write about art and exhibitions with art critic, Tabish Khan. Tabish has been visual arts editor at Londonist since 2013 and writes extensively about contemporary and historic art exhibitions for a variety of online publications. In this conversation Tabish talks about his work, his approach to reviewing exhibitions, and advice and tips for writing about art. View this online talk.

How to Write (About Art) Well
Our second talk took place with Jeremy Akerman and Eileen Daly, who set up and run Akerman Daly: Art and Writing. Eileen and Jeremy talked about how to write well and the common challenges of writing about art, including the nitty gritty of writing, from getting started, to finding your style and voice, establishing context, and not forgetting the all-important part of editing. View this online talk.

How to Write About Art for Publications
The third talk in the series focused on getting writing published, and how to write for academic journals. This talk was presented by Samuel Bibby, Managing Editor of the Association for Art History’s journal Art History. Sam offered top tips and guidance on how to approach publications and publishers, how to adapt your writing for peer review publications, and what to expect during the publishing process. View and download the presentation from this talk.

How to Write About Art for Funding Applications
Our final talk of 2020 focused on how to write successful grant applications for support with projects, exhibitions and collaborative work within the arts and culture sector. We were joined by Catherine Monks, Head of Funding Partnerships at Art Fund, and Sarah Philp, Director of Programmes and Policy at Art Fund. Both Catherine and Sarah have a wealth of experience within arts funding and offered advice, guidance and tips on how best to approach and submit grant applications. View this online talk.

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