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How to write about art

Weekend-long art theory course

Short courses

  • 7 July 2018, 10am — 5pm
  • 8 July 2018, 10am — 5pm

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What is the purpose of art criticism, and what does it take to become a successful critic? Led by Thomas Marks, writer and editor of Apollo magazine, this course offers a unique opportunity to learn about the curious history of art journalism while honing your own skills as a writer and critic.

Drawing on their own experiences of writing and publishing, Thomas Marks and guest speakers, including Dr. Tim Smith-Laing, who write for leading international newsprint and magazine publications, provide exclusive insight into the historical role of criticism and how it relates to the worlds of art and journalism today.

How important have critics been for the interpretation, evaluation, and promotion (or demolition) of artists and exhibitions over the past two centuries? How did the genres of the exhibition review, the artist interview and the critical essay develop? What are the responsibilities of critics and how difficult is it for them to maintain their integrity and independence in today’s madcap art world?

This weekend course will include a strong practical element, in which participants will consider crucial questions such as the relationship between language, style and individual works of art, and what types of judgement are involved in reviewing exhibitions. Both days will feature a seminar focused on the scrutiny of historical and recent examples of art criticism, as well as a writing exercise in which the fruit of those discussions can be put into practice in the context of the Royal Academy’s summer exhibition programme.

It has never been harder than it is today to make a living as a critic, but it has never been easier to publish art criticism and get your voice noticed. This course will include practical advice about current and future opportunities in art journalism (including reviewing, feature writing, reporting and market journalism) and give participants access to the knowledge (and colourful experience) of figures who have – perhaps against the odds – fashioned their careers from it.

“I enjoyed the expert speakers, the flow and mix of lectures versus the practical. This was an amazing opportunity to be surrounded by art and the exhibitions of the Royal Academy. The fellow attendees were inspiring in themselves” - Previous participant, November 2017

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  • 7 July 2018, 10am — 5pm
  • 8 July 2018, 10am — 5pm

The British Academy Room, Burlington Gardens, Royal Academy of Arts

£420. Includes light refreshments on both days and a wine reception..

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