Summer Academy 2021 - The Art of Art Writing – From Art Criticism to Creative Writing (and back), Salzburg International Summer Academy of Fine Arts

Publish Date: Apr 18, 2021

Deadline: May 03, 2021

Course format
Hybrid, 1 week 26 –31 July 2021 or 02–07 August 2021

Either Fortress Hohensalzburg (on site) or online*

Teaching language
English and German (French also available)

What to bring
Laptop /tablet with camera, microphone and keyboard, paper and pen.

Willingness to write and share ideas using basic English and being comfortable having conversations about art and the discourse that frames art.

Maximum number of participants
12 on site, 6 online

Participation fee
€ 420,– (€ 340,–)

Are you an artist who integrates writing into your work? An art critic, art historian or journalist who writes about art? A student who wants to become a professional writer? A curator or gallerist who works with artists to articulate their practice? Perhaps you want to become more articulate when writing summaries of your practice for your website or a grant application, or maybe you simply want experiment and see where it goes. Whatever your experience or aims, this course gives you the opportunity to spend a dedicated period of time writing.

Focusing on the practice of writing and editing based on some theory, this course provides a solid introduction to art writing and a space for experimentation. Alternating between reading groups, writing exercises and shared-learning experiences, more intimate breakout rooms give the opportunity to share thoughts and questions in your primary language of German, French or English, during which time you will receive focused individual feedback. The online/offline presence of students from all around the world will be an extra opportunity for an enriching experience.

Together we produce different forms of art writing, from experimental vignettes to reviews, from exhibition texts to press releases, and even auto-fiction stories, all the while creating a safe and supportive space for feedback. Students explore how form, style, voice and narrative can be used to different effect, as well as the importance of editing when refining any text. We will also discuss how pitches can be shaped to get texts published.

The course offers personal working alongside like-minded people, with support and guidance from two experts with more than twenty years of art-writing experience. Placing art at the centre of the course, students learn the necessary tools for becoming their own breed of writer and getting excited and energized about exploring new directions.

*If necessary, the course may be held exclusively online.
Louisa Elderton is a writer, editor and art critic based in Berlin. She regularly contributes to publications including Artforum and Frieze, and is the German correspondent for Flash Art. She is curatorial editor at the Gropius Bau, having formulated the interpretive framework and texts for the institution’s exhibition Yayoi Kusama: A Retrospective, as well as being managing editor of the accompanying catalogue and booklet. She also edits their Online Journal. She is editor of Side Magazine, a publication that accompanies the fourth edition of the Bergen Assembly, to take place in 2022. As project editor of Phaidon’s ‘Vitamin’ series, her most recent publication was released in January, Vitamin D3: Today’s Best in Contemporary Drawings.

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